Insights

Over the decades we have amassed a library of resources, both internal and external, which help our team and our partners do their jobs with skill and confidence. Peruse these pages for current trends and thought leadership, our newsletters, and tips that we have found helpful over the years. And if you have any questions for us, we’re always here for you.

Safe Driving is Fuel-Efficient Driving

Driver Safety Posted by Bob Belanger, Regional Sales Manager on April 20, 2017

Since a substantial portion of your overall fleet expenditures goes towards fuel, you might think that with lower fuel prices, your fleet fuel spending would go down. But really, a large part of this expense is controlled by your drivers. Up to about 30% of a vehicle’s fuel efficiency is influenced by driver behavior. So any fuel savings from lower fuel prices can easily be undone by drivers’ bad habits. An ongoing awareness program for your drivers, focused on safety and sustainability, should result in better driving habits that net lower fuel consumption and costs. 

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Tackling Fleet Challenges Faced by the Food Industry

Tips and Advice Posted by Ed Latorre, Regional Manager on April 13, 2017

Food shippers find staffing and turnover particularly challenging as they need to hire the “right” person for the job who can deliver food cargo properly and promptly. The job requires a fair amount of physical labor and delivery schedules are both tight and frequent. An added responsibility that drivers from other industries may not face is the requirement to deliver the cargo fresh, frozen, or in accordance with any other temperature specification. This week we’re focusing on some of the most common food industry challenges and what fleet managers can do to address or avoid them. 

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Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Fleet

Tips and Advice Posted by Marcia Schroeder, Regional Sales Manager on March 30, 2017

With spring finally upon us, it’s time to clean away any evidence of winter and think ahead to the warmer months to come. Preventative maintenance now will help prepare your fleet for summertime, which brings a different kind of wear and tear than the wintertime. Here is a 7-point checklist that can help you with preparing for the next season: 

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Fleet Challenges Faced by the Landscaping Industry

Fleet Management Posted by Scott Lease, Regional Sales Manager on March 23, 2017

With spring right around the corner, landscaping companies will soon be ramping up to meet blossoming demands. It’s go time! And whether you’re waiting for the snow to clear or you’re in a warmer location with year-round landscaping demands, you need to be on top of your equipment requirements heading into the upcoming, extra-busy season. Fleet expenses are a major part of most landscaping companies’ overall budgets and can fluctuate, depending on usage and maintenance. Your fleet is your lifeblood – reliable and well-maintained equipment gets your crews to the jobsites and makes them faster, more efficient, and more profitable.

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Fleet Management 101: A Look into “Greener” Petroleum-Based Fuel Options

Fleet 101 Posted by Rob Jarzombek. Sr. Technical Advisor. on March 9, 2017

A couple of weeks ago we talked all about the pros and cons of diesel fuel options; regular, renewable and biodiesel. Renewable gas is an alternative fuel option that works much like regular gasoline, but is sustainable, often cleaner, and, essentially, in infinite supply. This week, we want to address the “green” options for gasoline and answer some of the questions you may have floating around in your mind. Questions such as: “What are the different options? How do I choose which is best for my fleet? Can I blend a new option in or will I have a scheduling nightmare on my hands trying to switch over?” 

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What constitutes normal wear and tear?

Tips and Advice Posted by Rob Jarzombek. Sr. Technical Advisor. on January 26, 2017

The ambiguity around what constitutes “normal” wear and tear on company vehicles can be annoying at best, and at worst, costly. It’s important to have a clear understanding and policy of what kind of wear and tear is to be expected and accepted, versus actual damages. It’s important because when it comes to terminating a lease, trading in, or reselling, you don’t want to have any surprises regarding the value of the vehicles. So, what types of wear and tear are to be expected? Let’s break it down by section. 

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Top tips for safe winter driving

Driver Safety Posted by Jeff Malko, Regional Sales Manager on December 22, 2016

Winter. It comes every year, and yet we tend to freeze up when first faced with the adverse driving conditions it brings. Black ice, blowing snow, and mechanical failures are some of the leading reasons behind the many winter-related accidents reported by businesses every year. This year, get ahead of the winter challenges your fleet faces. We’ve compiled a list of winter driving tips to share and discuss with your drivers to help keep everyone safe and warm throughout the season. 

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What to Consider When Creating Personal-Use Policies

Tips and Advice Posted by Kathie Jarzombek, License, Title & Tax Manager on November 16, 2016

It’s never-ending – the discussions in your fleet surrounding company-provided vehicles. And more often than not, personal use is both a sensitive area and a deciding factor. So, how do you avoid an ongoing discussion and flared tempers? You need to decide how you can best accommodate drivers’ needs – work and personal – while minding your bottom line. But don’t worry, the management of personal use can be rather simple; it’s the implementation and reporting that can get a little harried. Here are some aspects to consider when drawing up your policy:

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Fleet Management 101 – Cargo Handling Ergonomics

Fleet 101 Posted by Bill Womack, VP of Sales on November 9, 2016

Drivers are the life-force of your fleet. Keeping drivers happy and healthy is not only in everyone’s best interest, but it can actually increase productivity. So, it should come as no surprise that teaching, promoting and demonstrating proper ergonomics to your employees is a smart move. And, as there are quite a few scenarios for potential injury with manual materials handling, we’ve compiled a list for you of dos and don’ts when it comes to cargo handling ergonomics. 

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How Will Driverless Cars Impact Fleet Management?

Tips and Advice Posted by Roger Setzke, Vice President Client Services on November 2, 2016

Once a distant dream, driverless cars are now very much a reality. Several big-name manufacturers have been performing road tests and running diagnostics in the race to have the first autonomous vehicle ready for mass consumption. Just last month, new federal guidelines were announced that aim to help speed up the technology and get driverless cars on the road sooner. What does this mean for fleets and fleet managers? Well, there are a few components to consider: 

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