All articles by Antonio Fabrizio
Lex Autolease largest to choose 1link Hire Network platform Lex Autolease has just signed up to the 1link Hire Network e-commerce platform, the rental services software developed by epyx
Follow the fleet
Although the UK is a successful market for Fleet Logistics, Antonio Fabrizio discovers the European fleet management company has global ambitions. European fleet management company Fleet Logistics is in the middle of a large-scale expansion, taking on new markets, products and customers, as well as building operations in the UK. The company, which has operated for 15 years in Western Europe, has recently opened new offices in Eastern Europe and is planning further expansions
White Paper champions longer leases for public sector
LeasePlan public sector arm Automotive Leasing has advocated extending public sector fleet lease contracts from three to four, and exceptionally five or six years, in order to cut costs. A White Paper published by the leasing specialist claimed the public sector should take lessons from the private sector if it wants to save money on fleet. Outsourcing fleet management and using video conferencing were also suggested as cost-cutting measures to help the public sector cope with sharp cuts to budgets introduced by the governments comprehensive spending review last week.
Dutch car lessors innovate
Dutch car lessors and the Dutch Ministry of Transport have introduced a new product known as mobility leasing to incentivise drivers to cut mileage. Lessors Mobility Mixx and De Lage Landen-owned Athlon Car Lease have signed up for the scheme, which will run for two years and involve 500 cars in the city of Maastricht
Monitoring fraud pays off
Nine in ten attempted motor finance frauds were spotted in the second quarter of 2010, Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) figures have shown. Of these, 2,361 suspected or attempted fraud cases were spotted by combined efforts of the FLA, lenders investigating agents and specialised police units
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Sword Apak WFSv6 system goes live
The launch of the floorplanning system at the French subsidiary of Daimler Financial Services (DFS) is the first of a series of planned implementations in further European countries.
Fraud monitoring pays off
Nine in ten attempted motor finance frauds were spotted in the UK in Q2 2010, Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) figures have shown The trade body for the UKs asset and motor finance sectors said that between April and June this year there were 2,585 fraud-related events involving motor finance. Of these, 2,361 suspected or attempted fraud cases were spotted by combined efforts of the FLA, lenders investigating agents and specialised police units
Arval signs Finning UK deal
Arval has won a deal with Finning UK, the worlds largest Caterpillar heavy and general equipment dealer, to provide 600 cars and light commercial vehicles. The BNP Paribas-owned leasing company will supply the UK division of Finning International with around 200 cars and 400 LCVs on a four-year contract hire agreement, which includes maintenance, short-term hire and accident management.
Short-term leases gain popularity
Short-term leases are gaining in popularity as companies opt to pay a premium in return for flexibility in an uncertain economy.PoolFleet, the short-term lease service operated by ALD Automotive, is to add light commercial vehicles to its offer as the products popularity continues to grow. PoolFleet operations manager Adrian Temple said: “Some customers require additional light commercial vehicles for specific short-term contracts, or are reluctant to commit to a long-term lease arrangement, or buy a vehicle themselves, until they are more certain that business levels will remain high as the economy recovers.”
BT Fleet plots growth plan
The high-end fleet manager is looking for new market segments to exploit