Fleet-Column

Kate’s Corner: X vs. Y vs. Z

Younger individuals entering the workforce are changing the way we think of fleet needs. November marks an event I look forward to all year—the Welcome Tomorrow conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which I attended this year with NAFA President, Patti Earley, CAFM. Informative, imaginative and innovative, this conference always impresses.…

Greener Transit

Greener Transit
Many municipal fleets are replacing diesel buses with electric models, and more are likely to buy into the idea in the years to come. Transit fleets are emerging as early leaders in electrification of their vehicles. I am fortunate to have a front row seat to view the bold efforts…

Resistors vs. Enablers

Resistors vs. Enablers
Where do you stand on issues that impact our environment? The 2019 federal election is now over. I was privileged to have a front-row seat as a candidate (unsuccessful) and saw the growing commitment of voters to pushing the new government to take stronger action on climate change. Two-thirds of…

Benefits of Centralization

Benefits of Centralization
Centralization is still valid for fleet organizations today. In recent months I have been working on a couple of fleet studies and came across something, and I would hesitate to call it a trend, that is counter to the fleet industry reliance on centralization. In one case, a small municipality…

A Global Fleet Certification Initiative

It’s time for fleet professionals to get ahead of the global wave and sign up for certification. The NAFA contingent attending the Global Fleet Conference in Miami, June 5-7, included two Canadians— Ray Brisby, CAFM from Calgary Fire and myself. NAFA was invited to the event to give a presentation…

Managing Materials

Does your fleet team have the know-how to manage all the supplies and parts needed to run your department smoothly? What is the process that we call “fleet management”? Essentially, four inputs are required: labour, material, contracted services and overhead. The expected product is a trip. If the fleet includes…

Looking Back at the 2019 I&E

Highlights from Louisville… with a focus on the Canadian experience. With an all-new three-day format and an agenda packed with more than 50 education sessions, the 2019 I&E did not disappoint. Many of us arrived on Saturday night and were greeted by some of the most impressive fireworks I have…

Virtual Whiteboards

This virtual spreadsheet can save fleet managers both time and effort when communicating with stakeholders. I have been trying a new way to communicate the status of fleet management processes to my superiors, my co-workers, and the users of fleet vehicles and equipment who rely on them for their operations.…

It’s “Sick!”

Sustainable certification will be offered in Edmonton. In modern lingo, it is “sick” to be sustainable. I recently called a Lyft while on vacation in Florida and my driver, a 23-year-old college football player, showed up driving a Volt. Curious, I asked him why he drives a Volt. He replied,…
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