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Mr. Alper, you are a member of the BME specialist group “Fleet Management”. What new trends do you currently see in fleet management?

Alper: In their fleet management, many companies are currently focusing on topics such as internationalization and European fleet solutions. In this context, data transparency embodies the basis for decision-making and is absolutely necessary in order to control and bundle vehicle fleet volumes in a targeted manner, to improve processes and to reduce costs. In my opinion, the company continues to focus on vehicle return costs and the cost sharing of those entitled to company cars. The e-mobility sector also enjoys high priority for fleet managers. Here it is important to closely monitor the further development. Car-sharing models are also an integral part of modern fleet management and are of great interest to both large companies and SMEs. The employees can book the pool vehicles via the company's intranet or mobile devices and usually use them for both business and private purposes.

How important is the topic of ecological fleet management for your company?

Alper: Ecological fleet management is a topic that is continuously gaining in importance for us. In-house, for example, we have provided financial support in our car policy if those entitled to a company car opt for a diesel vehicle. In addition, our service vehicle fleet consists exclusively of diesel models.

How is your fleet currently structured?

Alper: We have divided our vehicle fleet in-house into a total of two categories. The first group includes service vehicles and cars for the field service: Here we rely on fuel-efficient diesel vehicles from Audi, Mercedes Benz, BMW and VW. Around 70 percent of our entire vehicle fleet falls into this category.

The second category includes the cars of executive employees. These vehicles make up 20 percent of our fleet. The executives can choose freely among the vehicles from European manufacturers. Convertibles, coupes and SUVs are excluded from this regulation. The remaining 10 percent within the vehicle fleet is accounted for by special vehicles such as small vans, ambulances and fire engines.

Which additional services of the BME do you or your colleagues use?

Alper: The BME offers not only buyers but also those responsible for the fleet an ideal platform for professional exchange. The members of our specialist group also appreciate that the BME makes the results of the working group available to the public in the form of publications and guidelines.

Keyword “Careers in Purchasing and Logistics”: Your advice to the next generation in universities and companies?

Alper: I advise young people who want to make a career in procurement to gain international experience in the form of internships at an early stage. Additionally acquired intercultural skills represent an advantage in professional life that should not be underestimated. I recommend young professionals and recent graduates to show above-average commitment, to develop an interest in new topics and to prove in daily work practice to be able to implement projects independently.

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