Your Fleet Management Resource Center

Everyone knows that having access to information is key to any fleet manager’s success – not only your own information but from other sources that can influence your decisions. But how can you be sure the information is accurate and timely?

In one spot, Donlen’s Resource Center houses the items that are most important to your short-and long-term planning, such as production updates, manufacturer plant downtimes, and key manufacturer announcements. And there are resources that can help inspire and inform you, including white papers, case studies, and webinars and blogs.

Resources to help you with vehicle selection and planning:

2012 Production Updates: Car and truck production updates, listed by manufacturer. Also included here are import lead-time calendars and fleet specs

Build Out Startup Dates: The very latest in manufacturer final order due dates for cars and trucks by manufacturer, including Canadian versions

Manufacturer Fleet Incentives: Both U.S. and Canadian fleet incentives, listed by manufacturer

Manufacturer Plant Downtimes: Scheduled manufacturer plant downtimes

Fleet Management Industry Announcements: Any announcement that can potentially affect production and/or delivery of vehicles is listed here, by date

Resources to keep you informed:

White papers and case studies: The latest insights from our subject matter experts and proven results are kept here. A few are listed below.

Selected white papers:

Selected case studies:

“On the road…” is Donlen’s blog, and can be accessed via the Resource Center or directly at Recent entries include a thought-provoking interview with Tom Callahan on Meeting Fleet Challenges; the first in our series of Women in Fleet” with Amy Blaine, Donlen’s Director of Strategic Consulting and Sustainability; and the rewards of earning a coveted Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) designation.

Driver’s Corner

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information you receive every day you’re not alone. Instant access to email, cell phones, text messaging, and social media contribute to the “information overload” you may be experiencing. And it can have serious consequences. Difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, and increasing nervousness are all signs that you may be close to burnout – which can certainly affect you when you get behind the wheel. Be aware of the signs, turn off the computer, and step away from social media — at least for enough time to let your mind take a much-needed rest. You may just become a safer driver too, and that’s good for everyone.

And Finally…

And finally, if you’ve been thinking about using an RSS feeder, but haven’t taken the plunge yet, try it! If you’re anything like us, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the websites and blogs that interest us. For example, here are a few of the feeds in FridayFleet’s RSS feeder right now (aside from our own, of course!): NYT Wheels blog, Car & Driver blog,Automotive Fleet Magazine, Government Fleet Magazine, and Twitter feeds from @greenfleetmag and the major manufacturers. All that content pushed to our feeder, all in one spot, and ready to review when we want to.

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Have a nice weekend. Safe travels.

Originally appeared in FridayFleet on April 27, 2012

About Donlen
A wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ), Donlen (, 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.”