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Experts all set to show benefit of getting online

LEADING experts in all aspects of electronic fleet management are to host a major national conference aimed at fleet decision-makers on January 28.

The event, hosted by Fleet News and FleetNewsNet, will cover every aspect of operating a fleet online, from the very first steps to introducing new systems in specific areas, such as vehicle acquisition, rental purchasing, fuel management, vehicle management, maintenance control and disposals.

Under the guidance of event chairman Tony Leigh, Manage Your Fleet Online, being held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire, will also offer advice in the security issues fleets need to consider when using online services.

The event follows the results of one of the largest surveys in the fleet industry which revealed that nearly 50% of fleets say they plan to do more work over the internet, or by email.

Other popular initiatives fleets are planning include finding more effective ways to tackle risk and introducing or running driver training courses, with 36% of fleets saying they plan to do so.

In a warning to suppliers that they must fight to keep their customers, 34% of fleets said they were planning to change a supplier to cut costs, while 21% said they were going to change their suppliers to improve service levels.

More than a third said they were planning to change their fleet policies to include cars with lower emissions, while 17% plan to introduce some form of cash-for-car scheme.

Nearly 10% plan to introduce telematics systems to monitor their fleets, while the same number plan to assess supply of servicing and delivery following changes to the Block Exemption regulations.

Scrapping pool cars in favour of short-term rental is an initiative supported by 7% of fleets, while 6.6% plan to introduce a green travel plan.

But despite the initiatives they are planning to introduce and the issues they face in the next year, just 6% of fleet decision-makers say they plan to undergo professional fleet management training.

The two initiatives that received the least interest were moving drivers back into company cars from cash-for-car schemes (5.5%) and outsourcing fleet management (4.9%).

Event director Chris Lester said: 'The Manage Your Fleet Online conference will show how leaders in the fleet industry are preparing to maximise the potential of this fantastic technology and to treat the internet as a powerful business tool.

'If you are only just starting to plan your fleet's online future, or if you are a relative internet veteran, this event has been designed to address your concerns and interests. From vehicle acquisition, to online fleet management, disposals, security and the future of the world-wide web, the Manage Your Fleet Online conference has the answers.'

Online action plan

  • Introduce policies designed to cut accidents or make drivers safer on the road
  • Do more work over the web/by email
  • Offer driver training to staff (in classroom or on the road)
  • Change fleet policy to include fleet cars with lower emissions
  • Change a supplier to cut costs
  • Reassess provision of free fuel for private mileage
  • Change a supplier to improve service delivery
  • Introduce PCP/cash-for-car/structured car ownership scheme
  • Introduce telematics systems to monitor fleet
  • Assess supply of servicing/repairs following changes to Block Exemption
    Source: Fleet News/Lex Vehicle Leasing

    PLACES are filling up fast at the Manage Your Fleet Online conference and fleets are being urged to sign up now. Ticket prices for Manage Your Fleet Online are £105 for fleet managers/fleet decision-makers and £145 for other industry professionals. All figures are exclusive of VAT. To book your place and for further information, call Sandra Evitt on 01733 468123 or email luke.clements@emap.com You can also book a place online, by going to the Events section of Fleet NewsNet.

    Top speakers will point the way for delegates

    LEADING figures from throughout the fleet industry are already confirmed as speakers at Manage Your Fleet Online.

    Well-known fleet consultant Tony Leigh, who is also chairman of the Association of Car Fleet Operators, will be chairman at the event.

    John Maslen, editor of Fleet News will reveal exclusive research carried out into the current and future use of online services among Britain's fleets.

    Bob Blackman, of industry expert Emmerson Hill, will provide a checklist of key issues that need to be considered before fleets move towards introducing online services.

    In a series of presentations on use of online services for acquisition, Michael Taylor, senior transport buyer for the NHS, will be giving his personal view of the benefits of purchasing vehicles electronically.

    Neil McCrossan, vice-president, sales and marketing for National Car Rental, will be giving an in-depth presentation on how online services can benefit rental acquisitions. Four speakers will address key areas of online fleet management, including a speaker from online leasing company Tuskerdirect, who will look at the benefits of running contract hire vehicles over the web.

    Ashley Sowerby, managing director of Chevin Fleet Solutions, will provide a customer case study showing how internet services helped manage an owned fleet. Fuel card giant AllStar will be hosting a presentation on the current possibilities created by online fuel management and Greg Connell, managing director of Epyx, will be revealing how online maintenance management can slash costs for fleets.

    In a session dedicated to disposals, remarketing giant BCA Europe will provide a corporate and customer viewpoint of what web-based systems have to offer.

    Two key security issues will be addressed in a special section of the conference, with Checkwizard (also known as FD Mobile) examining the security implications of allowing employees access to the internet, while Simon Drummond, web services and product manager for Siemens VDO, will look at the benefits of web-based vehicle tracking systems for keeping employees safe on the road. To sum up the day, Jason Francis, managing director of cfc solutions, will be looking at how a fleet could co-ordinate the use of online systems to create a virtually paper-free, low maintenance operation and what the future could bring.

    As well as a host of speakers, there will be a number of industry experts exhibiting at the event. These include ABS Bodyshop Services, Siemens VDO Trading, cfc solutions, Chevin Fleet Solutions, BP, Elite Incident Management and Cybit.

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