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What to Do When Upfits Go Wrong

Experts share their advice on how fleet managers can most effectively manage an upfit “crisis” and get things back on track.

Proactive vs. Reactive Fleet Management

In today’s fiscal environment, fleet management can be more aptly described as a form of “crisis management.” More often than not, fleet decisions are driven by senior management’s knee-jerk reactions or by the never-ending need to put out fires. In this reality, it is easy to slip into a reactive fleet management style, managing the fleet from a tactical level, addressing day-to-day crisises with a knee-jerk management approach. However, in today’s environment, you can’t afford to be reactive.

GFX 2012 - Dealing With Budget Cuts and Focusing Fleet Efforts

Kelly Reagan, fleet administrator for the City of Columbus, Ohio, and his group at the round table discussion during GFX talked about how fleets can focus their efforts to be cost-effective service providers. The group also discussed how to deal with budget cuts. Reagan recounts the discussion in this video.

GFX 2012 - Managing the Loss of Skilled Employees

At GFX 2012, Aaron Alvarado, fleet manager for the City of Tempe, Ariz., discussed the challenges associated with losing the experience that long-time employees have as they retire. He presents some of the solutions the group he talked with at the event in Denver.

Are You an Administrator Or a Manager?

The greatest challenge facing the future of public-sector fleet management is how we define ourselves as a profession. Are we administrators of a fleet or are we managers? Do we manage our fleet from a tactical level, putting out the day-to-day fires – or a strategic level, focusing on achieving specific long-term objectives? In the future, I believe a strategic focus will be crucial to succeed in public-sector fleet management; otherwise, you will run the risk of being relegated to mediocrity.