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January 22, 2018

Optimized Truck TCO Starts with the Right Specs

Vehicle specifications should be defined by the fleet application and mission requirements. A truism in truck fleet management is to design a truck that will accommodate your operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to the truck. Here's how you do it.

December 18, 2017

Next-Gen Employees Attach Less Importance to Face-to-Face Meetings

The value of face-to-face meetings is beginning to be questioned by younger generation employees who have only known a world interconnected by the internet, social media, and FaceTime. In particular, they question the cost-effectiveness of traveling by car from point A to point B, its negative impact on corporate sustainability goals, the inefficient use of time lost behind the wheel of a vehicle, and more.

November 8, 2017

LeasePlan to Offer MapAnything Apps for Fleet Telematics

LeasePlan USA will roll out a telematics offering to fleets under a new partnership with geo-productivity software provider MapAnything that will offer integration of contact management, OnStar, and an electronic logging device application, according to the fleet management company.

November 3, 2017

How to Avoid Stagnating as a Fleet Manager

We all, at some point and in some of our endeavors, stagnate, and fleet managers are not immune. Here are some ideas to help fleet managers keep their careers full of new and fresh ideas, and make work a good deal more satisfying.

July 23, 2017

Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

June 29, 2017

Lighting Innovations to Revolutionize Work Truck Productivity & Safety

We are in the midst of a lighting revolution in the automotive industry that started with the proliferation of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). More dramatic lighting innovations are fast emerging, such as laser diodes, organic LEDs, and dynamic bending light headlamps. Historically, new automotive technologies have always first manifested themselves in luxury brands, then migrated downward to lower trim level models and non-retail customers such as the vocational work truck market.

May 8, 2017

DonlenDriver Mobile App Adds Productivity Tools

Donlen has added enhancements to its DonlenDriver Mobile app to provide fleet drivers with convenient access to important vehicle documents and notifications.

February 17, 2017

Balancing Cost Reduction with Productivity Gains

Reduce costs? “Why, that will hurt productivity.” Increase Productivity? “That costs money.” Is this true? Here’s how fleet managers can achieve a Zen-like balance between cost reduction and increased productivity.

September 28, 2016

The Invisible Cost of Low Driver Morale

There is a direct correlation between high driver morale and high driver productivity. The converse is also true. The hidden cost of low driver morale has a direct bearing on a company’s bottom line. While low morale is an HR/management issue, and even though fleet managers do not control driver salaries, there are actions that fleets can take to help increase driver morale.

July 31, 2016

Spec’ing Trucks to Maximize Productivity

Fleet managers need to view work trucks as earning assets. To maximize the productivity of this working asset, it is necessary to optimize specifications, operating procedures, and replacement strategies. The best way to optimize truck productivity is to spec the right vehicle for the fleet application. This may sound like I am stating the obvious, but, as many truck professionals will attest, it is often not the case in the real world.

January 15, 2016

Identifying Your CEO's Key Performance Indicators

A fleet operation generates data that can be manipulated and parsed in myriad ways. Fleet managers must report to management, but what key performance indicators (KPIs) are most important to your CEO?

November 13, 2015

Generational Shift Increases Digital Communication in Fleets

Getting the message to drivers and other stakeholders is a critical element in successful fleet management, and fleet managers have more tools available to them than ever before to do so.

May 26, 2015

Fleet Is on the Verge of a Productivity Revolution

The fleet industry is on the verge of a productivity revolution through the introduction of faster, better, and more sophisticated analytical tools. Developing in parallel with this trend are increasingly sophisticated vehicle connectivity tools that will turn predictive analytics into a true science. The first manifestation of this will be the transition of fleet maintenance from reactive to proactive practices using remote diagnostic tools.

May 27, 2014

How to Spec Trucks to Optimize Productivity

The best way to optimize truck productivity is to spec the right vehicle for the fleet application. This may sound like I am stating the obvious, but, as many truck professionals will attest, it is often not the case. While fleet managers understand how their trucks are intended to be used in the field, intended usage often does not match real-world usage.

June 11, 2013

Managing the Asset Vs. Managing the Driver

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?

October 4, 2012

Running Trucks Till the 'Wheels Fall Off' is Expensive and Counter-Productive

The cliché in fleet management is that trucks are kept in service until the wheels "fall off." In many cases, this isn’t too far from the truth. Typically, the more expensive the asset, the longer it will be kept in service, especially units upfitted with expensive auxiliary equipment. However, as study after study shows, extended truck replacement cycles often have the unintended consequence of resulting in greater long-term expenses and degradation in worker productivity.

November 22, 2011

How to Make a Quantum Leap in Driver/Employee Productivity

Cost savings is about more than simply spending less, it also doesn't require a degree in quantum physics to come up with new solutions. Here are some ideas that can help.

May 1, 2011

Taking Fleet Productivity to the Next Level

“Productivity” is a word bandied about in business all the time, but what is it? How is it measured and achieved? In 2011, fleet managers have little choice but to answer these questions.

April 22, 2010

Technology is Key to Improving Fleet Loss Recovery Performance

TREVOSE, PA - Fleets can cut their loss recovery times by nearly 60 percent and save their companies millions of dollars a years in labor and interest expenses by making better use of technology, according to Chris Villella, senior manager of loss recovery and insurance services for the CEI Group Inc.

April 9, 2010

UPS Drivers Trained with Videogames & Hands-On Activities

ATLANTA - UPS has gone beyond traditional driver training methods with videogame technology and hands-on learning in an effort to recruit and effectively train 25,000 driver candidates -- most of whom are in their 20s -- over the next five years.

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