January/February 2010

Past Issues


How to Improve Utilization – And Still Satisfy the Customer

By Jim Tennant

With proper fleet planning techniques, having 25 cars on the lot and 100 expected reservations that day is a very manageable situation.

Smarter Hiring: Reducing the Insider Threat

By John Nagy

To ensure a thorough background screening process, consider these five points.

Customer Service is the New Marketing

By Chris Brown

Auto Rental News went into the field to ask operators to share some low- or no-cost ways to build relationships and gain repeat customers.

Why Dealership Rental Operations Don't Work - And How They Could

By Jon Dahlquist

With streamlined operations and lower cost structures, a dealer rental operation should be a powerful competitor to more traditional rental operators. Why aren’t they?

Charging for No-Shows Could Improve Profits

By John Healy

Analysis by Northcoast Research reveals that implementing policies to reduce no-shows could help Avis Budget eliminate potential loss of up to $9 million annually and instead generate profits of up to $13.3 million. This excerpted analysis was published by Northcoast Research, an institutional equity research firm that specializes in car rental, among many other industries.

Jury Awards Avis Licensee $16 Million in Breach of Contract Case

By Chris Brown

The case of Alaskan Avis licensee Robert C. Halcro versus his franchisor highlights the issues of territorial protections when a car rental competitor is acquired and operated by the same parent.


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Market Forces Driving Car Rental in 2018

An analysis of the conference calls of Avis Budget Group and Hertz Global Holdings reveal trends and initiatives involving fleet right sizing, pricing, ancillary revenue opportunities, and renting to ride-hailing drivers.

Trends Moving the Truck Market

Storylines that emerged from the 2018 Work Truck Show include the increasing need for on-site productivity, inclusion of active safety systems in trucks, DPF frustrations affecting product decisions, data management, and the growing link between fleet management and company revenue.

MIT Study Reinforces the Newfound Importance of Fleet

Uber and Lyft drivers make far less when factoring vehicle expenses, though the actual numbers are now in dispute. A proper lifecycle cost analysis would’ve helped, and shows the benefit of collaboration with fleet professionals.

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