By: Pete Scarafiotti, Fleet Director, City of Mesa (Arizona Chapter)
What More Can Fleet Contribute to the Bottom Line?
I’m relatively sure that by now there isn’t a governmental fleet left in America that hasn’t been faced with the reality of deep budget cuts and possible lay-offs, in fact, the privatization issue may have surfaced once again in your organization. If you’re like me, I daily question “when will we hit bottom and what will be left when we get there?” As executive management struggles to control cost, they have once again focused upon fleet. Although this might be an uncomfortable situation, it does not necessarily mean that you have to reduce people or parts, but you do have to think outside the box. The goal is to reduce cost to the enterprise, most executive management teams will be open to innovative ideas to address the issue, in fact, modern fleet managers need to be aware and nimble enough to embrace this strategy to survive.
I’m going to give you a solution that has work for the City of Mesa and with a little tweaking, it just might be work for you.
Warranty Recovery and Reimbursement Program
Sounds like an old idea? well that could be said about such technical innovations as regenerative braking, an innovation from 1909, forgotten for almost 100 years and today used in most hybrid drive vehicles.
Remember what our mentors use to say about ideas? ”it’s all in the timing”…..well, the time has arrived.
Objective: Reduce fleet operational costs by exercising manufacturer warranty and policy programs
What is a Warranty: Warranty is an insurance policy expressed as a written guarantee of the OEM’s responsibility for repair or replacement of defective parts
City of Mesa’s Program:
How Does this Program Benefit Fleet?
City of Mesa - Magnitude of Annual Savings:
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Pete Scarafiotti has been in fleet management for the past 32 years, managing large fleets in both the private and governmental sectors. Pete has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management; he has also attained the four major fleet certifications. You can contact Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org
By: The Business Services Team
Have you ever watched a ballgame from the sidelines and knew what the coach should have done that
would have resulted in a better outcome? I am guilty as charged. Building a team and having everyone on the same play at the same time is not the easiest task, but it can be done. It requires a common vision and everyone knowing the game plan. As important, it requires the entire team to work as a team for the common goal. It is true that every team must have a coach. All professional teams have a head coach, specialty team coaches, and team players. Each person on the team is an integral part of the team and has specific tasks that they need to accomplish. The coaches develop the plans and provide guidance and direction during the game. The players execute the plays and, together, win the game. No one person makes the plays or wins the game by themselves. Motivation, excitement, and dedication are common threads on the team.
Building a great team is done by including people with all types of talents. Each member of the team has unique skills, talents, and strengths. Not everyone is the best at doing everything. In the book the Strength Finder, we are challenged to find our strengths and use them in a positive manner. Instead of trying to improve every weakness we have, we should find others that have the strengths that we don’t and build a well balanced team, together. We tend to think of our weakness as a short coming, but we should see this as an opportunity to allow others with the strengths to join the team and fill in any gaps. Without help, you might find the project or committee you are trying to lead flailing, or taking longer than you expected. Let those with the strength come forward and the team will be better for it.
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