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The United Nations Refugee Agency Weighs in on the Coronavirus

5/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy
Because of the timing and global footprint of Covid-19, the majority of NAFA Members are working through an epidemic for the first time in their careers. For NAFA Member Ondrej Holcman, Global Fleet Manager for the United Nations Refugee Agency, epidemics are always a potential challenge in his work.
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Risk Management for Fleets: The New Mobility and Covid-19

5/18/2020 - Lukas Neckermann
Implementing new mobility options comes with great potential benefits: increased efficiency of operations, reduced costs, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, and perhaps improved employee satisfaction. As a result, and prior to Covid-19, many fleet managers will have been considering their approach to risk management with respect to new mobility – electrification, automation, and sharing. Clearly, a pandemic temporarily alters priorities; safety of staff and the resilience of the business have priority.  But we shouldn’t take our eye fully off of the longer-term view: managing the potential of alternate mobility solutions.  We may even find some solutions in our short-term challenges. 
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Fleet Strategies: Pivot with Minimal Disruption

5/11/2020 - Jasmine Glasheen
The Covid outbreak threw a wrench in many fleet leaders’ agendas. Suddenly, plans such as business expansions, burgeoning client relationships, vehicle acquisitions and hiring have been put on hold… or suspended altogether. It can be challenging to pivot business plans unexpectedly, while simultaneously minimizing business disruption and pushback from staff. Ideas can suddenly be upended by shifts in the economy, global issues, or even movements within the organization itself. As regulations around business openings and operations are changing almost daily, organizations have been called upon to pivot more quickly than ever before. And the threat of government fines and pathogen spread looms large for fleet agencies that have managed to remain operational.
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CAFM Ups Your Game at Any Stage in Your Career

5/4/2020 - Donald Dunphy and Jasmine Glasheen
The Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) is a self-study program certification program that has been the role model for fleet standards for over 35 years. With up-to-date fleet management education, everything you need is included in the Reference and Study Guides that you can also access though three to four hours of recorded webinars (slides and audio) for each of the eight modules. Successful completion of the CAFM program requires passing all eight disciplines within a three-year period.
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Can Fleet Safety Procedures Be Harmful to Driver Health?

5/4/2020 - Jasmine Glasheen
Safety has always come first in the fleet industry. However, the coronavirus outbreak has encouraged fleet leaders to put safety culture at the forefront of their list of priorities. Organizations with a great safety record do so with a culture of safety-present as policy. Many fleet organizations have had to enact stricter safety protocols to prevent pathogen spread in fleet vehicles. The CDC suggests that drivers disinfect vehicles with a “diluted bleach solution,” or a solution comprised of 70% alcohol.
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2020 FLEXY Winner: Managing Accountability

5/4/2020 - Donald Dunphy
Managing complexity makes the challenge of accountability more dramatic. Overseeing a fleet of more than 2,400 units and seven maintenance locations, with an operating budget of more than $16 million, including fuel cost is impressive. Add to this hard winters with major precipitation serviced by snow plows, sweepers, salt spreaders, and other heavy-duty equipment that cannot be out of commission when needed. This is the complex fleet that FLEXY winner Brad Salazar, Fleet Management Director for the City and County of Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) manages.
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Evaluating Your Risk Exposure

5/4/2020 - Donald Dunphy and Kate Vigneau, CAFM
People who live by the power of positive thinking may be great assets for a team, but it’s not the most important professional attribute for your risk manager.  Effective risk management requires that an organization identify, then separate manageable and unmanageable risks. Fleet risk-management decisions rely on a wide range of stakeholders including department heads, mechanics, human resources and top management. NAFA recommends looking at risk management holistically by bringing these stakeholders together and ensuring they have a common vocabulary and the tools to properly evaluate and manage risks.
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How to Achieve the Top Ranking in 2020 100 Best Fleets

5/4/2020 - Donald Dunphy
“This is not a secret and by no means are we trying to keep it that way,” says NAFA Member Jeffrey A. Hawthorne, CAFM, B.S.B.A. He is the Division Manager for Fleet Management for Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO), in Florida. His fleet tied for the top spot in the 100 Best Fleets rankings for 2020 announced in April, and he is only too glad to share the methods that got PBSO there.
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Navigating the New Normal

4/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy
Fleet managers – both those still running essential fleets and those who have dealt with closure obstacles – have been navigating “the new normal” for more than two months now. Likewise, the companies that serve these fleets with products and services have been figuring out how to keep staff on track, even as clients have other concerns in mind.
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2020 Flexy Winner: Stewardship, Change, and COVID-19

4/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy
We caught up with 2020 FLEXY Award Winner Steve Larsen, Director of Procurement and Fuel at Ruan Transportation Management Systems to discuss crisis management. Everyone working at Ruan has been charged with helping minimize the impact on operations that the coronavirus has caused.   
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