The Agile Fleet

Insights, ideas, & expertise for optimal fleet management

Why buy fleet software when you can build your own?

Posted by The Agile Fleet on April 17, 2018

As fleet organizations grow, they commonly get to a point where they need to automate at least part of their fleet management. Whether it’s to track vehicle data, track driver information, understand utilization, manage preventive maintenance, or to automate the manual tasks associated with sharing vehicles -- they know they need more than paper and spreadsheets.

Some fleet managers try to do what may seem like a simple task: create their own system. Here are some of the reasons we often hear from ...

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Topics: Motor Pool Technology, FMIS, Fleet Management Technology

An Insider's look at Seattle's Sound Transit with Agile Fleet's Tech Support & Implementation Lead Jen Thomas (formerly of Sound Transit)

Posted by The Agile Fleet on April 03, 2018

This is part one of a two-part interview with Jen Thomas, Agile Fleet Tech Support & Implementation Lead.

Tech Support & Implementation Lead Jen Thomas formerly worked in the fleet department of Agile Fleet customer Sound Transit in Seattle, WA. Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit systems and provides services to improve mobility for Central Puget Sound and the busy urban areas of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. When Jen decided to ...

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Topics: Insider, Utilization

Want to reduce fleet costs tomorrow? Do this one thing.

Posted by The Agile Fleet on March 20, 2018

Having, communicating and consistently enforcing a money-saving policy can dramatically reduce fleet costs. Unfortunately, many fleet managers are overwhelmed by the idea of how to create and enforce policy. But it’s not as difficult as you may think. In reality, you could start to enforce one policy tomorrow and start saving money immediately. Is it really that simple? It can be. Here are some questions we hear from fleet managers regarding policy.

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Topics: Fleet Policy, Right-sizing

An Insider's look at Iowa State University's Fleet Management Success with Fleet Director Kathy Wellik, CAFM

Posted by The Agile Fleet on March 06, 2018

Iowa State University Director of Transportation Services, Kathy Wellik, CAFM, has worked in the field of fleet management for more than 10 years. As Iowa State's fleet director, she oversees the university's daily rental fleet. Kathy won National Conference of State Fleet Administrator’s (NCSFA) Fleet Excellence Award in 2016. The award recognizes member fleet managers that can demonstrate sustained efforts to improve the efficiency of their fleet. She has been a regularly featured speaker at many industry ...

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Topics: Insider, University Motor Pool, Utilization, Fleet Management Technology

Why sharing vehicles is good news (and how to communicate that to your stakeholders)

Posted by The Agile Fleet on February 20, 2018

In a perfect world, you could get out a megaphone and announce to your drivers that everyone is going to start sharing vehicles and everyone will jump up and cheer. Unfortunately announcing the news that you are going to share – especially for those who are driving their own company vehicle - may not be such welcome news.

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Topics: Motor Pool Technology, Utilization, Fleet Metrics, Right-sizing