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The Covid pandemic put fleet safety at front and center of the consumer zeitgeist of 2020. Nonessential business has resumed across the U.S., which means fleet leaders are hashing out what the “next normal” is going to look like for their business. The smart fleet management market is poised to grow by $153.63 billion between 2020 and 2024, with some…

Sustainability is quickly becoming a moral imperative in the fleet industry. We’ve been operating as if earth itself was a renewable resource. But air pollution, water contamination and the consumption of natural resources now pose a tangible, detrimental impact to the quality of human life. A whopping 44 percent of the U.S. population now lives in areas that do not…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

“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,…

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. As many reports and first-person accounts can affirm, many stores are faced with shortages due to supply…

2020 FLEXY winner George Hrichak shares strategies for success. This is not the way George Hrichak imagined he’d be celebrating his 2020 Fleet Excellence Award (FLEXY) win, with most of the United States in a virtual standstill because of Covid-19. “My family is following the precautions everyone else is, washing hands, using hand sanitizers, social distancing, that type of thing.”…