Fleet managers will be able to keep an electronic check on the whereabouts of any vehicle that has been ordered at any point in the supply chain using a software e-procurement system called Leaselink that has been modified by ALD Automotive and Oxford-based online solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs.
Such systems also mean fleets can make allowances for courtesy or short-term rental vehicles. ALD uses it to source and order about 5,000 fleet vehicles a year on behalf of its customers.
The product now includes an online 'driver view' and a 'fleet manager view' facility for vehicles currently being ordered, so that customers can track their whereabouts online at any one time in the delivery system.
ALD first piloted the Leaselink solution with three of its primary dealer partners and after a successful trial, helped introduce it to all its preferred dealers in conjunction with Ebbon-Dacs, which provided training for both dealer and ALD inhouse staff.
Now all of ALD's preferred dealer partners, covering all franchises in the UK, are linked to the Leaselink system, allowing ALD and its customers to source and order online and then monitor vehicle orders at all stages of the delivery chain.
Ebbon-Dacs says the system is also easily compatible with manufacturer ordering systems. ALD uses Leaselink to buy vehicles direct from Audi UK's central online facility, Audi Corporate Online. ALD sales consultants now make the Leaselink e-procurement solution part of their consultative sales process with fleet customers. The company says that about 50% of all ALD's regular customers are now using the system online and taking advantage of the fleet manager view and driver view services.