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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Element Fleet Management and Meals on Wheels

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This Thanksgiving as we sit down to a hearty feast with our family and friends, let's consider an organization that focuses on delivering food to people every day: Meals on Wheels. Element Fleet employees volunteer every business day during their lunch hours to deliver Meals on Wheels to local residents – a program we've been part of for 26 years. And our company is proud to have helped this organization extend its outreach in the community in another way – through its fleet.

Last Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland rolled out new vehicles to better serve seniors and others in need. As a result of its partnership with Element Fleet Management, the non-profit was able to hit the streets with new vans that featured heating and cooling elements to ensure proper meal delivery and minimized vehicle maintenance costs and downtime.

A year later, it's clear that the collaboration has paid off: Meals on Wheels doubled its replacement fleet, saved eight percent on maintenance and, most important, served 1,000 more meals to people who need them. This video details Meals on Wheels' experience.

Delivering food is critical year-round, but it’s especially important during the holidays. Meals on Wheels is the only provider of meals to the homebound in the U.S.

Happy turkey!

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On Monday, 25 other employees and I had a great time at the Maryland Food Bank as part of Element Fleet Management’s community outreach programs. We delivered hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items collected by our colleagues over the past three weeks to the Food Bank, which serves needy families throughout the state of Maryland. Then we stayed to help sort and bag canned goods. And it was on company time – Element Fleet allowed us to volunteer half days each without having to take vacation time.

It was a great way to get the Thanksgiving holiday off to a good start. You can see some of our volunteers and what we did here.

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Element will host the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow on Tuesday, November 18 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Update on Element Fleet Management

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By Darci Bushey, Director, Communications

Michele Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, for Element Fleet Management, recently talked with Fleet Management Weekly about the progress of our company's transition to its new brand.

You can read the interview here.

She covers everything from the technology platforms to management teams, expanded reach in Canada, the Global Alliance, and more. Take a moment and find out what she has to say!

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The transition of PHH Arval to Element Fleet Management marked a big milestone last week, as employees throughout Element Fleet took time to celebrate the fact we've come together as one company to become North America's premier fleet management provider. With speeches and confetti, fun, food and prizes, Element Fleet employees enjoyed the internal launch together from Mississauga to Calgary, and Sparks, Houston, Denver and Florida.

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We're excited to welcome fleet managers and supplier partners to Baltimore this week for the annual meeting of the Element-Arval Global Alliance, our various Client Advisory Board meetings, and the two-day 2014 Fleet Roundtable.

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By Eliot Bensel, Director, Element Accident Management

When fleet drivers are unlucky enough to get caught in hailstorms, the result can often be cosmetic damage. The experts on our Accident Management team recommend these 4 best practices for repairing damage caused by hail:

  1. In order to make the best decision on whether or not to repair your fleet vehicles, take the following factors into consideration:
  • Your company’s image
  • Model year of vehicle
  • Odometer of vehicle
  • Replacement schedule of vehicle
  • Timing of repair (to avoid hail damaging months)
  • Location of hail damage on the vehicle
  • Negotiate for the lowest possible cost
  • Insist on paintless dent repair whenever possible to limit cost
  • Address only those issues which create a safety concern (e.g., windshield damage), ignoring purely cosmetic aspects of the hail damage
  • See where the damage is on the vehicle (e.g., the roof of a van or taller vehicle where damage is not readily visible) and decide whether or not to repair
  1. If the appearance of your fleet vehicles is critical to your company’s business image and the end decision is to repair the damage:
  • Negotiate for the lowest possible cost
  • Insist on paintless dent repair whenever possible to limit cost
  1. For fleets with tight budgetary constraints, you can choose to:
  • Address only those issues which create a safety concern (e.g., windshield damage), ignoring purely cosmetic aspects of the hail damage
  • See where the damage is on the vehicle (e.g., the roof of a van or taller vehicle where damage is not readily visible) and decide whether or not to repair
  1. If portions of your fleet are located in regions with severe weather, you can delay repair of the vehicle until after the severe weather season passes, as there is little benefit to repairing your vehicles only to have them damaged again a few months later

Our Accident Management team is focused on helping our clients make the best decisions for repairing their fleet vehicles, and hail damage is one area where costs can be saved when it’s done right.

Let us know if you have any comments or additions to make to this list.

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By Keith Trumbull, Vice President, Material Handling Equipment

A few weeks ago, my colleague Tom Wolf discussed the 4 advantages of brand-independent management of material handling equipment.

Now I’d like to focus on material handling equipment costs, as it’s often an area that companies tell us can be difficult to capture. And since they can be large enough to impact your bottom line, it’s important to understand all the direct and indirect costs – and ultimately reduce them.

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By Jim Paterson, Director, Commercial Division, Center for Transportation Safety

Identifying risky drivers is crucial to any driver safety program, and many companies institute motor vehicle record checks to help accomplish this. Once you’ve identified a driver that is likely to be in a collision, providing targeted training to that individual makes a huge difference in reducing unsafe driving behaviors.

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By Tom Wolf, Director, Material Handling Equipment, PHH Arval

Does your company operate material handling equipment, such as forklifts, pallet jacks or scissor lifts? If so, how are these assets managed? The following approaches seem to be most common:

- By creating loyal partnerships with chosen manufacturers
- Through warehouse managers at individual local branches

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