September 29, 2014


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

The Risky Busines of Fleet Safety

Sev­eral years ago, we pub­lished a series of inter­views with John Cruick­shank, Senior Asso­ciate at a national lit­i­ga­tion and con­sult­ing law firm, deal­ing with the sub­ject of neg­li­gent entrust­ment. We ran into him again at a recent meet­ing of the NorCal-Northern Nevada Chap­ter of NAFA Fleet Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion where he elo­quently spoke about legal risks fleet face with vehi­cle safety technologies.

A spe­cial­ist in lia­bil­ity eval­u­a­tion and mit­i­ga­tion, John co-authored a white paper: 'Man­ag­ing the Legal Risks of Vehi­cle Safety Tech­nolo­gies' - and it is excel­lent. He asks, "How does a com­pany bal­ance the need to imple­ment ade­quate lev­els of vehi­cle safety tech­nol­ogy to avoid a neg­li­gence find­ing while still try­ing to main­tain busi­ness and oper­a­tional efficiencies?"

His legal phi­los­o­phy is that the best way to win a law­suit is to avoid being sued in the first place. You'll find his white paper -- which will help you do just that -- in The Legal Cor­ner.

Want to fur­ther impress your boss? If you have been putting off reg­is­ter­ing for NAFA's Inter­na­tional Fleet Acad­emy -- Novem­ber 5-7 in Orlando -- do it by Tues­day and you'll save your com­pany a cool $100!

Jan­ice Sut­ton
Exec­u­tive Editor

NAFA's International Fleet Academy Examines Complexities Of Modern Global Fleet

Reg­is­ter by Tues­day: NAFA is offer­ing early-bird pric­ing until Sep­tem­ber 30.

Inter­na­tional fleets are com­pli­cated and chal­leng­ing. In most cases the work is done by remote, and fleet man­agers with global fleet duties require spe­cial­ized knowl­edge, con­tin­ual updates on events and hap­pen­ings in their regions of assign­ment, and sen­si­tiv­ity to cul­tures that are not imme­di­ately present before them. To do the job well, one needs to take the next step and gain train­ing and expe­ri­ence that is valu­able to domes­tic fleets but absolutely crit­i­cal to inter­na­tional fleets.

LEARN how NAFA IFA can help you build the spe­cial­ized skills needed to man­age a global fleet.


VIDEO: Providing Professional Fleet Advice & Counsel

Today's fleet busi­ness is more com­pli­cated than ever, espe­cially for pro­fes­sion­als who man­age fleets as just one seg­ment of their jobs. Luck­ily for them, there's advice and coun­sel that can make their lives easier.

VIDEO: NAFA Has Something for Everyone
  NAFA Involvement Leads to Great Fleet Careers

Patti Ear­ley is appre­cia­tive of how NAFA involve­ment has helped to expand her knowl­edge of -- and oppor­tu­ni­ties in -- the fleet busi­ness, includ­ing land­ing her the posi­tion of Fleet Fuel­ing Oper­a­tions Super­vi­sor for Florida Power & Light.

VIDEO: Making Training Easier
  Implementing Online Training for Your Drivers

Imple­ment­ing online dri­ver train­ing can be a rel­a­tively sim­ple process, because there are a lot of great part­ners out there -- and every acci­dent you can avoid is going to save your com­pany money.

The Fleet Spot

Work-Smarter-Not-Harder-with-GPS-Fleet-Tracking GPS Tracking Helps Your Fleet Work Smarter, Not Harder

Do you know that your fleet may be work­ing harder than needed, and get­ting less done than pos­si­ble? This could be the case if you have not adopted GPS track­ing soft­ware to your fleet oper­a­tions. Uti­liz­ing a GPS track­ing solu­tion, like GPS Insight, can help your fleet be more pro­duc­tive in less time by automat­ing processes that use to make fleet man­age­ment more time con­sum­ing than necessary.


CEI I-Car class CEI Appraisers Learn Repair Techniques on New All-Aluminum Ford F-150

Fif­teen mem­bers of the in-house Qual­ity Con­trol team from the CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) have com­pleted I-CAR's course in col­li­sion repairs on the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, which makes the most exten­sive use of alu­minum of any light-duty vehi­cle on the road, CEI announced today.

"Auto man­u­fac­tur­ers are start­ing to use more alu­minum because of its strength, lighter weight and greater cor­ro­sion resis­tance, but it requires a range of com­pletely dif­fer­ent repair tech­niques than steel," said Greg Neu­man, CEI's senior man­ager of qual­ity con­trol. For exam­ple, he said, dif­fer­ent weld­ing tools and pro­ce­dures are required, and repairs must be made in a totally sep­a­rate and con­tained area of a repair shop to keep the metal free from any con­tact with steel, which causes alu­minum to corrode.


Hans-Damen-and-Bart-Vanham-TCOPlus TCOPlus Performs Alternative Powertrain Scans for Company Fleets

TCOPlus, the Euro­pean mar­ket leader in inde­pen­dent tax­a­tion and fleet report­ing, has devel­oped a unique pow­er­train scan. The pro­gram com­bines the 3 key chal­lenges of alter­na­tive engines: dri­ver usage pat­terns, busi­ness case and the implementation.

The objec­tive of the scan is to eval­u­ate the fea­si­bil­ity to include alter­na­tive pow­er­trains in the fleet strat­egy of the com­pany match­ing the TCO, includ­ing all tax­a­tion effects, and the dif­fer­ent mobil­ity pat­terns of the employ­ees using the com­pany vehicles.

READ MORE to learn about the unique approach

The Legal Corner  

Every com­pany whose busi­ness depends upon large indus­trial vehi­cle fleets is wor­ried about vehi­cle acci­dents. Although the busi­ness cost of acci­dents is sub­stan­tial, it is the risk of law­suits and puni­tive dam­ages that keeps many fleet and risk man­agers up at nights. One need only drive down the inter­state and count the num­ber of bill­boards adver­tis­ing plain­tiffs' attor­neys and truck­ing acci­dents to have that idea reinforced.

This com­pre­hen­sive white paper, pre­sented by Hous­ton legal firm Alaniz Schraeder Linker Far­ries Mayes, answers the question:

'How does a com­pany bal­ance the need to imple­ment ade­quate lev­els of vehi­cle safety tech­nol­ogy to avoid a neg­li­gence find­ing while still try­ing to main­tain busi­ness and oper­a­tional efficiencies?'

Down­load the white paper to learn how you can build a Safety Tech­nol­ogy Inte­gra­tion Plan.

Traffic Enforcement Technology  

On the roads of the future, it's pos­si­ble that speed­ing tick­ets will be doled out by new auto­mated law enforce­ment sys­tems instead of by police offi­cers in patrol cars.

Sys­tems now being devel­oped by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to han­dle vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure com­mu­ni­ca­tions in an upcom­ing connected-car era may have the capa­bil­ity to more pre­cisely track the loca­tions and speeds of indi­vid­ual motorists.

READ MORE about this technology

Vehicle Safety Technology  

Who gets access to the info in your vehicle's event data recorder? A black box, for­mally known as an event data recorder (EDR), and infor­mally known as a narc-in-the-box, logs a vari­ety of data regard­ing the oper­a­tion of the vehi­cle in which it's installed.

The good news is that EDRs do not (yet) track your loca­tion, nor do they beam real-time infor­ma­tion to feds, cops, car­mak­ers, or mothers-in-law. That's what your smart­phone is for.

READ MORE about the EDR

Fleet Trends & Issues

Big Savings by Increasing Insurance Deductibles

Amer­i­cans will drive a few miles out of their way to save a cou­ple of cents per gal­lon on gas and fas­tid­i­ously check the air pres­sure in their tires to improve mileage to save a buck or two, but many fail to take advan­tage of a sim­ple way to save money: raise the deductible on their car insur­ance from $500 to $1,000.

Car own­ers save an aver­age of 9% on their pre­mi­ums with that change, accord­ing to The sav­ings jump to 16% if they change it from $500 to $2,000. The changes do vary by state: Mass­a­chu­setts gives the biggest break at 19% for mak­ing the $500 change while Michi­gan pro­vides the small­est cut at just 4%.

READ MORE to find out about rates.

Return of the $3 Gallon? U.S Gas Prices Are Falling Fast

The national aver­age price of reg­u­lar unleaded, now at $3.38 a gal­lon, is down 8 per­cent from the end of June. Tom Kloza, chief oil ana­lyst at, thinks this year will bring the cheap­est autumn gaso­line prices since 2010.

Last year dri­vers spent $40 bil­lion at the pump in Sep­tem­ber, and Kloza thinks that bill will be at least $2 bil­lion lower in 2014. The sav­ings at the pump should help stim­u­late con­sumer spend­ing in other parts of the economy.


Surveys Find 3PLs Hitting Their Stride Amid Economic Uncertainty

The 21st Annual Sur­veys of Third-Party Logis­tics Provider CEOs, which this year included the CEOs of 27 of the world's largest 3PLs, found that approx­i­mately 75 per­cent of the com­pa­nies involved in the sur­veys were prof­itable in 2013.

The CEOs were also asked to project regional 3PL indus­try rev­enue growth rates for the next three years. North Amer­i­can CEOs pro­jected aver­age rev­enue growth rates of 6.54 per­cent; Euro­pean CEOs pro­jected aver­age rev­enue growth rates of 4.17 per­cent; and CEOs in the Asia-Pacific region pro­jected aver­age rev­enue growth rates of 10.4 percent.

READ MORE to get the details

Connected Fleets USA 2014 -- Atlanta, GA -- November 20-21

The scope of fleet con­nec­tiv­ity is broad­en­ing. While fuel effi­ciency, etc. remain at the core - how can these be improved by new con­nec­tiv­ity options such as V2X, autonomous vehi­cles or smart city initiatives?

Con­nected Fleets USA 2014 Con­fer­ence & Exhi­bi­tion (Nov 20 - 21, 2014, Westin Buck­head, Atlanta, GA) will not only dis­cuss advances in tra­di­tional fleet man­age­ment, but also assess these new opportunities.

READ MORE to check out the lat­est agenda and speaker line-up

Fleet Telematics  

Ford Telem­at­ics pow­ered by Tel­o­gis helps Ford's Euro­pean com­mer­cial cus­tomers run a safer, greener, more effi­cient mobile enterprise

Ford Motor Com­pany and Tel­o­gis are launch­ing Ford Telem­at­ics pow­ered by Tel­o­gis, pro­vid­ing action­able infor­ma­tion from Ford com­mer­cial vehi­cles that helps cus­tomers reduce fuel costs up to 20 per­cent*, reduce their envi­ron­men­tal impact and increase dri­ver safety.

Since 2011, Tel­o­gis has been the exclu­sive tech­nol­ogy provider to power Ford Crew Chief in North Amer­ica, the industry's most com­pre­hen­sive and scal­able telem­at­ics solu­tion for com­mer­cial cus­tomers. The Euro­pean expan­sion of the Telogis-Ford part­ner­ship lever­ages the suc­cess of Crew Chief and will meet the demand from cur­rent and new Ford cus­tomers for vis­i­bil­ity into day-to-day oper­a­tions includ­ing vehicle/driver loca­tion, vehi­cle and dri­ver per­for­mance and exclu­sive Ford vehi­cle diagnostics.


International Fleet Management  

Fleet Logis­tics' new oper­a­tion in Turkey has gone live with the imple­men­ta­tion of the first inter­na­tional fleet cus­tomer and the planned intro­duc­tion of a num­ber of new services.

Two months ago, Europe's largest inde­pen­dent fleet man­age­ment provider announced its con­tin­ued expan­sion across main­land Europe and the Near East with the open­ing of new fleet man­age­ment oper­a­tions in Istan­bul to ser­vice new and exist­ing fleet customers.

Fleet Logis­tics Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, Rainer Laber, said: "The open­ing of our first oper­a­tion in Turkey, using the exist­ing TÜV SÜD net­work and infra­struc­ture, puts more pieces in the Fleet Logis­tics' jig­saw of main­land Europe and the Near East.

"We do have other coun­tries in mind for fur­ther expan­sion, and more details will be made avail­able soon," he added.


Fleet Vehicle Remarketing  

The CNW Sep­tem­ber Retail Auto­mo­tive Sum­mary is now available.

Here are some of the headlines:

♦  Three Trends to Watch: Younger Buy­ers Return­ing; Used Leas­ing Grow­ing; Box-Store CPO Sat­is­fac­tion
♦  Sep­tem­ber Lead­ing to monthly sales gain; Sub­Prime Rock­ets
♦  Jit­ters down; Clos­ing Ratios up
♦  Sep­tem­ber Used Sales Ahead of Year Ago
♦  Used Diesels in Grow­ing Demand
♦  NEW COLUMN: Jesse S: Socially Speak­ing -- Hash­tag as a Busi­ness Tool

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