Energy Leaders Discuss Fleet Management Concerns at ARI Forum

ARI brought togeth­er more than four dozen indus­try lead­ers at its annu­al Ener­gy Fleet Forum held recent­ly at the Westchase Mar­riott in Hous­ton. A keynote pre­sen­ta­tion at the day-long ses­sion was made by Col­in Dover, senior direc­tor of SAP’s Plat­form and Ana­lyt­ics Cen­ter for Excel­lence. Dover explored ener­gy man­age­ment issues includ­ing the lat­est inno­va­tions in fleet-relat­ed tech­nol­o­gy and how the advances will affect fleets work­ing in the ener­gy, gas, and oil sec­tors. Oth­er ses­sions through­out the day focused on ener­gy fleet bench­mark­ing, alter­na­tive fuels, main­te­nance, cost reduc­tion strate­gies, licens­ing, and com­pli­ance. Ener­gy fleets have been most con­cerned late­ly about reduc­ing main­te­nance costs. Oth­er top con­cerns includ­ed man­ag­ing fuel spend, the devel­op­ment and enforce­ment of a dri­ver pol­i­cy, data integri­ty and report­ing issues, and fleet right-siz­ing.

These top con­cerns came from a pre-forum sur­vey sent to invi­tees, along with infor­ma­tion gath­ered from client inter­views and ARI’s own fleet data­base. The sur­vey focused on poli­cies and pro­ce­dures, and cov­ered every­thing from fleet admin­is­tra­tion, upfit­ting, main­te­nance, fuel use, vio­la­tions, acci­dents and repairs, driver’s poli­cies and telem­at­ics.

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