Hertz and Donlen: Reflections on Year One


Last year at this time we were finalizing what was to be one of the most significant events in Donlen history. On September 1, 2011, it was official: Donlen became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation. I remember feeling many things those few days prior to finalizing the agreement. I was excited, but also confident that we made the right choice for Donlen.

In Hertz, we found a partner whose passion for innovation and exceptional customer service mirrors ours. We found a partner who respects what we built here and allows us to work independently, maintaining our strong culture. And just as we do, a partner who understands how important employee satisfaction is to the overall success of a company. Continue reading

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Meet Rachel Hands, Donlen SVP Sales and Marketing

“There’s nothing more exciting to a commercial leader than to be part of a company that has great products, is well managed, and positioned for dramatic growth.”

Those are the words of the newest member of Donlen’s leadership team, Rachel Hands, when asked why she joined Donlen. Rachel is an accomplished industry veteran who will spearhead the overall sales and marketing strategy as Donlen’s Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

As part of FridayFleet’s Women in Fleet series, we sat down with Rachel to learn a little more about her. Continue reading

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Supply Chain Issues; Vehicle Selection and Planning

FridayFleet sat down this week with Rick Shick, Donlen’s VP of Acquisition and Strategic Sourcing, to talk about supply chain disruptions.

FridayFleet: Rick, can you tell us about the current supply chain situation?

Rick Shick: There are quite a few things happening right now that are causing disruptions, none bigger than the OEM recalls that are impacting production and delivery. We continue to see logistical delays due to rail car shortages. Earlier this year a hailstorm delayed a significant number of vehicles and customers are still feeling the impact. Continue reading

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DriverPoint 2.0, The Next Generation of Telematics Solutions

“After three short months…I achieved a 10% improvement in MPG. I must admit it wasn’t easy at first. I really had to focus on not accelerating too hard, and I always caught myself going higher speeds. I became so much more aware of my behavior behind the wheel. By the end of three months, it became second nature.”

Jeff Pursell Those are the words of today’s guest author, Jeff Pursell, Donlen’s VP of Telematics and Strategic Development. Jeff is a fleet industry veteran, and has more than 20 years experience strategizing and executing solutions to complex business problems. In response to challenges faced by fleet managers today, Jeff designed and developed Donlen’s proprietary DriverPointâ„¢ Telematics and Scorecard application, which helps commercial fleets improve efficiency, increase productivity, and reduce costs. Last month, Donlen released Version 2.0 of their award-winning telematics solution. Continue reading

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