Market Trends

The Emerging Trend of Simultaneous Remarketing on Multiple Online Platforms

May 7, 2013

When you electronically buy an airline ticket, you do so through an electronic hub, such as Egencia. When realtors electronically list homes for sale, they use a multiple listing service for all other realtors to simultaneously see the property listing. Many see comparable change occurring for the remarketing of vehicles in the wholesale market. The consensus among remarketers is not “if” this will occur, but “when.” And, just as important, most see it happening sooner, rather than later

Tags: IARA, Remarketing, Online Auctions

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

June 29, 2007: A Seminal Day in the History of Fleet

April 29, 2013

Significant dates in the history of fleet management, which ushered the start of profound change in the industry, include: Oct. 16, 1973 - The first OPEC oil embargo, which completely altered the types of vehicles driven by fleets and August 12, 1981 - IBM’s launch of its first desktop computer, which expanded computerization beyond the IT department to the desktop of every fleet manager. In future years, a new milestone date will be recognized - June 29, 2007.

Tags: Fleet History, Mike Antich, mobile devices, Antich, iPhone, mobile fleet applications

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Maximize Fuel Efficiency as a Sustainability Goal

April 5, 2013

Sustainability initiatives will continue to play an important, albeit complex, role in corporate fleets of today and tomorrow. There are a number of excellent alternative-fuel solutions currently available in the market and there are a growing number of fleets that have successfully implemented these solutions. But what can fleets do, whose spirit is green, but whose fiscal reality and operating requirements present road blocks to implementing corporate sustainabililty goals?

Tags: Sustainability, Novo Nordisk, Fuel Efficiency, Konecranes, FedEx, Antich, Fleet, green fleet

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Why is the Fleet Manager the Last to Know?

March 27, 2013

During the course of a year, I talk with hundreds of fleet managers and one common complaint is that they are often the last to know when significant corporate decisions are made that impact fleet operations. In these instances, fleet managers are not afforded the same consideration given to their counterparts managing the company’s core businesses. Why does this occur and what can you do about it?

Tags: Mike Antich, Antich, corporate communication, fleet manager position, fleet communication

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(8)

10 Strategies to Curb Medium-Duty Truck Operating Costs

March 18, 2013

There is ongoing upward pressure on operating costs for medium-duty truck fleets. Factors impacting operating costs are volatile diesel prices, replacement tire costs, and longer service lives, which are increasing maintenance expenses due to component failures, escalating parts prices, and higher labor rates. Here are 10 strategies fleets are employing to mitigate these cost increases.

Tags: Operating Costs, Medium-Duty Trucks, Tires, Mike Antich, Disc Brakes, Market Trends, Rightsizing, engine governors, LED Lighting

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Is Technology 'Dumbing Down' Fleet Managers?

March 4, 2013

While technology has transformed fleet management to a science, it has also created the risk that, ultimately, technology may “dumb down” fleet managers. In the past, fleet managers would personally perform the calculations and engage in the “cerebral sweat” to accomplish almost all fleet functions. Nowadays (and increasingly so in the future), sophisticated fleet management systems perform these calculations and analyses with the fleet manager only seeing the end result, not the prrocess.

Tags: Technology, Fleet Managers, CAFM program

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 4, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

The Impact of Larger Diameter Tires on Fleets

February 28, 2013

The average replacement tire cost per month rose 15 percent, and, on a cost-per-mile basis, rose 10 percent in 2012 compared to 2011. There are a variety of factors influencing tire costs, such as commodity prices and increased global demand; however, the industry-wide retail trend to larger diameter OE tire sizes is a key factor in driving up replacement tire prices in the past decade.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services, Tires, Modern Tire Dealer Magazine, fleet tire costs

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Top 15 Fleet Maintenance Trends in 2013 & Beyond

February 13, 2013

Vehicle quality continues to improve and extended powertrain warranties have covered some expensive repairs, which occur at higher mileage. Although quality has increased, vehicles are becoming more complex, especially with the proliferation of new onboard technologies. In this context, what follows are the top 15 maintenance trends for passenger cars that are facing commercial fleet managers in 2013 and beyond.

Tags: Replacement Tires, Motor Oil, Tires, Re-refined oil, Replacement Parts, Labor Costs, Extended PM Intervals, Synthetic Motor Oils, Post-Warranty Recovery, Antich, Fleet Maintenance

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

What Percentage of Your Budgeted Fleet Dollars are Wasted?

January 17, 2013

How much of a fleet’s annual budgeted dollars are wasted? Is it 5 percent, 10 percent, or even more? In my mind, eliminating waste is the proverbial low-hanging fruit. Before implementing new fleet initiatives requiring new dollars, let’s make our No. 1 priority to stop the waste of existing dollars. Let's examine the fleet-related areas that are rife with waste and discuss the protocols you need to minimize it.

Tags: Depreciation, Idling, Driver Training, Fuel Management, Tires, budgeting

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Long-Time Fleet Managers Reveal Their Secrets to Longevity in Fleet

January 9, 2013

Why do some fleet managers last longer in their positions than others? Longevity is important, because if you want to be a great fleet manager, you need “time in the saddle.” I’ve discovered that longevity is the secret to being exceptionally good at fleet management. So, back to my opening rhetorical question: What is the secret to longevity in fleet? Based on my conversations and observations over the years, there are four key factors.

Tags: Fleet Managers, success traits

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(15)

Making Sustainability Work: 10 Ways to Turn Users Into Stakeholders

January 3, 2013

The No.1 reason corporate sustainability programs are not “sustainable” is due to driver non-compliance. To make sustainability programs work, you need to turn drivers into stakeholders in the program. The overwhelming majority of drivers want to do the right thing; but most do not see sustainability as part of their job responsibilities. How do you create a corporate culture that encourages compliance with corporate sustainability policy?

Tags: Sustainability, Fuel Economy, eco driving, Alt-Fuel Vehicles, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, green fleet, stakeholder

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, January 3, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Looking Back Gives Us a Glimpse of What's Ahead

December 21, 2012

When you examine the seminal events of fleet management over the past 30 years, most were driven by changes in tax law, the introduction of governmental mandates,and adoption of new technologies. Looking to the future, we should probably expect more of the same.

Tags: Strategic Sourcing, Outsourcing, Clean Air Act, Women in Fleet Management, Tax Reform Act of 1986, IRS FAVR Reimbursement Regulations

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, December 21, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Will Technology Eliminate the ‘Personal Touch’ in Fleet Management?

December 13, 2012

Technology has transformed the way fleets communicate. One unintended consequence has been the increasing de-personalization of the interaction between fleet managers and drivers. In many ways, technology is slowly eliminating the “personal touch” to fleet management, which, since the inception of the profession, has been the hallmark of good fleet management, In the future, will personalized fleet management seem as quaint as the home delivery of milk?

Tags: Fleet Management, Technology, communication, business relationships

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Report Identifies Possible Cause of Corrosion in Systems Storing and Dispensing ULSD

November 12, 2012

There have been persistent reports of severe and accelerated corrosion in storage tanks and dispensing equipment, ever since the EPA mandated the introduction of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD). The Clean Diesel Fuel Alliance was formed, which commissioned a survey to investigate these reports. The results were released on Sept.5, 2012. The 146-page report says it has identified the possible cause of corrosion in systems stroing and dispensing ULSD.

Tags: ultra-low sulfur diesel, CJ-4 motor oil, Battelle, underground storage tanks, Clean Diesel Vehicles

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

No Silver Bullet to Fleet Emission Reductions

November 8, 2012

Vehicle fleets are key contributors to a company’s overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but they do offer a way to make quick emissions reductions. Since most companies replace approximately one-third of their fleet vehicles each year, they can structure selectors to favor more fuel-efficient models; however, there is a limit to this strategy. The reality is that there is no single silver bullet to fleet emissions reduction — it requires a multi-pronged approach.

Tags: telematics, Spec'ing, Eco-Driving, Fuel Management, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Anti-Idling

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Fleet Policy vs. the Second Amendment

October 29, 2012

A new issue for fleet managers has emerged – the clash of fleet policy with an employee's constitutional right to carry a concealed weapon for self-protection at the workplace. Several high-profile cases highlight this conflict, which highlight the clash between Second Amendment advocates and workplace safety policy and expose the gray areas surrounding the issue. An increasing number of new laws being passed around the country, allow employees to legally carry firearms in their vehicles.

Tags: Second Amendment, Workplace Safety, firearms

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, October 29, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Fleet Policy Compliance Crucial to Cost Control

October 4, 2012

Does your corporate culture encourage compliance with fleet policy? It should, because fleet policy is a crucial component of a company’s overall cost-control strategy. In my discussions with fleet management companies over the years, they tell me that the best managed fleets tend to be those that adhere to a written fleet policy. All too often, however, managers attempt to control fleet costs on the backend. The best time to control cost is before it occurs.

Tags: Policy Compliance

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Legitimate Concerns About Green Fleet Initiatives

October 4, 2012

Should the innovators of today, the market leaders of the next generation, create mobility based upon antiquated fuel? The long-term answer is no, but until then, we can’t hide our heads in the sand. There continue to be legitimate fleet concerns about going green. We can’t hope to truly “green” corporate America’s fleets (beyond simply being public relations statements) until these issues are resolved.

Tags: Alternative-fuel vehicles, Rightsizing, CO2 emissions

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Running Trucks Till the 'Wheels Fall Off' is Expensive and Counter-Productive

October 4, 2012

The cliché in fleet management is that trucks are kept in service until the wheels "fall off." In many cases, this isn’t too far from the truth. Typically, the more expensive the asset, the longer it will be kept in service, especially units upfitted with expensive auxiliary equipment. However, as study after study shows, extended truck replacement cycles often have the unintended consequence of resulting in greater long-term expenses and degradation in worker productivity.

Tags: Upfitting, Productivity, Replacement Cycles, lifecycle

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Policy Versus Guideline: The Trend Toward Flexible Replacement Cycles

October 4, 2012

Nearly all fleet-related expenses, both fixed and operating, are influenced by when a vehicle is taken out of service. A growing number of fleets are shifting to more flexible vehicle replacement cycles. Some fleets no longer call their replacement cycle a policy and instead call it a “guideline.” They want to reserve the right on determining when to take a vehicle out of service based on prevailing market conditions rather than predetermined mileage and months in service.

Tags: Replacement Cycles, lifecycle, Fleet Policy

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Increased Upfit Volume & OEM Quality Holds Create Backlogs at Upfitters

September 20, 2012

Upfitters are feeling the pressure from the increase in the number of upfitted vehicles requiring a ship-thru, which is overwhelming some installers and body builders. Also, many upfitter-related OTD issues are the result of OEM quality holds. Oftentimes, upfitted units are held at the body company due to limited storage space at the assembly plants caused by quality hold backlogs. This prevents the release of upfitted units into OEM traffic for final delivery via ship-thru/freight re-entry.

Tags: Upfitting, Ship-Thru, OTD, railcar shortages

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

The Melding of Driver Safety and Fleet Sustainability Initiatives

September 6, 2012

There are many similarities between eco-driving techniques and safe-driving techniques. In fact, there’s a direct correlation between safe driving and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It’s been proven: the safer the driver, the lower the GHG emissions.

Tags: Eco-Driving, Distracted Driving, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, eco-safe driving

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, September 6, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Game-Changing Fleet Megatrends

August 27, 2012

Within the context of fleet management, the concept of megatrends is used to identify economic and technological forces that can potentially alter our present-day industry in game-changing ways. Among the current megatrends that can potentially alter fleet as we know it are a higher interest rate environment, a higher taxation environment, leap-frogging technology, changing fleet demographics, and higher acquisition costs.

Tags: telematics, CAFE, interest rates, acquisition costs, Baby Boomers, fuel pricing

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, August 27, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Drivers are the Weak Link in License Plate Disposition

August 15, 2012

Although fleet management requires a strategic perspective, the reality is that it is a detail-oriented profession. The job requires paying attention to a multitude of details crucial to ensuring a well-run fleet. But, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details. A case in point is license plate disposition.

Tags: license plates, International Automotive Remarketers Alliance, Fleet Management Company, ARI, license plate disposition, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

FMCSA Seeks 445% Budget Hike to Increase CSA Enforcement

July 30, 2012

The Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) program was developed to allow FMCSA and its state partners to contact more fleets and drivers, to use improved data to identify high-risk fleets and drivers, and apply a wider range of interventions to correct high-risk behavior. While admirable in its intent, CSA has created a huge impact on fleet management, since it applies to all trucks that operate interstate and require a US DOT number.

Tags: Market Trends, FMCSA, CSA, DOT,

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, July 30, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

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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