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Did You Know? Helpful Fleet Management Facts

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 14, 2019 2:19:31 PM

A good teacher can explain complex topics in ways that are clear and concise. And, as anyone who has managed a fleet knows, keeping track of all the tedious details that come along with vehicle ownership can be a daunting task. This is why the industry experts at LeasePlan have prepared a useful infographic that exhibits the basic tenets of fleet management in an organized and comprehensible format. Follow the link for highly advantageous tips, interesting facts and vital insider information!

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, Lowering Fleet Costs

Outsourcing your fleet? Now, that's a good question . . .

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 11, 2019 11:21:27 AM

Making informed decisions often requires one to ask the right questions. If you are reading this, you are likely already asking yourself this important question: Would it make sense to outsource the management of my fleet?

Here’s the short answer: Enlisting a professional fleet management organization that has an advanced analytical toolkit, close relationships with each auto manufacturer and years of experience can reduce costs in a great many areas, while also allowing your organization to focus on your own core business. However, before deciding whether partnering with a professional fleet manager is the right move for your organization, there are a few more details to consider, and Fleet Services would like to smooth the decision-making process by asking a few questions of our own...

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, Lowering Fleet Costs

The Fleet Service Experts: Meet Brad!

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 10, 2019 1:54:23 PM

Fleet Services is proud to introduce our newest blog series, "The Fleet Service Experts"! This series will profile the hard-working, dedicated individuals that keep our wheels spinning, providing insight into the background and expertise that make us professionals in the industry of fleet management. 

For our first entry, we are pleased to introduce Brad Forbush, Director of Fleet Management at Fleet Services.

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Pocket Protectors: Understanding Life-Cycle Cost

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 9, 2019 3:40:32 PM

To help kick-off 2019, Fleet Services is pleased to introduce a new series of articles called, Pocket Protectors." This series will highlight the many ways we help clients to reduce the overall cost of operating their vehicle fleets. Our first article covers one of the key metrics for determining the actual cost to operate each vehicle in a fleet, which is referred to as a vehicle's  total  life-cycle cost. 

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Topics: Fleet Discounts, Fleet Considerations, Lowering Fleet Costs

The History of Earth Day . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on Apr 22, 2016 4:42:34 PM

The following is an excerpt from earthday.org website:

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in Vietnam and students nationwide overwhelmingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.

Although mainstream America largely remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries, and beginning to raise public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and links between pollution and public health.

Earth Day 1970 gave voice to that emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns on the front page.

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Topics: Driving Green

How To Improve Fuel Economy in Winter Weather

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 28, 2015 4:00:04 PM

Are you aware that driving in cold, winter weather conditions can significantly reduce your vehicle's fuel economy by as much as 30%?  Who knew? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cold air has a chilly effect on a vehicle's mpg, which can drive up the cost of operating a fleet during the winter months. The good news is these costs can be contained by following a few simple tips. To learn why your fuel economy is lower in the winter, and what drivers can do to improve fuel economy in cold weather, read the U.S. Dep't if Energy's tips here.

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Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations

Create your Fleet Plan for 2016

Posted by Jerry Condon on Nov 12, 2015 2:07:00 PM

Have you started working on a Strategic Plan for managing your fleet in 2016?  To assist you in this effort, our team of Fleet Specialists is providing a road map of the core elements for your Strategic Fleet Plan. Today, we're covering the first of seven elements that are essential to a solid Fleet Plan:

VOLUME FLEET DISCOUNTS

Auto manufacturers have different fleet incentives and VIP programs with pricing tiers that are based on the volume of vehicles to be purchased in the coming model year. Here are the basic steps to include in your plan that will ensure you'll receive the maximum fleet discounts:

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Go Green with GreenerCar.org

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Nov 10, 2015 6:08:20 PM

If you happen to be a Michigan State fan, then you know "Go Green" is part of the school's battle cry, but for most folks, Go Green  has become a familiar reference to the effort made my an individual or an organization to minimize our society's pollution and carbon footprint. Initially, “going green” sounds like a herculean effort requiring significant changes to one's lifestyle, however this isn't always the case. Being planet-friendly can come from simple changes such as recycling and using natural light instead of electricity. For car owners, going green is becoming much easier. Car companies are developing planet-friendly technology that minimizes pollution caused by gas-powered vehicles. Knowing where to find up-to-date and accurate information about carbon vehicle emissions isn't easy. No worries, because we’ve found a great website that gives you access to a database of vehicles that are scored on a range from “greenest” to “meanest”.

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Topics: GreenTechnology

Outsourcing Fleet Management?

Posted by Brad Forbush & Jerry Condon on Jul 1, 2015 3:17:00 PM

That which you focus on generally improves, so let's test your focus:

Raise your hand if you know how your vehicle lifecycle cost is trending?

Keep your hand up if you know how many of your vehicles are past their Optimum Replacement Cycle?

Okay, last question . . . how many of you are actually doing what your father told you, Never pay retail!

Any hands still up? That's what I thought, but that's okay because we know people who only focus on their clients vehicles, and I'd like to share the Top Three Reasons to consider outsourcing fleet management to a professional . . .

 

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Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations

Driving While Drowsy

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 24, 2015 2:11:00 PM

What happens on that summer road trip after you run out of things to do? First, consider our 5 tips for enjoying your summer road trip, then consider what will happen when you get sleepy, because at some point you will get drowsy. The National Sleep Foundation notes, "1 out of 10 drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel in the last year." Keep reading to learn more about how to stay safe on the road this summer.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

The Importance of Creating a Safe Driving Program

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 19, 2015 2:45:00 PM

Here at Fleet Services driver safety is our number one priority, and we know it’s your top priority too. So, it’s important for your company to create a safe driving program for your fleet. A safe driving program protects your employees as well as avoids any additional costs. Continue reading for our tips and links to help optimize your fleet safety program.

 

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Topics: Driver Safety

5 Tips for Enjoying Your Summer Road Trip

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 11, 2015 11:31:00 AM

Summer is our chance to go on vacation and visit friends, family, and various travel destinations. Vacations come with travel and sometimes the best way to travel is by driving, so keeping those drives interesting is important. Here are a few tips that can help make your road trip more enjoyable . . .

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Outsource Fleet Management?

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 22, 2015 5:15:00 PM

Today's business climate is hyper-competitive and companies are under increasing pressure to cut costs and to find new ways to sustain growth. Whether a small business or a major corporation, the companies that are thriving are those that have shed products and business functions that are not a core part of its brand and operation.

Fleet Management is our core business, and we serve companies that must use vehicles to manage day-to-day operations, but they don't want to absorb the high cost of staffing and operating an in-house Fleet Department. The decision to outsource typically occurs for one or all of the following reasons . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

GE Fleet Up For Sale . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 7, 2015 9:33:00 AM

Automotive Fleet reported that General Electric recently annouced plans to sell its Fleet Management business unit by 2018 in a move to shed its non-core businesses. This continues a recent flurry of buy-sell activity among the top four Fleet Management companies in the U.S. Click on the link below to read the full story . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

12th Annual Green Vehicles Workshop & Showcase Highlights

Posted by Sarah Huber on May 1, 2015 3:51:00 PM

 


 Vehicle technology is constantly evolving.  Alternative fuel sources, such as hybrid, diesel/ bio diesel, as well as electric powered, are becoming more cost effective for today's everyday commuter and for fleets of varying sizes.  These advances allow for reduced environmental impact.

 

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Driver Safety, GreenTechnology

You might need a fleet manager if…?

Posted by Anthony Larsen on Apr 17, 2015 5:15:00 PM

Many people have heard of comedian Jeff Foxworthy and his famous line, "You might be a redneck" where he explains certain reasons why people might consider themselves a "redneck." In that spirit, I would like to put my own spin on the saying and provide some helpful and humorous guidelines to see if in fact, You might need a fleet manager…?

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

2015 Vehicle Ordering Cut-Off Dates Fast Approaching

Posted by Doug Reading on Mar 19, 2015 3:24:00 PM

How many miles will your fleet vehicles have by September 2015?

We are rapidly approaching the auto industry's season of "Build-Out" when auto manufacturers will stop taking orders for 2015 model year vehicles, so they can complete orders by sometime in July and start building the 2016 models. Our clients generally replace vehicles based on mileage parameters, so this is a good time to determine which vehicles you want to replace before July, and which can wait until sometime in September or October when the 2016 models start hitting the ground.

 

Take a look at the schedule of cut-off dates . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

2015 Milwaukee Auto Show Impressions

Posted by Brad Forbush on Mar 3, 2015 11:08:00 AM

There is nothing like auto show season, when dealers roll out their best wares to oohs and ahs from the car-buying public. Many attend to get a better look at cars they are thinking about buying in the near future, others come to see exotic automobiles that they would otherwise never get to see up close, and some come just to enjoy a day out with their family around some of the greatest machines man has ever built. Regardless of why you go, there is something special about an auto show.

 

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Fleet Management: Differences Between CVT and Automatic Transmissions

Posted by Beatrice Maynor on Feb 24, 2015 12:04:00 PM


These days when you're considering a new vehicle to add to your fleet, you're more than likely to have the option of selecting a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for a particular model.

Auto manufacturers are increasingly offering CVTs on their vehicles because of the increased fuel economy such a transmission can offer.

What 's the difference between a conventional automatic transmission and a CVT?

A typical automatic transmission works using a combination of small gears and larger gears that either hold or spin to obtain certain gear ratios to effect forward or backward movement; typically four forward gears and one reverse.

One type of CVT being increasingly implemented by auto manufacturers uses a belt-driven, two pulley system. The belt rides in between two cone shaped pulleys. The "gear" that the transmission is in depends on the where the belt is riding on the grade of the cone. It allows for infinite "gears" because of the infinite places the belt can ride on the cone of the pulley. Brilliantly simple and complicated so here's where you can learn more if you would like.

What's most important to know about CVTs? 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

How Much Do You Like Driving Your Car?

Posted by Beatrice Maynor on Feb 9, 2015 2:26:00 PM

A train hauling ethanol crashed and derailed on a steep bank alongside the Missisippi River in Eastern Iowa on Wednesday, 02-04-15. An unknown amount of ethanol has reached the river which is part of the Upper Mississippi National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Ethanol, a biofuel derived from corn, poses a threat to fish and mussles according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Read the full story here.

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Topics: GreenTechnology

Does it Make Sense to Buy a Hybrid?

Posted by Beatrice Maynor on Feb 5, 2015 10:22:00 AM


 "I recognize the surface of the earth is warmer and that an increase in greenhouse gases caused by humans is contributing to the problem." President George W. Bush made that statement in July of 2007, quoted in an article in the Financial Times. During his presidency he urged a climate change policy embracing new clean energy technologies.

Certainly scientists are in agreement that global warming is real. Politicians acknowledge this truth but disagree on the methods for bringing about a reduction in carbon emissions.

Behavioral studies show that people buy a hybrid vehicle because they want to help preserve the environment, or they want to be perceived as caring about the environment.

Should you buy a hybrid vehicle? Will driving a hybrid vehicle make a difference?

Prius-1

 

2015 Toyota Prius 

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Topics: GreenTechnology

Outsourcing Fleet Management and Maintenance

Posted by Jerry Condon on Dec 8, 2014 2:40:00 PM

When should you outsource your vehicle management?

 Whether you have a fleet of 10 or 100 vehicles, proper fleet management will reduce your organization’s operating costs and save a significant amount of time for your administrative team. So, when does it make sense to consider partnering with a professional fleet management firm? The following questions will help you determine whether or not you should consider outsourcing your fleet management.

 

 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

Measurement and Analytics: How to Improve Your Fleet Management’s Productivity

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Oct 7, 2014 4:32:00 PM

Improve your fleet management performance . . .

We recently asked top performing Fleet Managers from around the country to identify one aspect of their job that drives the greatest overall improvement in their fleet operations.  The #1 response – Measurement!

 

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How important safety features are ending car theft

Posted by Brad Forbush on Aug 15, 2014 10:55:00 AM

 

Reports of car thefts have been plummeting.  In New York City, car theft has dropped 96% from 147,000 reported incidents in 1990, to just 7400 in 2013.  In D.C. car thefts have declined by 50% in the last 8 years alone.  Similar patterns can be seen across the country.  But what caused this sudden decline? 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Green Vehicle Management

Posted by Brad Forbush on Jul 17, 2014 3:45:00 PM

Green Fleet Best Practices

 One of the most important aspects of vehicle management going forward is ensuring that we minimize our destructive environmental impact as much as possible. Environmental management for fleets typically focuses on greenhouse gases, air pollution, and MPG; and it includes the following:

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Benefits of Leasing versus Purchasing Fleet Vehicles - Part 2

Posted by Brad Forbush on Jul 2, 2014 12:27:00 PM

In continuing with our series on the benefits of leasing a fleet, we wanted to outline three additional reasons why leasing your fleet can yield significant gains above and beyond purchasing.  Here are the reasons below: 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

Benefits of Leasing Versus Purchasing Fleet Vehicles

Posted by Brad Forbush on Jun 26, 2014 2:50:00 PM

 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

Life Cycle Cost of Cars

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Jun 11, 2014 3:38:00 PM

One of the overall goals of good fleet management is to reduce your fleet's operating costs. The best strategy to reduce your costs is to select vehicles with high re-sale value, good fuel economy, and low maintenance expenses...vehicles with a low total lifecycle cost.  A good fleet manager will evaluate all of the factors that impact purchasing, maintaining, and remarketing a vehicle, and present you with an analysis of which vehicles you can place in your fleet to lower the overall operating cost.  

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Considering outsourcing fleet management?

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Jun 10, 2014 12:59:00 PM

Photo By Emilio Labrador: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

Proper vehicle or fleet management is one of the biggest challenges facing any growing business. Purchasing and managing a vehicle is a huge responsibility in your personal life, why let it fall by the wayside for your business?

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Fleet Manager - Roles and Responsibilities

Posted by Eliott Fitch on May 23, 2014 3:45:00 PM


 

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Manheim Auto Auction

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Apr 18, 2014 9:11:00 AM

Today, our staff went on a guided tour of the Manheim Milwaukee Auto Auction located near Racine, WI to get a better look at where vehicles go when a company decides to replace them.

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Topics: Remarketing

How close are we to the self-driving car?

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Mar 26, 2014 9:17:00 AM

 

Recently, when asked whether we would see self-driving cars by 2020, the President of GM, Dan Ammann, responded without hesitation “I’d be quite surprised if it didn’t happen by then.”

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How to Select a Fleet Management Partner

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Jan 21, 2014 8:30:00 AM

5 Tips for Selecting a Fleet Management Company 

You have the idea that you might need a fleet manager to aid with your vehicle management strategies...but where do you start?  To help, we have provided five tips for selecting a fleet management company:

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Vehicle Management Options - How to manage vehicles

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Jan 6, 2014 2:02:00 PM

 

Options for those considering the best ways to manage their fleets of cars. 

 

It's time to face it... A company with an unmanaged fleet is throwing money away on a daily basis.  The efficiencies lost, incentives not utilized, maintenance costs, replacement and disposal considerations, time costs...etc, they all add up.  To run the lean business that this economy demands, something needs to be done.  That's why we have taken the time to analyze three different options available to companies in choosing what to do with their fleets.  

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