Fleet Management Apps, Mobile is the Way to Go

The facts are staggering:

  • There are 4 billion mobile phones in use worldwide
  • Of these, more than 1 billion are smartphones
  • By 2014, mobile internet should overtake desktop internet usage

Recognizing that people no longer access information only while at a computer, Donlen provides native apps for the iPhone, iPad, and other smartphone devices including BlackBerry® and DROID.

A fleet manager from a large U.S. utilities corporation stated, “Donlen understands the way we do business, providing customized solutions to help us adapt as our needs do. FleetWeb Mobile™ lets me manage my fleet on the road, improving productivity 24/7. I can view information on every vehicle in our fleet, approve purchase orders, and find fuel stations or service centers throughout the U.S.”

Both the FleetWeb® Mobile and DonlenDriver® Mobile apps seamlessly exchange data in real time with our existing platforms, assuring the same functionality you utilize online is available to you when you need it whether you’re in the office or on the road.

FleetWeb Mobile includes:

  • Vehicle Info: Search and view vehicle information including maintenance, fuel, billing, and license & title.
  • PO Approval: Search, view, and approve vehicle purchase orders. Once approved, the appropriate Donlen representative will be contacted to process the request.
  • Auto Quote: Easily access real-time fair market values in Donlen’s proprietary National Auction Index™ (NAI) database; email quotes to drivers for personal sales requests, and create all sales tax and paperwork to finalize transactions
  • Contacts: Easily call or email fleet contacts. The screen displays contact information specific to the user.

DonlenDriver Mobile includes:

  • Vehicle Info: View an overall snapshot of the vehicle’s current information, including maintenance and fuel detail.
  • B&P: View, edit and delete new and existing mileage records for both the active and inactive vehicles associated with that driver.
  • Contacts: Easily call or email fleet contacts. The screen displays contact information specific to the user.

Donlen customers can download both apps for free from Apple iTunes™ App Store or BlackBerry App World™.


Industry News

As busy professionals, it helps to sometimes reach out to peers or others in the industry to get new ideas, share best practice information, or keep on top of industry trends. While the term “social media” may have a somewhat negative connotation, it’s actually a very useful way to do all these things. When utilized properly, these various online forums can be a wealth of information-sharing. Below are a few that we find useful:

LinkedIn Groups:

> NAFA Fleet Management Association
> Women in Fleet

Twitter:

> General Motors
> Ford Motor Company
> Chrysler
> Toyota USA
> Nissan USA
> Subaru USA
> Volkswagen USA
> Hertz Corporation
> Gary Wein (NAFA)
> Automotive Fleet Magazine
> Ray LaHood
> Environmental Defense Fund

And of course, don’t forget to check out our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/#!/greenkeyfleet

We apologize if we’ve missed someone important. If you have sources that you use regularly, we would love to hear about them. > Submit them here

For a more comprehensive list of automotive brands on Twitter and Facebook, check out this list here.


Now, you don’t have to attend the NTEA show to guess how much “cargo” this truck is carrying!

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Of course, the best way to guess would be to view our truck live at the NTEA Work Truck Show on March 6-8, 2012, but if you’re unable to attend, you can still be entered to win an iPad.*

Just take your best guess as to how many beads are in the truck. > Submit it here

If you’re at the show, be sure to stop by Donlen’s Booth #5647 and check it out for yourself. If you haven’t registered yet, do it now! (And it’s FREE, as our special guest!) Register here > FREE registration for the Work Truck Show 2012

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE CHANCE OF WINNING. ACCURATE GUESS OF THE NUMBER OF BEADS WILL NOT IMPROVE CHANCE OF WINNING. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Promotion Dates: 2/24/12-3/8/12. Prize: iPad 2 (ARV $499). For Official Rules see http://www.donlen.cyberoptik.net/cargo-in-the-truck-sweepstakes.html.


Driver’s Corner

Yes, you have a lot of information available to you on your smartphone. And yes, it’s tempting to answer the phone, check email, and send that (not so important) text message. But don’t do it. The NHTSA reports that drivers that use cell phones are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Don’t become a statistic. Put down the smartphone and give your full attention to your driving. The life you save may be your own.


And Finally…

And finally, download one of Donlen’s apps and maybe it will bring you more than just increased productivity!** Apple announced that the App Store is about to hit 25 billion (yes, that’s with a “B”) app downloads. From the rate of the counter located on their site, it may be soon! The person who downloads the 25 billionth app will be very lucky, according to Apple. Who will that be? Who knows… we’re just fascinated watching how quickly the counter is moving. That’s a lot of apps!

Have a nice weekend. Safe travels.

** Donlen is not affiliated in any way with this Apple contest, nor does downloading our apps affect your chances of being the winner. Information is provided here for entertainment purposes only. > View Apple’s official rules here

Originally appeared in FridayFleet on February 24, 2012


About Donlen
A wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ), Donlen (www.donlen.com), with headquarters in Northbrook, IL, is the fleet industry’s most comprehensive and integrated provider of financing and asset management solutions. Since 1965, Donlen has offered its clients highly personalized and responsive customer service, and their workplace excellence has been recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “List of 20 Best Places to Work in Chicago” each year from 2009-2011, a Leader on “The Global Outsourcing 100®” list by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) for six of the last seven years, and a National Association for Business Resources “101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in Chicago” each year from 2007-2012. Donlen’s innovation has been awarded with the Computerworld “2012 Honors Laureate for Economic Opportunity,” named to “2012 InformationWeek 500” for innovative technology; the Stevie® “2012 Gold Award for Business Intelligence Solution,” the Silver Award for “2012 Front Line Customer Service Team of the Year,” and the “2011 Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program of the Year.”