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  • Date

    Title

  • 06/29/2017

    Best Approach to Upfitting

    Well-designed vehicle and upfit specifications can increase driver efficiency and safety while reducing costs over the vehicle lifecycle. However, the broad range of chassis, equipment and installer options can be overwhelming, making it difficult to know where to begin.
  • 06/09/2017

    Fuel Programs Should Go The Extra Mile

    The low cost of fuel has been good news for fleet managers over the past several years. As prices have dropped fifty percent since 2008, attention to fuel spend has taken a back seat to other concerns such as maintenance and acquisition costs. However, the fuel line item still represents a significant percentage of fleet budgets and many organizations may be missing out on discounts, payment structures and data-gathering opportunities that will save money today and have them better positioned for the future should prices revert to their historically volatile state.
  • 04/07/2017

    The Path to ELD Compliance

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is requiring Electronic Logging Device (ELD) compliance beginning December 18, 2017. As the deadline fast approaches, professional drivers and fleet managers are seeking clarification on whether or not the new law applies to their operations and, if so, how to transition to the new technology.
  • 01/20/2017

    Lifecycle Management

    Lease structures, fuel costs, maintenance schedules, and resale values should be scrutinized as markets change and your business evolves. To be effective, every business should evaluate its fleet policy to ensure it meets the organization’s specific needs and accounts for the manner in which it operates.
  • 11/17/2016

    When to Self Manage

    Partners are essential in operating a business effectively and efficiently. Fleet is often an area that is overlooked and under-managed for a variety of reasons, which may include leadership bias, complacency, or a lack of knowledge. Partnering with a trusted fleet management company provides opportunities to reduce cost and improve fleet processes. The key is finding the right partner that offers the necessary products and services, and is willing to focus on your individual and specific needs.
  • 10/04/2016

    International Accounting

    New accounting standards for leasing transactions are coming down the pike in 2018-19 and they will impact every company and organization with lease agreements. The new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) requirements are designed to make these transactions more transparent by ending what corporate financial stakeholders identified as large, off-balance-sheet accounting in addition to unifying European and U.S. accounting practices.
  • 08/12/2016

    Improving Efficiency in Government Fleets

    Cloud computing and big data are powering real-time vehicle monitoring in systems that capture a wealth of actionable information from tire pressures and idling times to, speed, locations and routes. These telematics and analytics-driven fleet management tools can deliver data to desktop dashboards, but more importantly, recent developments in how that information is aggregated and presented to users makes that information truly actionable. As a result, managers and drivers can make informed decisions that reduce accident rates and fuel usage, maximize resource deployment, and mitigate vehicle wear and tear.
  • 07/18/2016

    Sustainability Best Practices

    Sustainability is a large undertaking for companies and fleet management is where a company can have its greatest impact. Discover where to begin, what changes can be made and how to evaluate your progress.
  • 07/14/2016

    ELD Mandate

    Understanding the basic principles surrounding the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) mandate and how to meet its compliance standards.
  • 03/17/2016

    Focused Fuel Cards

    Corporate and government fleets have a number of purchasing options available to them to manage their fuel consumption and spend. For the contemporary fleet manager, fuel-associated data capture and controls are critical.
  • 03/04/2016

    Harnessing Big Data

    Today’s connected fleet generates a constant stream of data from the many activities involved in successful fleet operations. This data needs to be captured and analyzed so that managers can use it to maximize efficiency and drive cost savings.
  • 02/11/2016

    Turning Fleet Data into Applied Strategy

    There are five keys to success in transforming fleet data into successful fleet strategy. In short, success depends on the right combination of people and process.
  • 12/17/2015

    Fuel Best Practices

    In our ever-evolving landscape, optimizing cost-efficiency is one of the paramount priorities of a Fleet Manager. This whitepaper provides practices and recommendations that can help you more efficiently and effectively manage your fuel program.
  • 11/17/2015

    Cash Flow Management

    In this white paper, we will focus on three key areas where managing your fleet can improve overall cash flow: lease options, maintenance and fuel products.
  • 11/04/2015

    A Leasing Guide For Fleets

    Where closed-end leases work. While open-end lease structures are widely accepted in the U.S., this eight-part guide breaks down the advantages of closed-end leases and how this structure can improve your company's image and bottom line.
  • 10/12/2015

    Selecting an FMC

    3 Keys to Identifying a Flexible, Stable and Creative FMC. With a major FMC shakeup taking place with mergers and acquisitions, now is a good time for fleets to take a look at whether or not their current provider fits the bill.
  • 09/26/2012

    Sustainability Initiatives

    Identify opportunities for your company to save money and the environment.
  • 09/21/2011

    Reimbursement vs. Leasing

    At some point, every fleet faces an important choice: administer a reimbursement program or offer company-provided vehicles. This whitepapger will help you understand your options.

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