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Big Data and Advanced Analytics will Further Intertwine Procurement and Fleet

February 15, 2017

Looking ahead, how will procurement and fleet evolve in the future? My prediction is there will be market forces (both internal and external), along with technological enhancements, that will facilitate a much closer collaboration between the two disciplines using a combination of in-house and outsourced expertise.

Tags: Procurement, Fleet Management Companies, Big Data, Pharmaceutical Fleets

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:26 AM | » Comments(1)

Fleet to be Impacted by Broader Procurement Trends

February 6, 2017

Just as with fleet management, there are many disruptive changes anticipated in the broader discipline of corporate procurement, much of it technologically driven. Many of these changes will directly impact fleet sourcing decisions.

Tags: Procurement, Big Data, Cloud-Based Technology, Information Technology

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, February 6, 2017 9:47 AM | » Comments(0)

Why the Fleet Manager Should be the Gatekeeper to Procurement

January 9, 2017

The strategic procurement process typically involves a multifunctional sourcing team. This cross-functional team often designates a “gatekeeper” responsible for controlling the flow of information to the group. When selecting a fleet supplier, I strongly believe the fleet manager needs to be the gatekeeper. Here are the arguments supporting this assertion.

Tags: strategic sourcing, Procurement, Supply Chain Management

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, January 9, 2017 9:12 AM | » Comments(1)

The Growing Penetration of Crossovers into the Commercial Fleet Market

August 15, 2016

Crossover utility vehicles (CUV), or simply known as crossovers, represent one of the fastest growing segments in the retail auto industry. Likewise, commercial fleet sales are also reflecting an increased acquisition of crossover vehicles. Today, as a percentage, fleet registrations of crossover models are beginning to mirror the market share found on the retail side of the business.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Compact SUVs, Procurement, Selector Lists

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, August 15, 2016 9:42 AM | » Comments(0)

Fleet’s Scope of Responsibilities Grows Increasingly Fuzzy

July 8, 2015

At one time, the scope of the fleet department’s responsibilities was crystal clear. However, over time these demarcation lines have shifted and departmental boundaries separating them have become fuzzy. Now, collaboration with sourcing, legal, HR, finance, sales, service, and environmental, health & safety (EHS) is needed, often requiring approvals or buy-in from individual departments. There is only one strategy fleet managers can adopt in this new world of fleet management and here it is.

Tags: Procurement, Driver Safety, Collaboration, Risk Management, Human Resources

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, July 8, 2015 9:47 AM | » Comments(1)

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)

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, Multinational Fleets, Taxation

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 25, 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

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

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)

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