Ishida Europe appoints Fleet Alliance to manage UK car fleet
Ishida Europe, a
leading supplier of automated solutions to the food industry, has appointed vehicle
funding and fleet management specialist, Fleet Alliance, to
manage its UK car fleet.
From its European headquarters in Birmingham, Ishida Europe currently
runs 100 company cars in the UK and operates an open badge policy up to a
maximum monthly rental for each job grade.
As a result of the free choice policy, German makes are
popular on the fleet, primarily Audi and BMW, along with Mazda and Volvo
models, principally diesels with a smattering of petrol engined cars and a
small number of hybrids.
The cars are available to qualifying staff including
service engineers, project engineers and sales staff, along with middle to
senior managers, and general managers and directors.
The company took the decision to switch fleet suppliers
after prices became uncompetitive and appointed Fleet Alliance on the strength
of its ability to introduce competitive tendering for all new vehicles.
As a consequence, all new models are now sourced through a panel of
preferred contract hire funders, thus helping drive down acquisition costs
To increase support levels for Ishida
drivers, a new dedicated driver portal is being introduced to allow drivers to
view online all the models that are available on the company choice list for
their particular job grade, to request quotations for their next new vehicle
and to order new vehicles online.
Fleet Alliance has also brought in its award-winning e-Fleet Mobile
web-based app for all drivers, which provides them with access to
key support services, and allows them to update business and private mileage
and electronically complete vehicle inspection reports.
As well as enhancing service levels to business drivers,
e-Fleet Mobile also provides a number of key fleet management and compliance
benefits, including improved mileage management and recording, closer control
over vehicle servicing and the meeting of duty of care requirements.
The web app is fully compatible with the latest iPhone,
Android and Blackberry hand-held devices now commonplace in business, and integrates
seamlessly with Fleet Alliance’s e-Fleet platform.
Other initiatives include introducing Fleet Alliance’s
Licence Check service, which has seen a move away from the previous provider
and has generated a cost saving for the client.
Sue Jeavons, payroll and benefits specialist at Ishida
Europe, who is responsible for the company car fleet, said: “Although it is still
relatively early days yet, we have been very pleased with the experience of
working with Fleet Alliance. Their customer service levels are excellent.”