Fleet News

Manage Your Fleet Online


Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire

January 28, 2004

FLEET decision-makers can learn how to maximise the potential of the internet at a major industry event, to be held on January 28 next year. Manage Your Fleet Online will be hosted by Fleet News and sister publication Fleet NewsNet and will cover key services that fleets can use to slash costs, improve safety and reduce administration.

To be held at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, Warwickshire, the event will feature speakers from all areas of industry, including case studies to show the real-world impact of hi-tech fleet management methods on everyday business. Among the issues speakers will address will be the first steps in moving your fleet online, acquisition of vehicles and online security.

Managing vehicles online will be another key area, considering the management of vehicles supplied through contract hire, the online systems available to run outright purchase fleets and the latest technology for managing fuel via the web.

The focus on security will include a detailed study of using the internet to track valuable assets and will also look at the potential security risks of using internet-based operations. A special section on disposals will reveal the pros and cons of using internet-based systems for selling vehicles, including real-world case studies.

Experts will also provide an exclusive briefing on future developments and what they could mean for the industry.


    To book your place click here, call Sandra Evitt on 01733 468123 or email luke.clements@emap.com

    Conference timetable (provisional)

    28th January 2004 - Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire

    9.15 Welcome – John Maslen, editor, Fleet News

  • Conference Chairman's opening remarks

    Start up
    It's never too late to take your fleet online. This first session shows how new start-ups approach the launch, and where they can enjoy a broad choice of support and back-up services on the web

    9.30-9.50:New research unveiled - EMAP speaker

  • Getting online
  • How business uses the internet
  • Online business support

    9.50-10.10: Emmerson Hill Associates speaker

  • Example of recent start-up in fleet industry
  • Lessons for current generation of start-ups
  • Where to find help

    10.10-10.20: Q&A

    How do technological changes of the past two years affect online vehicle acquisition? Can online ordering save you extra money, and how can you achieve maximum efficiency improvements by choosing this route?

    10.20-10.40: Michael Taylor, senior transport buyer, NHS

  • Online ordering and vehicle acquisition
  • How internet supports acquisition process
  • Example and case study from recent major online purchaser
  • Cost savings and improved efficiency.

    10.40-11.00: Neil McCrossan, vice president, sales and marketing, National Car Rental

  • Online rental acquisitions
  • Online rental programmes, from supplier and customer viewpoints
  • Technological support
  • Evolution of online rental sector
  • Examples of customer case studies

    11.00-11.10: Q&A

    11.10-11.30: Coffee

    Online fleet management
    This crucial session will analyse key online issues in fleet management, in contract hire, and for the fuel card sector. Also – how online links and the integration of fleet systems will connect every aspect of a fleet manager's operation.


  • Online fleet management in contract hire sector
  • Suppliers and customers
  • How contract hire sector is evolving online, and what that means for fleet managers.

    11.50-12.10: Ashley Sowerby, managing director, Chevin Computer Systems

  • Managing owned vehicles using online fleet management systems
  • Examples and case studies of Paperco.

    12.10-12.30: Allstar speaker

  • Fuel cards and the online environment
  • Evolution and future for fuel card sector and fleet customers

    12.30-12.40: Q&A

    12.40: LUNCH

    Security – hacking and tracking
    Fears about online security remain across most industries. How relevant are they, and what should fleet managers be doing to minimise risks? This session also studies new improvements to online vehicle tracking systems.

    1.40-2.00: Greg Connell, managing director 1Link

    Just as systems that support vehicle acquisition on the web are growing in complexity, so disposal systems are becoming increasingly important to fleets.

    2.00-2.20: Keith Rogers, director remarketing, BCA Europe

  • Market view from auction sector. How auctions are facilitating vehicle remarketing and diposal online and where the changes will take the industry into the future

    2.20-2.40: BCA Europe customer case study

    2.40-2.50: Q&A


    Security - hacking and tracking
    Fears about online security remain across most industries. How relevant are they and what should fleet managers be doing to minimise risks

    3.10-3.30: KaVaDo speaker

  • Internet security experts reveal how latest technology will safeguard users over next few years

    3.30-3.50: Simon Drummond, web services and product manager, Siemens VDO

  • Online vehicle tracking - how and why fleet managers should approach vehicle tracking and making best use of data such tracking provides

    3.50-4.00: Q&A

    Final session will bring together the issues of the day, and give a fascinating view of the future for the fleet sector and the internet.

    4.00-4.20: Jason Francis, managing director, CFC Solutions

  • Future for the internet and how changes will impact on business sector
  • Maximising potential of more powerful internet systems over time.
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