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Industry 'stuck in slow lane' of electronic commerce

FLEETS are falling behind the rest of the business community in taking up the benefits of paperless electronic commerce which is fast becoming the norm in other sectors. While the likes of Tesco and Marks & Spencer reap the rewards of technology, the fleet industry remains content to shuffle paper invoices and orders according to FleetNet - the organisation under which the fleet rental and leasing industry is developing common standards.

John Jenkins, managing director of electronic commerce consultant JJ Associates told delegates at a FleetNet open day: 'In any other supply chain but fleet you've got far simpler dynamics, such as a big retailer like Tesco with massive purchasing clout, which takes on a system and suppliers follow. There is a great opportunity for everyone from fleet operators to bodyshops and fast-fit companies to save a lot of money and cut down on time wasted with paperwork for invoices.'

Members of FleetNet's steering committee include Arriva Automotive Solutions, Auto Windscreens, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, CAP Motor Research, David Henley Systems, National Car Rental, OASIS Global Systems, PHH Vehicle Management Services and the Retail Motor Industry Federation.

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