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In our ongoing effort to provide information to fleet and travel management professionals on how they can optimize their practices, Mercury Associates is pleased to make a number of our recent publications and presentations available online.

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How Fleet Managers Can Survive Managed Competition

Subject: outsourcing

Synopsis: Surviving managed competition requires that fleet management organizations become proficient at a wide range of business management disciplines that not traditionally been a focus of vehicle and equipment managers. This article discusses at length the tactics managers can implement to survive managed competition.

Date: 8/2004

File Size: 89 KB

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Cost Understanding and Awareness - Key Steps in Having a Cost Competitive Fleet Management Program

Subject: cost control; outsourcing

Synopsis: Fleet managers are under constant pressure to lower costs, especially in a tough economic climate - like the past few years. The need or desire to control costs also increases the interest in outsourcing. This article discusses the key steps for having a cost-competitive fleet management program.

Date: 8/2004

File Size: 2,036 KB

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The Trigger Points of Fleet Privatization Initiatives

Subject: outsourcing

Synopsis: The trigger points of privatization are often prompted by the need to cut costs, poor customer service, staff vacancies, or hiring freezes. To respond successfully to the challenges, you must know the actual cost of your fleet operation before these triggers occur.

Date: 10/2003

File Size: 127 KB

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Fleet Management Functions That Should Never Outsourced

Categories: fleet management; outsourcing

Synopsis: The outsourcing of fleet services is a fairly common activity for commercial organizations and occasionally seen in government entities. However, there are several management functions that should never be outsourced to a third-party, such as business planning and budgeting, establishing policies, and supplier management. This document describes these and other functions that should be the responsibility of an internal resource in order to have an effective outsourced fleet operation.

Date: 9/2002

File Size: 252 KB

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Six Ways a Fleet Can Succeed in a Managed Competition

Categories: fleet management; outsourcing

Synopsis: Managed competition or the outsourcing of fleet services is a common issue for many organizations. However, there are ways a fleet management operation that is internal to an organization can compete with commercial operations to retain the business of their existing customers. This article presents six proven methods that an in-house fleet operation can implement to succeed in a managed competition.

Date: 11/2001

File Size: 94 KB

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