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NAFA tapped into the expertise of Shell Fleet Solutions’ Tim Murray to gain insight on fuel trends and tips for fleet managers looking to control their fuel spend in the post-pandemic budget crunch.
Has your organization turned into a car collector?
It’s not uncommon for fleet operators to find themselves accumulating highly specialized, rarely used vehicles or vehicles that simply don’t work for their current needs anymore. Right-sizing by evaluating fleet size and vehicle types can help fleet managers optimize vehicle use, cut back on fuel consumption, reduce emissions, and save on maintenance.
With gas prices spiking and shortages being reported across the country — even before the Russian cyberattack on one of our nation’s major pipelines — many people are turning a sharp eye to their tanks and nearest pumps. For fleet managers, this hawk-eyed approach to fuel is second nature.
For some insight into the latest trends in managing fuel spend, we spoke with NAFA member Danielle Allsbrook, CAFM, manager of logistics planning and operations for Ferguson Enterprises.
Whether your fleet has been moving to EVs over the past several years or you’re just dipping your toe in the water, most fleet managers agree that EVs are an emerging player in a changing operational strategy. However, planning for an electric future can get sidelined when fleet managers try to wrap their arms around what it will actually cost them to make the transition.
Because they can provide so much and do so much, it’s tempting to see telematics as a cure-all. “Most fleet managers think deploying telematics will solve all their problems,” says Roman Ferster, CEO of RGRAUTO Inc. “I know many managers for whom instead of making life easier, telematics makes their life much harder. They buy the most expensive technology with the most features, and then their whole life is emails, alerts, phone calls, daily reports, weekly reports, and reports on reports.”
NAFA Fleet Management Association has expanded its robust awards program with the acquisition of The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas program. The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas, founded by fleet veteran Tom C. Johnson, recognizes the best operations in the government fleet sector.
NAFA Fleet Management Association supports the transition to fleet electrification as part of a national strategy for sustainability. At the same time, electric vehicle technologies for fleet applications are still developing, and costs are still higher than conventionally fueled vehicles.
NAFA Fleet Managers Association has elected its board officers for the next term, an energized and experienced group of fleet professionals ready to help members navigate through challenges and change.
Lease or buy. It’s an age-old question that fleet managers consider most every year, but the rippling effects of COVID-19 have brought new scrutiny on the question, as controlling costs rises to the top of a long list of fleet industry challenges.
When it comes to fleet management, best practices are not necessarily rooted in the newest, shiniest procedures or technology. More often than not, reducing fleet costs, streamlining manual and time-intensive processes, and dealing with human factors means getting back to basics. With many fleets operating at less than full capacity, now could be a great time to benchmark how you’re doing in a few key areas.
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