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Fleet History

Since its founding in 1969, AFLA has grown to be the voice of the commercial fleet market equally representing all fleet professionals. AFLA has its sights set on evolving into a more far-reaching North American fleet association.

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Industry Pioneer Recalls Accident Management Origins

Accident management is one of the key services fleets use to help control costs. It wasn’t always the case; one of the pioneers of this service, Bob Martines, explains its origins, where it is today, and where it’s headed.

CEI Group's Formula for Success

Wayne and Claudia Smolda, the co-founders of The CEI Group, retired last November. While reaching the end of a 35-year journey, they reflect that it was the journey itself that matters the most to them. Here is the story of their journey

The Origin and History of Global Fleet Management

Up until the late 1990s, no corporation had a global, or even regional, fleet management reporting structure, with the possible exception of Canadian subsidiaries of U.S. parent companies. At the start of the 21st Century, managers with global fleet responsibilities began to proliferate.

Work Truck Commemorates 10th Anniversary

From the push to “go green” to new-vehicle launches to mergers and acquisitions, the past decade has been covered in full by the No. 1 vocational truck magazine.

Little-Known Story on What Motivated GE’s Entry into the Fleet Market

As we all know, General Electric (GE) has exited the fleet management industry after a three-decade presence, which started in 1984 when GE Credit Corp. purchased Kerr Leasing, a small family-owned leasing company in Englewood, Colo. What is not well known is why GE entered the fleet management industry in the first place. Here is the prologue or “back story” that was the catalyst to GE’s entry into the fleet business.

Time Capsule: 1920 International Model H

As this photo shows, work trucks in the early part of the 20th century emphasized functionality over comfort, leaving drivers such as the one shown here literally out in the cold.