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The Keys to Accessible Tools and Assets

The Keys to Accessible Tools and Assets As a new year approaches, sometimes you find yourself coming face to face with the same issues that plagued you last year. And, in many cases, for shop managers that means a continued lack of focus on tool and asset management. Take a solid first step by making sure everything has a place; as visibility is one key to well managed tools and … Continue reading The Keys to Accessible Tools and Assets

Biofuel

Why Biofuel Isn’t Yet an Industry Standard

Why Biofuel Isn’t Yet an Industry Standard Part of the pressure of being a fleet vehicle manager comes from having to satisfy everyone’s needs. Between balancing the expectations of customers and maintaining the efficiency that keeps you moving forward, there are a lot of boxes that need to be checked on the way to setting a standard that your company, your customers, and your drivers can count on. In trying … Continue reading Why Biofuel Isn’t Yet an Industry Standard

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Safely Navigating Winter Road Conditions

Safely Navigating Winter Road Conditions It’s hard to believe but it’s that time of year again…winter is just around the corner. As the cold and severe weather grows closer, we know that we need to start finding certain items for our own personal care. For example, you know that you’ll need a warm coat and some waterproof clothing. The heating bill is probably going to start creeping higher and higher … Continue reading Safely Navigating Winter Road Conditions

Fleet Tech

Pace of Innovation in Fleet Tech is Accelerating

Pace of Innovation in Fleet Tech is Accelerating Whether under the hood or in the warehouse, there is no shortage of ways to innovate in the fleet vehicle industry. Like innovations in any field, though, some are bound to be more insightful and useful than others. That’s because some focus on making a user’s experience more enjoyable, while others work toward making it more practical. Sometimes, however, a technology accomplishes … Continue reading Pace of Innovation in Fleet Tech is Accelerating

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New Jersey Gas Tax Could Set Precedent

New Jersey Gas Tax Could Set Precedent On November 1st, the state of New Jersey will implement the first of three planned sales tax hikes on gasoline. This could, obviously, have wide-ranging effects on day-to-day fleet vehicle operations, as fuel will increase by 23 cents per gallon. The second and third hikes will come in 2017 and raise the cost of diesel fuel by 27 cents per gallon. The increases … Continue reading New Jersey Gas Tax Could Set Precedent

Testimonial #21

I would like to say that I think this is a nicely built database and for a reasonable price. And apparently good support. I have tried a lot of different database software and this was by far the best fit for our business. The rest are either way to expensive to get the features that we need for our fleet size or if they have the features than they want … Continue reading Testimonial #21

Fleet Innovations

Three Fleet Innovations Happening Now

Three Fleet Innovations Happening Now Just as your drivers have to keep an eye on the road that your fleet vehicles are traveling, we like to keep an eye on the future of the industry. It’s one way we try to stay at the top of our game, while also creating a useful dialogue with you. It’s also how we know what problems or concerns are coming up that we … Continue reading Three Fleet Innovations Happening Now

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Web-based App an Asset When Your Fleet’s on the Road

Web-based App an Asset When Your Fleet’s on the Road When you and your drivers are on the go, you don’t want to have to double back to your facilities if important information or data is left behind. Nor do you want an employee waiting around or being pulled away from their tasks to take a phone call in such a situation. Everyone has enough to worry about when fulfilling … Continue reading Web-based App an Asset When Your Fleet’s on the Road

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New Battery Technology Showing Big Potential

New Battery Technology Showing Big Potential So many things have gone electronic in recent history – mail, banking, and even cigarettes – that maybe we shouldn’t be surprised when we learn about the next item to follow suit. After all, any technology-focused company is always asking themselves “why not?” We do – it’s what makes for the best fleet vehicle management software. Daimler has been asking the same thing about … Continue reading New Battery Technology Showing Big Potential

Motor Oil

New Motor Oil Shows Promise for Diesel Engines

New Motor Oil Shows Promise for Diesel Engines Two new motor oils will be entering the market soon, and they may very well impact your vehicle fleet. Created by the American Petroleum Institute, CK-4 and FA-4 will focus on improving two major aspects of diesel engines: oil performance and longevity, and fuel efficiency. In order to make these improvements, CK-4 focuses on dissipating heat. Specifically, the oil is designed as … Continue reading New Motor Oil Shows Promise for Diesel Engines

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“Drive Safely Work Week” Coming in October

“Drive Safely Work Week” Coming in October The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is promoting Drive Safely Work Week again this year, from October 9th to October 13th. NETS has been running the campaign for twenty years. They provide free materials to the public to increase driver awareness on the road. The group isn’t composed of just fleet vehicle managers, either. Big names in numerous industries make up the … Continue reading ”Drive Safely Work Week” Coming in October

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Drones Slowly Reshaping Utility Fleets

Drones Slowly Reshaping Utility Fleets It’s a pretty good assumption that if you’re reading this, there’s a 99.999% chance that your fleet is comprised of vehicles with humans on board. As we move further into the future, however, that will become less and less of a guarantee. Slowly but surely, drones are becoming more accepted and making a larger impact on the business world. USA Today reports that the Federal … Continue reading Drones Slowly Reshaping Utility Fleets

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Examining Arrival Times to Improve Delivery

Examining Arrival Times to Improve Delivery Time is money. Okay, that might sound cliché. But there is a good reason clichés stick around: they always have some truth to them. A restaurant that doesn’t quickly turn over tables misses out on customers, the caterer that’s late gets a bad reputation, flowers missing delivery times turn a special occasion into a wilted one. The solution might seem obvious: get to the … Continue reading Examining Arrival Times to Improve Delivery

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The Benefits of Barcodes in Tool & Asset Management

The Benefits of Barcodes in Tool and Asset Management It’s easy to look at a barcode and not think twice – they’re everywhere! Nearly everything you purchase has one that gets scanned at checkout. But every one of those numbers and lines coordinate with an entry in the store’s database, and they are designed to keep your transaction, and the store’s inventory needs, accurate and as simple as possible. The … Continue reading The Benefits of Barcodes in Tool & Asset Management

Fleet Vehicle Software

Working to Secure Your Fleet Vehicle Software and Data

Working to Secure Your Fleet Vehicle Software and Data In today’s world, information security is a topic of concern that never becomes dated. Though protection technologies are always improving, basic knowledge of the security features that come baked in to the software you use can go a long way toward keeping your fleet vehicle data and management software secure. One feature to understand is how your fleet vehicle software can … Continue reading Working to Secure Your Fleet Vehicle Software and Data

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How Data Can Track and Resolve Fleet Vehicle Breakdowns

How Data Can Track and Resolve Fleet Vehicle Breakdowns A vehicle breakdown is the bane of fleet vehicle management. Not only is the car or truck temporarily a tons-heavy paperweight, but a section of your business comes to a complete halt. Drivers can’t be reassigned to other tasks. Cargo or merchandise can’t be delivered. Efficiency vaporizes. And, no matter how sound or routine your maintenance and servicing schedules are, breakdowns … Continue reading How Data Can Track and Resolve Fleet Vehicle Breakdowns

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Using Flexible Software Settings to Keep You on Track

Using Flexible Software Settings to Keep You on Track Michelin recently announced an expansion of its Defender LTX M/S tire line. The tire manufacturer is now offering more than thirty new sizes in the line, which brings it to a total of 71. The design was already appealing for consumers and their daily drivers, as it boasts robust tread life and all-weather traction. Now, however, the Defender LTX M/S is … Continue reading Using Flexible Software Settings to Keep You on Track

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Technical Support that Keeps You in Charge

Technical Support that Keeps You in Charge Every piece of technology can present challenges. As any computer user can tell you, no matter how good current technology might be, it doesn’t actually know what you need as a user at any given moment. It might be something simple like adjusting how a notification displays, or it could be more involved like knowing how to add and navigate various customizations in … Continue reading Technical Support that Keeps You in Charge

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Save Time with Strong Search Functionality

Save Time with Strong Search Functionality Each service request in your fleet vehicle management business adds to the growing pile of data you oversee. While strong fleet vehicle management software can help you comb through the constant torrent of information, one tool is particularly effective: a search function. Knowing how to use a search function to your advantage helps you immediately turn down informational noise. Instead of looking through years … Continue reading Save Time with Strong Search Functionality

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Using Projections to Prepare for the Future

Using Projections to Prepare for the Future A recent government outlook projects diesel fuel prices to increase by 15% in the next year. That’s not exactly pocket change that you can just pull out of your business. Fleet vehicle managers will have to figure out how to account for that additional cost without having it negatively affect their bottom lines. We have some tips that can help. While fuel cost … Continue reading Using Projections to Prepare for the Future

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Crafty Approaches to Tracking Expenses

Crafty Approaches to Tracking Expenses 3D printers are being used to make all kinds of interesting things these days. From phone stands and modular lamps to plastic hammers and wrenches, these items not only look good but, believe it or not, they actually work well, too. Naturally, as the creations become more and more intricate, the question will eventually be asked: could a 3D printer produce a usable car engine … Continue reading Crafty Approaches to Tracking Expenses

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Five Ways Color Coding Better Organizes Work Orders

Five Ways Color Coding Better Organizes Work Orders Every fleet manager has been there…piles of notes, data, and information all scattered throughout a multitude of work orders. They start out as individual bits that are easily understood. But over time they build on top of each other and multiply. Before long, a huge pile of information is staring you in the face and it’s up to you to find what … Continue reading Five Ways Color Coding Better Organizes Work Orders

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Fuel Log to Bring Predictability to Unpredictable Markets

Fuel Log to Bring Predictability to Unpredictable Markets The fuel market is one of the most volatile in the world. Price fluctuations are a natural part of doing business, and you don’t need a Ph.D. in economics to know that those fluctuations can have massive consequences; from governments down to individual small business owners. This week, however, Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has caused the most recent disruption … Continue reading Fuel Log to Bring Predictability to Unpredictable Markets

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How A Fleet Management Web App Can Boost Employee Satisfaction

We’ve spent a good amount of time discussing the importance of proper training and procedures for your fleet drivers in order to keep them on the road. And, while we’ve noted that incidents can happen, there’s still more to explore, like how collisions and citations can impact your fleet’s insurance rates. As a fleet manager, you know how financial margins are constantly shrinking, taking your margin for error with them. … Continue reading How A Fleet Management Web App Can Boost Employee Satisfaction

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Car Rental Fleet Expectations for Summer

Car Rental Fleet Expectations for Summer Since this time last year, rental fleet sales are up by more than eight percent. As a rental fleet vehicle manager you’re probably already seeing this impact on your business. But there is an interesting consumer note to this eight percent, in that renters are more frequently opting for smaller cars. With today’s technology, a smaller car doesn’t mean less car. Consumers are still … Continue reading Car Rental Fleet Expectations for Summer

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Knowing When to Replace Your Hand Tools

Knowing When to Replace Your Hand Tools Tools often come with a lifetime guarantee. And when it comes to your business, that’s exactly the kind of durability you not only expect, but require. There will come a time, however, when you’ll eventually have to ask whose lifetime that is: yours, or the tool’s? You already know the answer, and you also already know that you’re going to have to replace … Continue reading Knowing When to Replace Your Hand Tools

Vehicle Management Software

How Fleet Vehicle Management Software Can Help Monitor Your Fleet’s Growth

How Fleet Vehicle Management Software Can Help Monitor Your Fleet’s Growth As a fleet vehicle manager, your ability to save money and optimize spend can quickly go from standard business skill to somewhat of an art form. If the job was as simple as cutting costs that a manager thought to be too high, then everyone would have a thriving business. But it’s vastly more complicated than that. Any cost … Continue reading How Fleet Vehicle Management Software Can Help Monitor Your Fleet’s Growth

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Optimizing Customer Service with Fleet Vehicle Management Software

Optimizing Customer Service with Fleet Vehicle Management Software Fleet vehicle management software is obviously a great tool for tracking the ins and outs of your fleet. But if your vehicles; whether they’re trucks, bikes, cars, or even boats were the only part of your business, then you wouldn’t be a business. While it’s important to know fuel efficiency and routing and service schedules for your fleet, none of those things … Continue reading Optimizing Customer Service with Fleet Vehicle Management Software

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Preparing for the Inevitable Roadside Inspection

Preparing for the Inevitable Roadside Inspection As a fleet vehicle manager, you do everything in your power to keep your vehicles running as efficiently as possible. You schedule regular service rotations. You know each vehicle and driver’s route. You estimate budgets and keep a watchful eye on things that have constantly fluctuating prices like fuel. You think of it all and you do it all….. Until something mistakenly falls through … Continue reading Preparing for the Inevitable Roadside Inspection

Managing Your Fleet

Managing Your Fleet from Acquisition to End of Life

Managing Your Fleet from Acquisition to End of Life In previous posts, we’ve talked about the importance of knowing the wear and tear and according value of your fleet as you look to replace it. Today we’re going to take a look at how to understand the collective life cycle of a vehicle before acquiring one, as well as how to get the most out of that vehicle when moving … Continue reading Managing Your Fleet from Acquisition to End of Life

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Getting Your Fleet Through Crowded Summer Streets

Getting Your Fleet Through Crowded Summer Streets As the weather turns warmer we’re beginning to spend more and more time outside. Parks are springing to life with shades of green as people slowly re-populate sidewalks with friends, family, strollers, and dogs. Seeing the faces of spring and summer is refreshing – for some, it’s the best part of the year. But your fleet vehicles are always moving no matter what … Continue reading Getting Your Fleet Through Crowded Summer Streets

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Creating the Ultimate Group of Drivers for Your Fleet Vehicles

Creating the Ultimate Group of Drivers for Your Fleet Vehicles In last week’s post we talked about the UPS Circle of Honor; a highly distinctive group of drivers distinguished by the fact that they’ve driven at least 25 years for the company without an avoidable incident. It’s quite the accomplishment, to be sure. But it got us thinking – does UPS know something we don’t? Do they know of a … Continue reading Creating the Ultimate Group of Drivers for Your Fleet Vehicles

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Fleet Driver Recognition Done Right: The UPS Way

Fleet Driver Recognition Done Right: The UPS Way 5.3 billion miles (yes, billion with a ‘b’). 245,000 collective years of driving. And all without a single incident. These are the collective statistics for the 8,703 drivers cautious and skilled enough to have made it into the UPS Safe Driver Group. Started in 1923, this driver recognition program is one of the most accredited and recognized in the world. This year’s … Continue reading Fleet Driver Recognition Done Right: The UPS Way

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Fleet Vehicle Management Software as a Budgeting Aid

Fleet Vehicle Management Software as a Budgeting Aid One of Amazon’s most successful products isn’t books. It isn’t delivery via Amazon Prime and it isn’t a reader like the famed Amazon Kindle. One of Amazon’s most successful products is leftovers. Enterprises the world over, including internet staples like Netflix, depend on an Amazon service that was born out of the idea of selling unused server power and storage. Analysts looked … Continue reading Fleet Vehicle Management Software as a Budgeting Aid

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Sprinter Vans Cross Big Milestone

Sprinter Vans Cross Big Milestone It’s rare that this blog will focus on a particular vehicle for an entire post. But the Sprinter made headlines this week for two reasons and, given the popularity of this workhorse, we think that fleet managers should know about both of them. First of all, if it seems like Sprinters make up a large number of the vehicles in your fleet management software there’s … Continue reading Sprinter Vans Cross Big Milestone

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The Impact of Grey Cars on Fleet Vehicle Management

The Impact of Grey Cars on Fleet Vehicle Management The act of ‘going to work’ used to be very simple. You would walk out of your house and drive to work. On arrival, you’d get out of your car, walk into an office, sit at a company-owned desk, use a company-owned phone and other company-acquired resources to do your job, and then walk out of that building at the end … Continue reading The Impact of Grey Cars on Fleet Vehicle Management

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Big Changes Coming in Fleet Vehicle Windshield Technology

Big Changes Coming in Fleet Vehicle Windshield Technology When we wrote Vehicle Fleet Manager 4.0, there were a lot of advances in fleet vehicle management that we wanted to catch up on. Vehicle Fleet Manager 3.0 was revolutionary in its own right. But the changes we made to bring Vehicle Fleet Manager 4.0 up to speed meant integrating some of the top technologies that present day has to offer. We … Continue reading Big Changes Coming in Fleet Vehicle Windshield Technology

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Fleet Management Software and Your Future Fleet Leadership

Fleet Management Software and Your Future Fleet Leadership When making a decision about your fleet management software solution, it’s important to consider the overall direction of the fleet management industry. The fact of the matter is that, as fleet manager, you’re not going to be in that position forever and someone will eventually need to take the reigns and continue the work you’ve done to this point. The benefits of … Continue reading Fleet Management Software and Your Future Fleet Leadership

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How Fleet Management Software Can Help Your Boat Rental Business

How Fleet Management Software Can Help Your Boat Rental Business Look hard enough and you’ll start noticing signs of spring all around you. Robins can be found on more and more tree branches. Flowers are trying to figure out if it’s time to bloom. People are in better moods and wearing lighter jackets. Ok, so some of this might be wishful thinking on our part. The fact is that winter … Continue reading How Fleet Management Software Can Help Your Boat Rental Business

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Cutting Clutter with a Fleet Management Software Solution

Cutting Clutter with a Fleet Management Software Solution We’ve heard about the age of the so-called “paperless office” since it became obvious that, at some point, you’d be hard pressed to find an office desk without a computer on it. Servers with file sharing, easy folder names, long file names with spaces – we’ve come a long way toward making our digital files just as easy to manage as the … Continue reading Cutting Clutter with a Fleet Management Software Solution

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Automatic Safety Systems Continue to Show Promising Results

Automatic Safety Systems Continue to Show Promising Results Fleet managers have been watching the growth of vehicular automatic safety systems since they first heard about a car parking itself. These systems opened the door to a whole new level of promise. For the first time, a fleet manager had a fallback – an additional layer of automation that could take the driver out of the equation when performing complicated tasks … Continue reading Automatic Safety Systems Continue to Show Promising Results

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Keeping Your Fleet Vehicles Running Through the Winter

Keeping Your Fleet Vehicles Running Through the Winter. Most people associate December and January with winter, and rightly so. Old Man Winter’s grasp comes along shortly after the last leaves have fallen but, in a lot of cases, the full brunt of the season isn’t really felt until February and well into March. Months of cold temperatures, ice, road chemicals, and salt can take their toll not only on local … Continue reading Keeping Your Fleet Vehicles Running Through the Winter

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First Month Fleet Resolutions: How Did You Do?

Well, we’re almost through the first month of a brand new year. No doubt that your organization made a bunch of plans to increase safety and fuel efficiency throughout your fleet in 2016. The big question, however, is whether or not you executed on those plans and got your new year off to a successful start. Let’s take a look at the various parts of your vehicle fleets and make … Continue reading First Month Fleet Resolutions: How Did You Do?

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Who Said You Need Gas to Have a Vehicle Fleet?

The re-birth of the bicycle is in full effect. Bikes are everywhere these days and they’re being used for more purposes than ever before. From messenger delivery to grocery delivery, from laundry service to moving service, bikes are being built to handle just about any task we can throw at them. The reasons for the bicycle revolution are too numerous to count. As more people realize the benefits of a … Continue reading Who Said You Need Gas to Have a Vehicle Fleet?

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What Features Should Be in Every Tool and Asset Management Software Suite?

So you decided that 2016 was going to be the year that you took control of your tool and asset management needs. Great choice! As we’ve covered in quite a few posts here on the Vinity Soft blog, a solid tool and asset management strategy is a cornerstone of making sure that your people have the tools and resources they need, when they need them. Without this critical piece of … Continue reading What Features Should Be in Every Tool and Asset Management Software Suite?

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Fleet Vehicles, Human Transportation, and Accessibility

Thinking Beyond the Work Truck When people think about fleet vehicles and fleet vehicle management, one of the first things that comes to mind is the work truck. The work truck is the backbone of any local, regional, and even national delivery operation. And, companies operate work truck fleets of all sizes; from the small operation of a few trucks to fleets of hundreds and hundreds of vehicles. Many fleet … Continue reading Fleet Vehicles, Human Transportation, and Accessibility

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3 Features That Should Be Part of Any Fleet Management Software Suite

Odds are that if you’re looking for a fleet management software solution, you already have an idea of the kinds of functionality that you want. You already know that there’s something missing in your overall fleet management strategy – you wouldn’t be looking for a software solution otherwise. With all of the choices on the market, it’s easy to get caught up in the extra added features that most fleet … Continue reading 3 Features That Should Be Part of Any Fleet Management Software Suite

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Isuzu Truck Fire Extinguishers Recalled

Isuzu of America recently issued a recall of some 25,000 fire extinguishers found in the cabins of their diesel and gasoline truck lines. Fleet managers with 2012-2016 model year Isuzu trucks in their fleets are encouraged to check with the manufacturer to determine if their vehicles are included in this recall action. The recall stems from an issue discovered with a valve in the extinguishers which can, at times, lead … Continue reading Isuzu Truck Fire Extinguishers Recalled

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Diesel’s Future Uncertain in Wake of Volkswagen Scandal

Diesel has long been seen as the workhorse fuel of the fleet vehicle world. Marketed as a more efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to unleaded gasoline, diesel powers countless trucks around the globe and has significant market share in powering light-duty vehicles as well. Recent events surrounding Volkswagen have, however, tarnished diesel’s reputation and have many vehicle owners wondering if buying a light-duty diesel vehicle was a good idea. Fleet … Continue reading Diesel’s Future Uncertain in Wake of Volkswagen Scandal

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New Year’s Resolutions – Do You Have Any for Your Fleet?

Fall is rapidly coming to a close and winter is close behind. The leaves, once brightly colored, are now mostly off the trees. Temperatures continue to drop. Holidays draw closer with every passing day. As does the start of a new year. Love them or hate them; complete them every year or forget about them before the calendar can even switch to February, new year’s resolutions can at least serve … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions – Do You Have Any for Your Fleet?

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Drivers Would Rather Have a Car Drive Itself Than Have You Drive One While Distracted

An interesting dichotomy is shaping up as the battle lines are drawn over automation and its place on the roads and in the cars that are on them. Frequent readers may remember our post from a few weeks back where we talked about a recent study from the American Automobile Association and the discoveries they made about opinions surrounding self-parking vehicles (hint: they weren’t positive). Now, in a study commissioned … Continue reading Drivers Would Rather Have a Car Drive Itself Than Have You Drive One While Distracted

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How the Grinch Stole All of His Drivers’ Morale

Ahh yes, the holidays are upon us. That time of shopping, cooking, and blog posts that shamelessly steal the characters from beloved stories and put them to our own uses. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unabashed cynicism aside, the usurping of the Grinch from Dr. Seuss’ Christmastime tale actually does actually serve a purpose in today’s post. Looking back, we discovered that we spent a lot of … Continue reading How the Grinch Stole All of His Drivers’ Morale

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The Benefits of Tool Maintenance and Failure Tracking

Vinity Soft is, of course, synonymous with our Fleet Vehicle Manager 4.0 – a leading piece of software dedicated to ensuring that fleet managers have the data they need to make key decisions about their fleets. Our Tool and Asset Manager 2.0 software, however, can help company asset managers do the same thing with their tools, as well as other company or facility assets. When most people think about tool … Continue reading The Benefits of Tool Maintenance and Failure Tracking

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Strategy Versus Tactics

There are less than two months left in 2015. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Another year is about to be relegated to the history books and the dawn of a new year looms increasingly larger on the horizon. This is the time that fleet managers start to get ready to execute on the plans they’ve been working on for the new year. Like springs compressing tighter and tighter as … Continue reading Strategy Versus Tactics

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Winter is Coming. Are Your Drivers Prepared?

As autumn colors take hold and temperatures start to fall, eyes start looking forward to winter and the expected blast of cold air that comes along with it. In most cases, winter temperatures aren’t that big of a concern. Populous areas and high-tech communication networks mean that even in the event of vehicular troubles, help isn’t that far away. However, in cases where assistance may be a bit more difficult … Continue reading Winter is Coming. Are Your Drivers Prepared?

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Drivers Won’t Take Their Hands off the Wheel

A friend recently took delivery of a new vehicle and has spent the better part of a day telling me about the advances in vehicle technology that he’s only just now discovering. This kind of thing happens when you go from a 2003 to a 2015 model car. Gone is the tape deck and manual transmission. He’ll never again have to decide when to turn his headlights on or off … Continue reading Drivers Won’t Take Their Hands off the Wheel

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Better Data Through Happier Drivers

The data contained in your fleet management software is only as good as the commitment level of the people involved in keeping it accurate. And, when you depend on your drivers to keep you up to date with the goings-on of your fleet, that human factor can mean the difference between actionable, usable data and data that borders on being worthless. It’s easy to think that your drivers will give … Continue reading Better Data Through Happier Drivers

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Giving More When Getting Less – Increasing Efficiency and Output on a Shrinking Budget

It’s the worst case scenario: a fleet manager, excited for the new year and a new budget, finds out that the expectations for the coming year’s successes have gone up while the budget to help meet those challenges has either stayed the same or even dropped from the previous year. With a large amount of flux happening throughout the industries that help support fleet vehicle operations; fuel, vehicle manufacturing, and … Continue reading Giving More When Getting Less – Increasing Efficiency and Output on a Shrinking Budget

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Fleet Managers Prepare for Increased Scrutiny of Diesel Fleets

The scandal that is decimating Volkswagen over its apparent manipulation of vehicle emissions results stands to create a wide reaching ripple effect throughout much of the fleet management world. The US Environmental Protection Agency has already cautioned other vehicle manufacturers that it will be testing additional vehicle makes and models for evidence of similar tampering. The issue stems from lines of code in the firmware of various Volkswagen models that … Continue reading Fleet Managers Prepare for Increased Scrutiny of Diesel Fleets

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Taking the Sting Out of the Upfitting Process

Whether or not you choose to accept it, 2015 is rapidly coming to a close. October is just around the corner, fall will soon turn to winter, and before you know it, we’ll all be cheering as the final seconds of 2015 tick down and 2016 is ushered in with songs and champagne. This is the time to start putting the finishing touches on your fleet plans for the new … Continue reading Taking the Sting Out of the Upfitting Process

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Having Data is Great but What am I Supposed to do With It All?

The old adage remains true and no one brought it to life quite like Heath Ledger did as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies: “I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it!” Like the dog in the old saying, far too many people spend far too much time chasing data without the slightest idea of what to do with it … Continue reading Having Data is Great but What am I Supposed to do With It All?

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4 Tips for Importing Usable Photographs Into Your Fleet Management Software

It’s easy to forget that data can be entered into your fleet management software in more ways than one. Keyboards are, of course, the first thing that comes to mind when we’re talking about our interface with the machines in front of us. But the camera is quickly becoming useful for an ever-widening array of business purposes. When it comes to managing your fleet, there’s little substitute for a good … Continue reading 4 Tips for Importing Usable Photographs Into Your Fleet Management Software

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The Warehouse is Changing – Here’s How You Can Keep Up

It used to be so simple: if you needed a tool, you went to the shop manager or the tool shed and you grabbed the tool. When you were finished with the tool you returned it. If a co-worker needed the tool, you gave it to them and they returned it. The quantified workspace has changed all of that. Today’s warehouses and workshops are bastions of lean operation. Sharing, a … Continue reading The Warehouse is Changing – Here’s How You Can Keep Up

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Top Challenges in Fleet Management

When we wrote our fleet management software suite we put ourselves in the shoes of the fleet managers we’d be serving. We tried to think of the issues and challenges that affected fleet managers on a day-to-day basis. Then, we thought about how a powerful set of fleet management tools – all wrapped up into a single, powerful suite of software  – could solve for those issues. Fleet managers have … Continue reading Top Challenges in Fleet Management

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When One Fleet Isn’t Enough: Managing Multiple Client Fleets

Try hard enough and just about any aspect of a company can be outsourced. Technical and customer support is generally the first to go; anyone who has ever had to contact a company’s support line can tell you that. But, many times, this is just the start. Outsourced payroll, accounting, HR, Mucreative, and even executive structure can be had for the right price. It should come as no surprise then … Continue reading When One Fleet Isn’t Enough: Managing Multiple Client Fleets

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How to Drive Technology Adoption in Your Company

There’s no easy way to put it – today’s economic climate is tough. Managers are constantly being asked to do more with less: drive more productivity with less funding, complete more goals with fewer personnel, become more profitable while running as lean as possible. Margins continue to shrink while output continues to soar. This is especially evident to a fleet manager. Standard office overhead costs like wages and office equipment … Continue reading How to Drive Technology Adoption in Your Company

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Using Fleet Management Software Data to Maximize Vehicle Resale Value

It’s been a great truck. It never gave you a hard time starting, the ride was always comfortable, and all of the systems worked when they needed to. In fact, of all of the vehicles in your fleet, this was the one that cost you the least in maintenance costs. But, based on your vehicle replacement strategy (http://test.vinitysoft.com/general/3-keys-to-an-effective-fleet-vehicle-replacement-strategy/), this truck has reached the end of its usable lifespan and the … Continue reading Using Fleet Management Software Data to Maximize Vehicle Resale Value

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Fleet Management Software Drives Decisions in Fuel System Upfitting

We discussed upfitting; the act of customizing a fleet vehicle for your own specific business purposes once it has been purchased, in a previous post. In many cases, upfitting can be a critical part of ensuring that a fleet vehicle is able to perform its intended duties. Shelving, vehicle height increases and decreases, custom storage solutions, and other internal components can be installed on a vehicle to turn it into … Continue reading Fleet Management Software Drives Decisions in Fuel System Upfitting

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How Well Do You Really Know Your Drivers?

It wasn’t that long ago that science fiction writers had us believing that driverless cars were just around the corner. Flying cars? Not so much, unless you were a fan of the Jetsons. But the driverless vehicle, operating with complete autonomy while the passenger was left to their own entertainment, still felt accessible. Well, we’re still a little way away from those days, although the progress that Google and other … Continue reading How Well Do You Really Know Your Drivers?

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Finding the Treasures Buried in your Fleet Data

Take a look around your office. How many scraps of paper, receipts, and Post-It style notes are scattered around your desk, keyboard, and monitor? Now open your Documents folder. How many spreadsheets and documents are you using to track vital fleet information? This is not a system. We’re sorry to be so frank but it really should be said. We’ve seen fleet managers who have papers stacked as high as … Continue reading Finding the Treasures Buried in your Fleet Data

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Data Driven Decision Making Using Fleet Software

Data Driven Decision Making: Using Fleet Management Software to Take the Guesswork Out of Fleet Management We live in a data driven world. Just look around you – evidence of our complete and total reliance on data in every aspect of our lives is everywhere. It’s on our computer screens, in our pockets, on our desks; in some cases it might even be on our wrists as the wearable market … Continue reading Data Driven Decision Making Using Fleet Software

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Fuel Economy: The Next Fleet Battleground

In a previous post, we discussed the benefits and importance of having a green fleet. It has become obvious that our impact to the overall global environment is simply not sustainable. Our dependence on fossil fuels, rather than cleaner, renewable resources, has led us to build an economy on something that does immeasurable harm at an unfathomable scale. People are starting to take notice. While federal governments walk a fine … Continue reading Fuel Economy: The Next Fleet Battleground

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Rounding Out Your Fleet Management Policy

In a previous post we talked about using your fleet management software to create organizational best practices. These best practices represent the ideal combination of those things that successful fleet managers have done in the past with the things that your data tells you will work best within your own particular organization. There are, however, other things that go into developing a successful fleet management policy. A strong system of … Continue reading Rounding Out Your Fleet Management Policy

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Upfitting: When Should You Go Custom?

For many fleet managers, the vehicles they see on the lot are the vehicles that will eventually join their fleets. They find a work van or truck, determine how many they’ll need for this quarter, and order any number of them to be delivered, each an exact copy of the other. For others, however, the initial purchase of the vehicles is only the first step. A full suite of work … Continue reading Upfitting: When Should You Go Custom?

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Common Mistakes Made By Fleet Managers

With all of the hustle of a day in the life of a fleet manager, it’s easy to come across those things that, in the moment, might have seemed like the right thing to do. Yes, you might have been taking a shortcut. But, it was a calculated risk and, right then and there, it was a risk that you didn’t think was that big of a deal. Until the … Continue reading Common Mistakes Made By Fleet Managers

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The Benefits of Fleet Time Tracking

Keeping track of how much time your fleet is spending on the road can yield a lot of benefits to you and your organization over time. Much like aircraft are monitored for the number of hours their engines are running, fleet vehicle time tracking can be used for everything from vehicle safety to vehicle maintenance. We’ve always wanted to track certain types of information within our fleets. Things like fuel … Continue reading The Benefits of Fleet Time Tracking

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Advantages of Desktop Over Web-Based Applications

When we first started developing our Vehicle Fleet Manager and Tool and Asset Manager products, one of the first decisions we had to make was whether these were going to be desktop or web-based applications. With SaaS, or Software as a Service, products flooding the market, you can imagine the pull we felt toward releasing a web app. But, as we thought about it, we realized that that wasn’t what … Continue reading Advantages of Desktop Over Web-Based Applications

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The Hows and Whys of Having a Green Fleet

It’s time to put some serious thought into “greenifying” your fleet; and we’re not talking about paint jobs. Not only can an environmentally friendly green fleet of vehicles help to conserve natural resources and stem the tide of our worsening environmental impact, but going green can also save you money. At the same time, adopting greener driving methods can save wear and tear on your vehicles as well as reduce … Continue reading The Hows and Whys of Having a Green Fleet

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Tips for Avoiding Collisions and Roadway Incidents

Your everyday driver doesn’t think twice about getting behind the wheel. To them, a car is simply a means to an end. Get in, fasten the seat belt, turn up the stereo, put the windows down, put the car in gear, and go. Driving is second nature; it’s a set of procedures like making a pot of coffee or setting the DVR to record a favorite show. We’ve lost sight … Continue reading Tips for Avoiding Collisions and Roadway Incidents

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The Importance of Flexibility in Your Fleet Management Software

In a previous post we talked about using the customization available within your fleet management software to save time. More than a timesaver, however, the ability of your fleet management software solution to flex and adapt to your specific needs is a critical piece of your overall process. Software used to be very “cookie-cutter.” Solutions out of the box were cut and dry: this is our software package and this … Continue reading The Importance of Flexibility in Your Fleet Management Software

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Reclaim Hours Per Week with Fleet Management Software

Your time is valuable. As a fleet manager you’re responsible for a key aspect of your company’s financial well-being. You’re tracking fuel expenses, vehicle expenses, route efficiencies, vehicle maintenance, and every other detail about your fleet of company vehicles. Fleet management software is obviously a great way to keep all of these things organized. Rather than dealing with multiple spreadsheets, documents, and files, your fleet management software brings everything about … Continue reading Reclaim Hours Per Week with Fleet Management Software

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3 Keys to an Effective Fleet Vehicle Replacement Strategy

One of the universal truths of life is that nothing lasts forever. Our clothes, our household appliances, our electronics – eventually everything needs to be replaced. In some situations it is a case of planned obsolescence. We know that some goods are actually designed to either break or wear out as time goes on. Whether this is a way to keep consumers consuming or is an actual, valid method of … Continue reading 3 Keys to an Effective Fleet Vehicle Replacement Strategy

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The Importance of Strong Fleet Management Reports

If the idea of pouring over the reports from your fleet management software doesn’t exactly excite you, you’re not alone. There aren’t too many people who walk into the office, pour a cup of coffee, sit down at their desk, and think, “I can’t wait to start going through all of these reports!” The truth, however, is that those reports are a critical piece of the overall picture of the … Continue reading The Importance of Strong Fleet Management Reports

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How to Build Best Practices Around Your Fleet Management Software

Data is only as good as two things: where it comes from and what you do with it at the end. Data itself has to be clean and untouched; anything less and your future actions are based on something that just isn’t real. But, it is the second part – the “what you do with it” – that can make the difference between a successful fleet manager and an unsuccessful … Continue reading How to Build Best Practices Around Your Fleet Management Software

Our First Post

You may have noticed the addition of a blog on our site. Welcome to our first post! We realized that we had much more to offer the fleet management and tool and asset management industries than only our software. This is a dynamic industry with a lot happening at any given time. With a blog, we’re able to discuss specific news, issues, and trends in the industry that we otherwise … Continue reading Our First Post