Donlen Q2 2013 Snapshot

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Each quarter, we’ll bring you a high-level snapshot of a few of our Critical to Quality (CTQ) indicators. We track and measure our performance in key areas that affect your bottom line, help your productivity, and ensure our service delivery is exceeding your expectations. What will be represented may change from quarter to quarter, but this document will be developed with you in mind. What do you think? > We’d like to hear from you

Message from Tom Callahan

AFLA President
President, Donlen

donlen-tom-callahan-thumb-r2-2013“The biggest thing that faces the leasing company, the fleet administrator, the dealer, and the manufacturer is that we can’t rely on the traditional ways of doing business. We have to innovate. We have to come up with new ideas. We are in an interchanging community. We have to change with the times.”

Would you be surprised to learn those were the words of the keynote speaker at the first Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) Conference in April 1969? For many of us, that’s a conversation we could have had yesterday.

Companies are facing unprecedented challenges. Not only are we looking for ways to innovate and differentiate in a competitive marketplace, but economic factors, stakeholder demands, and supply chain interruptions put strains on resources that may already be stretched thin.

For fleets, gas price fluctuations, acquisition costs, and a mandate to improve overall fleet productivity continue to be some of the most pressing issues. And for those managing the fleet, the pressure to make meaningful contributions to a company’s bottom line is greater than ever.

Many fleet managers that I’ve spoken to recently are doing more than fleet. They still love it and have a passion for it, but they do about six other things too.

This year’s conference, to be held Sept. 11-13, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz., will be focused on helping you manage your fleet in these challenges times. Hearing from experts, participating in educational opportunities, and networking with your peers will provide insight that you can use as soon as you return to your office and also help you plan for the future.

The AFLA conference will make you feel connected to a larger group, and, for those who are AFLA members, connections made during the conference carry on long after the event ends. Educational opportunities throughout the year help to keep you informed with the latest information about our industry, and provide tools to help you manage your operations effectively.

And, if your company is not yet sponsoring the conference, consider doing so. By supporting AFLA, we can continue to provide these opportunities.

AFLA was founded to give a voice to those from all sectors of the commercial fleet industry. By collaborating and sharing ideas and information, we’re stronger together, which benefits everyone.

I look forward to connecting with you at the conference and throughout the year.

Reprinted from AFLA Spirit,
Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association Annual Review

Register now for the AFLA Conference

September 10-13, 2013
The Westin Kierland Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Hertz Value Lease® Deal of the Week

donlen-hertz-value-lease-nissan-versa-01132012 Nissan Versa S*

  • Estimated Mileage: 14,581
  • Exterior Color: Silver
  • Hertz Value Lease Base Price: $12,052.50

*Vehicle was available at the time of posting to FridayFleet. The exact vehicle may not be available after this date. Photo of vehicle is for illustrative purposes only. Contact your Donlen Account Manager to learn more about Hertz Value Lease vehicles that may be right for your application.

Driver’s Corner

Slow down and save big. Did you know that gas mileage typically decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.25 per gallon for gas.

And finally…

And finally, file this under “stuff we think is awesome.” During a disassembly of a Porsche Carrera 3.2, more than 4,000 pictures were taken, edited, and ultimately made into a stop-motion film of the teardown. The film took three months to make, and is part one of two documenting the transformation of the Carrera engine into a hot rod engine. > Enjoy

Have a nice weekend. Safe travels.

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Originally appeared in FridayFleet on August 16, 2013

About Donlen
Donlen is the industry’s leading provider of integrated financing and management solutions for corporate fleets. Utilizing a highly consultative and strategic approach, Donlen helps fleets reduce cost, improve utilization, and increase driver productivity. Donlen’s innovation has been honored with the Computerworld “2012 Honors Laureate for Economic Development” and the “2012 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America.” Their workplace excellence has been recognized on the IAOP “The Global Outsourcing 100®” list for seven of the last eight years, and as one of the “101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in Chicago” each year from 2007-2012. 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