Market Trends

The Catch-22 Paradox of Green Fleet Initiatives

Each month we are in contact with hundreds of fleet managers who manage fleets ranging from fewer than a hundred vehicles to mega-fleets of tens of thousands of units. This link provides us a strong pulse of what’s happening in the marketplace. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, June 18, 2007 1:29 PM | » Comments(0)

The Cancer of Higher Fuel Prices

Like a cancer, the malignant effects of the high cost of fuel have spread throughout the fleet industry. Many companies have seen fleet fuel expenses double in recent years. Especially hard hit are truck fleets as the cost of diesel has risen at a faster rate than unleaded gas. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, June 12, 2007 10:55 AM | » Comments(0)

Fleets Vulnerable to the Latest Crime Trend: Catalytic Converter Theft

Thieves are targeting fleet vehicles parked overnight in secluded parking lots. Their target? Catalytic converters. The theft of catalytic converters is a growing crime trend happening throughout the country. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, June 4, 2007 10:06 AM | » Comments(1)

European Union Data Privacy Laws Complicate Global Fleet Management

Web-based fleet management offered a vision of centralized global fleet management for multi-national companies. However, current (and possibly future) data privacy laws enacted by the European Union threaten to restrict the extent to which U.S. fleet managers can manage subsidiary fleets in Europe. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 29, 2007 3:41 PM | » Comments(0)

European Union Data Privacy Laws Complicate Global Fleet Management

Web-based fleet management offered a vision of centralized global fleet management for multi-national companies. However, current (and possibly future) data privacy laws enacted by the European Union threaten to restrict the extent to which U.S. fleet managers can manage subsidiary fleets in Europe. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 22, 2007 9:17 AM | » Comments(0)

High Cost of Fuel Rekindles Reimbursement Debate

For most companies, it is less expensive to provide a company vehicle than to administer a driver reimbursement program. Why would a company want to reimburse an employee $600 per month for a vehicle they can operate at $500 per month? However, after attending the annual conference of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) last month, I heard that reimbursement is re-emerging as an issue in reaction to the high cost of fuel. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 15, 2007 9:54 AM | » Comments(0)

Overloading is the No. 1 Cause of Unscheduled Truck Maintenance

Overloading creates an unsafe vehicle and increases liability exposure. When a vehicle is overloaded, its emergency handling capability is reduced, which can contribute to an accident. For instance, braking distance increases, which can cause drivers to misjudge stopping distances, and tire failure rates are higher because tires run hotter. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 24, 2007 8:32 AM | » Comments(0)

Fleets Restrict Driver-Paid Options to Avoid the Expense of Replacing Larger Tires

In March, Goodyear, Bridgestone-Firestone, Continental, and Yokohama, announced they will increase the prices of replacement tires by 4-7 percent. The reason for the price hike is the ongoing increases in the cost of raw materials and manufacturing and transportation costs to move product to tire dealers. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:17 AM | » Comments(0)

Top Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleet Managers in 2007

These include operating on a fixed budget in the midst of wild fluctuations in fuel prices, uncertainty about reliability of 2007 diesel engines, the dearth of technicians, and the ‘just one more year’ vehicle replacement battle. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, April 2, 2007 12:52 PM | » Comments(0)

Top Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleet Managers in 2007

These include operating on a fixed budget in the midst of wild fluctuations in fuel prices, uncertainty about reliability of 2007 diesel engines, the dearth of technicians, and the ‘just one more year’ vehicle replacement battle. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 27, 2007 12:41 PM | » Comments(0)

Top Challenges Facing Commercial Fleet Managers in 2007

Key challenges facing fleet managers are managing the high cost of fuel, implementing safety programs to reduce preventable accidents, a relentless demand by management to cut costs, and a growing pressure to go “green.” READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2007 8:16 AM | » Comments(0)

High Fuel Costs are Prompting Fleets to Tighten Employee Eligibility for Company Vehicles

If you ask fleet managers what is their greatest challenge, the overwhelming majority will tell you it is managing fuel costs and identifying ways to decrease this expense. This is especially the case with fleet managers who manage fleets with heavy concentrations of diesel equipment. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 12, 2007 1:21 PM | » Comments(0)

Transcending Day-to-Day Fleet Management

Each year, Automotive Fleet identifies the nation’s Top 300 commercial fleets. Typically, the focus is on the “hardware” – the total number of units managed. But the key to these successful fleets is the “software” – the fleet manager. Being a fleet manager of a Top 300 fleet is not an easy job. Throughout corporate America, fleet managers are under constant and ever-greater pressure to reduce expenses, make their fleet operations more efficient, and maximize driver productivity at the lo READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 5, 2007 3:14 PM | » Comments(0)

Upfit Specs Can Reduce Workers Comp Claims

Workers comp claims resulting from use of upfitted equipment is on the rise. Poor upfitting decisions often result in expensive litigation to defend against alleged negligence. The average workers’ comp cost for a pushing/pulling injury is $10,175, while the average cost for a lifting/bending incident is $8,989. Under OSHA regs, an employer must provide a workplace (which includes upfitted work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:55 AM | » Comments(0)

Fleet Hit With $4.1 Million Payment for Accident Caused by Distracted Driver Using a BlackBerry

A 71-year-old woman was awarded $4.1 million in December 2006 because a company driver ran a red light while he was looking down at his BlackBerry and crashed into her. The employee, driving a Berry Electric Contracting Co. vehicle, was lost and was using his BlackBerry’s navigation device to find his destination. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, February 13, 2007 8:13 AM | » Comments(0)

Are the Benefits of Telematics Worth the Expense?

Currently, there are more than 2.5 million telematic units in service managing fleet vehicles, mobile workers, trailers, heavy equipment and other assets. The market is expected to expand to 5.8 million units by 2009, with revenues growing to more than $2 billion. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 30, 2007 3:05 PM | » Comments(0)

Is Fleet Management Devolving to Crisis Management?

Since the start of the 21st century, seven short years ago, fleet managers have been buffeted by one major crisis after another. Following 9-11, there was an overnight meltdown in residual values. Then, Hurricane Katrina triggered fuel prices to skyrocket to $3 a gallon, literally overnight. If someone told us in 1999 that resale values would plummet 30 percent in the space of months and that fuel prices would exceed $3 a gallon, we would have dismissed these predictions as Chicken Little hyster READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 23, 2007 8:09 AM | » Comments(1)

Multi-Tasking While Driving is Causing a Rise in Preventable Accidents

More and more fleet managers rank driver safety as either their number-one or number-two challenge (after the high cost of fuel). One reason for the heightened concern is that fleet managers are reporting an increase in preventable accidents, with the root cause driver distraction. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2007 9:05 AM | » Comments(0)

Multi-Tasking While Driving is Causing a Rise in Preventable Accidents

More and more fleet managers rank driver safety as either their number-one or number-two challenge (after the high cost of fuel). One reason for the heightened concern is that fleet managers are reporting an increase in preventable accidents, with the root cause driver distraction. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 9, 2007 1:31 PM | » Comments(0)

Will Drivers Ultimately Demand Self-Serve Fleet Management?

The U.S. is migrating to a self-serve economy. Interactive self-service technology permeates large swathes of our economy, with the retail, hospitality, banking, and travel industries being the early adopters. We utilize this technology with ATMs, online banking, pay-at-the-pump fuel stations, Web-based shopping, self-service retail checkout lanes, Internet-enabled travel reservation systems, and touch-screen kiosks to check-in at airports and hotels. Most of us don’t realize how huge this marke READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 2, 2007 10:36 AM | » Comments(0)

Will Drivers Ultimately Demand Self-Serve Fleet Management?

The U.S. is migrating to a self-serve economy. Interactive self-service technology permeates large swathes of our economy, with the retail, hospitality, banking, and travel industries being the early adopters. We utilize this technology with ATMs, online banking, pay-at-the-pump fuel stations, Web-based shopping, self-service retail checkout lanes, Internet-enabled travel reservation systems, and touch-screen kiosks to check-in at airports and hotels. Most of us don’t realize how huge this marke READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, December 26, 2006 8:28 AM | » Comments(0)

Telematics Captures the Missing Variables Needed for “Total Fuel Management”

Controlling fuel costs is the number one challenge facing fleet managers, and it has been for the past five years. Nowadays, fuel consumes 28-30 percent of the total fleet budget. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, December 5, 2006 9:01 AM | » Comments(0)

The Use of Telematics to Increase Fleet Safety

The use of telematics – the combination of global positioning systems (GPS) and remote diagnostics – in fleet continues to grow, providing fleet managers the ability to monitor vehicles and enhance driver productivity, thus saving money by controlling unnecessary idling and miles driven, fuel purchases, accidents, and other fleet functions. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, November 28, 2006 1:33 PM | » Comments(0)

Fuel Prices Drive Up Fleet Operating Costs in 2006

Fleets were hit hard by the steady rise in fuel prices in 2006. In the past several years, some fleets have seen fuel expenses double or even go higher. Especially impacted were truck fleets as the cost of diesel rose at a faster rate than unleaded gas. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, November 21, 2006 9:26 AM | » Comments(0)

More Fleets Focusing on Driver Risk Management

Nowadays, when RFPs are issued for accident management services, they are also including requests for driver risk management safety programs. This new emphasis is where the real savings potential is today. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, November 14, 2006 7:46 AM | » Comments(1)

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