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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Tags: Ed Bobit
Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 5:11 PM | » Comments(0)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Author: Ed Bobit | Posted @ Thursday, April 29, 2010 6:01 PM | » Comments(4)
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)
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)
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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