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Ishida Europe appoints Fleet Alliance to manage UK car fleet

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.”