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Small Fleets – Big Challenges

Public Fleets are as diverse as the organizations they serve; small fleets are at once in competition and in partnership with much larger entities for a wide range of resources, such as grant funding and skilled personnel. It’s imperative that smaller fleets learn to navigate the complexities of fleet management from each other as well as the established fleet management paradigm.

"Making" it Green

When most people think of the word green in relationship to fleet management they think less of the color and more of the environmental concept. It’s hard to put a finger on the exact point in time when the definition of green changed, but change it did, and with that change came a new battle flag for environmental stewardship.

Get Out In Front

Get Out In Front

Image matters. Of course we can find instances where function over form seems more prudent but over all a lot more folks will see a piece of equipment than will ever actually use it.

Kind of a Drag

Kind of a Drag

Look among the most important insights a fleet manager must have for success and you will find a keen awareness of the difference between the goals of a customer and that of leaderships. Fleet managers are in a constant state of unsteadiness as they endeavor to walk the tightrope of production and expense.

The ins-and-outs of Outsourcing

Productivity has been defined as the ratio between opportunity and accomplishment. Most if not all municipal garages suffer from a poor public image, the conventional wisdom is that a private service vendor can outperform the slow wheels of progress in a government facility. In an effort to validate this facility’s competiveness in the market a fully burdened labor rate was established.

The ins-and-outs of Outsourcing

Productivity has been defined as the ratio between opportunity and accomplishment. Most if not all municipal garages suffer from a poor public image, the conventional wisdom is that a private service vendor can outperform the slow wheels of progress in a government facility. In an effort to validate this facility’s competiveness in the market a fully burdened labor rate was established.

The ins-and-outs of Outsourcing

The ins-and-outs of Outsourcing

Productivity has been defined as the ratio between opportunity and accomplishment. Most if not all municipal garages suffer from a poor public image, the conventional wisdom is that a private service vendor can outperform the slow wheels of progress in a government facility. In an effort to validate this facility’s competiveness in the market a fully burdened labor rate was established.

Same Stick New Carrot

Same Stick New Carrot

It is easy for a fleet manager to identify with the image of a donkey with a carrot dangled in front of him while a rider in his cart beats him with a stick. It is said that this “motivational image” is meant to keep us in a perpetual state of motion.

Customer Service

It is a long held proverb in the public sector that “’the number of philosophies on government is greater than to the number of philosophers on government.” This being said, it is especially natural for me to apply the word customer when describing relationship the residents of Jonesborough have with the town government. The Town of Jonesborough is expected to meet certain obligations in return for taxes paid.

Replacement Concepts

Replacement Concepts

Equipment replacement is expensive…Enough said?… Not so fast. Equipment replacement can be an enormous financial benefit when done correctly. The concept of equipment replacement shares equivalence between productivity and cost. It is very easy to imagine a piece of equipment costing too much to be worth purchasing.

De Facto Specification

Small fleets have a dilemma when it comes to life cycling, a small geographic area will traditionally allow for a longer lifecycle in years but the technological life of an asset is getting shorter and shorter.

Be Convinced… Be Convincing

In the day to day operation on a fleet a fleet manager is often asked to lend their “expert” opinion to a situation. In some cases a fleet manager may not have any more knowledge that the next guy about the best practice for the given circumstance.

PM = Preemptive Model

PM = Preemptive Model

I would like to introduce a new PM acronym to fleet management; behold, the Preemptive Model. One may think a small fleet has unlimited opportunities to manage each piece of equipment in an individual manner and for the most part they would be right, but there is a fundamental problem with the micromanagement of equipment in a small fleet.

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