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Addressing the Recruiting Problem

Fleet managers are taking steps to combat the technician recruiting problem, and these steps are adding up to results. READ MORE

Fleet Greening in Trump's America

Whatever your political opinion, there’s no doubt Trump’s agenda on the environment is vastly different from President Obama’s. READ MORE

How Are Your Customer Interactions?

A positive motor pool experience means fleets are providing a streamlined experience for their customers. READ MORE

A Reminder About Fleet Liability

Technicians, who are last to see a vehicle and who decide if and when it’s ready to go, should be aware of fleet liability. READ MORE

Rethink Existing Policies & Procedures

Is something done a certain way because it was always done this way? Was a policy created due to one negative event, and is it still necessary or has it become too restrictive? READ MORE

Cheering the Industry On

The Honors Celebration is what we’ve been working toward since the beginning of the year, this moment when fleets and fleet managers are recognized for their accomplishments. READ MORE

Technician vs. Mechanic

While you may think it doesn’t matter what technicians are called if they get the same pay, moving toward the technician title adds professionalism to the industry and better reflects what modern technicians actually do. READ MORE

Too Many Decision Makers

Officials who rotate in and out of their posts, with little knowledge about fleet but making changes to the department, can make poor decisions. READ MORE

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3D-Printed Cars Are Coming

A 3D-printed smart neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) will soon be available, and it may even be smarter than your phone. READ MORE

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Is There a Millennial Misconception?

If you work with millennials, you’ll know we’re not all entitled and glued to our smart phones. READ MORE

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First Look at Honda’s Fuel Cell Car

Honda's Steve Ellis discusses the new Clarity fuel cell sedan, fueling infrastructure in California, and whether the vehicle will be available to fleets. READ MORE

How Do You Connect with Your Peers?

Modern technology provides tools to somewhat replicate the networking that’s such an important part of in-person events. READ MORE

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How Does Automation Affect Fleets?

If the industry has technician training problems now, wait until a refuse truck robot joins the fleet! READ MORE

Balancing Customer Service & Fleet Goals

Unhappy customers can look for service elsewhere, but sometimes giving customers what they want can lead to poor fleet management. READ MORE

How Residents Can Affect Fleet

Citizens, and sometimes individual residents, can make a significant impact to fleet management, either positively or negatively. READ MORE

Working Together for Recruitment

Any exposure to public fleet is beneficial, even if the potential employees you’ve talked to don’t end up at your fleet. READ MORE

Know Your Audience When Using Acronyms

Are you a CAFM, CPFP, or CEM? Do you belong to MEMA or FLAGFA, or the NCSFA? Do you use CNG or LNG in your fleet? Do you even know what I’m talking about? READ MORE

Hiring and Keeping the Best Administrative Staff

If an administrative staff member becomes more invested in the fleet industry, the job becomes more than just a job. READ MORE

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Wondries Fleet Stocked 1,500 Crown Vics

Staff members from the Wondries Fleet Group in Alhambra, Calif., talk about selling their last 1,500 Crown Vics, the most popular vehicles sold on the national contract, and one of the biggest frustrations in government fleet sales. READ MORE

Dealing With Objections to New Policies

If there is pushback to new policies that fleet implements, how do you convince customers they’re not always right? READ MORE

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Getting Help from Your Neighbors

A neighboring fleet manager touring your shop can often clearly see what could be improved that you can’t see because it has become part of the way the shop functions. READ MORE

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More Work, Less Staff

At what point does doing more with less result in doing less with less? READ MORE

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What Impression Do You Make?

Have you googled your fleet operation? I probably have, numerous times, looking for your fleet website. The range of information provided across the many websites I’ve seen is surprising. READ MORE

Don’t Look the Other Way

If you see a trusted employee taking something that's not his to take, what do you do? If you’re a fleet manager new to an organization and see ethics violations fleet-wide, how to do you handle it? READ MORE

Using Awards to Motivate Staff

What do awards mean to fleets, and how can they be used to improve operations and morale?

Recognition programs provide another way for fleets to reward their staff and for the industry to reward its highest performers. What might be best about recognition programs is the drive for continuous improvement. READ MORE

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Thi Dao

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Thi is the executive editor of Government Fleet magazine. She is interested in maintenance management and alternative fuels.

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