Fully Automated Fleet Fueling: Why You Should Consider It

Posted by SM2 Superfan on 3-Nov-2021 10:00:00 AM

"Workaholics aren't heroes. They don't save the day, they use it up. The real hero is already home... Because she figured out a faster way to get things done."

— Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Fleet managers with business acumen know the importance of not just working hard, but also working smart. And yet, when it comes to fuel management, many fail to reap the full promise of automated fuel management systems.

Still, automation done wrong will decidedly do more harm than good to your fuel management efforts. In this edition of Fleeting Thought, we make the case for fully automated fueling but, just as important, we address some of the pitfalls you may face in deploying this rewarding technology.

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Topics: automated fuel management, fuel management, fleet fuel management, fleet management solution, fleet efficiency

The Ideal Public Transit Fuel Management System

Posted by SM2 Superfan on 29-Sep-2021 2:18:40 PM

"If the shoe fits, wear it" the saying goes.

But fleet managers of the public transit industry often learn to their chagrin that the shoe doesn't fit all that well with the generic fleet fuel management systems available in today's market.

Managers have expressed the desire for systems that recognize and address the unique challenges of public transit organizations. In a previous blog about fuel management systems, we briefly touch upon those challenges, but there is much more to be said on the topic.

So what are these challenges? Read on to find out as we break them down in detail and present elegant, field-tested solutions to them.

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Topics: automated fuel management, public transit fuel management, fuel management system criteria, fleet fuel management

Coencorp Fuel Management Solution For Small Fleets & Remote Operations

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 2-Feb-2021 12:01:03 PM

When it comes to fuel, remote working operations such as construction sites, open pit mines, commercial farming and logging operations create unique challenges for the fleet or operations manager. 

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Topics: construction fuel management, fuel management, fleet fuel management

Coencorp: Not So Humble Beginnings

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 24-Feb-2020 7:35:26 AM

Most successful entrepreneurs can tell you stories of humble beginnings where their product and service development slowly eased into their targeted marketplace.  This is not necessarily so for the Tavassoli brothers and Coencorp.  Their beginnings were far from humble and they exploded onto the transit scene with one of the country's largest public transit companies.  Here is what happened.

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Topics: fleet fuel management, fleet maintenance, fleet management, Mass Transit

They can sneak up on you: Keeping Track of Your Maintenance Costs

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 4-Jul-2019 7:22:00 AM

According to some recent statistics on AutomotiveFleet.com, the repair cost (labor and parts) of running your aging fleet increases annually by 5% to 7%, but when you look closer at the segment breakdowns, the numbers are much more dramatic. Looking at “Repair Spend by Odometer” we see the cost rise almost 10 times, once the vehicle hits over 90,000 km and “Repair Spend by Months in Service” shows a jump of nearly 8 times, once we get past the 37-month mark. Furthermore, these statistics exclude regular tire and oil changes, rental of replacement equipment and emergency overtime costs, or accident expenses.  If these jumps seem extreme to you, it’s because they are, but they are a manageable part of the cost of maintaining a fleet. Keeping your fleet assets (vehicles and other mobile fueled equipment) and drivers safe, productive, and mobile is pivotal to reaching your organization’s sales and service goals. A great Fleet Management software will help you keep an educated eye on your maintenance costs, indicate when they begin to rise, and how to plan for optimization of the fleet. So, what can you do to keep your fleet in optimal shape?

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Topics: fleet fuel management, maintenance management, fleet maintenance, preventative maintenance, fleet management

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Fleet Managers

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 6-Jun-2019 7:37:00 AM

The business world was rocked when Stephen R. Covey, the author of the best-selling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change,” said, “ineffective people live day after day with unused potential.” Industry leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs everywhere quickly realized he wasn’t only talking about people, he was also describing the primary factors limiting a company’s growth.

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Topics: fleet fuel management, fleet maintenance, preventative maintenance, fleet management, driver behaviour, vehicle tracking, real-time data

How to Avoid the Worst Fleet Management Mistakes

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 30-May-2019 7:28:00 AM

Being a fleet manager has its unique challenges.

There is a multitude of interconnected considerations for them to juggle, from fuel consumption to vehicle maintenance, and from new technology implementation to driver performance. Most importantly, industr ies that are reliant on mobile assets are always evolving with the regular appearance of new practices, legislation, and technologies. While there is a host of strategies and methods used by fleet managers and decision makers, only the successful ones consistently avoid making these fleet management mistakes…
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Topics: fleet fuel management, fleet maintenance, fleet management, driver behaviour, vehicle tracking

Out Of Fuel Buses: The Importance of Real Time Data in Public Transit

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 2-May-2019 7:21:00 AM
The Bad News

Buses running out of fuel on the road occurs far more often than most people would believe, and seldom addressed (if at all) by the average fleet management system. It is a major, very expensive problem, in terms of both money and citizen good will. The problem is much more complex than it seems, but also a lot simpler to solve than many within the industry believe . 

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Topics: public transit fuel management, fleet fuel management, vehicle data, preventative maintenance, fleet management, real-time data

Get Green to Save Green: FMS in Green Fleet Practices

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 14-Mar-2019 7:11:00 AM

The global construction industry accounts for between 25-40% of the worlds carbon emissions from all its gas-guzzling assets. It’s no surprise construction companies are under intense scrutiny over fuel consumption. Increasingly rigid government regulations are demanding accountability for every drop of fuel that goes into an asset’s tank and how every one of those drops are being spent. Public opinion now plays an equally strong value on sales and gas-dependent companies need to get green to keep and gain more clients, especially regarding lucrative government contracts. Construction fleet managers are needing to report on behaviors they once took for granted and providing detailed data beyond the amount of fuel purchased. They need to know where, how, and why it’s being spent. Traditional methods of manual data collection are no longer adequate and new industry leaders must implement more efficient solutions. The need for accurate reporting tools has become clear, and gas giants like BP are painting perspectives for their customers on the imperative benefits of having automated & integrated fuel management systems, like SM2. At Coencorp, we always start with the individual’s unique needs, so let’s start there to illustrate what BP is telling all fuel consuming industries.

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Topics: construction fuel management, fleet fuel management, going green

Big Data, Big Deal: Real-Time Data In Fleet Management

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 14-Feb-2019 7:28:00 AM

Across industries and markets, we hear the call to real-time data collection and its importance to profitable big data analytics. Companies with fleets to manage have known this for a long time and continue to partner with fleet management system (FMS) suppliers  to improve business practices and outcomes. 

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Topics: fleet fuel management, maintenance management, maintenance software optimization, vehicle data, fleet management, AVL, real-time data

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