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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, global fleet, Taxation, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Extending Vehicle Service Life Negatively Impacts Sustainability Goals

February 3, 2014

The long-term trend in vehicle cycling for commercial fleets has been a gradual increase in vehicle service lives. An increasing number of companies cut costs by extending vehicle replacement cycles so cash flow can be diverted to other expenditures. When extending vehicle cycles, the most significant (and uncertain) expense is the impact on the maintenance budget. Another argument against extended replacement cycling, albeit less vocalized, is the impact on corporate sustainability.

Tags: Sustainability, CAFE Standards, Service Lives, OEMs, Fleet Budgeting

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

Traits Needed to Successfully Implement a Fleet Sustainability Program

December 13, 2013

Even with senior management support, implementing a green fleet sustainability program is not for the faint-hearted. Inevitably, there will be pushback from all sides, which, at times, can seem overwhelming. A fleet manager’s mettle will be tested, but there are 13 traits that will help you be successful.

Tags: Sustainability, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Top Trends in Truck Fleet Management in 2014

November 27, 2013

Calendar-years 2014 and 2015 will be pivotal years for truck fleet management due to the discontinuation of long-time commercial vehicles and the all-new replacement models and upfit packages entering the market. This is prompting vehicle and equipment specification revisions from the perspective of fleet efficiencies and driver satisfaction. Here are the Top 12 trends.

Tags: Ergonomics, Telematics, Upfitting, Sustainability, Lightweighting, Lifecycling, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

How to Get Employee Buy-in for Green Fleet Edicts

October 7, 2013

The best way to motivate employees to embrace sustainability initiatives is to link them to either the company’s bottom line or to the driver’s own personal benefits. The danger to corporate green edicts that don’t make this connection is that they sometimes backfire into driver disinterest.

Tags: Sustainability, green fleet initiatives, employee buy-in

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Managing the Asset Vs. Managing the Driver

June 11, 2013

What is your primary responsibility? Is it managing the vehicle or managing the driver? Where do you think you will have the greatest opportunity to control costs and increase productivity?

Tags: Sustainability, asset management, Productivity, driver compliance, driver management

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Maximize Fuel Efficiency as a Sustainability Goal

April 5, 2013

Sustainability initiatives will continue to play an important, albeit complex, role in corporate fleets of today and tomorrow. There are a number of excellent alternative-fuel solutions currently available in the market and there are a growing number of fleets that have successfully implemented these solutions. But what can fleets do, whose spirit is green, but whose fiscal reality and operating requirements present road blocks to implementing corporate sustainabililty goals?

Tags: Sustainability, Novo Nordisk, fuel efficiency, Konecranes, FedEx, Antich, fleet, green fleet

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Making Sustainability Work: 10 Ways to Turn Users Into Stakeholders

January 3, 2013

The No.1 reason corporate sustainability programs are not “sustainable” is due to driver non-compliance. To make sustainability programs work, you need to turn drivers into stakeholders in the program. The overwhelming majority of drivers want to do the right thing; but most do not see sustainability as part of their job responsibilities. How do you create a corporate culture that encourages compliance with corporate sustainability policy?

Tags: Sustainability, Fuel Economy, eco driving, Alt-Fuel Vehicles, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, green fleet, stakeholder

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, January 3, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Green Fleet Initiatives Gain Momentum Despite Cost Constraints

April 10, 2012

Most fleets want to be environmentally friendly, but are often hamstrung by fiscal constraints when procuring greener vehicles. But, as many fleets have shown, where there is a will, there is a way to meet fleet sustainability goals, despite fiscal austerity. Since most companies replace approximately one third of their fleet vehicles each year, they can tailor selectors to favor more fuel-efficient vehicles, so long as they are able to fulfill the fleet application.

Tags: Sustainability, Fuel Economy, Mike Antich, GHG emissions

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 10, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Global Fleet Management:<br> There are More Similarities than You Think

January 9, 2012

Many of the challenges facing U.S. fleet managers are identical to the challenges facing your counterparts managing fleets elsewhere in the world. Many of these fleet trends extend beyond the U.S. and are offshoots of much larger global trends. Oftentimes, best practices in fleet management emerge from outside the U.S., which is good reason for you to familiarize yourself with what's occurring in other global fleet markets.

Tags: Sustainability, downsizing, Mike Antich, global fleet, Market Trends, Rightsizing

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, January 9, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Modifying Driver Behavior: The 'Last Mile' in Greening a Fleet

September 2, 2011

If you are constrained by equipment limitations, the "last mile" to achieving corporate sustainability objectives is modifying driver behavior. This is possibly the greatest opportunity available to fleet managers to green their fleets.

Tags: Driver Behavior, eco-driving, Antich, Green, Sustainability

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, September 2, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

The Best Green Fleet Strategy is to Reduce Fuel Consumption

June 15, 2011

If you want to green your fleet by reducing emissions, you need to decrease fuel consumption. Up to 30 percent of a vehicle's fuel efficiency is impacted by driver behavior. The way an employee drives make a big difference in the volume of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions emitted by a company vehicle. Every unnecessary gallon of diesel burned creates 22.1 lbs. of CO2. The quickest way to reduce fuel consumption is to modify employee driving behavior.

Tags: Sustainability, Driver Behavior, fuel efficiency, Mike Antich, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:49 AM | » Comments(0)

The Weak Link in Corporate Sustainability is the Driver

November 9, 2010

Despite a slow economy, many companies (especially multi-nationals) remain fully committed to achieving self-imposed sustainability targets, which invariably include their fleet operations. However, many fleet programs place a greater focus on modifying the "asset" versus modifying driver behavior.

Tags: Sustainability, Driver Behavior, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, November 9, 2010 10:05 AM | » Comments(3)

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