Flexible fleet replacement cycle tool introduced by Chevin
A new Smart Vehicle Replacement Tool designed to help fleets adopt flexible life cycles has been introduced by Chevin Fleet Solutions.
Created as part of the company’s FleetWave fleet management software, it tracks individual vehicle age and mileage but can also include additional attributes such as fuel usage, maintenance spend, CO2 emissions, breakdowns and depreciation.
An assessment is regularly made that compares these factors to targets set for each vehicle type, creating a suggested replacement date for each car or van.
Adjustments and weightings to each attribute can also be created within the tool to provide greater flexibility and personalisation for each fleet customers.
Managing director Ashley Sowerby said: “This tool enables fleet manager to look at their worst scoring vehicles and consider their utilisation on the fleet. This may mean changing their operation or replacing them completely.
“We work with an increasing number of fleets who would like to move away from traditional three year/60,000 or four year/80,000 replacement cycles and adopt a more flexible approach based on real world factors.
“The tool creates a means to do this. Managing the fleet in this way should allow the managers to more effectively manage the fleet and replacement capital budgets more effectively.”
FleetWave was introduced by Chevin in 2001 and is believed to have been the world’s first web-based fleet management system. It has been continually updated and version 2.3 will be introduced soon.
Today, FleetWave is used by fleets totalling more than 800,000 vehicles across around 120 countries covering public, utility and corporate sectors as well as government and NGO operations of every size.
Chevin is a leading, global provider of advanced, dedicated fleet management software solutions. Its software is used in more than 120 countries worldwide to manage more than 800,000 vehicles and has offices in the UK, US, Australia and Belgium. It provides solutions to the public, utility and corporate sectors as well as government and NGO operations of every size.
DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID
Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.
This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go.
With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”.
Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats.
In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.
“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”.
How Do We Sustain Immunisation?
By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”.
Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared.
Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.