Fleet insourcing could become post-recession trend

Insourcing of fleet operations may become as common a response to post-recessionary business conditions as outsourcing, says CFC Solutions.

CFC Solutions says it has received several queries in recent months from medium-to-large fleets that are considering the option of taking some or all of their fleet operations back in-house, and want to have an effective software infrastructure in place.

Neville Briggs, managing director at CFC Solutions, said that while outsourcing some or all of a company’s fleet operations has been a reportedly popular solution in the last couple of years, CFC’s experience is slightly different.

"Since the start of the recession, we have seen a little outsourcing across our customer base, but, lately, there has been an almost equal buzz surrounding insourcing," said Briggs.

He said that the factors behind companies wanting to adopt insourcing or outsourcing tended to be similar – a desire to minimise costs while gaining as much control over fleet operations as possible.

"It is perhaps ironic that the impetuses behind insourcing or outsourcing decisions tend to be very much the same. However, each fleet is different and there is no single solution that works well for everyone. It is absolutely valid that the best solution for some fleets might be to insource services while others should choose to go down the outsourcing route."

Briggs added that, typically, where companies were looking to insource, they made use of the existing managerial expertise available to them, and there has been very little recruitment of new fleet managers.

"It is too early to say whether this is the start of a general insourcing trend but we are certain that there is genuine level of interest out there," Briggs concluded.

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