Market Trends

The Transition to 42-Volt Batteries and Its Impact on In-House Fleet Maintenance

March 4, 2004

The 12-volt battery, along with the automotive electrical system it supports, will more than triple its voltage to 42 volts in the next four years. The three forces driving a new, higher voltage standard for automotive electrical systems are: 1. The increased power demands from convenience/comfort features and new electronic/telematic devices. 2. Mandated emission standards. 3. Mandated fuel economy standards. Vehicle electrical demand has doubled in the past 20 years and the current

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, March 4, 2004 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

First-Ever Privacy Law Protects Drivers from Black Box Data

February 4, 2004

Event data recorders (EDRs) are electronic “black boxes” that collect and store information about the operation of a vehicle. A variety of data can be recorded such as vehicle speed, steering wheel angle, accelerator pedal position, and the degree of pressure applied to the brakes immediately prior to an accident. Nationwide, black box sensors have been built into millions of vehicles currently in operation.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, February 4, 2004 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Extended Service Life Exerts Upward Pressures on Fleet

January 15, 2004

A key factor exerting upward pressure on public sector fleet operating costs is the long-standing trend to operate vehicles for ever-longer service lives. All around the country, public sector fleets are being forced by budgetary constraints to defer or reduce capital expenditures to acquire replacement vehicles. This is especially the case for fleets that depend on appropriations from their agencies' general funds rather than fleet replacement funds. As a result, these fleets are running vehicl

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2004 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Will OE Tire Strategies Increase Fleet Operating Costs?

January 4, 2004

A growing trend is for auto designers to work with tire manufacturers in developing tires specific to particular model vehicles. This has proliferated the number of tire sizes available since no other tire in the tire manufacturer’s product line meets this vehicle-specific performance and handling specification.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Sunday, January 4, 2004 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

NY Health Law Expands Smoke-free Workplace to Company Vehicles

December 4, 2003

Health concerns about exposure to secondhand smoke have caused many states to enact clean indoor air laws that restrict or prohibit smoking in the workplace. Currently, 24 states have such restrictions. In addition, many cities and counties have enacted similar ordinaces that restrict or prohibit smoking in the workplace. The question is what constitutes a "workplace."

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, December 4, 2003 3:02 PM | » Comments(-6)

Under-Reserving Depreciation Expense is Compounding Fleet Resale Losses

November 13, 2003

Although resale prices for used fleet vehicles in the wholesale market have stabilized in recent months, the majority of vehicles whose depreciation has been amortized at two percent per month continue to lose money at resale.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2003 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

The Next Generation of Fleet Management

November 4, 2003

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 lowest possible cost. However, managers of well-run fleets will tell you that is getting harder and harder to significantly reduce costs without fundamentally altering the composition of their fleet.

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

Resale Losses Prompt Some Management to Reconsider Driver Reimbursement

September 4, 2003

A few fleet managers are voicing concern that their senior management is reacting to the current resale losses on their fleet vehicles by questioning the necessity of offering company-provided vehicles. They ask whether driver reimbursement might be a better option since it eliminates the company's vulnerability to downwings in used-vehicle values.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2003 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Are We Losing Control Over Fleet Management?

June 4, 2003

Ask yourself, how much control do you really have over the following market conditions?

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

Why the Federal Government Should Discourage Employee Reimbursement

May 9, 2003

Professional fleet management helps the federal government achieve its environmental objective by operating millions of well-maintained, fuel-efficient vehicles. These late-model company-provided vehicles that are on the road today help the government to reduce tailpipe emission levels and conserve gasoline.

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, May 9, 2003 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Is Your Employee Sales Program Leaving Money on the Table?

May 4, 2003

One skill that sets apart exceptional fleet managers is their vehicle remarketing expertise. Nowadays, emphasis is placed on fleet purchasing and not enough on remarketing.

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

How to Manage a 'Reverse Expansion'

April 4, 2003

In the past 12 months, there have been a growing number of corporate downsizings and layoffs; but in today’s politically correct business environment, such terms are viewed as too harsh.

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

Do Limited Choice Selectors Cultivate Driver Receptivity to Reimbursement?

March 4, 2003

In the early years of fleet, company drivers were typically given a selector allowing them to choose between a Ford, Chevrolet, or Plymouth.

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

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)

Author Bio

Mike Antich

Editor and Associate Publisher

Mike has covered fleet management and remarketing for more than 20 years and entered the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2010.

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