Bayer outsources fleet management to Fleet Logistics
21 September 2017
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Life Science company Bayer Plc has outsourced the management of its car fleet to fleet management company Fleet Logistics.
The deal to manage the company's UK car fleet follows on from Fleet Logistics taking responsibility for 3,400 of Bayer's cars in Europe, in Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Spain and Italy.
In the UK, Bayer operates an "essential user fleet" for employees who travel more than 10,000 business miles a year, plus vehicles used across a range of management levels.
Beyer said it wanted to run its UK fleet on a more cost-effective and efficient basis than at present, hence its agreement with Fleet Logistics.
As part of the deal, Fleet Logistics will provide fleet management services, including a driver portal and helpdesk, vendor management and invoice validation, strategic account management and management of the legacy fleet.
Fleet Logistics said it would also provide advice around the development of the fleet, including introducing environmentally friendly options such as electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
David Nicholls, head of property and site services at Bayer plc, said: "We have a good relationship with Fleet Logistics through the management of our European fleets. So it seemed a natural extension to add the UK fleet to the vehicles that Fleet Logistics manages on our behalf in other countries."
He added: "We also wanted to increase the support levels to our drivers, and we now have one point of contact in place that drivers can call to carry out a range of different tasks from booking services, reporting accidents and mileage reporting. It is a much more streamlined operation. We currently have a mix of diesel and petrol vehicles in our fleet, plus growing numbers of hybrids, and we are due a fleet policy review to bring it further into line with current thinking. It will be good to have a supplier with Fleet Logistics' expertise onboard to help us through that process."