Purchasing Power

Effective parts procurement and inventory control programs are a key element in the successful management of any fleet maintenance operation. For utility fleets in particular, this task can be especially challenging considering the extensive range of parts required for the variety of vehicles and types of equipment in these types of operations.

Challenges in Public Fleet Management

These past couple of years have been extremely challenging when it comes to effectively managing a fleet of government vehicles. These challenges include the following:

Technician Recruiting and Training Case Study

According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2008 data, there were about 763,700 automotive service technicians and mechanics employed in the U.S. while diesel service technicians and mechanics numbered about 263,100. Employed largely by repair and maintenance shops and vehicle dealers, utilities that operate fleets and federal, state and local governments are also large employers of people in these vital occupations.

Effective Tire Programs Case Study

Tires and tire related maintenance remain one of the highest single costs for fleets of all types and sizes. To address that ongoing challenge, fleet managers are continually focusing on tire specification, purchasing, maintenance and management programs that are most effective for their particular operations.

Fuel Purchasing Alternatives Practices Case Study

Greatly impacted by changing economic conditions, the price of fuel is one measure that fleet managers take regularly. Effective fuel purchasing and usage management programs are a main element in successfully keeping fuel and fueling costs in check.

Municipal Fleet Benchmarking

Utilimarc, FleetAnswers' benchmarking partner, has engaged in a first-of-a-kind effort to provide reliable online benchmarking to municipal fleets. Until recently, maintenance data for municipal fleet equipment, especially emergency vehicles, was not readily available.


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