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The Little-Known Origin of Total Fleet Management

April 8, 2016

“Total fleet management” is a generic, shorthand term used to refer to programs offered by FMCs that administer all aspects of a client company’s fleet operations. Have you ever wondered about the origin of this concept? You might be surprised to learn that IBM was one of the initial catalysts leading to the development of today’s total fleet management programs. This might surprise some in the fleet industry, because for the longest time, IBM has been the poster child of driver reimbursement.

Tags: Reimbursement, Outsourcing, IBM, PHH, GELCO

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, April 8, 2016 7:02 AM | » Comments(1)

Why Certain High-Tech Firms Favor Reimbursement

June 6, 2012

Historically, IBM was the largest company offering a corporate reimbursement program. In its heyday, IBM had more than 25,000 drivers on reimbursement. However, since then, there have emerged major company-provided fleets operated by hi-tech companies, such as Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Intel, etc.. Despite this trend, certain high-tech companies continue to be more receptive to driver reimbursement programs than company-provided vehicles. Why is this so?

Tags: Reimbursement, Microsoft, IBM, Apple

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, June 6, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Do You Know What Your Drivers Are <i>Really</i> Doing?

August 20, 2010

Do you really know who is driving your company-provided vehicles? Often the "at-work" persona of an employee is not the true indicator of their behavior when no one is watching. Recently, someone forwarded me a link to a chat room for pharmaceutical reps. I did a search of posts that included the phrase "company car" and, in short order, I was shocked at some of the comments written about their use of company cars and how drivers play "the system" to their advantage.

Tags: Personal Use, Reimbursement, Driver Safety, Company Vehicle

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, August 20, 2010 7:54 AM | » Comments(7)

More Salespeople on the Street Pitching Reimbursement

March 16, 2010

Reimbursement has re-emerged as a fleet issue. One reason is that Runzheimer has a rival, which means two competitive sales forces are aggressively selling vehicle reimbursement programs. Also, the recession, corporate downsizing, funding/credit constraints, OEM viability, and economic uncertainty have renewed senior management's desire to re-examine reimbursement.

Tags: Reimbursement, runzheimer

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 16, 2010 9:32 AM | » Comments(5)

Loss of Control is Reimbursement’s Fatal Flaw

March 17, 2008

Score one for our side! Recently, a Fortune 100 company gave (very) serious consideration to eliminating its company-provided vehicle fleet program and switching to driver reimbursement. Initially driving this initiative was senior management’s desire to cut cost by removing the vehicle assets from the books. The option to move to an operating lease was not viable since it violated the company’s accounting policies set by finance.

Tags: Reimbursement

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 17, 2008 10:16 AM | » Comments(0)

Reimbursement vs. Company-Administered Executive Vehicle Program

December 26, 2007

Although in-house management of an executive fleet is extremely time-consuming, reimbursement is a less cost-effective alternative. I argue that, in general, a company-administered executive vehicle fleet is a better choice than reimbursement.

Tags: Reimbursement

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, December 26, 2007 12:17 PM | » Comments(0)

Reimbursement is Unfair to Employees

December 3, 2007

If employees are your greatest asset, why treat them unfairly with a driver reimbursement program? I have yet to hear of a company that reimburses at a rate that fully compensates drivers for the actual cost of operating a vehicle, especially in this era of escalating fuel prices.

Tags: Reimbursement

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, December 3, 2007 10:12 AM | » Comments(1)



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