Window, door and conservatory manufacturer and distributor Eurocell has appointed vehicle funding and fleet management specialist Fleet Alliance to manage its 400-strong vehicle fleet.
The publicly-quoted company, based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, has more than 160 trade depots around the UK, and operates a national fleet of around 200 BMW and Volkswagen cars and a further 200 Mercedes vans, all diesels.
The company took the decision to outsource the fleet after initially managing it internally. But as it grew, the management of the vehicles became too time-consuming and too great a drain on resources.
Adam Morey, procurement manager at Eurocell Building Plastics, said: “At that point, we decided to call in an outsource specialist and selected Fleet Alliance."
Fleet Alliance has implemented its cloud-based fleet management and reporting suite, e-Fleet, which now carries full details of all Eurocell vehicles.
This allows access to all fleet information via desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone on a 24/7 basis, thus increasing control but reducing fleet administration costs, and allows more effective management of the fleet regardless of the number of funders.
Meanwhile, management information reporting tools allow the generation of numerous combinations of reports, covering key areas such as vehicle condition, mileage management, P46, P11D and MID reporting.
At the same time, Eurocell drivers can now access a dedicated portal to see all models that are available on the company choice list for their particular job grade; to request quotations for their next new vehicle; and to order new vehicles online.
To increase compliance and controls on the Eurocell fleet, Fleet Alliance has also introduced its e-Fleet Mobile app for all company drivers.
This allows Eurocell’s company car and van drivers to access support services, update business and private mileage and electronically complete vehicle inspection reports.
Drivers are also able to book their next service directly through the app with nominated garages, this speeding up the whole service delivery process.
Eurocell currently operates a dual badge policy for its company car fleet on a four-year/100,000-mile replacement cycle.
The company also operates almost 200 light commercial vehicles over a five-year replacement cycle, mainly specially converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis cabs, which are based at each trade depot and used primarily for transporting goods to trade customers.