Coronavirus / COVID-19 Information
Putting people first is our normal course of business.
When things aren’t business as usual, we’re here to navigate challenging and unprecedented times with you – together. The Holman Way of doing business guides us to treat our people, business partners, and the community at large with respect and care.
ARI is considered an essential business. We continue to be fully operational and we’ve executed continuity procedures to support your fleet without compromising the safety of our people.
Looking for fleet management, upfitting, and supply chain advice and guidance? You can find that right here in blogs, infographics, and articles that share our experts’ insights and recommendations to help businesses recover.
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Fleet 2020: What You Need to Know
Tuesday, September 8 at 12:00 pm EST
Co-presented with NAFA, the Fleet 2020 webinar will feature industry thought leaders focusing on critical fleet issues and struggles. From expanding delivery cycles, the uncertain resale market, telematics adoption, and preventative maintenance, this session will address key challenges and provide thoughtful insights to help fleet operators navigate the weeks and months ahead.
We are more than half way through 2020 and have been through four months of undulating change and worry. You may be tired. But don’t check out just yet – there’s still tough work to be done. You can do it, and smart planning will start you off on the right foot. There’s no sense in worrying about all the things you can’t control, so let’s look at three main things you have the power to set in motion as you position your fleet for a better 2021.
These summer months are crunch time for implementing your recovery strategy that optimizes your assets and protects your business operations from risk. This requires you to evaluate not only your own financial and operational stability, but also that of your suppliers.
Your suppliers may not be comfortable being upfront with you about their own challenges because they don’t want to lose your customer loyalty. However, you need players in the game that are not going to trip over the baseline or collide in the outfield.
Read this article to confirm your suppliers are performing at financial, technical, and operational all-star levels.
It’s been a scary few months, and we’re not out of the pandemic-and-recession woods yet. Still, the resilience and innovation demonstrated throughout our industry and others is truly inspiring, like sunshine breaking through the leaves.
As you plan for the coming months, this is the ideal time to evaluate your cash and funding needs.
Follow our decision tree to plan the smoothest route forward.
The Coronavirus pandemic has created a marathon economic slowdown that businesses are having a tough time enduring. If your business is facing these challenges, you’ll want to lean on your strategic partners for solutions.
In these difficult times, do your suppliers have the necessary resources to help your company cross the finish line in both the short and long-term?
Do you remember it? That “oh no” moment (although you may have opted for a different word than “no”) when you realized that COVID-19 was going to cause a serious tsunami for your fleet?
Whether your industry experienced a surge or drop off in demand, you probably spent the last several months treading uncertain water. It seems like the floods are receding now, and as things settle, you’re realizing the currents have been intense and the swells deep.
Here are some simple ways to revisit your pandemic fleet practices as the continent slowly reopens, plus some convenient links back to our original articles for each part of the cycle.
Restrictions are slowly being lifted, and more businesses are opening each day. As the world begins to establish what this next phase is going to look like, do you know what your financial recovery plans look like? It depends heavily on how much your organization was impacted by the pandemic. While it’s tempting to jump straight to planning for a better tomorrow, you’re skipping the critical step of assessing where you are right now.
Before COVID-19 came to town, your business had organizational objectives that your fleet operation played a critical role in achieving, such as budget compliance, productivity metrics, customer satisfaction, profit, and so forth.
In light of the pandemic, you’re likely now facing a vastly different budget scenario, your replacement schedule will need adjusting based on availability (and that budget, too), you’ve had to tune your preventive maintenance plans, and so forth.
So where do you start? How can you carefully balance your “then” with your “now” as you look ahead? This are questions posed by other fleet professionals just like you as OEM factories are reopening and a number of states loosen their shelter-in-place mandates.
Whether you’re activating continuity measures, maintaining operations via remote workers and social distancing, or addressing variable conditions by region, this resource guide can help you promote safety and lessen risk to drivers.
As your organization continues to adapt and respond to the uncertainty of COVID-19, here are four opportunities to get started on controlling your fleet’s operating costs.
The assembly lines are rolling, but fleets will still need to navigate hazards. The global auto industry has resumed production, but what impact will the shutdown have on your supply chain?
The good news is that vehicles will soon be rolling off the line, and Auto Truck Group will have their chassis inventories replenished; this also means that managing your replacement cycle will get better from here. The bad news (well, maybe just “not-so-good” news) is that you’ll still have to be aware of any caution flags on the track ahead.
Let’s take a closer look at the current factors, how they may impact your timing and budget, and when to consult with your fleet management pit crew.
After months of disruption, the automotive supply chain is beginning to get back in gear but the unprecedented shutdown across the industry has skewed traditional ordering cycles. Some businesses were forced to cancel new vehicle orders due to financial uncertainty while others scrambled to find any available vehicle amidst the closures to keep up with increased demand.
Now, as we approach the traditional ordering season, many organizations are faced with adjusting their acquisition strategy on-the-fly. And just like revising your summer itinerary, you’ll need to be mindful of avoiding costly spec’ing and ordering detours.
Here are three common spec’ing and ordering hazards that could cause you to miss your exit to recovery:
As the COVID-19 pandemic translated to open-ended travel shutdowns in the first quarter, ARI and Auto Truck Group put technology to work by hosting remote vehicle specification review meetings for our customers. This wasn’t Auto Truck’s Zoom debut– as we’ve used it in the past to overcome winter weather challenges– but it was definitely the right time to increase our web production value.
Read about how the virtual spec review process has added value for our clients while maintaining social distancing.
In a matter of a few short weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally altered the landscape of our industry. With everyone’s health and safety the top priority, the entire automotive sector came to a virtual standstill for several months. We’ve used this time to to develop a road map as an industry to help us navigate the road ahead together. And while this crisis is unlike anything we’ve experienced in our lifetime and not yet over, the way organizations continue to adapt and respond will endure long after we overcome this current challenge.
Recently, Vice President of Operations John Hart spoke with Work Truck to discuss how Auto Truck Group adjusted in the face of the pandemic by prioritizing the well-being of our personnel and continuing to leverage Holman’s core automotive competencies to support our customers with creative solutions.
With the entire world feeling so out of alignment these days, you’d think every link in your vehicle supply chain would be taking a beating too, right? Here’s the good news – many truck and equipment upfitters are operating at normal capacity or very close to it for now. How and when those conditions will change ultimately depends on other links, such as chassis and material availability, in your particular chain.
So what can you do right now? Developing a short-term plan for your Q2 upfit orders is your best strategy for fulfilling your company’s immediate vehicle and equipment needs. Then you’ll need a long-term approach for Q3 that addresses your 2020 recovery plans and sets up your company for the 2021 ordering cycle.
Let’s walk through the order-to-delivery steps to understand where the industry stands now, and figure out where you may need to adjust your future approach.
The automotive industry started to stabilize in May. Many auctions and dealerships worked to establish protocols for reopening and manufacturers took steps towards restarting production as shelter-in-place restrictions were eased in many regions. Today, the majority of dealerships and auctions have resumed in-person sales and new vehicles are beginning to roll off the assembly line (although production capacity remains lower than normal).
So what does this all mean for the used car market and its recovery?
If your industry and business have been severely impacted by the pandemic, you may be facing difficult decisions involving your fleet as you work to overcome trying economic conditions. If you’re faced with decreased demand or halted operations, this is the time to remain agile and look for creative solutions to help sustain your business now without sacrificing future success.
When revenues are down and cash flow has slowed, selling some of your vehicles and equipment is a plausible, short-term option for reducing your fixed expenses and generating much needed capital. If you are ready to create a plan, you need to determine how to choose which vehicles and equipment will go, and make certain you’re prepared for the long-term effects.
As you look to reduce your fleet size, you’ll want to avoid shifting too much of your operational burden onto your older, more costly assets. Here are three common mistakes to avoid, and three questions to ask instead.
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt virtually every aspect of our daily lives, the used car market certainly isn’t immune to the impact of this unprecedented pandemic. Like many of us, the initial reaction by this segment of the industry was to adjust to the immediate threat. Most auction venues, wholesale buyers, and dealerships quickly suspended operations to ensure the safety and well-being of their personnel. But now, as the used car market begins to course correct, what does this mean for your approach to remarketing?
With the market changing daily, the ARI Remarketing Solutions team is closely monitoring the latest information and emerging trends to ensure our strategy evolves accordingly. Striking the ideal balance between maximizing resale values and maintaining a reasonable time to sell – in this radically disrupted market – is critical for remarketing vehicles during this time.
So while the coronavirus outbreak is unlike anything we’ve experienced in our lifetime, we can take stock of the past to help anticipate the future. Let’s take a look at what’s happened since March, reflect on how the used vehicle market responded to previous economic downturns, and develop a road map for what lies ahead.
As governments across the globe work on mapping out potential paths back to normalcy, people are coming together (virtually, of course) more than ever. We’re all facing a diverse range of challenges at the moment. Some are entering their second or third month of working remotely, others are still out in the field delivering essential services, and many are dealing with the challenges of reduced hours and temporary furloughs due to closures. Despite these differences, we are united in the desire for a timely, safe return to more familiar lives.
When it comes to your business, we know that customers and the job at hand come first. But that can often mean that some of the behind-the-scenes necessities of fleet management can fall by the wayside. Especially driver training, which can be a major asset that can promote a safe workplace and also save your fleet money every year.
Vehicle accidents cost businesses around $60 billion each year, but dedicated driver training can reduce crash rates by 40 to 60 percent. Are some of your drivers currently grounded due to work-from-home pandemic procedures? Maybe now’s the time to take advantage of those cost savings by using those extra hours to educate your team on safety measures on the road.
Your company has compiled with government mandates to pause-non essential operations, leaving a number of drivers off the road and your fleet vehicles parked on stand by. With no official end data for isolation measures in sight, it’s important for drivers to keep an eye on vehicles that are sitting idle.