OpenFlex

THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY IS CHANGING. AND YOUR FLEET MANAGEMENT?

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What is OpenFlex?

OpenFlex is a philosophy from the USA that we have adapted for the German market. It describes our transparent and flexible product system that offers you completely flexible fleet management solutions in which you only pay for what you actually use. Partnership-based and data-driven.

Your advantage: You get the entire fleet management and leasing market from a single source and only pay for what is actually incurred. With these flexible modules, you can finance, purchase, manage or sell your fleet cost-efficiently. With ARI Fleet, German fleet managers can now also benefit from this successful model.

We have adapted our product system to the life cycle of your fleet:

With our OpenFlex modules we cover the entire value-added chain of your fleet.

DRIVING OUT:

If you want to retire your vehicles, we will help you do so as cost effectively and/or profitably as possible. Regardless of the type of financing.

DATA INTELLIGENCE:

Everything you do produces data. We use this to optimize our work and your investment in your fleet.

Procurement, financing, management, marketing - your fleet has a lot of potential for optimization.

Nowadays, fleet managers are confronted with ever-increasing complexity. With our fleet management solutions, we want to free your fleet from contractual constraints and help you optimize your fleet. To this end, we have rethought the most important products in fleet management with our OpenFlex product system for your benefit.

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Which areas are covered by our fleet management?

With our OpenFlex product system, we cover the entire value chain of a fleet – from procurement and financing to management and remarketing of your fleet. Modular and independent of purchasing, financing or leasing, ARI customers put together their own individual service package from over 30 modules. With these flexible modules, with which you can procure, finance, manage or sell your fleet cost-effectively, you only pay for what you actually need. Without hidden margins. Partnership-based and data-driven. ARI Fleet is your specialist for mixed fleets of cars, commercial and special vehicles.

Why is the OpenFlex approach important to you now?

Digitalization, e-mobility, cost pressure, scaling. Even before the Corona exception year, it was clear that our industry would change. Now the change is definitely here. This means that many supposedly immutable industry laws no longer apply. For example, that you are on the safe side if you cover all vehicles in a fleet with the same form of financing. Because that often means you can’t react flexibly to market events.

How do you benefit from our OpenFlex approach?

OpenFlex is worthwhile in all areas of fleet management. Those who are flexible can generally get more out of their fleet. More performance. More sales revenue. More possibilities. More flexibility. ARI Fleet is more than just another fleet service provider. We are a strategic partner, not a perceived adversary that contractually constrains.

How does OpenFlex work?

OpenFlex consists of many individual transparent modules that can be flexibly combined with each other regardless of financing. All services are supported by data intelligence in our software, which allows us to perform highly flexible analyses according to customer needs.

EVERYTHING you need to know about full-service leasing and fleet management

What is full-service leasing?

Full-service leasing is the leasing of vehicles including the assumption of all services (e.g. maintenance, repair, insurance of the leased asset) by the lessor. This can be concluded in so-called closed-end leasing. Here the disadvantages can be rigid contracts with hidden additional costs at the end of the contract. The alternative is so-called open-end leasing, in which the leasing contracts are handled flexibly.

Who benefits from full-service leasing?

Full-service leasing benefits fleet managers who want to focus on their core business and/or see themselves as strategic managers. Tasks that do not make sense to perform personally are delegated to the lessor for a fee. Here, too, the fleet manager must ensure that the service costs are transparent and flexibly controllable. Beware, this is not always the case.

What are the alternatives to full service leasing?

Up to now, tenders in closed-end leasing have usually focused on the lowest leasing rate. What sells itself as an individual contract design, however, tends to neglect essential factors such as economic efficiency and useful life. ARI Fleet, on the other hand, dispenses with hidden margins and instead offers you a cost-optimised open-end finance lease solution with which you can save up to 20% of your financing costs in comparison.

With ARI FlexLease, a flexible full amortization contract, there are no rigid terms and benefits. At the end of the term, there is also no depreciation charge, as it does not reflect the loss of value. The contract can be terminated at any time after 3 months by paying off the remaining balance. This not only gives you flexibility, but also leaves the marketing proceeds in your company.

With ARI FlexLease, you only pay for the financing for all vehicle types in compliance with IFRS16, i.e.:

  • No costs for contract adjustments
  • No early repayment penalty in the event of premature termination of the contract
  • No additional/less mileage invoicing due to mileage limitation
  • No costs due to damages and reduced values at the end of the contract
  • You also benefit from the fact that all marketing revenues are offset against the remaining debt and credited to you at the end of the term. In combination with freely selectable and transparently billed services, your total cost of ownership (TCO) can be systematically reduced.

 

What do we mean by fleet management?

Fleet management covers all the tasks involved in managing a vehicle fleet. This includes the planning, monitoring and control of all vehicles that a company has. The fleet can consist of company vehicles such as cars, trucks, vans, buses, but also special vehicles. Fleet management or fleet administration includes many tasks and the requirements vary from industry to industry.

Who takes over the fleet management in the company?

Fleet management models differ depending on the size of the company and the size of the vehicle fleet. To this comes an important question – manage the fleet yourself or outsource?

The management of vehicles in smaller companies is mostly done by their own internal departments, employees and fleet managers. The larger the company, the greater the need for an in-house fleet manager. Especially for medium-sized and large companies it is more efficient to outsource the fleet management processes to an external provider. Examples of this are the so-called fleet management service providers such as ARI Fleet Germany GmbH.

What is the purpose of fleet management?

A fleet management system should contribute to an optimal utilization of all resources and services while improving driver and vehicle safety. It should also enable fleet problems to be identified, corrected or prevented at an early stage before they have a negative impact on the bottom line.

What tasks are included in fleet management?

Accordingly, fleet management may include the following tasks:

  • Financing strategy
  • Procurement strategy
  • Control of vehicle files
  • Maintenance and repair management
  • Claims Management
  • Vehicle tax management
  • Fines Service
  • Data evaluation and data archiving
  • Fuel card management
  • Route planning
  • Booking and administration of the pool vehicles
  • Driver’s license check
  • Driver training
  • Leasing contract administration and coordination of vehicle return management
  • Remarketing

How can fleet management and full-service leasing be digitized?

The larger and more complex the company fleet is, the more tasks a fleet manager has. There are still a lot of companies that use complicated Excel spreadsheets and paper documents to manage the vehicle data of the company cars. Often the use of such systems leads to great confusion, dubious transparency and results in costly erroneous decisions.

Regardless of the fleet structure (cars, trucks, commercial vehicles, special vehicles, etc.) and the size of the company, more and more fleet managers and service providers are turning to digital and mobile fleet management solutions that can provide a good overview, help with the overall organization and lead to cost savings. As the fleet continues to grow, a user-friendly fleet management software is nowadays an indispensable tool for the optimal management of the vehicle fleet, because using a fleet management solution you have everything under control and in view at all times.

Basically, a fleet management software is a solution-optimized, automated and configurable administrative management system that enables managers and fleet decision makers to increase the productivity of operations in the company, save costs and thus gain importance. All the important information related to the fleet such as vehicle details, driver information, fuel consumption and maintenance costs are digitally collected and clearly sorted in the system. With such a tool, one has access to all current data at any time with just a few clicks and can act in real time with the help of the fleet software, if this is necessary.