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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)

Who Will Succeed You as Fleet Manager?

July 13, 2010

I asked a number of long-time fleet managers, who have the perspective of history, their thoughts about the future of the fleet manager position. In particular, I asked who they thought would succeed them when they retire or move on to other opportunities. A surprising number felt the future for in-house fleet managers is bleak. Others cited no "new blood" being infused into the ranks of the fleet management profession.

Tags: Fleet Manager

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:30 AM | » Comments(6)

Commercial Fleet Buying Intentions Remain Cautious for 2011-MY

June 28, 2010

Many companies continue to be uncertain as to whether the economic recovery is sustainable and are hesitant to recommence hiring. Most companies anticipate 2011-MY fleet orders will be comparable to 2010-MY ordering, but this is still below 2008-MY levels. Delayed 2011 introductions are prompting fleets to shift some of their orders from fall fleet buys to spring fleet orders. In an exclusive market survey, 300 major corporate fleets reveal their 2011-MY buying inclinations.

Tags: Top Fleets, Fleet Manager, 2011-MY, vehicle order

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, June 28, 2010 7:02 PM | » Comments(1)

The ‘Gray Areas’ of Fleet Management

September 8, 2009

Let's face it, some companies don't take fleet as seriously as they say they do. For them, fleet is not core to their business. The refrain is: We're in the "widget" business, not the car business. Internal corporate politics introduces many gray areas to fleet management such as making fleet decisions based on favoritism, giving lip service to safety, greenwashing, and pressuring suppliers for favors.

Tags: Fleet Manager, Company Vehicle

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, September 8, 2009 10:01 AM | » Comments(5)

What Fleet Managers Find Rewarding About Their Jobs

August 11, 2009

In these challenging times, you might think the rewards of being a fleet manager are few and far between. However, this is not so with many fleet managers. There are six common themes to what fleet managers find fulfilling about their jobs.

Tags: Fleet Manager, Career Building, job satisfaction

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, August 11, 2009 11:07 AM | » Comments(3)

Are Fleet Managers Still Having Fun?

July 31, 2009

Any long-time fleet manager knows change is the norm in the fleet management profession. However, in the past 12 months, fleet managers have had to deal with unprecedented challenges. In the wake of tumultuous events buffeting the auto industry and ongoing market uncertainty, do fleet managers still think their jobs are fun? Here are their confidential responses.

Tags: fleet challenges, Fleet Manager, Procurement, job satisfaction

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, July 31, 2009 2:25 PM | » Comments(4)

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)

10 Traits of Successful Commercial Fleet Managers

April 21, 2009

Show me a well-run fleet and I will show you a top-notch fleet manager. A fleet manager validates his or her importance by cost-effectively managing corporate assets and controlling the expenses associated with operating these assets. Although each fleet is unique, there are common traits found among successful commercial fleet managers. Here are 10 management traits that ensure a fleet is operating at the optimum level.

Tags: Fleet Manager, Commercial Fleets

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:14 PM | » Comments(7)

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)

Managing the Uncontrollable

February 25, 2008

The country’s best managed fleets are exemplified by the Top 300 commercial fleets. Operating a fleet of 1,000 vehicles or more is an expensive proposition and, with most companies, it represents the second-highest corporate expenditure after payroll.

Tags: Top Fleets, Fleet Manager

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, February 25, 2008 11:21 AM | » Comments(0)

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