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Global Fleet Management:<br> There are More Similarities than You Think

January 9, 2012

Many of the challenges facing U.S. fleet managers are identical to the challenges facing your counterparts managing fleets elsewhere in the world. Many of these fleet trends extend beyond the U.S. and are offshoots of much larger global trends. Oftentimes, best practices in fleet management emerge from outside the U.S., which is good reason for you to familiarize yourself with what's occurring in other global fleet markets.

Tags: Sustainability, Downsizing, Market Trends, Rightsizing, Multinational Fleets

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, January 9, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Deferring Vehicle Replacements is Counter-Productive to the Intended Goal

November 16, 2009

During economic uncertainty, senior management demands expense reductions and limits capital expenditures. Since fleet is usually among the top 10 corporate capital expenditures, there is pressure to defer vehicle replacements. However, this cost-containment strategy misses the point that all fleet-related expenses, both fixed and operating, are influenced by when a vehicle is replaced. Cost reductions in acquisitions are often offset by rising costs elsewhere.

Tags: Vehicle Replacement, Lifecycle Costs, Downsizing, budget cuts

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, November 16, 2009 8:26 PM | » Comments(1)

Forecast for 2009: A Litany of Uncertainty

December 16, 2008

On the eve of the 2009 calendar-year, fleet managers are bracing for a new year filled with uncertainty about the economy and the long-term viability of the Detroit Three. There is a long litany of uncertainties voiced by commercial fleet managers about what may unfold. Many fleet managers view the changes currently roiling the industry as "tectonic shifts" in how commercial fleets will be run in the future.

Tags: Layoffs, Downsizing, viability

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2008 10:08 AM | » Comments(2)

Import-Badged Models Increase Market Penetration with 2009 Fleet Buy

September 9, 2008

When fuel prices crossed the $3.25 per gallon threshold, fleets began looking for ways to downsize vehicles or opt to four-cylinder engines.This trend is reinforced by corporate sustainability initiatives and/or fuel spend/GHG reduction programs. The shift to four-cylinder engines is broad-based and includes many of the nation’s largest fleets. One consequence to this increased demand for four-cylinder models is that fleets have increased their purchases of import-badged vehicles.

Tags: Downsizing, New Vehicle Sales

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2008 11:19 AM | » Comments(0)

Increased Fleet Demand for 4-Cylinder Engines

June 30, 2008

There is a growing belief among fleet managers that today’s high fuel prices are not a temporary phenomenon, but a new reality. Almost everyone is looking for ways to downsize vehicles (where possible) or opt to four-cylinder engines as part of either a corporate sustainability initiative or fuel spend / GHG reduction program.

Tags: Green Initiatives, Downsizing

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, June 30, 2008 4:03 PM | » Comments(0)

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