Small business fleets have a big challenge. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, but running one—and keeping it profitable—is a tough gig. And when you are managing a small business fleet, it becomes even tougher.
But helping fleets reduce costs and improve the bottom line is our mission at FleetLocate, so we developed a new Small Business Fleet Resource Center to help you.
In the Resource Center, you’ll find a variety of reports and infographics with useful information. To make it easier to find what you need, the information is broken out into key industries including:
You’ll also find a section of resources for any small business, covering topics such as:
- Buying vs. Leasing
- Where Are Successful Fleets Finding Savings?
- Driver Safety
- 6 Ways HR Can Deal with Fleet Management
- And more
Challenges Faced by Small Business Fleets
A recent survey by Business Fleet found that the top five duties handled by fleet managers at small companies include vehicle procurement, fuel management, maintenance management, telematics/GPS system management, and upfits.
In an article detailing the survey results, Business Fleet noted that “Technological advances in telematics and GPS management systems can help a small fleet reduce maintenance expense, manage drivers, and schedule routes.
“Telematics systems consolidate fleet duties and eliminate extra work for employees,” says Gary Kulp, owner of Shade Outdoor Living Solutions in Austin, Texas, in the article. “By using the maintenance records and flagging alerts, fleet operators can keep their eyes on everything through the system.”
For many small fleets, the person chosen to manage the fleet is the company’s HR director, according to the article.
“We got to a point where I couldn’t handle my daily responsibilities while still managing the fleet,” says Jason Payne, president of Payne Pest Management in Southern California. “Our fleet is still not quite large enough to have a full-time fleet manager, so we got creative and decided to put those duties on the plate of our human resources director.”
Whether you manage your small business fleet yourself, or delegate it, we hope you will find information you can use to improve your fleet’s profitability in this new Resource Center. Please let us know what additional information you would like us to include.