Strict service maintenance and repair controls alongside a zero tolerance attitude to unauthorised expenditure means Home Retail Group will see a cost saving in 2012 of approximately £400,000.
Remarkably, Home Retail Group’s fleet maintenance costs on a pence per mile basis are lower today than they were 18 years ago with the average maintenance costs per vehicle down by a massive £93 a year.
Today maintenance pence per mile costs on the 1,108 company car fleet are 2.20p compared with 2.33p when the fleet numbered 226 cars in 1995. Taking inflation at 2.5% per annum into account it equates to an estimated total maintenance cost saving this year of £400,000.
Peter Weston (pictured), transport manager at Home Retail Group, the parent company of Argos, Habitat and Homebase, said: “Today, vehicle reliability is excellent so maintenance costs are easy to predict. A good partner such as
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Having quick access to their fleet’s information enables fleet operators to easily identify areas of cost and build a predictive analysis of potential future areas of expenditure. As a result, a range of targeted initiatives can be introduced to drive down identified cost areas.
Bryan said: “Having strict service maintenance and repair controls together with a zero tolerance approach to unauthorised work, while using technology to integrate and monitor all expenditures - including routine maintenance, breakdown and recovery, tyres and ancillary costs and information from in-vehicle telemetry devices - empowers a fleet manager and allows for the easy identification of all out of the ordinary costs, which enables appropriate interventions to be activated when necessary.”