The digital copying and printing services company went out to tender with seven fleet suppliers, before appointing LeasePlan. The contract covers 17 European countries, and is based on LeasePlan's actual cost motoring product Open Calculation.
A project team from Oce, with representatives from eight countries, started negotiations in May 1999 with the aim of reducing fleet costs and introducing increased efficiency to its fleet operation on an international basis.
Carol Mayers, Oce's European operations manager, said Oce had initially encountered difficulties in determining the real costs of its company cars across its organisation because of issues such as different local tax regulations and differing reporting structures. 'With the establishment of the project team we were able to benchmark costs and services across Europe, focussing on eight key countries,' she said.
Mayers added that LeasePlan had been able to 'introduce a number of cost-saving efficiencies to our European fleet operation' and she paid tribute to the leasing and fleet management giant's internet-based products, including online reporting.
Ian Tilbrook, LeasePlan international sales director, said: 'Company cars are an important but costly overhead for any company, and it makes sense for a company of Oce's size to have adopted the approach taken by it in appointing a project team to address costs on a global basis.'
He added that an increasing number of organisations were appreciating the benefits of working with one supplier on a global basis. (August 2000)