Market Trends

Fleet Policy is the DNA of Your Fleet

February 4, 2003

For the past several years, I have read with fascination about the human genome project, which seeks to decipher the DNA instructions that, along with environment, help to determine who we are as individuals.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2003 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

An Effective RFP is the Foundation to Creating a Successful Partnership with Your Fleet Supplier

January 4, 2003

The underlying message of this month’s cover story is that the key to negotiating an effective fleet services agreement starts with an effective request for proposal (RFP).

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Saturday, January 4, 2003 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Fleets Feel Vindication as NJ Acknowledges Widespread Erroneous E-ZPass Violations

December 4, 2002

The owner of a bread delivery company operating in New Jersey told New York WABCTV news of receiving 60 erroneous E-ZPass violations totaling $1,500, even though in each instance the toll booth light flashed green acknowledging payment.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2002 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

It’s Cheaper to Operate a Fleet Today Than in 1955

November 4, 2002

Fleet Costs are Up 423%, But Inflation is Up 500%

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, November 4, 2002 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Many Public Sector Fleets Want a Partnership With Fleet Service Providers

October 4, 2002

I have received a tremendous amount of feedback from public sector fleet managers to the Market Trends column appearing in the August 2002 issue on the need to create a partnership with fleet service providers. You will be able to read many of these comments in the letters to the editor page over the next several issues.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, October 4, 2002 3:02 PM | » Comments(1)

Electronic Vehicle Titles Will Revolutionize Title Processing: 8 States Now Recognize E-Titles

July 4, 2002

An electronic lien and title system, or ELT, is the technology that allows vehicle titles and lien information to be transmitted electronically, much like e-mail, to and from state motor vehicle agencies and lien holders, such as financial institutions and fleet management companies. Ultimately, ELT products and services will make traditional vehicle title processing obsolete, since electronic vehicle titles can be stored, transmitted, maintained, and even corrected electronically.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, July 4, 2002 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Fleets Still Experiencing Residual Effects of Sept. 11

June 4, 2002

It's nine months later and fleets are still feeling the residual aftershocks from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, June 4, 2002 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Personalized Driver Web Pages Have the Potential to Become a Powerful New Fleet Management Tool

May 4, 2002

A future development in fleet management will be the creation of personalized Web pages for every driver in a fleet.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Saturday, May 4, 2002 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Fleets Experience a Decrease in Traffic Tickets in New York and Virginia Following Sept. 11

April 4, 2002

Traffic violations in New York and Virginia, the two states most affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, have decreased in the five months following the tragedy.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, April 4, 2002 3:02 PM | » Comments(-1)

Technician Shortage May Force Increased Maintenance Outsourcing by Government & Utility Fleets

March 4, 2002

The technician shortage is not a new problem, but it is a very real one that is only getting worse as the years progress.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 4, 2002 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Governments Consider Cutbacks in 2002 Vehicle Replacement Budgets as Tax Revenues Decline

February 4, 2002

Tax revenues have declined for many states, counties, and cities, and some governments are pondering deferment of 2003 capital expenditures to cope with the deficits.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, February 4, 2002 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Remarketing Strategies to Weather Today’s Volatile Used-Vehicle Market

January 4, 2002

The used-vehicle market since Sept. 11 has been volatile and its future is being governed by events beyond our control, such as the economy, a war, and unprecedented new-vehicle retail incentives.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, January 4, 2002 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Congress Should Change the Business-Use Vehicle Depreciation Recovery Period to 4 Years

December 4, 2001

In Oct. 18, 2001, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 3090, a bill to give the national economy an immediate $99.5 billion stimulus while giving individuals and businesses tax cuts amounting to $159.4 billion over th next 10 years.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, December 4, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(-7)

How Will the War on Terrorism Affect Fuel Prices? Watch Out for Price Volatility as the War Enters Its Later Phases

November 4, 2001

It took less than an hour-and-a-half after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 before reports began to surface of price gouging by gasoline stations in California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. Some stations were charging as much as $5 a gallon before the state attorney generals stepped in and threatened to sue for consumer fraud.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Sunday, November 4, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Acquiescence to Employer Monitoring May Be a Future Condition to Getting a Company Vehicle

October 4, 2001

There are several very interesting trends that are emerging in different industries, which, when you plot out their trajectories, point to the fleet management industry as one of the areas of convergence. To explain, let me set the stage with several examples.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, October 4, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Look Outside of Fleet for Future Fleet Management Trends

September 4, 2001

If you want to know what the next big trend will be in fleet management, you need to look outside of the fleet management industry.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, September 4, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Are Red-Light Cameras Safety Devices or Cash Machines?

August 4, 2001

On May 30, 2001, the San Diego Police Department stopped mailing traffic tickets to motorists for running red lights based on photos taken by cameras at 19 intersections in the city.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Saturday, August 4, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Move by New York DMV to Track Insurance Electronically Creates Headaches for Fleets - More States to Follow Suit

July 4, 2001

In the past decade there has been an alarming increase in losses attributed to uninsured commercial drivers in the state of New York. Ultimately, New York decided to get tough by no longer solely accepting insurance cards as validation of liability insurance coverage.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, July 4, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

What are the Pitfalls of Making Vehicle Condition a Part of an Employee's Annual Job Review?

June 4, 2001

If an employee threw trash all over the office floor, scratched the paint off the walls, broke the light bulbs, left holes and dents in the wallboard, and skipped routine maintenance on the copier until it overheated and broke, no manager would tolerate this abuse, points out Chris Amos, fleet manager for the city of St. Louis.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, June 4, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

10 Ways to Increase Driver Compliance with Fleet Policy

May 4, 2001

The best time to control cost is before it occurs and the best way to do this is by establishing policies and procedures that inhibit unnecessary spending.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, May 4, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

High-Dollar Fleet Incentives are Decreasing Net Depreciation

April 12, 2001

For the past three years, the high volume of new-vehicle incentives that auto manufacturers are using to stimulate retail sales has exerted downward pressure on used-vehicle prices. On the other hand, the aggressive fleet incentives that have been in play since 2001 are starting to have the opposite effect on fleet resale values by helping to lower net depreciation expense. For instance, last year, fleets began to remarket vehicles that came into service during the post-9/11 period of aggressiv

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, April 12, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Fleet Policy Exceptions Increase Corporate Liability Exposure

April 8, 2001

What if your company is sued over a vehicle-related problem caused by an employee driver? If this should happen, it is important to know that subsequent legal decisions may be based on prior precedents and exceptions you have made to your company vehicle policy. You may potentially create a new problem by making an exception in resolving a driver-related problem. The last thing you want to do is to create a new problem in the course of resolving it, and the surest way to do so is to make an exc

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Sunday, April 8, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Will EZ Pass Become a Pain in the Neck?

April 4, 2001

For fleet managers, EZ Pass is becoming an administrative pain in the neck. More and more fleet managers are reporting an unexplained increase in EZ Pass violations.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, April 4, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(1)

A Seasonal Remarketing Strategy Will Minimize Vehicle Depreciation Expense

March 4, 2001

One of your top job priorities as a fleet manager is to obtain the highest resale price for each company vehicle you take out of service.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Sunday, March 4, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Is the UK Controversy Over Driver Privacy a Prelude of What's to Come in the USA?

February 4, 2001

The Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU) has threatened legal action against ADT Fire & Security, one of the largest security companies in the United Kingdom, if it installs tracking devices in 1,300 of its 4,300 company vehicles. These 1,300 vehicles are driven by service engineers (who are AEEU members) to service and maintain security systems.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Sunday, February 4, 2001 3:02 PM | » Comments(-1)

Author Bio

Mike Antich

Editor and Associate Publisher

Mike Antich has been covering the fleet management and vehicle remarketing markets for more than 20 years. During this period, Mike has written or edited more than 4,600 articles on the subjects of fleet management, manufacturer fleet activities, the fleet leasing industry, and vehicle remarketing. He was inducted in the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2010.

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