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10 Universal Mega Trends Impacting Global Fleets

March 25, 2014

There are dramatic differences between regional fleet markets around the globe. Yet, despite these differences, there are also many similarities. Many of the challenges facing fleet managers are identical to the challenges facing their counterparts elsewhere in the world. Oftentimes, fleet best practices in addressing these challenges emerge from outside your local market, which is good reason to be familiar with what’s occurring elsewhere in the world. Here are the top 10 universal mega trends.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleets, Fuel Prices, Procurement, global fleet, Taxation, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Component Theft and Vandalism: A Growing Expense for Truck Fleet Managers

January 28, 2014

Protecting vehicle assets from vandalism and theft is a growing problem for many fleets.Industrywide, these thefts run the gamut from catalytic converters, tailgates, and spare tires, all the way to the vehicle itself. As fuel prices increase, fuel theft becomes more common, especially fuel siphoning. Trucks parked overnight are found the next day with holes in the fuel tanks to steal the drained fuel. Here's what companies need to do to secure unattended vehicles.

Tags: Insurance, Vandalism, Catalytic Converters, Theft, Tailgates, Spare Tires, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Traits Needed to Successfully Implement a Fleet Sustainability Program

December 13, 2013

Even with senior management support, implementing a green fleet sustainability program is not for the faint-hearted. Inevitably, there will be pushback from all sides, which, at times, can seem overwhelming. A fleet manager’s mettle will be tested, but there are 13 traits that will help you be successful.

Tags: Sustainability, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

IRS to Focus on Auditing Fleets for Personal-Use Reporting & Compliance

December 10, 2013

Last August, the IRS announced areas it will prioritize for audits in 2014, one of which is fringe benefits, especially the personal use of company vehicles. Managing personal-use compliance is a headache. It is also expensive, with internal costs ranging from $35 to $75 per year per vehicle. Here's what you need to do to be prepared should your friendly IRS agent come knocking on your front door.

Tags: Personal Use, IRS, Fleet Manager, compliance, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Top Trends in Truck Fleet Management in 2014

November 27, 2013

Calendar-years 2014 and 2015 will be pivotal years for truck fleet management due to the discontinuation of long-time commercial vehicles and the all-new replacement models and upfit packages entering the market. This is prompting vehicle and equipment specification revisions from the perspective of fleet efficiencies and driver satisfaction. Here are the Top 12 trends.

Tags: Ergonomics, Telematics, Upfitting, Sustainability, Lightweighting, Lifecycling, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

How to Minimize the Risk of an Internal Audit of an Employee Sales Program

November 7, 2013

When selling out-of-service fleet vehicles to employees, companies need to ensure fleet policy is uniformly applied — without exception — and that all buyers are treated uniformly and consistently. If you are involved in individual price negotiations, it is prudent to document the sales process. Auditors want to ensure that policy is being enforced uniformly and consistently throughout the organization. Here's what you need to do to ensure you sail through an internal audit with flying colors.

Tags: Resale, Fleet Policy, Internal Audit, Employee Sales Program, Wholetail Pricing, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Policy Non-Compliance Can Void OEM Warranties

October 28, 2013

Many fleet vehicles require specialized synthetic motor oil, special coolant fluids, filters, OEM-manufactured spare parts, and strict adherence to manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedules to guarantee new-vehicle warranty coverage. The OEMs have become more stringent in requiring adherence to their maintenance service recommendations for a vehicle to remain eligible for new-vehicle warranty coverage.

Tags: Policy Compliance, Post-Warranty Recovery, OEM Warranties, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, October 28, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Is the Fleet Industry Grossly Under-Estimating Personal Use Miles of Company-Provided Vehicles

October 16, 2013

If you asked fleet managers what the industry average is for personal use of company vehicles, most would say it is approximately 15-18 percent. But, is it? Most of us will agree that some drivers fudge their personal-use mileage, but no one knows by how much. There is a growing suspicion that personal-use mileage is far greater — perhaps substantially greater — than what the industry accepts as conventional wisdom.

Tags: Telematics, Personal Use, Remarketing, mileage, Resale, Company-Provided Vehicles, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

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)

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)

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)

Why Certain High-Tech Firms Favor Reimbursement

June 6, 2012

Historically, IBM was the largest company offering a corporate reimbursement program. In its heyday, IBM had more than 25,000 drivers on reimbursement. However, since then, there have emerged major company-provided fleets operated by hi-tech companies, such as Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Intel, etc.. Despite this trend, certain high-tech companies continue to be more receptive to driver reimbursement programs than company-provided vehicles. Why is this so?

Tags: Reimbursement, Microsoft, IBM, Apple, The GAP, Bed Bath & Beyond, Antich, FAVR

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, June 6, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Electronic Onboard Recorders: It’s Only a Question of Time

May 24, 2012

The paper-based logbook system used to track hours of service (HOS) by commercial truck fleets is prone to driver manipulation and falsification. Even the FMCSA has stated that falsification of logbooks is widespread. By all accounts, the current system of manually recorded logbooks is a joke. Yet, despite this “elephant in the room,” the federal government remains unable to mandate onboard devices to improve HOS enforcement. Why can it work in Europe, but not here?

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, electronics onboard recorders, Antich, American Trucking Associations

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Poor Truck Ergonomics 'Cramp' Fleet Productivity

March 30, 2012

A one-size-fits-all approach to truck specifications is an ergonomic minefield, which could have litigious consequences. In addition, there are increased field complaints about “less-than-ergonomic” upfit decisions. Besides health issues, poor ergonomics is also a key contributor to preventable accidents. Proactively resolving ergonomic issues can have a significant impact in reducing workers’ comp costs, improving productivity, and decreasing fatigue-induced driver errors.

Tags: Market Trends, truck fleets, Workers' Compensation, Ergonomics, Antich, Truck Specs

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

Resale Values Forecast to Decline 10-15% by 2014 as Used-Vehicle Supply Increases

September 13, 2011

Today’s high resale values are an anomaly caused by the shortage of used vehicles in the wholesale market due to the extremely low sales of new vehicles during the 2008-2011 timeframe. Nowadays, everyone is a hero when it comes to getting top dollar for their out-of-service fleet vehicles. However, these artificially high prices will ultimately decline as used-vehicle supply increases.

Tags: Remarketing, Used Vehicles, residuals, Antich, Resale Value

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, September 13, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Modifying Driver Behavior: The 'Last Mile' in Greening a Fleet

September 2, 2011

If you are constrained by equipment limitations, the "last mile" to achieving corporate sustainability objectives is modifying driver behavior. This is possibly the greatest opportunity available to fleet managers to green their fleets.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Eco-Driving, Antich, Green, Sustainability

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, September 2, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Proposed 2025 CAFE Standards to be the Catalyst for the Increased Hybridization of Fleets

August 8, 2011

The 2025 CAFE rules will have a dramatic impact on the types of future vehicles in fleet operations. Currently, no OEM can meet the 2025 CAFE standard of 54.5 mpg, which will double the average EPA-rated fuel economy for all OEMs selling vehicles in the U.S. in less than two decades. Today, only a handful of models get 39 mpg or more. To achieve this standard, the government plans to incentivize the use of advanced technologies, such as hybrid powertrains and vehicle electrification.

Tags: PHEV, CAFE Standards, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, August 8, 2011 4:05 PM | » Comments(0)

The Best Green Fleet Strategy is to Reduce Fuel Consumption

June 15, 2011

If you want to green your fleet by reducing emissions, you need to decrease fuel consumption. Up to 30 percent of a vehicle's fuel efficiency is impacted by driver behavior. The way an employee drives make a big difference in the volume of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions emitted by a company vehicle. Every unnecessary gallon of diesel burned creates 22.1 lbs. of CO2. The quickest way to reduce fuel consumption is to modify employee driving behavior.

Tags: Sustainability, Driver Behavior, Fuel Efficiency, Mike Antich, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:49 AM | » Comments(0)

The Impact of CAFE on Fleet Procurement

May 31, 2011

I foresee fleet procurement patterns changing due to impending federal-mandated corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards in 2016 and 2025. Government CAFE mandates for higher fuel economy, coupled with higher fuel prices, will change the vehicle portfolio mix offered by many OEMs, which in turn will ultimately change the asset composition of tomorrow’s fleets.

Tags: fleet procurement, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Antich, CAFE Standards

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 31, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

A New Emerging Fleet Issue – ‘Burnout’

May 9, 2011

My takeaway from last April’s NAFA I&E Conference was the extent to which fleet managers are being stretched to their limits. The catalyst has been the recent economic downturn, which decimated what little staff may have been at the disposal of many fleet managers. Time constraints have caused a fleet manager’s daily activity to be a "juggling act," which has devolved into “crisis management” of putting out an endless stream of "fires."

Tags: Fleet Management, role of the fleet manager, burnout, Antich, Mike Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, May 9, 2011 10:10 AM | » Comments(8)

The Uncontrollable Component of Fleet OTD

April 26, 2011

Fleet vehicles are vulnerable to order-to-delivery (OTD) delays because most fleet orders are concentrated among a handful of models. There are four components to the OTD cycle: ordering, scheduling, production, and delivery.The weak link is the delivery component. For the past 10 years, the nationwide rail car shortage has been a factor in fleet delivery delays. This promises to continue to be the case for the foreseeable future. Here's why.

Tags: order to delivery times, Antich, Mike Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 26, 2011 3:14 PM | » Comments(1)

The Ongoing Used-Vehicle Shortage Favors a Short-Cycling Replacement Strategy

April 18, 2011

Nearly all fleet-related costs, both fixed and operating, are influenced by when a vehicle is replaced. Today’s exceptionally strong wholesale market caused by the shortage of used vehicles offers commercial fleet managers an “out-of-the box opportunity” to short cycle vehicles. A shorter 24-month replacement cycle will maximize resale values, reduce operating costs and downtime, increase negotiating leverage with OEMs, and improve driver morale,

Tags: Used Vehicles, fleet depreciation, Short Cycling, Antich, Mike Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, April 18, 2011 5:06 PM | » Comments(1)

Time to Add a New Component in Calculating Total Cost of Ownership

April 1, 2011

Senior management at many U.S. companies continues to support corporate sustainability and green fleet initiatives. In the past, “green” was difficult to “pencil out” when calculating vehicle lifecycle costs, but those days appear to be ending.

Tags: total cost of ownership, green fleet, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, April 1, 2011 9:51 AM | » Comments(0)

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