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Clint Eastwood is my long-time macho hero (along with John Wayne and Bruce Willis). His historic “Make my day!” statement is kind of a mantra with me. Those three words may also offer a challenge to the nation’s environmentalists, activists, and tree huggers everywhere.

June 12, 2012

Clint Eastwood is my long-time macho hero (along with John Wayne and Bruce Willis). His historic “Make my day!” statement is kind of a mantra with me. Those three words may also offer a challenge to the nation’s environmentalists, activists, and tree huggers everywhere.

Tags: zero emissions vehicles, Fleet Sustainability

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Want to be a Company Hero? Be a Remarketing Guru!

Too many fleet managers entering the industry fall into the “purchasing” and “administrative” trap with their time management. If you dedicate yourself to learning remarketing skills, your savings to the bottom line will bring you fame.

May 11, 2012

Too many fleet managers entering the industry fall into the “purchasing” and “administrative” trap with their time management. If you dedicate yourself to learning remarketing skills, your savings to the bottom line will bring you fame.

Tags: Remarketing, Conference of Automotive Remarketing

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Friday, May 11, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Who Are the REAL Fleet Managers?

There is a striking disparity among the nation’s keepers of fleets. A study of the demographics and personal profiles provides interesting answers.

April 4, 2012

There is a striking disparity among the nation’s keepers of fleets. A study of the demographics and personal profiles provides interesting answers.

Tags: PepsiCo, Siemens, Ed Bobit, Sprint, LabCorp

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Are You Aware of the Impact of Your Future Acquisition Costs?

Sure, you’re going to get safer, cleaner-running, higher-tech, sleeker looking vehicles with better mpg. But, at what cost? And, will it be in your CFO’s budget?

March 9, 2012

Sure, you’re going to get safer, cleaner-running, higher-tech, sleeker looking vehicles with better mpg. But, at what cost? And, will it be in your CFO’s budget?

Tags: Regulations, Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Friday, March 9, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Are All Fleet Managers Secure on Safety Know-how?

OEMs and FMCs stress safety factors. Media and associations offer best practices on a regular basis. The question is: Are fleet managers listening?

February 6, 2012

OEMs and FMCs stress safety factors. Media and associations offer best practices on a regular basis. The question is: Are fleet managers listening?

Tags: AFLA, NAFA, Fleet Safety Conference

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Monday, February 6, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

While the Economy Sputters, 2011 Was a Good Fleet Year

With consumer confidence low, political bickering at a high, eroding 401(k) plans, massive national debt, and protesters in the streets, “fleet” remains a very bright segment. Here are some year-end reflections.

December 29, 2011

With consumer confidence low, political bickering at a high, eroding 401(k) plans, massive national debt, and protesters in the streets, “fleet” remains a very bright segment. Here are some year-end reflections.

Tags: year in review

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Thursday, December 29, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Consider Complete Safety Knowledge for Your Own Job Safety

October 11, 2011

With so many other corporate departments interested in a company’s overall welfare, you have an obligation to prioritize the prudent care of your drivers. If ignored, you are vulnerable.

Tags: Ed Bobit, Fleet Safety Conference

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Do You Know ‘Fleet?’ Here’s a Candid Perspective

There have always been divergent opinions on the actual role of “fleet” vs. “retail” among automakers and the industry. Here are some new observations of facts that may corrode some of the myths.

July 26, 2011

There have always been divergent opinions on the actual role of “fleet” vs. “retail” among automakers and the industry. Here are some new observations of facts that may corrode some of the myths.

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Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 5:11 PM | » Comments(0)

Who Has a True Appreciation for Depreciation?

July 6, 2011

No one would suggest we ignore the current egregious fuel prices. However, to mimic my personal mantra for the last 50 years, resale values continue to identify the vehicle’s most costly item.

Tags: Depreciation, Used Vehicles

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:52 AM | » Comments(0)

Do You Question Where Internal Fleet Management is Heading?

June 22, 2011

We have almost become accustomed to company outsourcing, reducing head count, technology reliance, adding responsibilities, and doing more with less. The question is, where is this leading?

Tags: Fleet Management

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:24 PM | » Comments(-4)

An Enigma No More

Joe Gholston in Austin, Texas.

March 25, 2011

A lot of the fleet community knows Joe Gholston, the pivotal sage at Chrysler Fleet in Detroit. I think I’ve known him for maybe 20 years and have never found anyone who doesn’t like him and respect him as I do.

Tags: Joe Gholston, Chrysler, Ed Bobit

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Friday, March 25, 2011 9:36 AM | » Comments(3)

Honestly, Would You Truly Recognize Your Driver?

September 9, 2010

With so much developing technology, extended responsibilities for many fleet managers, and a general corporate “coolness” to employees’ welfare, we have empathy for the company driver.

Tags: Sales, Company Vehicle, company driver

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Thursday, September 9, 2010 4:31 PM | » Comments(0)

NAFA’S ‘New Look’ Good, But Needs More to Win!

April 29, 2010

The expressions related by NAFA members to me and to our editorial and marketing staff have been encouraging with the introduction of new innovations these past few years. Members are reluctant to be quoted or to put their opinions on paper or to e-mail them to anyone, but we keep track.

Tags: NAFA

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Thursday, April 29, 2010 6:01 PM | » Comments(4)

Mobile High-Tech: Driver Convenience or Corporate Liability?

April 16, 2010

With so many new devices being integrated into cars, companies now need strict policies. The need to strike a balance between productivity and entrustment has never been more evident.

Tags: Liability, Driver Safety, Legislation, Technology, Texting

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Friday, April 16, 2010 9:13 AM | » Comments(1)

Puzzling Thoughts On Compensation vs. Education

August 24, 2009

While I'm a distance from being called an academic, I've always felt that education is the road to professionalism; and that professionalism leads to increased compensation. There are many variables, but my recent re-review of the salary surveys that we conduct raises some interesting questions.

Tags: Career Advancement, salary surveys

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2009 3:30 PM | » Comments(3)

Comparing the CFO With the Fleet Manager

August 18, 2009

Most of my life, and until quite recently, I have always unconsciously felt like there were many levels that separated the two positions within a company. A few weeks ago, I altered my reasoning and actually found a number of similarities between the two responsibilities.

Tags: C-Suite, Fleet Executives

Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Tuesday, August 18, 2009 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

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Ed Bobit

Editor & Publisher

With more than 50 years in the fleet industry, Ed Bobit, Automotive Fleet editor and publisher, reflects on issues affecting today’s fleets. Drawing insight from his own experiences in the field, Ed offers a perspective similar to that of a sports coach guiding his players.

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