CHOICE: C F Roberts outsouce fleet management
Electrical and mechanical service provider C F Roberts are outsourcing management of their 140-strong fleet to Fleet Alliance.
The Cheltenham-based business, who utilise three-year, 90,000mile contracts, operate Ford Transit Custom and Connect vans, and Volkswagen Golf and Mercedes C-Class cars.
Fleet Alliance have introduced competitive tendering for each new model added to the fleet, designed to produce savings of 8-10%.
All fleet vehicles are being managed through Fleet Alliance’s online management system, e-fleet, which offers a suite of reports and allows the interrogation of any aspect of the operation.
The e-fleet platform can handle the administration of fleets from five cars to more than 5,000, and is accessible from anywhere in the world.
Matthew Thompson, Group Finance Director at C F Roberts, said: “We were previously using spreadsheets to manage our fleet but we found these error-prone and too easily corrupted.
“By switching the fleet onto the e-fleet platform, we can now provide an accurate record of all vehicles on the fleet, their mileages, service intervals and driver details.
“The alerts are extremely useful as they tell us when a vehicle is approaching its contract mileage or when services are due.
“We find the e-fleet system brilliant to use and it is proving to be a proper database solution with a complete suite of management information reports that allow us to dig deeper into any aspect of the fleet.
“We have also found that the customer service from Fleet Alliance has been first-rate and we have two dedicated account managers who are very receptive to our needs and happy to make any changes or amendments, should we require them.”
Martin Brown, Managing Director of Fleet Alliance, added: “Naturally, we are delighted to have been selected by C F Roberts to provide fleet management services for their fleet.
“We are confident that, by employing competitive tendering for all new vehicles, we can deliver acquisition cost efficiencies, while the e-fleet platform will allow the more accurate and error-free management of the fleet.
“e-fleet is proving to be a very useful and valuable tool for businesses that want to manage their own fleet internally without experiencing a loss of control that can occur with some suppliers – as we are delighted to hear that C F Roberts is now discovering for itself.”