ARI® To Host World’s Largest Energy Fleet Forum
Industry Leaders to Convene Today in Houston to Discuss Best Practices & Trends
MT. LAUREL, NJ (May 15, 2012) – ARI – Automotive Resources International, a leading global fleet services provider specializing in complex car and truck fleets, announced today that it will host the largest energy fleet forum to date. The event is expected to convene nearly 60 fleet managers and procurement professionals from the energy sector in Houston, Texas. Leaders are slated to discuss topics important to the oil and gas industry, which will include breakout sessions by market segment regarding cost reduction, maintenance, vehicle standardization and upfitting best practices.
“We’re very excited to be holding such a ground breaking event,” said Carl Ortell, ARI President. “Our goal is always to provide value and insight to our customers and the industry as a whole – this forum is another way to achieve that goal. This event provides a unique opportunity to hear from different perspectives within the industry and start a dialogue to uncover new industry trends and insights.”
The event has already uncovered some interesting trends and efficiency gaps through a pre-event survey of invitees. According to the survey, the biggest challenges for fleet managers in the industry are managing fuel spend and improving driver efficiency. The majority of respondents are missing some key opportunities, however, to control these factors through polices and technology. More than 61 percent have no fuel use policies in place and are not utilizing telematics technology – both of which are proven to decrease fuel spend and help identify driver inefficiencies.
“Efficiency is a core focus for every industry right now,” said Greg Wallingford, ARI Senior District Sales Manager. “And there are practical solutions available; it’s simply a matter of finding the right fit. We believe the forum will provide an opportunity to discuss these and other efficiency opportunities to help move the industry forward.”
The forum is being held today, May 15, at the Westchase Marriott in Houston, Texas and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ARI will be streaming live updates from the event via Twitter, follow @ARIFleet or search #ARIEnergyForum to hear the latest news.