Managing the Financial Side of Commercial Fleets

Fleet Financials – Issue

November 2017

Cover Story By Eric Gandarilla
Meet the 2017 Fleet Executive of the Year

Caryn Helmandollar, group head of risk management for Ferguson plc was named the 2017 Fleet Executive of the Year at the 2017 AFLA Conference at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas.

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Features

Graphic courtesy of Getty Images. Warranty Recovery Costs Remain Flat for 2017

By Mike Antich

Higher acquisition prices and longer service lives are contributing to a higher total cost of ownership. An under-utilized way to manage fleet costs is to have an effective program to successfully manage warranty recovery.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images. How to Analyze Your Sourcing Alternatives

By Bob Cavalli

Fleet managers must source a number of products and services related to the operation of a fleet of vehicles. Whether it is the vehicles themselves or programs to help service them, careful analysis of alternatives is critical.

Lori Rasmussen, president and CEO of PARS, Inc. and current WIFM Chair, speaks to attendees at the Automotive Fleet Leasing Association (AFLA) 2017 conference during a Women in Fleet Management session. Photo courtesy of AFLA. Women in Fleet: Intimidated No More

By Daryl Lubinsky

The Women in Fleet Management (WIFM) group has met several of the goals it sought to achieve when it started five years ago, including networking and expertise sharing.

Photo couresy of Getty Images. How to Achieve Hidden Procurement Savings

By Tim C. King

Commonly-accepted procurement best practices typically focus only on short-term savings. For most fleets this overlooks substantial hidden long-term costs and related savings opportunities.

Graphic courtesy of Getty Images. How Will Fleet Management Change in 2018 and Beyond?

By Andy Lundin

Several fleet management experts offer their insights on several topics related to the future of fleet.

Graphic courtesy of Getty Images. Fleet Leasing vs. Purchasing Decision-Making

By Tim C. King

There exist hidden opportunities with full-service leasing that are typically overlooked. The attention to financial details can distract from more significant benefits to fleets and their customers

Photo courtesy of Getty Images. How to Avoid Stagnating as a Fleet Manager

By Bob Cavalli

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.

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Fleet Will Need to Reinvent Itself as a New Vision of Fleet Management Emerges

By Mike Antich
Over the past several decades, the purchasing managers of yesteryear reinvented themselves into procurement professionals whose function is now viewed as a strategic asset that provides a competitive advantage to a corporation. Can fleet management, likewise, elevate its perceived value to a corporation, especially in the eyes of its senior management? I say yes, and the timing is right to do so.

Deciphering the DNA of Award-Winning Fleet Professionals

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown
The Mercedes-Benz GLS450 is the S class of SUVs. That’s expressed through Mercedes’ new nomenclature, which as of the 2017 model year carries the same levels across SUVs, sedans, coupes, and roadsters.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Chief

By Stephane Babcock

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown
The mainstream media may have sold out lock stock and barrel to the fringe elements but as a fleet decision maker you still have some tremendous resources that you can rely on.

New Faces in Safe Places

By Sherb Brown

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In Memoriam: Coach's Insights

Ed Bobit
Thinking of the Newbies of the Future

By Ed Bobit
A lot has changed in the past 10-15 years, so we can only imagine this momentum will continue into the next decade-plus. How will this change impact the fleet manager of tomorrow?

Managing a Car vs. Work Truck Fleet

By Ed Bobit

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