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Are You a ‘Fireman’ or a Manager? Hint: One is a Dead-End Job

August 11, 2014

How would you characterize your job? Are you more of a “fireman,” spending your days putting out one fire after another? Or, do you devote the time to truly manage your fleet? Most of us will say we do both, but putting out fires consumes a tremendous amount of time and decreases the time invested in managing the fleet from a strategic level. At the most fundamental level, we have to ask ourselves: Are we tactical or strategic managers?

Tags: Fleet Management, Procurement, Fleet Planning

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Fleet Management Circa 2025

May 15, 2014

How will fleet management change in the next 10 years? I foresee three transformational forces that will sweep through our industry and redirect its long-term direction.

Tags: Fleet Management, Technology, Fleet Costs, Baby Boomers, Demographics

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

The Curse of Running a Well-Managed Fleet

April 23, 2014

A fleet manager’s capabilities and expertise can be easily overlooked by executive management, especially when a fleet is well run. When fleet runs smoothly, it tends not to be on the radar of senior management, who, often, are not aware of the required behind-the-scenes expertise. However, the biggest curse to running a well-run fleet is that it sometimes breeds complacency. Here's how to avoid it.

Tags: Fleet Management, Problem Solving, Best-in-Class Fleet, Cost-Saving Initiatives

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

The Migration of U.S. Fleet Management to the European Fleet Model

March 3, 2014

Could the U.S. fleet market of the future evolve in the same direction as the European fleet market? The key factor driving the European fleet market from the 1960s to present has been a high taxation environment. There are many indicators that point to the U.S. entering a new era of very high taxation. Could the same future unfold for the U.S. fleet market as it did in Europe? In my mind, this is not a far-fetched scenario.

Tags: Fleet Management, Europe, Company-Provided Vehicles, Global Fleet Management Conference

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 3, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

How Fleet can Minimize Interdepartmental Friction

July 30, 2013

Fleet managers have to deal with other department managers who may not be team players or who have egos the size of a Class 8 truck. As a result, there are the inevitable fleet-related interdepartmental conflicts, typically driven by the challenge of balancing HR/driver requirements versus finance/accounting department requirements, which are often at odds with one another. Some criticize this involvement of “non-fleet” managers, rather than seeking ways to partner with them.

Tags: best practices, Risk Management, Fleet Management, Procurement, Human Resources

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

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)

Short-Sighted Management: What Not to Do in a Recession

May 26, 2009

I am dismayed at the number of fleet managers who have lost their jobs due to corporate cutbacks. Similarly, I am amazed at the short-sightedness of today's senior management making these decisions without regard to the implications of lesser-qualified individuals managing one of their largest asset classes. I predict that companies that downgrade the expertise of their in-house management will be on the wrong side of history and will be the poster children of what not to do in a recession.

Tags: Fleet Management, Layoffs, Fleet Manager, Recession

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:59 AM | » Comments(5)

A Tough Time to Operate a Fleet

December 9, 2008

Twenty-five years ago, there was a utopian vision of what fleet management would be like in the 21st century. However, this new century has been far from utopian. Its reality is more like a maelstrom. In eight short years, fleet managers have been buffeted by one major crisis after another, most of them unprecedented and severe. The first decade of the 21st century is shaping up to be one of the most tumultuous in the history of fleet management.

Tags: Fleet Management, Congress, Recession, vehicle manufacturers

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2008 10:09 AM | » Comments(2)

Strategic Fleet Management Focuses on Management by Objective

August 25, 2008

The greatest challenge facing the future of fleet management is how we see ourselves as a profession. Are we administrators of a fleet or are we managers? Do we manage from a tactical level – putting out day-to-day fires – or from a strategic level focusing on specific long-term objectives using metrics to benchmark progress? In the future, you will need a strategic focus to succeed in fleet management; otherwise you run the risk of fading into irrelevancy.

Tags: AFLA, Fleet Management

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, August 25, 2008 3:13 PM | » Comments(2)

Fleet Management Circa 2018

July 25, 2008

The greatest catalyst for change in fleet management in the next 10 years will be "technology." It is getting increasingly expensive to operate a fleet. There are diminishing opportunities to reduce cost and enhance fleet efficiency using traditional fleet management techniques. A growing number of companies are investigating (or are more receptive) to technology-based fleet solutions. Looking ahead, here are my predictions as to how technology will change fleet management in the next 10 years.

Tags: Fleet Management

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, July 25, 2008 9:24 AM | » Comments(2)

The Dangers of Policy Exceptions

June 10, 2008

It is these procedures and regulations that determine the types of fleet each of us operates and its characteristics. Think about it. By creating policy such as to who is eligible for a company vehicle, you are, in effect, determining the size of your fleet. 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.

Tags: Fleet Management, fleet policies

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, June 10, 2008 4:13 PM | » Comments(0)

10 Milestones That Changed Fleet Management

May 30, 2008

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, businesses started to migrate from salesmen reimbursement to company-owned fleets. Since then, 10 milestones have dramatically changed the nature of fleet.

Tags: Fleet Management, Fleet Incentives

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, May 30, 2008 4:05 PM | » Comments(3)

Avoid the Complacency of Running a Well-Managed Fleet

May 2, 2008

Complacency. It is defined as self-satisfaction, especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies. Is this you? Complacency is a real danger to fleet operations, especially well-run fleets.

Tags: Fleet Management, Fleet Manager

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, May 2, 2008 1:32 PM | » Comments(0)

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