Apr 17

Planning for Risk

Business ManFor any organization, being exposed to a variety of risks is inevitable, which means, being prepared for the event of a risk occurrence can be extremely critical. Having a disaster recovery or business continuity plan in place can help reduce the impact felt by a risk occurrence and increase the resilience of your…

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Apr 16

In case you missed it: a few takeaways from USPA 2014

CSU Surplus WarehouseLast month, AssetWorks attended the University Surplus Property Association (USPA) Conference at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. With over 50 attendees from Colleges / Universities across the country and more than a dozen sessions, the information exchange was abundant. In case you missed it, here…

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Apr 07

Keith Leech Answers 5 Fleet Questions

This is part of a series of interviews with
AssetWorks fleet professionals.Keith Leech, City of Sacramento

Keith Leech
Fleet Manager, City of Sacramento, CA

Keith Leech serves as the Fleet Manager for the City of Sacramento and has held progressively responsible Public Works administrative and operational management positions for nearly thirty years.  In 2013 the City of Sacramento was recognized as the #1 Government Green Fleet in North America by ‘100 Best Fleets’ and Green Fleet Magazine. In 2012 and 2013 the City of Sacramento Fleet was recognized among the top ten of the ‘100 Best’ Government Fleets in North America.

What is the biggest challenge you face on a daily basis?

Balancing the competing interests of our employees and customers versus demonstrating competitiveness and best fleet management practices for the long term benefit of the tax payers.

What is the one simple change that you have made at your fleet that has had the biggest impact?

Increasing alternative fuel use 350% since 2009 (Diesel to Natural Gas) has resulted in a reduction of over 3,000 metric tons of GHG emissions and an ongoing annual fuel savings of approximately $1 Million.

What is the biggest technological improvement in the fleet industry that you have seen and why?

Remote Vehicle Analytics and GPS through wireless vehicle data collection has improved customer/driver accountability and fleet maintenance responsiveness, resulting in greater efficiencies and cost effectiveness of overall fleet operations.

What’s your favorite feature of AssetWorks technology?

KPI Dashboards on the shop floor that have resulted in our technicians understanding the importance of their individual contributions and how they impact customer satisfaction and cost effectiveness.

Where have you gained most of your knowledge about working in the fleet industry?

From other Fleet Managers and staff that have shared their knowledge and experience at conferences such as GFX, NAFA, 100 Best Fleets Seminars, and of course the AssetWorks Users Conference. 

Mar 25

Fleet Leader Steven Weidner Announced as the Keynote Speaker at the AssetWorks 2014 Users Conference

We're excited to announce that Steve Weidner will be the keynote speaker for the AssetWorks 2014 Users Conference in Denver, CO, April 13th to 17th.

Steve serves as the Director of the Bureau of Vehicle Management for the Department of General Services (DGS) with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, he directs all fleet and travel policy initiatives for the Commonwealth and leads the overall strategic direction of one of the nation’s largest fleets, servicing 67 agencies within the Commonwealth and overseeing 16,505 vehicles.

Over the three years Steve has been in his position, he has worked on assisting Governor Corbett accomplish one of his top campaign promises of reducing the overall size and cost of the state fleet. Steve has accomplished this by updating both the travel and fleet policies in order to create stronger accountability for Commonwealth employees when traveling on state business.

The results are an estimated $60 million in overall taxpayer savings and a decrease of nearly 2,500 vehicles (24%) in just three short years. Steve and his bureau were the recent recipients of Governor Corbett’s “Innovation of the Year” award in 2013 for implementing a new and innovative approach to managing both the fleet and travel policies.

Steve has also recently been named the project manager for the Commonwealth to assist in the overall development for CNG fueling station infrastructure throughout Pennsylvania. Steve is focused on reducing the Commonwealth’s dependency on gasoline and diesel fuel for the operation of state-owned vehicles; reducing emissions from the operation of Commonwealth state-owned vehicles; expanding business opportunities within the Commonwealth for large and small businesses resulting in new jobs; limiting any budget impact of making a transition away from reliance on foreign oil, and exploring cost-efficient and cost saving strategies.

Mar 20

How to Use Life Cycle Cost Analysis to Optimize Capital Asset Management

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) can help fleet managers measure the long-term econonomic sustainability of their company's assets. Calculating the total cost of ownership over the life of an asset not only improves a company's bottom line, but reveals the most sensible option for fleet managers when faced with the decision…

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