Donlen Expands Awards and Runs for Charity

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Donlen Expands Awards and Runs for Charity


Award-Winning Value

Thanks to our inventive and influential technology, the awards keep coming in. This is further proof that Donlen is the industry’s most innovative fleet management company. We know how great our technology is, but so do other companies—in the past few months alone, Donlen’s innovation was recognized by InformationWeek and the Stevie Awards.

InformationWeek Elite 100

InformationWeek-Elite-100-LogoDonlen ranked 61 on the InformationWeek Elite 100, a list of the country’s top 100 names in business technology development.

“This recognition validates how our FleetWeb® technology is changing the way fleet managers work,” Jeff Pursell, vice president of FleetWeb® products, said. “We invest in solutions that not only drive down costs, but build custom tools through our scalable platform. Our customers benefit with this innovative focus on technology.”

“We are especially proud of this award because it shows our strong collaborative efforts between all of Donlen’s operational groups,” Dennis Straight, senior vice president of IT, said. “This was a win for our IT team, operations and customer service. We are proud of the fact that our FleetWeb platform is flexible enough to handle high levels of customization.”

Each year, the InformationWeek Elite 100 ranks companies who “demonstrate a pattern of technological, procedural, and organizational innovation.” This national recognition of Donlen’s innovation serves as a testament not only to the greatness of our technology, but its growing influence within the fleet management industry.

Additional details on the InformationWeek Elite 100 can be found online.

Stevie Award: Most Innovative Company of the Year Finalist

Stevie-Award-LogoDonlen keeps adding to the wall of awards with finalist nominations in the 2015 American Business Awards, also known as the Stevie Awards. Donlen is nominated for Most Innovative Company of the Year and for our mobile apps in the Business/Government category.

More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and industries were submitted for consideration. Finalists were chosen by scores of business professionals across the nation. Members of several specialized judging committees will determine the Stevie Award placements from among the finalists.

The American Business Awards are considered to be the nation’s preeminent business awards program. Donlen’s finalist distinction in two separate categories demonstrates the extent of our innovation and mobile app development—out of thousands, our technology has been recognized.

Winners will be announced in Chicago on June 22.

We take great pride in building innovative solutions for fleets. To learn more about our innovative technology and services, contact us.

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International Roadcheck 2015

Truck-Inspection-ChecklistMake sure you and your truck fleet are prepared for International Roadcheck 2015! The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 28th Annual International Roadcheck will take place June 2-4. During this 72-hour period, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified inspectors across North America, Canada and Mexico will perform roadside truck and bus inspections.

Inspectors will be perform the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. This 37-step inspection includes examination of both driver and vehicle. Drivers will be inspected for proper paperwork, seat belts, and sobriety. Vehicle safety devices (fire extinguishers, emergency triangles, etc.), braking systems, cargo securement, lights, wheels and rims will be inspected, as well as emergency exits on buses.

Since 1988, Roadcheck has inspected over 1.4 million vehicles resulting in 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided.

Contact Donlen to learn how to keep your vehicles compliant with the CVSA and other safety departments.

Donlen Runs for a Great Cause in JP Corporate Challenge

Donlen was proud to continue our participation in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge this month. To commemorate our 50th Anniversary, over 50 employees participated in the race, one for each year Donlen has been in business (well, more than one per year). Donlen employees had fun at this enjoyable team building event.

“I participated this year in order to spend extra time with my coworkers and to help form better relationships, and we had a blast,” Patrick Mitchell, renewal specialist in the License & Title department, said. “The fact that the race benefits local charities helps me fulfill my philanthropic goals, and I can’t wait to run again next year.”

The 3.5 mile race took place in Grant Park on Thursday, May 21, for the benefit of Get In Chicago. Get In Chicago’s mission is to identify, fund and rigorously evaluate evidence-based programs that lead to a sustainable reduction in violence for individuals and communities most affected by violence and poverty.


Ericsson Sees ROI with Telematics; Widespread Improvements Throughout Fleet

Ericson-Whitepaper-WEB-135pxEricsson, a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and services to mobile and fixed network operators, initiated a six-month DriverPoint® Telematics trial in 420 F-150s ready for delivery.

Throughout the trial, there were widespread improvements in driver behavior, fuel economy and safe driving patterns.

“One of the more interesting parts of the trial was our analysis of driver oil-change downtime by vendor,” Tom Sloan, manager of telematics products, said. “We presented Ericsson with a cost versus time analysis, and they in turn can direct drivers appropriately. Armed with this type of data, Ericsson can continue to see great results using DriverPoint.”

For the complete report, click here.


Donlen Employees Share 50 Years of Memories

For the past 50 years, our employees have worked hard to make Donlen what it is today. Read our “Donlen through the Eyes of Employees” Twitter series to see what some of our employees have to say about working at Donlen.

“I remember when we got our first fax machine!” Our employees remembering 50 years of #fleet management. #anniversary

— Donlen (@DonlenFleet) May 8, 2015

“It’s been an inspiration watching Donlen grow to 300 employees…” Our employees remember the early years #fleet#50th

— Donlen (@DonlenFleet) May 1, 2015

“Donlen always has the nicest people working here…” Our longtime employees remember the early years! #fleet#50th

— Donlen (@DonlenFleet) April 30, 2015

Donlen remembers: “I’m still working with some people who greeted me on my first day 28 years ago…” #fleet

— Donlen (@DonlenFleet) April 29, 2015

“Working at Donlen is extremely rewarding. I wouldn’t trade the past 34 yrs…”Our long time employees reminisce#fleet

— Donlen (@DonlenFleet) April 28, 2015

Top Auction Award Winners

Each year, we recognize top automobile auction partners that work closely with Donlen to bring high levels of service to our remarketing program. We thank all the Top Auction Award winners for their dedication to delivering best-in-class service.

The 2014 winners include:

  • Auction of the Year: Carolina Auto Auction
  • Central/Northeast Region: Manheim Milwaukee
  • South/Southeast Region: Orlando Longwood Auto Auction
  • West Region: Adesa Golden Gate
  • Best Days to Condition Report: ABC Bowling Green
  • Best Days to Sell: Adesa Colorado Springs
  • Best Expense Control: Brashers Portland Auto Auction
  • Best Retention Dollars: Carolina Auto Auction

Donlen’s auto auction selection process consistently measures each auction house to ensure the highest level of service delivery. We take great pride in ensuring that our remarketing program is unsurpassed, using both internal and external audits to guarantee the best possible outcome.

Contact us for more information about how our remarketing program can help you.

New Mobile App Functionality

On June 8, Donlen plans to release major updates for the DonlenDriverTM Mobile and FleetWebTM Mobile apps. Updates will include a simplified order-approval interface in FleetWeb Mobile and improved fuel finder and service finder functionalities in DonlenDriver Mobile.

“Our one-step purchase order-approval drastically reduces vehicle downtime,” Jeff Pursell, vice president of FleetWeb products, said. “The Intelligent Fuel Finder utilizes fuel prices, driving distance and driver time to locate the optimal fuel station.” The Service Finder in DonlenDriver Mobile will allow drivers to filter vendors by the types of services offered, making it easier for them to locate appropriate maintenance vendors.

By streamlining the order-approval process and enhancing the information provided by vendor-locating tools, fleet managers and drivers on-the-go will be able to get more done on their mobile devices. These app updates will contribute to reduced costs and increased productivity for our customers’ fleets.

Contact us for more information about our mobile updates.


Donlen Experts in the Media

Donlen shares opinions and advice with members of the fleet industry regularly. Today we feature a few of the many stories that we were involved in. Enjoy!

Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting

  • Joe Birren, Truck Design Consultant

Top 10 Trends in Chassis-Mounted Auxiliary Equipment

  • Charles Mathew, Supply Chain Specialist

New Evolution of Telematics

  • Tom Sloan, Manager of Telematics Products

Driver’s Corner


Are you and your car ready for the summer? If you are planning on taking any road trips for the summer, lists the Top 10 Summer Car Care Tips to make sure your vehicle is ready for the hot season!

Summer Car Tips:

  1. Check the tire pressure. Check out February’s FridayFleet on how to do this correctly.
  2. Change the oil.
  3. Check your battery.
  4. Inspect the belts and hoses.
  5. Inspect the wipers and wiper fluid.

Click here to see the remaining five.

And Finally

Summer is the time for the big movie blockbusters. And who doesn’t love a good movie? Whether they will make us laugh, cry or throw cement bricks at the TV screen, we all have movies we will remember…and the cars that are in them! Click here to see the 100 Greatest Movie and TV Cars of All Time.

Have a great weekend and safe travels.

Originally appeared in FridayFleet on May 29, 2015