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Key learnings you can take from the Total Supply Chain Summit

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Join us at the Total Supply Chain Summit and you’ll have the opportunity to discover new insights into industry trends plus advice on developing your supply chain strategy.

This unique two-day event takes place on November 4th & 5th at The Midland, Manchester, and is entirely FREE for you to attend.

Your guest pass includes access to a series of seminars by industry thought-leaders. These sessions include:

  • Competence challenges in Supply Chain management in 2020 – Nicole Geerkens, European Logistics Association
  • Driver health: Asking the awkward questions – Andrew Drewary, Unite Professionals
  • Practical realities of AI across the Supply Chain – Stephen Young, Peak
  • Logistics and Supply Chain is the glue that holds the UK economy together – Peter Acton, Logistics Leaders Network

The Total Supply Chain Summit will also allow you to meet, face-to-face, with innovative and budget-saving suppliers, and network with peers.

Overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments, are included with your free VIP ticket.

Places are limited though, so register today!

Register for your guest pass today

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We have a place reserved for you at this autumn’s Fleet Services Management Summit – Don’t miss out!

It’s entirely free for you to attend. Here’s why you should join us:

  • You’ll have the opportunity to attend insightful seminars and interactive workshops.
  • You will be provided with a bespoke itinerary of face-to-face meetings with suppliers based on mutual agreement. No hard sell, and no time wasted.
  • Network with 60+ other senior fleet management professionals who share your challenges.
  • Gain new business connections.
  • Enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our networking dinner.

The Summit takes place on November 11th & 12th at Whittlebury Park, Northamptonshire.

We have a limited number of places, so register today.

Do you specialise in Duty of Care for fleets? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Fleet Management Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the fleet & logistics market – and in October we’ll be focussing on fleet Duty of Care.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help fleet buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of fleet Duty of Care and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on 01992 374096 /

Here are the areas we’ll be covering in 2019, month by month:

October – Duty of Care
November – Grey Fleet
December – Service, Maintenance & Repair

For more information on any of the above, contact Chris Cannon on 01992 374096 /

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eDriving named Top Ten Risk Management Solution Provider

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eDriving, a registered supplier for November’s Fleet Services Management Summit, has been named one of the Top Ten Risk Management Solution Providers of 2019 by Insurance CIO Outlook magazine. 

The prestigious list comprises organisations that provide risk management technologies and solutions to help insurance providers mitigate risk. 

eDriving’s inclusion in the list is thanks to its ability to help insurance providers not just measure and price their risk (UBI) but take it to the next level, and help them and their clients reduce risk via Risk Managed Insurance (RMI). 

“We’ve spent more than 20 years refining our patented approach with some of the world’s largest fleets and insurance partners. This approach allows us to transform these complex data sets into actionable information for both insurance providers and their customers,” said Ed Dubens, CEO/ Founder of eDriving. “Using a combination of leading indicators obtained from telematics as well as traditional data sources such as licence checks, and collision data, we create a holistic view of driver risk.”

eDriving’s RMI offering uses sophisticated techniques to identify the scope of the risk and deploys state-of-the-art risk mitigation tools to reduce collisions, incidents, injuries and near misses, an approach that can dramatically improve the performance at both customer and portfolio levels. 

The eDriving RMI multi-faceted Loss Control programme is comprised of the following:

  • Customer loss analysis using Munich Re’s LossDetect® tool
  • Customer risk assessment using eDriving’s online scored assessment
  • Recommendation deployment and monitoring based on LossDetect® and risk assessment results
  • Complete reporting to Underwriters of LossDetect® and risk assessment results
  • Mentor by eDrivingSM– A comprehensive driver risk management programme that helps organisations to reduce collisions, injuries, and licence endorsements, resulting in bottom line improvements for customers and insurers, alike. The programme includes eDriving’s patented five-stage, closed-loop approach to driver risk management and adds Mentor’s smartphone technology that captures individual driver risk behaviour, a FICO® Safe Driving Score validated to predict likelihood of crashes/incidents, gamification, and in-app micro-training to reduce driver risk levels. Learn more about Mentor here.

As well as making the Top Ten Risk Management Solution Provider list, eDriving is featured as Insurance CIO Outlook’s cover story.

View article here.

Third of fleets impacted by Clean Air Zones

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More than one-third of fleets (35%) expect to be impacted by the introduction of Clean Air Zones and the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone.

In response, fleet and mobility managers questioned envisage a range of actions – 20% plan to replace their current vehicles with those that meet the standards of each zone, 13% to make no changes and accept the impact on their fleets and 12% to seek other methods of transportation within the zones.

That’s according to new research from Arval, though it says there is some difference in actions considered depending on the size of the businesses involved. For example, when looking at which fleets plan to replace their cars and vans, there is quite a wide variance – 25% of businesses with more than 1,000 employees, compared to 22% of those with 100-999 employees, 19% of 10-99 employees and 16% with fewer than 10 employees.

The findings come from the 2019 edition of Arval Mobility Observatory, which covers 3,930 fleets and asks a wide ranging set of questions about fleet and mobility trends.

The research also looked at the potential impact of any planned new toll roads being built in the UK and their likely use by fleets. In total, 51% said they would encourage their drivers to use the tolls and reclaim the cost while 26% considered it the responsibility of the driver to choose whether to use tolls at their own expense.

Again, there is quite a wide difference in attitudes among organisations of varying sizes, with almost twice as many businesses with more than 1,000 employees (35%) considering it up to drivers to pay for tolls than those with fewer than 10 employees (18%), who in turn are more likely to reimburse their drivers (59%) than their larger counterparts (45%).

Shaun Sadlier, Head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said: “There has been quite a lot of debate around the likely impact of Clean Air Zones and the Ultra Low Emissions Zone, with some criticism that they don’t go far enough in enforcing low emissions standards.

“However, this research indicates that they are likely to change the behaviour of a relatively large number of businesses, whether that means operating greener vehicles or changing their transport options within the zone.”

He added that the attitudes that fleets have revealed towards toll roads were also interesting.

“This shows that more than half of businesses questioned would actively pay for tolls, presumably in the expectation that they are reasonably priced and will help to make their transport faster and more efficient.

“For us, this is further evidence of the concern that employers have about the impact of congestion on their operations, something that is seen elsewhere in our research.”

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Fleet Services Management Summit – can you join us?

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We have a free VIP place reserved for you at the Fleet Services Management Summit. Can you join us?

11 & 12 November 2019 – Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire

This unique event is entirely FREE for you to attend – simply reserve your place here for the opportunity to:-

  • Source new innovative and budget-saving suppliers
  • Learn from inspirational seminar sessions hosted by industry thought-leaders
  • Network with like-minded senior professionals
  • Enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments
  • Attend our networking dinner

RSVP now to avoid disappointment!

Look who you’ll be joining at the Total Supply Chain Summit

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The Total Supply Chain Summit is taking place this autumn and we’d love to have you join us as our VIP guest.

4 & 5 November 2019 – The Midland, Manchester

This VIP pass will give you the opportunity to meet with suppliers based on your own unique requirements, attend a series of seminars and network with like-minded senior supply chain, distribution, logistics and operations professionals.

Overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments are complimentary – and you can also attend our networking dinner.

Unlock your priority pass here and join representatives from:

  • ABF – Speedibake
  • Accrol Papers
  • Agilent Technologies 
  • Apico Factory Racing 
  • British Airways 
  • Buy it Direct 
  • Cargill 
  • Centurion Europe 
  • Community Integrated Care 
  • Co-Op
  • Destiny Foods
  • Eiffage & Kier  
  • Ellison 
  • Fanatics International
  • Global 
  • Hartley Botanic 
  • Involvement Packaging 
  • Loft
  • JD Sports 
  • KTC Edibles
  • McBride 
  • Mundipharma
  • N Brown Group 
  • Nestle 
  • Nilfisk
  • Northern Powergrid
  • PepsiCo
  • Portsmouth Aviation 
  • Premier Farnell
  • Sainsbury’s 
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Steadmans
  • Tarmac Building Products 
  • The Collective
  • The Conair Group 
  • Trutex 
  • Visscher Caravelle
  • Weetabix

Confirm your VIP ticket here or contact us today to find out more.

Company cars now less about status and more about practicality

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Changing employee priorities could see company car fleets start to become ever less hierarchical in the near future.

That’s the view of fleet software specialist says FleetCheck, which believes that a number of current and emerging trends could converge, causing less interest in the car as an indication of managerial status. 

Peter Golding, Managing Director at CheckFleet, said: “Historically, in a corporate environment, there has been quite a strong emphasis on the company car you were given as a signifier of your position within the organisation. It has been part of fleet culture. However, that situation has already been changing and hierarchies could further flatten significantly, we believe.

“Part of this is simply attitudinal. There appears to be less emphasis among younger people when it comes to seeing the car as an extension of their personality or a reflection of their personal success. It is more of a means of transport. That doesn’t mean that they don’t want a ‘nice’ car – they probably do – but the model and grade is less of a priority.

“Similarly, they may well be more concerned about the car from an environmental point of view and their priorities about the vehicle may well be different from a more traditional company car driver. Certainly, there are indications that larger numbers of younger people are more interested in zero emission vehicles than outright performance, for example.”

Golding added that developing financial pressures were also playing an important part: “The latest company car benefit in kind changes are just the latest development in an ongoing trend that is designed to encourage drivers into ever-less polluting company cars. Again, this is likely to lead, over time, to further reduced interest in the kind of faster, bigger engine vehicles that have dominated the upper echelons of choice lists.

“It is arguable that what we are seeing is the final stages of the company car sector moving away from perk to job-need cars, something that has been underway for a while. Really, anyone who is interested in an expensive, powerful perk car has probably already long since shifted to take a cash option that is now channelled into a PCP or PCH.”

FleetCheck says that, ultimately, this trend was a positive one for organisations that provided company cars, because it allowed more effort to be concentrated on maximising efficiency.

Golding concluded: “Businesses want their fleet transport to be as cost effective as possible. The gradual removal of the requirement to provide a hierarchy of choice that includes, by design, models that are less efficient, is very much a move to be welcomed. It allows the company car to fulfil its primary role as the best transport solution available in many instances.”

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‘Range & charge point anxiety’ a prevailing urban myth among fleet drivers

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While many company car drivers are genuinely interested in the benefits of driving an electric vehicle, the UK’s charging structure still creates concern for 69 per cent of those motorists polled.

The findings, from a survey by Venson Automotive Solutions, come as Nissan reports there are now more EV charging stations (9,199) in the UK than conventional fuel stations (8,396) and the Department for Transport reports that at present, the UK has a network of more than 24,000 public charging connectors in nearly 9,000 locations. 

In addition to highlighting a wide misconception that there is a lack of EV charging points across the UK, the Venson survey also reports preconceptions regarding limited battery range which came a close second; 57 per cent of those surveyed reported this was still a barrier when considering an EV.  

However, according to Go Ultra Low, the range of 100% electric cars is rapidly improving. Huge advances in battery technology and falling costs mean this will continue to grow.  Today, virtually all Go Ultra Low pure electric cars can drive over 100 miles with ease on a single charge; some of the latest models are closer to 200 miles or more.  

Alison Bell, Marketing Director at Venson Automotive Solutions, said: “With charging and battery range concerns abated, EV fleets should now be far more appealing to businesses.  The revised BiK charges which sees zero-emission electric vehicle tax liability for company car drivers fall from 2 per cent to 0 per cent for the tax year 2020-21, will also appeal to company car drivers which should boost demand for EVs in the next 12 months.”

Further good news is that 86 per cent of motorists surveyed said that a ‘lack of clarity in terms of ownership implications as a company car driver’ is a thing of the past, and more than two thirds of drivers said that they had a good understanding of the costs and convenience of owning an EV.  

Dealerships are also making it easier for fleet managers to promote a charge towards electric – only 13 per cent of motorists cited lack of ‘try before you buy’ options as an obstacle to purchase and only 5 per cent of people surveyed said they are worried about manufacturer lead times in acquiring an EV.  

Bell concluded: “Whilst our survey findings confirm a greater willingness by company car drivers to adapt to an EV world, there are still some ownership concerns. 41 per cent of people we surveyed expressed concern over the practicalities of being able to charge their vehicle at home.  And 30% per cent said they had concerns over service, maintenance and repair costs.”

The Venson Automotive Solutions ‘Plug-In Vehicle Guide’ is free and can be downloaded here. 

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Do you specialise in Vehicle Tracking solutions? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Fleet Management Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the fleet & logistics market – and in September we’ll be focussing on Vehicle Tracking solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help fleet buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Vehicle Tracking solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on 01992 374096 /

Here are the areas we’ll be covering in 2019, month by month:

September – Vehicle Tracking
October – Duty of Care
November – Grey Fleet
December – Service, Maintenance & Repair

For more information on any of the above, contact Chris Cannon on 01992 374096 /

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