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Fuel Prices Trending Upward: Longevity of Rise Uncertain

Fuel Prices Trending Upward: Longevity of Rise Uncertain

This special report over five articles provides an in-depth examination of 2021 operating cost trends for fuel spend, scheduled/unscheduled maintenance, replacement tire prices, PM spend, warranty recovery, and a forecast of CY2022 expenses.

November 1, 2021

Unscheduled Maintenance Costs Increase 3% in CY-2021

Unscheduled Maintenance Costs Increase 3% in CY-2021

Part and labor prices have increased 4-8%, while part and labor availability have decreased. Due to difficulties sourcing replacement vehicles, fleets are keeping units in service longer. This caused repair spend to increase in 2021.

October 28, 2021

Preventive Maintenance Costs Increase 3-5% in 2021

Preventive Maintenance Costs Increase 3-5% in 2021

A variety of factors converged to exert upward pressure on preventive maintenance costs, such as longer vehicle service lives due to limited product availability, the ongoing transition to synthetic oils, and higher labor rates to attract scarce technicians.

October 27, 2021

Extended Cycling & Part Shortages Stress Warranty Recovery in 2021
Higher Commodity Prices Exert Upward Cost Pressure on Tires

Higher Commodity Prices Exert Upward Cost Pressure on Tires

Many tire OEMs have increased prices in CY-2021, ranging from 3-10% depending on type of tire and size. Higher commodity prices and increased ocean freight rates are being passed on to end users as OE profit margins compress.

October 26, 2021

Preventative Maintenance Costs Increase 3-5% in 2021

Preventative Maintenance Costs Increase 3-5% in 2021

Many factors converged to exert upward pressure on PM costs, such as longer vehicle service lives due to limited product availability; the ongoing transition to synthetic oils; and higher labor rates to attract scarce technicians.

October 26, 2021

Unscheduled Maintenance Costs Increase 3% in CY-2021

Unscheduled Maintenance Costs Increase 3% in CY-2021

Part and labor prices have increased 4-8%, while part and labor availability have decreased. Due to difficulties sourcing replacement vehicles, fleets are keeping units in service longer, causing repair spend to increase in 2021

October 26, 2021

Labor Shortage Increases But Economic Uncertainty Emerges

Labor Shortage Increases But Economic Uncertainty Emerges

The robust economy is creating record numbers of new jobs and a subsequent labor shortage that is being exacerbated by the large wave of Baby Boomer retirements, but some see uncertainty of future market conditions.

December 11, 2019

Replacement Tire Costs Increase 5-10%

Replacement Tire Costs Increase 5-10%

For the past four years, tire costs have been stable. But, new cost pressures have emerged in 2017, due to higher prices for the commodities used to manufacture tires and the trend to larger diameter, more expensive tires.

March 1, 2018

Wash. County Hires Fleet Manager

Wash. County Hires Fleet Manager

Matt Stewart, CAFM, has been named the equipment rental & revolving fund (fleet) manager for Jefferson County, Wash., responsible for management of the county’s vehicle and equipment fleet.

January 16, 2014

Stanton Announces Retirement from City of San Antonio

Stanton Announces Retirement from City of San Antonio

Long-time fleet manager Bob Stanton announced his retirement from the City of San Antonio effective July. At the City of San Antonio, Stanton was the assistant director - building and equipment services – Fleet.

August 2, 2013

Mitchell to Retire from Arlington County, Virginia

Mitchell to Retire from Arlington County, Virginia

Allen Mitchell, equipment bureau chief for Arlington County, Va., announced he will retire effective Nov. 1, 2013. His responsibilities at Arlington County include managing the County fleet of 1,500 assets.

July 30, 2013

Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

The top challenge facing truck fleets continues to be managing fuel spend. Other challenges include rightsizing, rising tire costs, remarketing, and improving fleet efficiency. An emerging trend is the shift to lighter-weight upfits.

March 14, 2013

Thomson to Retire from City of Salem, Ore.

Thomson to Retire from City of Salem, Ore.

Don Thomson, CAFM, will retire from the City of Salem, Ore., March 31. He is the City’s fleet/warehouse superintendent and is responsible for providing and maintaining all fleet equipment used by City departments.

February 11, 2013

Top 10 Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleets in CY-2011

Top 10 Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleets in CY-2011

Budget is the No.1 challenge facing government fleets. Everything a fleet does revolves around money — equipment, facilities, staff, vehicles, parts, tools, fuel, etc. Other challenges include extended cycling, resources to maintain aging assets, and staff burn-out.

November 8, 2010

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