March/April 2015

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CarSharing: State of the Market and Growth Potential

by Chris Brown

What factors are driving the expansion of carsharing? Is there room for new independents, and what are the prospects for on-demand car rental?

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Carsharing: Overview of the Independent Market

By Amy Winter

By finding a specific niche in their respective markets, these independent carsharing companies are surviving against the big guys in the expanding carsharing market.

Understanding On-Demand Car Rental

By Chris Brown

This new model borrows carsharing technology to free the rental car from the traditional confines of the rental lot and counter.


Enterprise Acquires Triangle Rent A Car

By Chris Brown

The 36-year-old independent company started in 1979 and grew to 29 locations serving Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Super Bowl Increases Rates, Business for Local Rental Companies

By Amy Winter

With 100,000 people visiting the Phoenix area for Super Bowl XLIX, local car rental companies share how they prepared for the event and how the game affected their businesses.

Third-Party Operators Offer Conrac Efficiency

By Becky May

In addition to design and implementation, giving conrac facility management to a third party proves beneficial to both airports and car rental companies.

Car Rental Q&A: What Factors Will Help Me Decide if a CarSharing Service can be Successful?

By Rent Centric

A car rental operator is interested in starting a carsharing service to complement his traditional rental fleet. He is asking for tips to help him decide whether the carsharing service will be successful.

On-Demand Transportation Apps Changing Rental Industry

By Alan Woodland

As the marketplace moves away from the rental counter and into "anytime, anywhere" mobile bookings, now is the time for car rental companies to embrace the notion of carsharing and its on-demand transportation technology.

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