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Upward Pressure on Fleet Costs Threatens to Increase TCO

Recently, I conducted a survey of several hundred fleet managers to identify emerging industry trends. One recurrent theme expressed by fleet managers was the concern that fleet costs are starting to experience upward pricing pressures. Here's what they told me.

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Eliminating Hidden and Soft Fleet Costs

It never ends; management wants cost reduction, and fleet managers must come through, year after year. Beyond those ‘hard’ costs that are easily measured are soft and hidden costs that are equally important. Here are some tips on finding, and eliminating such costs in your fleet.

Forecast Is for Fuel Prices to Remain Low for the Foreseeable Future -- Maybe Longer

Conventional wisdom in the fleet market is often wrong. If we roll back the calendar, the conventional wisdom about fuel prices was that there would be ebbs and flows in price per gallon rates, but the overall price trajectory would trend upward. The flaw with conventional wisdom is that it only works when no new variables are inserted into future projections. A case in point is the shale oil revolution, which now has experts predicting oil prices will remain flat for the foreseeable future.

Gasoline Prices Remain at $2.29 Per Gallon

The average national price of gasoline remained at $2.29 per gallon for the week ending March 27 amid discussion by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to extend a production cut by another six months.

Managing Metrics to Cut Fleet Costs

Proper fleet management can help a small business save money on fuel, maintenance and other fleet-related costs. Here are some cost-saving tips for small fleet operators to consider.

Longer Hold Times — Lower Costs?

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