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  • 12/05/2017

    Addressing Devices And Drugs in Todays Fleet

    Devices and drugs. They both impair drivers and both have proliferated to the point where they contribute to the majority of serious accidents in the U.S. As marijuana legalization sweeps across the country and opioid use and abuse has developed into a national epidemic, fleet managers are faced with addressing the growing trend of risky behaviors that compromise drivers’ ability to operate their fleet vehicle safely. The trends are disturbing, but training, monitoring, and creating a safety-minded culture with clearly defined policies and incentives make a difference.
  • 11/06/2017

    Fleet Management Buyers Guide

    Once you start to look at the fleet management companies out there, you will find the majority offer what you are looking for and even some capabilities you didn’t know you needed. The search eventually narrows down to a short list of providers with similar technology, services, and pricing. This is the stage at which you need to ask the hard questions. It is important to find out if the Fleet Management Company can truly be an extension of your team because most fleets are a costly, support-intensive piece of an organization’s business operations. You don’t need a vendor. You need a partner.
  • 09/25/2017

    Make Sure Your Fleet is Ready for the Next Storm

    Natural disasters across the U.S. over the past decade have been historic and devastating with property damage costing tens of billions of dollars. Pictures of submerged cars, scorched lands, and collapsed roofs have become all too common and serve as a stark reminder that a fleet’s emergency preparedness is critical to protect drivers and minimize losses. Every fleet and organization is different. Some may need to move assets and workers away from threatened areas. Meanwhile others, like utilities, may need to send more in. Regardless of the situation, managers should have plans and policies in place before everyone is under duress. It is much easier to execute a plan everyone knows ahead of time than scrambling in the heat of the moment when communication, fuel availability, and roadways may already be compromised. Step one is a regional risk assessment.
  • 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

    When was the last time you evaluated your fleet lifecycle practices? Could you be leaving money on the table because your fleet is no longer fully optimized for your business? 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. When it comes to optimizing fleet lifecycles, one answer doesn’t work for all. Most importantly, know VWGoA Fleet Services can help identify structures and policies that will best meet your operational goals.
  • 11/17/2016

    When to Self Manage

    Should I self-manage my fleet? The short answer is, rarely. Some organizations have fleet assets that are absolutely core to their business and have both the courage and deep pockets to invest in technology, people and processes to allow them to manage their fleet assets with great success. And some organizations that have a smaller footprint can manage their assets by leveraging local relationships. But by and large, most organizations don’t fit neatly into those two categories. 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.
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