Compiled by Antonio Fabrizio

CFC launches new version of management
software

CFC Solutions, a fleet management
software provider, has launched a new version of its Contract
Manager software.

The company, which aims to win a larger share of
the car and light commercial vehicle leasing sector, said this is
its first product to be sold on a software-as-a-service (SaaS)
basis.

With a SaaS option, designed to make the whole
process of buying and using software as easy as possible for
customers, the software company – for a monthly payment based on
the number of users – hosts the software and its data online as
well as providing support.

CFC Solutions said the new version integrates the
management of fleet contracts, sales and marketing activities and
accounting into a single product.

Neville Briggs, the company’s MD, said: “With new
generation Contract Manager, SaaS allows us to provide a very
sophisticated but easy-to-use product that is suitable for all
vehicle contract hire and leasing companies, from those with
200,000 vehicles to those with 200.”

Briggs said the SaaS model means the low upfront
acquisition cost of new generation Contract Manager would be
attractive to many vehicle contract hire and leasing companies,
especially during the current recession.

The software has been developed over a number of
years and trialed extensively with key customers, whose feedback
has been fed back into the development of the software.

CFC Solutions publishes ‘five-point
fuel plan’

The software house has also published a
“five point fuel plan” to help fleet cut fuel costs, as the average
prices for unleaded petrol and diesel continue their upward
trend.

CFC said fleet managers should take a series of
simple steps to manage the increased prices of fuel – with unleaded
patrol exceeding £1 per litre and diesel £1.03.

CFC Solutions’ fuel plan includes the
identification of wasteful drivers, of the vehicles which use more
fuel, and of the sites where fuel is more expensive, all of which
can be done via a fleet management software.

Briggs explained: “In our experience, the best
managerial tools available are fuel cards and fleet software.

“Used together, these allow you to take control
over how company money is spent on fuel, gather accurate data about
fuel use, and then analyse that information.”

BMW FS chooses Experian collection
system

BMW Financial Services has chosen to roll
out Experian’s collection management system in Germany.

The captive arm of the carmaker will deploy
Tallyman, Experian’s software system for collections and
recoveries, in a move aimed at reducing debt write-offs and at
having less cash locked up in outstanding debt.

John Conway, chief operating officer at BMW
Financial Services in Germany, said that by using Experian’s system
the company hoped to more effectively manage customers in arrears,
with a goal to “rehabilitating them” and recovering outstanding
debts.

“Combined with Experian’s pan-European resources
and support capabilities, Tallyman proved to be our best choice,”
Conway said.

The software consolidates all customer
communications relating to payment arrears into a single database.
It then segments clients in arrears and attaches risk scores to
both new and existing clients, thus identifying those which are at
potential risk of defaulting, and therefore allowing BMW Financial
Services to treat each customer segment with the most appropriate
action.

Network Automotive offers dealers
chance to achieve carbon neutral status

Automotive consultancy company Network
Automotive has teamed up with carbon offset specialists Carbon
Creditz to offer dealers to obtain a “carbon-neutral status”.

The Bedfordshire-based firm, which provides
consultancy and support services to motor manufacturers, franchise
dealers and car rental companies, said it will offer a free carbon
audit to dealers, thus calculating their total carbon footprints,
and will then give them opportunities to buy into a series of
carbon offset options.

Network Automotive MD Colin Bruder said his company
was launching the carbon offset initiative in order to target the
increasing number of environmentally-friendly consumers, who are
becoming more and more attracted by car models and dealers with the
right environmental credentials.

Bruder said: “Becoming carbon neutral in a credible
manner is a key part of the process of dealers adapting to the
demands of green consumers.

“Working with an expert like Carbon Creditz means
that the client is taken through a step-by-step exercise in a
logical and structured fashion,” he added.

Network Automotive has itself become a
carbon-neutral business as part of its work with Carbon
Creditz.

The carbon offset initiative is an element of
Network Automotive’s EcoDealer product, which the company announced
it will launch later this year, in order to help dealers market
successfully green cars.