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Leasing

Learn the latest in automotive fleet leasing management. The Leasing channel focuses on products, services, research, trends and industry insight by the leasing experts. This section also focuses on how-to’s, best practices, new leasing developments and profiles of companies in the fleet leasing industry.
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Safety & Accident

Targeted news and advice on the Safety and Risk-related issues critical to fleet management. Extensive coverage of safety news, product reviews, cost calculators, accident management, driver training and comprehensive archives.
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Remarketing

Get the expert information and research you need for fleet remarketing. Learn how to increase vehicle residuals while effectively using resale channels and lowering deprecation costs from the articles, tools and expert insight provided in this comprehensive channel.
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Fuel Management

The Fuel Management channel offers news, articles, tools and company profiles on one of the most important issues facing fleet managers. Examine the latest on managing fuel costs, trends and forecasts and learn best practices from experts in the fleet industry.
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Green Fleet

Learn from the experts at Automotive Fleet the ways fleet organizations are greening their fleets. The Green Fleet Channel brings you the latest in the reduction of fuel costs and alternative energy solutions for fleet cars and trucks.
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GPS / Telematics

The Telematics section offers news, articles and tips on the latest technology for routing your fleets as well as providing safety and security with GPS and related technology.
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Maintenance

Learn the latest on fleet vehicle maintenance from our news entries and articles. We offer product updates, maintenance cost stories, and company profiles.
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Vehicle Research

Fleet Vehicle Research channel provides all the vehicle product news in one handy section. Get the latest on what’s new from the OEMs, vehicle descriptions and specs and the latest on technology advances and more.
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USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
The Three Best Ways to Use Technology for Asset Security
Whether you are managing a fleet of 20 or a fleet of 20,000, keeping your vehicles and other assets secure is a top priority. Theft and unauthorized usage are two of the biggest issues to address when considering asset security.
Improving the ROI of Driver Safety: Best Practices for Driver Risk Management and Fostering a Culture of Driver Safety
What do businesses need to know to proactively address driver risk and safety issues? How do they connect the dots between all the available driver data to better understand their level of risk? And what programs can they put in place to foster safe driving behaviors and create a culture of safety in their organizations?
How GPS Vehicle Tracking Can Transform Fleet Management
If you employ a fleet of vehicles – whether five, 500, or 5,000 – you’ve likely heard of global positioning system (GPS) vehicle tracking technology. This innovative “telematics” technology can transform the way you manage your fleet, resulting in significant cost savings, productivity enhancements, and other operational improvements. Learn more how you can transform you fleet management with GPS vehicle tracking with this eBook.
How to Introduce GPS Tracking to Your Employees
Fleet Managers across the country are quickly turning to GPS tracking software for all of the benefits the technology offers, but many of them don’t know how to introduce the program to their employees.
The Fleet Managers Handbook: 7 Best Practices for Optimum Fleet Management
In recent years, many strategies have emerged to reduce operational expenses for fleets. Fluctuating fuel prices have forced fleets of all sizes to examine expenses. However, as important as fuel management continues to be, fleet managers often need additional means of improving their bottom line.
Fleet Metrics Decoded: How to Measure Your Fleet & Identify Ways to Save Money & Improve Service
Your fleet metrics tell the story of your fleet’s efficiency. But how do you interpret your fleet metrics so you can make decisions and reduce costs?
Traffic Violations are on the Rise: How Fleets Can Prepare
Fuel, insurance, preventive maintenance and repairs are generally accepted as standard operating costs for fleets. What about vehicle-issued violations, such as parking, toll and photo enforcement tickets?
Saving Through Sustainability Initiatives
Initiatives to increase the sustainability of an organization's fleet should always be considered when a fleet manager is tasked with finding ways to save money. However, sustainability relies on a number of components that sometimes complicates the equation.
Executive Report: How to Use GPS to Measure a Quality Stop
The next step in using GPS tracking technology is to manage miles, fuel and customer activity together to achieve greater net profit per visit. This white paper covers the key performance indicators fleet managers should track and gives a step-by-step plan for using these metrics to reduce costs and improve driver productivity.
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Why Fleets Choose Volvo: A 2015-MY Overview

4/10/2014

Go inside Volvo’s exciting transformation that begins with Volvo’s 2015-MY lineup and the all new Drive-E power plants. Gain the safety leader’s perspective on vehicle safety today and where safety is going tomorrow.

Beyond the Basics: How Connected Fleet Solutions Can Help Your Business Drive a Competitive Wedge

4/8/2014

Join industry experts to learn how connected fleet management solutions can help your business gain a competitive edge in your day to day operations.     Fleet solutions today provide technology and analytics that offer fleet managers a much broader and more detailed view of activity in the field and greater intelligence than just knowing the location of vehcles.   This webinar will highlight how other companies go beyond the GPS "dots on a map."

Use Your Fleet to Increase Revenue and Gain ROI

3/6/2014

Don’t think you need to manage your fleet? Think your business is too small? Guess again! Dan Eggleton, owner of Eggleton Trucking thought that way before he added this technology to his business. Now his business has more than doubled. Hear his story by registering for this free webinar.

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Green Fleet Conference 2014
10/29/2014 - 10/30/2014

The annual Green Fleet Conference connects fleet managers from both the public and private sectors who want to learn more about greening strategies and technologies.

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Business Fleet - November/December 2013

In This Issue:
Here are some of the Highlights:

  • A High-Mileage Plan
  • Spec’ing Medium-Duty Trucks for Resale
  • Keep the Faith
    And much more…

  • BLOG

    Driving Notes

    Paul Clinton
    2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sedan

    By Paul Clinton
    It comes as no surprise to learn that the Volkswagen Passat TDI clean diesel has become a top fleet vehicle for the automaker, when you discover its nearly 700-mile range on a single take of fuel.

    2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Van

    By Stephane Babcock
    The 2014 Sprinter features a 2.1L four-cylinder BlueTEC diesel engine as standard equipment, which quickly picked up to highway speeds as soon as I made my way onto Southern California's San Diego (405) Freeway.

    2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sedan

    By Chris Wolski

    Market Trends

    Mike Antich
    The Curse of Running a Well-Managed Fleet

    By Mike Antich
    A fleet manager’s capabilities and expertise can be easily overlooked by executive management, especially when a fleet is well run. When fleet runs smoothly, it tends not to be on the radar of senior management, who, often, are not aware of the required behind-the-scenes expertise. However, the biggest curse to running a well-run fleet is that it sometimes breeds complacency. Here's how to avoid it.

    OTD Concerns Due to Surge of Oil Shipped by Rail

    By Mike Antich
    The railroad industry is the primary long-distance shipper of automobiles from assembly plants to dealers, which represents almost 9 percent of total rail freight. However, the auto industry is not the only railroad customer, and it competes with other shippers for scarce rail resources. Such is the case with petroleum companies shipping crude oil by rail, which is putting heavy demand on finite rail resources. What impact will this have on fleet OTD?

    Using Service Vehicles as Employee Recruiting, Retention Tools

    By Mike Antich

    Using ‘Gainsharing’ to Achieve Sustainability Goals

    By Mike Antich

    Auto Focus

    Chris Brown
    A Call for Recall Preparedness

    By Chris Brown
    In light of the massive recent automotive recalls, car rental companies should prepare for the Big One by acting out a “recall fire drill.”

    What I Learned at the 2014 Car Rental Show

    By Chris Brown
    If the Car Rental Show is an indicator of the health of the industry, the North American market is doing well — while the "growth markets" are really taking off.

    Remembering Elaine Litwer

    By Chris Brown

    6 Market Predictors for 2014

    By Chris Brown

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    MAGAZINE

    March 2014

    In This Issue:

    <p>Neapolitan Express' green and high-tech food trucks feature a natural gas engine, a natural-gas tank with a hot water heating system, seven iPads and solar panels.</p> View article

    A Cleaner-Running Food Truck Fleet

    Powered by natural gas and state-of-the-art equipment, this growing New York City pizza company could be the future of food trucks.

    <p>Chart 1: The depreciation averages in this analysis demonstrate the common rule of thumb that vehicles lose the lion's share of their value from the moment they're driven off the dealer's lot until year two, and then depreciate on a gentle slope thereafter.</p> View article

    Crunching the Numbers on Replacement Cycles

    Running your fleet vehicles longer isn't always the most cost-effective choice.

    <p>According to the 2013 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity (SEFA) conducted by the Equipment Leasing &amp; Financing Association, computers and transportation led the way in new business volume in 2012, accounting for more than 50% of transactions.</p> View article

    Why Lease Equipment?

    With similar benefits to fleet leasing, equipment leasing also allows for creative ways to generate working capital and improve cash flow.

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    Latest Trends in Medium-Duty Truck Maintenance

    How current and future challenges are affecting medium-duty fleets.