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Today's Top Fleet Trends for Nation's Largest Fleets

March 30, 2016

Each year, we compile a listing of the nation's Top 300 commercial fleets. This gives us an opportunity to get a pulse on the state of the commercial fleet market. Every fleet in the Top 300 commercial fleet listing has its own fleet strategy and challenges; some unique, but most are common to a number of fleets. Here is my “lightning round” summary of the top trends and operational considerations influencing the management of the nation’s largest commercial fleets.

Tags: Trends, Large Fleets, Order to Delivery

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, March 30, 2016 9:08 AM | » Comments(0)

Increased Demand and Rail Delays Create Upfitter Logjam in MY-2015

September 17, 2015

One challenge for both the 2015- and 2014-MY has been the increased volume of fleet vehicles going to upfitters, which has resulted in capacity constraints. With the increasing demand and growth of the commercial truck and van segments – particularly among utilities and service industries – the percentage of upfitted vehicles is growing. Upfitters are feeling the pressure of increased demand.

Tags: Upfitting, 2015-MY, Order to Delivery, Rail Cars, antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, September 17, 2015 4:43 PM | » Comments(0)

High-Roof Vans Causing OTD Delays

September 17, 2015

Railroad backlogs impacted ship-thru units requiring upfitted equipment in the 2015-MY. Not only is there a rail-car shortage, but there were also logistical delays in loading and unloading rail cars due to the higher volume of high-roof vehicles. The limited number of rail cars that can accommodate the larger, high-roof vans created a backlog at assembly plants and caused delays in shipping to and from upfitters.

Tags: Order to Delivery, Delivery Delays, Rail Cars, Full-Size Vans, Ship-Thru

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, September 17, 2015 3:50 PM | » Comments(0)

OEMs Improve Quality Hold Process, But More Needs to be Done to Avoid Backlogs

September 17, 2014

The good news is the management of quality holds by OEMs has improved tremendously in the 2014-MY. However, much more still needs to be done. As has been the case for the past several model-years, lengthening OEM quality holds continue to adversely impact fleet order-to-delivery (OTD) times by incurring added costs due to missed residual timing, repair costs to older vehicles still in service, and rental expenses

Tags: Order to Delivery, Quality Holds, Delivery Delays

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 9:24 AM | » Comments(0)

The ‘Perfect Storm’ in Rail Congestion Turns Fleet into Collateral Damage

June 10, 2014

Fleet order-to-delivery (OTD) has been brutal this model-year due to severe weather conditions, which exacerbated rail congestion, creating huge backlogs of vehicles needing to be shipped. However, some are beginning to believe the rail congestion experienced this winter is more of a symptom of a systemic infrastructure weakness and not solely the consequence of severe weather. Here's why they think so.

Tags: Railroads, Exports, Order to Delivery, Bakken Oil Fields

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

OTD Concerns Due to Surge of Oil Shipped by Rail

April 17, 2014

The railroad industry is the primary long-distance shipper of automobiles from assembly plants to dealers, which represents almost 9 percent of total rail freight. However, the auto industry is not the only railroad customer, and it competes with other shippers for scarce rail resources. Such is the case with petroleum companies shipping crude oil by rail, which is putting heavy demand on finite rail resources. What impact will this have on fleet OTD?

Tags: Railroads, Freight, Order to Delivery, Oil Shipments

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

10 Ways to Further Improve OTD

September 24, 2013

All OEMs have been proactive in providing order-to-delivery (OTD) status updates on fleet vehicles in transit. In addition, fleet management companies have launched a multitude of enhancements to their abilities to track OTD for ordered fleet units. However, there is still much more that can be done.

Tags: Order to Delivery

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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, railcar shortages, Order to Delivery

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

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

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

Order-to-Delivery Times Increase Slightly in MY-2010

Multiple factors increased fleet order-to-delivery times, such as quality holds, massive recalls, the Cash for Clunkers program, GM & Chrysler’s emergence from bankruptcy, and the decision to build to demand, not to capacity.

September 29, 2010

Multiple factors increased fleet order-to-delivery times, such as quality holds, massive recalls, the Cash for Clunkers program, GM & Chrysler’s emergence from bankruptcy, and the decision to build to demand, not to capacity. This data is based on a survey, which tracked deliveries of 159,349 new vehicles in the 2010 model-year, representing 86 models.

Tags: Order to Delivery

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:47 AM | » Comments(0)

Forecast of Order-to-Delivery Times for 2010-MY Fleet Orders

October 23, 2009

With the 2009 model-year behind us and 2010 model-year ordering in progress, how will 2010-MY order-to-delivery times (OTD) fare? Some foresee the 2010 model-year being a challenging one for OTD (not as challenging as 2009-MY, however), but one that could result in longer than normal delivery times.

Tags: Forecast, Order to Delivery

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, October 23, 2009 4:02 PM | » Comments(0)

2009 Order-to-Delivery Times Battered on Multiple Fronts

September 29, 2009

The multitude of factors buffeting order-to-delivery (OTD) times for commercial fleets during the 2009 model-year were breathtaking and historic. To say the 2009 model-year was a difficult year for new-vehicle deliveries would be an extreme understatement.

Tags: 2009-MY, Order to Delivery

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, September 29, 2009 8:38 AM | » Comments(0)

Fleets Scramble to Cope With Extended Plant Shutdowns

December 23, 2008

The dramatic decrease in sales has prompted automakers to make significant adjustments to production schedules. A number of fleets are affected by the unanticipated, longer-than-normal, plant shutdowns. These fleet managers expect order-and-delivery (OTD) times to increase in 2009 due to revised production schedules. These fleet managers say the extended plant shutdown schedules, for all intents and purposes, shortens the 2009 model-year, which early-order cut-off dates will only aggravate.

Tags: Plant Closure, Chrysler, General Motors, Order to Delivery, Assembly Plants

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2008 10:46 AM | » Comments(0)

Mixed 2008 OTD Performance: Some Models Up, Some Down

September 12, 2008

The 2008 model-year produced mixed results in order-to-delivery (OTD) perfromance. A protracted UAW strike and flooding in the Midwest delayed some models, while other models posted improved OTD due to reduced retail sales, which expedited fleet production. In addition, there was sufficient rail car availability due to soft retail sales and a decrease in quality holds.

Tags: GE Capital Solutions Fleet Services, Wheels Inc., Donlen, ARI, PHH, UAW, LeasePlan, Order to Delivery

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, September 12, 2008 2:33 PM | » Comments(1)

Will High Demand for 4-Cylinder Engines Increase OTD?

July 11, 2008

Although fleet is extremely important to automakers, the reality is that retail sales and retail considerations drive many OEM decisions. Currently, retail buyers are demanding four-cylinder engines in what appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to paying, on average, $4.03 per gallon for gasoline. Franchise dealers just don’t have enough four-cylinders in inventory to meet this demand and they are clamoring for more product.

Tags: Order to Delivery

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, July 11, 2008 8:19 AM | » Comments(0)



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