Special NAFA Edition

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The Official Donlen NAFA Guide

NAFA-LOGO

It’s just around the corner. Before we know it, the NAFA 2015 Institute & Expo will be here. NAFA, known as the world’s premier non-profit association for fleet professionals, will hold its annual Institute and Expo (I&E) in Orlando, Florida, April 14-17 at the Orange County Convention Center. The four day event, designed by fleet managers, delivers new information, ideas and important updates on the latest in fleet management. The event program, created by fleet managers for fleet managers, features more than 60 hours of fleet training, education, and workshops along with more than 200 companies showcasing their products and services.  Donlen will definitely be a huge part of NAFA, from featuring Donlen subject matter experts on several panels, to demonstrating our innovate technology at booth #1201, to throwing the largest concert of the year…Donlen will be front and center.

Booth #1201 Activities

  • Demonstrations of our award winning technology, DriverPoint.
  • FleetWeb demonstrations at any time throughout the show.
  • Enter for a chance to win something special.
  • Meet experts who can help you optimize your fleet.
  • Stop by for a sweet treat.

Panel Discussions

Donlen’s subject matter experts will be discussing the following topics:

1. Developing a Service and Commercial Vehicle Compliance Program: From DMV to DOT

Tuesday April 14 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Donlen’s Brad Kacsh, Director of Licensing Services, and Laura Hopewell, Regulatory Compliance Analyst, will lead this session where attendees will learn best practices for managing commercial vehicle regulations including truck plating and DOT safety requirements; areas where your fleet may be at risk; and how to stay compliant.

2. Deploying an Effective Fleet Policy

Tuesday April 14 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Donlen’s Chelsea Mathis, Director of FAS, and Shonn Glenn, Director of Core Customer Service, will lead a discussion where attendees learn how to create a fleet policy as a cost-control strategy, and the elements that informs the drivers of their responsibilities and the penalties for noncompliance.

3. The Evolving Van Market in North America

Tuesday April 14 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
New designs have made vans an alternative to traditional truck specifications. From small to jumbo vans, manufacturers are expanding their product offerings. Hear from Donlen’s Megan McMillan, Client Consultant, on the key to success for this evolving market.

4. Cutting Costs Without Cutting Corners

Thursday April 16 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Every company has cost-cutting initiatives, and many organizations target their fleet vehicles as a major source of potential savings. Carlos Oropeza, Donlen’s Director of Marketing, will moderate this highly interactive session.

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5. CEO Session

Friday April 17 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
This special session for fleet managers only, will provide an in-depth look into the future of the fleet industry from the view point of presidents from several fleet management companies. Tom Callahan, Donlen President, will be providing his insights.

A Night to Remember

And to top it off…Donlen is hosting a concert event at BB Kings Blues Club. Stop by our booth (#1201) to receive your special invitation and get all of the details to attend our event. Transportation to the event will be provided from the official NAFA hotels.

To register to attend NAFA, click here.

For a complete schedule of events during NAFA 2015, click here.

If you will be at NAFA, let us know! We want you to be our special guest at our event.

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Did you know that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month? Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. Distracted driving kills and injures thousands of people each year. “One text or call could wreck it all,” is what distraction.gov tells us.

Texting is not the only distraction. Other dangerous activities include:

  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Does your driver policy include rules on distracted driving? If not, and you would like to get best practice tips on deploying an effective fleet policy, contact Donlen for assistance.

Together, we can make a difference and help save lives.

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Capture the Right Data with DriverPoint

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The right tool for capturing data begins with Donlen’s DriverPoint® Telematics. Donlen’s customized telematics program provides insight into improving your fleet by analyzing a driver’s behavior, such as rate of acceleration, hard stops, idle time, and driving routes all of which greatly impacts your MPG and fuel cost. DriverPoint Telematics combined with our award-winning FleetWeb® technology lets you uncover the right data surrounding your fleet, such as vehicle downtime, driver safety, fuel card usage, and predictive maintenance.

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Donlen Mobile Apps: Your New Mobile Office

iPHONE-MAPHave you downloaded Donlen’s new DonlenDriver Mobile App yet? If not, what are you waiting for…it’s free! We are constantly receiving positive feedback on the new and improved functionality of the DonlenDriver Mobile App.

Donlen believes every driver will find value in the newly refreshed mobile app making their time using the app easy and manageable.

Some of the new functions/services available to your drivers are:

  • Find Fuel – A search tool providing visibility to the stations that will accept the Donlen fuel card.
  • Find Service – A search tool connecting drivers with authorized national accounts to perform maintenance on your fleet vehicle.
  • Contact Center – One touch access directly to the contact center agent to provide assistance.
  • Policy – Allows drivers to access your company’s fleet policy.
  • B&P – Allows your drivers to report Business and Personal Mileage.

DonlenDriver Mobile is available now for download. Access Google Play or the App Store to download.

Want a Demo? Contact us to learn more about our new Mobile Apps.


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,” said Tom Sloan, Manager, Telematics Products. “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.

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Donlen Experts in the Media

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

Telematics is a Game Changer

  • Tom Callahan, President, talks about the right data to help fleet managers make the right decisions – and the information you can get from telematics today just keeps getting better.

Driver’s Corner

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Winter Snow Brings Spring Potholes

If you live in an area that has seen heavy snowfalls this year, you are probably thankful when the last snow falls. The temperatures begin to rise, and there is nothing like the smile on your face when you drive with the windows down… until…BAM…POTHOLE! Your car just ran over a pothole that you swear was not there the day before.

Every state from New York to California has a problem with potholes…some more than others. Michigan Department of Transportation explains that potholes are created when water seeps through cracks in the asphalt and as temperatures cools and freezes, it expands. As tires and traffic add more disruption to this already sensitive spot, the pavement breaks, and you now have a pothole.

Hitting a pothole at a high speed can cause major damage to your tire rims, not to mention it can also cause you to lose control of your vehicle. As the weather changes, pay close attention to the pavement ahead of you. If you happen to hit a pothole, report it to your State’s Department of Transportation. Drive safe.


And Finally

And finally…When people think of March, St. Patrick’s Day is usually the first thing people will think about. Not this week! IT’S NCAA MARCH MADNESS TIME! Yes that’s right, college basketball will be consuming TV screens across the United States, longer breaks and lunch hours will be taking place, and brackets will be dwindling down day by day as 64 college teams began playing basketball on Thursday, March 19.

Car manufacturers are getting involved as well. Buick has a March Madness tournament of its own. Check out the Buick Bracket Showdown videos here.

Have a great weekend and safe travels.


Originally appeared in FridayFleet on March 20, 2015


About Donlen
Donlen is the industry’s most customer centric and technically integrated provider of financing and fleet management solutions for corporate fleets. Utilizing a highly consultative and strategic approach, Donlen helps fleets reduce cost, improve utilization, and increase driver safety and productivity. Donlen’s customer service focus has been recognized, and we have been named a Finalist in the 2015 Stevie Awards For Sales & Customer Service in the Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year category. Our innovation has been named a Finalist in the 2015 Stevie Awards New Business Intelligence Solution category as well as the Computerworld 2012 Honors Laureate for Economic Development, the 2012 and 2013 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America, and recipient of the 2013 CIO 100. Their workplace excellence has been recognized on the IAOP The Global Outsourcing 100® list for nine of the last ten years. Founded in 1965 and headquartered in Northbrook, IL, Donlen is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ). For more information about Donlen, visit www.donlen.com.