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AFP webinar to help fleet professionals underline their business value

The Association of Fleet Professionals has announced a webinar entitled Adding Value to Your Business, which will take place on 23 September that is open to anyone in the industry.

Hosted by AFP’s Julie Summerell and with presentations from Centrica’s head of fleet Steve Winter, Eric Wright group fleet and transport manager Steve Openshaw and Police Scotland fleet manager Stewart Taylor, the webinar is designed to “help fleet professionals underline the contribution they make to their organisations”.

“It is very much about constructing demonstrable facts to highlight the ongoing importance of fleet and business transport facilities within organisations,” said AFP chair Paul Hollick. Sometimes, even quite significant achievements can pass under the radar and fleets need to shout about their wins.”

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Fleet Operations partners with New Motion on charging solutions

Fleet management specialist Fleet Operations has partnered with New Motion to provide home, workplace and on-route charging solutions.

Fleet Operations’ customers will have access to New Motion’s charging infrastructure, backed up by real-time on-line availability and speed information on the claimed 160,000 charging points across 35 European countries. Access will also be granted to the company’s Business Hub, which allows fleets to monitor analyse and control all aspects of charging, according to New Motion.

“Electric is set to become the predominant fleet vehicle powertrain and we have seen a significant increase in demand for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles from customers across numerous different industries,” said Fleet Operations Managing Director Richard Hipkiss. “This trend will continue as clients increasingly review their vehicle and fuel strategies in light of the government’s tax incentives for zero-emission vehicles, and the future ban on the sale of new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars.”


Multi-bid acquisition policies could save fleets money: CBVC

Multi-bid fleet acquisition policies are becoming an important cost-saving tactic, with savings on lease rates of £20-£50 per month per vehicle over other methods along with reduced exposure to risk, according to a new white paper from CBVC Vehicle Management.

“The benefits of multi-bid is that fleet renewal requirements are put before a panel of funders and the cheapest on the day wins the business,” said CBVC managing director Mike Manners. “It means that fleets always benefit from the best value, delivering significant cost savings.”

“Relying on one provider puts you at risk of ‘rate creep’ along with exposure to their risk profile,” adds report author Keith Allen, formerly managing director of ALD Automotive and ARI Fleet. “Both factors can severely impact business contract hire rental rates. By spreading your risk over a panel of funders eliminates these risk elements,” added Allen.”

The report looked at different funding methods, with sole lease supply offering the lowest administration but exposure to short-term pricing strategies and rate fluctuations caused by residual value reviews, and multi-supply acquisition leads to multiple invoices, contracts and relationships. CBVC Vehicle Management said that a multi-bid approach using a fleet management company through a panel of approved leasing companies can offer more “cost optimisation on each new vehicle order” and “more consistency in the cost of ownership with a single point of contact”.


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