I’m located in New York, covering New Jersey, New York City, and Delaware. I’ve been doing this for almost 37 years, so that’s pretty much my entire career. When I first started, in 1980, I was with Hertz Car Leasing in Manhattan. Back then, the business in general was very transactional—customers essentially leased vehicles and made their monthly payments, and that was pretty much the process. Following this, I moved to a company called Leasing Associates, and was there until 1993. Again, the experience I had here was that the business was very transactional, and it was mostly based on relationships. When the company closed its New York office, it was then that I moved to General Electric.
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.
Knowing your stuff inside and out is table stakes. To be competitive in today’s progressive and challenging industry, a fleet manager must not only be professional and highly skilled, but also have the credentials to back it up.
Have you considered outsourcing your fleet management to a professional fleet management company? Obviously, outsourcing your fleet management allows you to focus more on your core business initiatives. How does it work and what are the benefits of having a fleet management partner? We've outlined the top 6:
1. Streamline Operations
With a fleet management company you can eliminate having to make multiple payments with numerous expense reports and instead simply pay one company. This can significantly cut down the amount of internal administrative work required to manage your fleet operations. In addition to managing payments, a fleet management company can assist with providing you with detailed reports about the performance of your vehicles, your drivers, and more through telematics, fuel cards, and other technology.
Driver safety is one of the hottest topics in fleet management. Not only does it have to do with the safety of drivers and ultimately the lives of people on the road, it can also have a huge impact on a company's finances. Driver safety is the responsibility of the company, and having a proper fleet safety policy is not only a moral imperative, it is also smart business.
The first 6 months of unsupervised driving are the most hazardous in a driver’s life. That’s why most states choose to implement graduated driver licensing systems which gradually introduce drivers to more and more freedom on the road as they gain experience. However, even experienced drivers can be at risk for accidents. Plus, over time some drivers will develop bad habits ranging from speeding to tailgating to red light running.
Onboard driver safety technology is one of the fastest changing aspects of fleet management and it’s affecting everything from accident reconstruction, to insurance rates, to safety policies. Two of the biggest names in vehicle technology are event data recorders and telematics. Knowing what technology is on-board your vehicle and how it can be used with regards to your business is an important aspect of managing a fleet. Below are some of the top safety concerns and the technologies that are influencing them.