Postponement: Government Fleet Expo & Conference 2020
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Shop Operations Track

Shop Operations Track

Running a fleet maintenance shop is like running a business, but with specific rules and policies set by government entities — making public fleet shop operations a unique experience. Still, fleet managers must be able to run an efficient shop that provides value in comparison to the private sector.

Learn how to navigate these challenges and improve your operation, including recruiting and increasing pay in the public sector, how to determine and compare labor rates, benchmarking against other agencies to ensure your operation is protected from outsourcing, and using data to your benefit.

This session is for attendees who manage a shop or technicians and/or want to use data to ensure their operation is the best it can be.

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Last updated: March 17, 2020

Select Shop Operations Track Sessions

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

3:05 PM - 4:05 PM

How does your fleet compare to others in the industry? In this presentation, Utilimarc and AssetWorks team up to share valuable insights from their government fleet benchmarking data, including technician productivity, maintenance costs, fuel spend, fleet mix makeup, staffing ratios, and more.              

Presenters: Debra Wolfe, Director of Product Strategy, AssetWorks; Chris Shaffer, CEO, Utilimarc

3:05 PM - 4:05 PM

Labor rates vary wildly from fleet to fleet, and factors affecting this rate include regional pay scales, what’s included in the rate, and productivity standards. So, when it comes time to benchmark, especially with local private-sector providers, the numbers aren’t quite accurate. Join this discussion about shop productivity and billable hours, what to include in your rates, what affects these numbers, and how to talk to executive leadership about billable hours and rate comparisons.

Moderator: Kevin Devery, Fleet Manager, City of Tempe, AZ
 

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

The technician shortage is not going away, and new recruiting methods and increasing technician compensation are two ways fleet managers are combating this problem. Join a discussion with your peers about proven techniques for getting good applicants, building pathways for promotions in your shop, and how to convince senior management and elected leaders that you need to increase your team’s pay scales.

Moderator: Jeff Tews, Fleet Manager, City of Milwaukee, WI

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

What metrics should you be measuring for your fleet to ensure your operation is running optimally? Learn about 10 key performance indicators (KPIs) that are essential for your operation, why these are important, how to measure them, and how to set appropriate goals. New fleet managers will leave with an understanding of the metrics they should focus on to stay competitive, and veteran fleet managers can get a refresher on the KPIs other fleets are focusing on.

Presenter: Brad Kelley, Senior VP, CIO, Mercury Associates, Inc.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Data from telematics, fuel management systems, fleet management systems, and from other sources can be overwhelming — especially for small fleet operations without a data analyst. What should you be paying attention to, what can you ignore, and what can you do with the data you do collect? Learn from a leading consultant some of the top data points to collect and what decisions you can make from the data to enhance your operation.

Presenter: Brad Kelley, Sr. Vice President, Mercury Associates, Inc.

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