Mobility seems to be a recurring theme in this month’s issue. It is, according to a number of sources, the natural destination for today’s fleet managers.
There are good reasons for this. Urban transport policies are forcing companies to rethink how they move people, goods and services to meet key objectives: improve air quality, reduce congestion, offer more active travel solutions, create living and working environments to attract the best people and inward investment, among them.
Managing the way a business and its employees use a broader range of transport and travel options will be a complex and complicated responsibility, but one that today’s fleet decision-makers are suitably skilled to take on.
New LeasePlan UK MD Alfonso Martinez certainly thinks so. He’s already seeing the rise of mobility managers in other European countries.
Our exclusive first peek at Arval’s annual fleet survey, renamed this year the ‘Mobility Observatory’, also forecasts that mobility will be increasingly dominant in future transport and travel modes, and that fleet decision-makers will be the custodians.
And, in our Tomorrow’s Fleet section, we look at what mobility means to carmakers and how they are having to adapt new strategies to remain relevant.
Aligning new transport and travel solutions to a company’s needs, ensuring they enable employees to carry out their duties in an efficient and effective way, is the thread that runs through mobility.
The role of fleet manager is not dead – in certain areas it will flourish for while yet, such as movement of goods in vans and trucks – but it is starting to be replaced by mobility and travel managers. It’s time to embrace the future.