Monthly Archives: November 2012

IPIN Tip of the Month: PopUp Monthly Bid Calendar

The Builders Exchange Online Planroom is designed to  help members not only find projects, but also to stay updated and organized on those projects. One of the more helpful tools for achieving this is tracking projects, which I have already covered. The PopUp Monthly Bid Calendar is another helpful tool for keeping project bid dates organized.

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Enterprise Fleet Management Sets Record with 15th Blue Seal

The Builders Exchange would like to congratulate our Allied Member Enterprise Fleet Management for receiving 15 consecutive years of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) “Blue Seal of Excellence” award.  Enterprise Fleet Management offers cost effective solutions to our members for maintaining and management of their fleet operations.  Services offered include but are not limited to monthly vehicle cost analysis, mileage reporting, vehicle acquisition, risk  management and fuel programs.

ST. LOUIS, November 15, 2012 – Setting a record for fleet management companies, Enterprise Fleet Management has received the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) “Blue Seal of Excellence” for the 15th consecutive year.  The recognition certifies automotive repair businesses with the very highest standards of service excellence.

With 87 percent of its service advisors being ASE Certified, Enterprise Fleet Management significantly exceeds the requirements for the Blue Seal.  To qualify for ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition, a business must have at least 75% of its technicians ASE Certified and at least one technician must be certified in each specific service or repair the business offers.

“We congratulate Enterprise Fleet Management on achieving this significant milestone,” said Tim Zilke, ASE President & CEO. “As one of the longest continuously recognized members of the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition Program, Enterprise represents the best in our industry for their commitment to their customers and their technicians by supporting voluntary technician certification through ASE.”

Enterprise was first recognized with the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence in 1997 and was the first fleet management company to receive the honor.  Bob Schurwan, vice president of Enterprise Fleet Management operations, credits the dedication and skill of Enterprise’s employees, each of whom has an average 10 certifications.

“We are very pleased to accept this recognition on behalf of our great team of service advisors who are dedicated to customer satisfaction,” said Schurwan.  “Our National Service Department works hard to make sure that customers receive the best service and value for their fleet vehicles.”

Schurwan added that in the most recent fiscal year, Enterprise’s service advisors saved customers with maintenance management programs more than $13 million by helping them avoid paying for unnecessary repairs, as well as arranging maximum warranty benefits, rebates and price breaks and helping them take advantage of other opportunities to minimize expenses.

About Enterprise Fleet Management

A full-service fleet management business for companies with medium-size fleets, Enterprise Fleet Management supplies most makes and models of cars, light- and medium-duty trucks and service vehicles across North America. Enterprise Fleet Management is owned by the Taylor family of St. Louis, who, through regional subsidiaries, also own and operate Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s extensive network of more than 5,500 neighborhood and airport branch offices, all located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population.

With 58 fully-staffed offices nationwide, Enterprise Fleet Management has been recognized with the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) “Blue Seal of Excellence” for 15 consecutive years, an industry record. In addition to winning a 2012 American Business Award for Innovation in Customer Service, Enterprise Fleet Management supports a comprehensive set of environmental initiatives that includes helping customers purchase verifiable greenhouse gas emission offsets by pledging to match a portion of each customer’s greenhouse gas offset purchases up to a total match of $1 million. For more information about Enterprise Fleet Management’s environmental stewardship and long-term commitment to the sustainability of the fleet management business, visit http://drivingfutures.com/fleetmanagement/. For more information about Enterprise Fleet Management, visit www.efleets.com or call toll free 1-877-23-FLEET.

For more information contact
Robyn Frankel, Frankel Public Relations
Toll free: 877-863-3373, rfrankel@frankelpr.com
OR Ned Maniscalco, Enterprise Fleet Management
314-512-5523, ned.maniscalco@ehi.com

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Winter Safety in Any Climate

By Bryan St. Eve, Enterprise Fleet Management – Builders Exchange Allied Member

Businesses with a fleet of vehicles face a variety of challenges during the winter months.  With fewer hours of daylight and more hazardous road conditions caused by rain, sleet, snow or ice, safe driving practices and proper vehicle maintenance can go a long way in controlling costs and increasing efficiencies for drivers and their vehicles.  The advantages can include everything from reducing the chances of vehicle collisions, personal injuries, worker compensation claims and downtime to avoiding expensive repairs caused by excessive wear and tear on a vehicle.

In addition to having a good driver training program that includes a written fleet safety policy, it’s important to make sure drivers are familiar with some of the newer emergency icons that may light up on the dashboard to signal problems that need to be addressed.  These icons include:

  • Traction Control, also called acceleration slip regulation (ASR), is designed to ensure maximum contact between the road surface and the vehicle’s tires when accelerating from a complete stop or speeding up to pass another vehicle, particularly under less than ideal road conditions.
  • Stability Control utilizes speed sensors on each wheel, as well as steering-angle sensors and a hydraulic modulator control to increase traction during potential side-skidding situations.
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS) senses and prevents wheel lock-up to improve traction and steering during hard braking.  Because the ABS allows drivers to steer while applying maximum braking, there is greater vehicle stability in an emergency and this can make a significant difference in avoiding obstacles.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) uses pressure sensing transmitters mounted inside each tire to monitor an unsafe change of 25 percent or more in the air pressure in one or more of a vehicle’s tires.

While it is never a good idea to skip or postpone routine maintenance, it is essential to be vigilant about maintenance in the winter, especially for the following.

  • Wipers, Windshield & More.  Inspect wiper blades, windshield washers and washer fluid level. Seal any windshield cracks, which tend to spread in the winter.  Also check each vehicle’s battery for load capacity and the electrical/charging system, as well as all belts and hoses for softness and wear.
  • Tire Replacement.  Match dimensions indicated on the tire information decal for new tires to help avoid inaccurate speedometer/odometer readings, ABS brake malfunctions and multiple engine and transmission errors. Some vehicles with all-wheel drive require replacement of all tires at the same time because of potential driveline problems. Consult your owner’s manual or a fleet management professional for additional information.
  • Tire Maintenance.  Use a quality air pressure gauge to check pressure at least once a week. Correct tire pressure helps extend tire tread life and gas mileage and contributes to good traction and handling. Rotation of the tires, recommended every 10,000 miles, will also extend the tire life further. This is especially true for front wheel drive vehicles.
  • Gasoline Selection.  Seasonal blends of gasoline will ensure better performance in the winter.  Always consult your owner’s manual for recommendations regarding grade or octane of fuel. .While gasoline that is too low in octane can drastically affect vehicle performance, higher octane can drive up expenses unnecessarily.

Last but not least, check the vehicle’s emergency roadside kit to make sure it is winter ready. Items may include a cell phone car charger or extra battery, first aid kit, and extra winter clothing, including gloves and boots, as well as a flashlight, tire gauge, fire extinguisher and snow shovel. Even with roadside assistance, being prepared can increase safety, reduce stress and make waiting for assistance more comfortable.

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Bryan St. Eve is a Director for Enterprise Fleet Management in Louisville and can be reached at 502-458-3100 ext. 279.  He is supported by an experienced team of veteran mechanics and accredited Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) technicians to serve the fleet maintenance needs of businesses with mid-size fleets.  In addition to maintenance management programs, Enterprise’s services include vehicle acquisition, fuel management and insurance programs, as well as vehicle registration, reporting and remarketing.  Visit the company’s web site at www.efleets.com or call toll free 1-877-23-FLEET.

For more information contact:

Robyn Frankel, Frankel Public Relations

Toll free: 877-863-3373, rfrankel@frankelpr.com

OR Ned Maniscalco, Enterprise Fleet Management

314-512-5523, ned.maniscalco@ehi.com

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