Johnson & Johnson Senior Fleet Safety Manager Gabriel Kardos to Open 13th Annual Fleet Forum Conference

“Professionalising Fleet Excellence” is the focus for a meeting co-hosted by WFP in Rome, Italy.

The Annual Fleet Forum Conference 2015 is taking place in Rome, Italy, from 3-4 June 2015. The United Nations World Food Programme is hosting this year’s meeting. Gabriel Kardos, Johnson & Johnson Senior Fleet Safety Manager, is the featured keynote speaker for the event.

TUESDAY_0037Kardos will address how to improve fleet management in a decentralised organisation, a subject that recognises the challenges faced by fleet managers to realise effective transport efficiency. Those challenges can be even more difficult in a decentralised organisational structure, which can be characterised by a lack of strategic decision-making at local levels, difficulty in ensuring consistent practices and maintaining tight financial control, and potential duplication of roles.

The topics for the three-day conference will cover strategic and tactical best practices from the aid and development sector and the commercial sector. Along with practical workshops, a combination of plenary and breakout sessions will be featured, as well as contributions from a diverse range of leaders in their fields.

“WFP is pleased to host the Annual Fleet Forum Conference at our headquarters in Rome,” said Assistant Executive Director, Ramiro Armando de Oliveira Lopes da Silva. “Efficient and effective fleet management is an important element to delivering humanitarian assistance, ensuring organizations like WFP make the most of the essential resources available to us. We look forward to discussing the best practices and new trends in the humanitarian transport sector, and we thank Fleet Forum for convening a wide range of experts.”
The theme for this year’s conference, Professionalising Fleet Excellence, captures the challenge facing the fleet management sector today – the challenge to professionalise or be left behind, said Paul Jansen, Executive Director of Fleet Forum.

“We must keep evolving and adapting as a sector in order to adequately respond to significant shifts occurring around the world,” said Jansen. “Failing to do so means that we will no longer provide the value that our organisations require. The Annual Fleet Forum Conference is the ideal platform to share what we know, enrich our collective knowledge and challenge one another to push the boundaries of our profession,” he said.

A highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the 4th Annual Fleet Forum Best Transport Achievement Award, sponsored by UPS. This award is presented to the humanitarian organisation that most exemplifies excellence in one or more fleet management areas. The winner of the Best Transport Achievement Award 2014 was Oxfam, for the impressive results realised from the introduction of vehicle tracking boxes and software in their global fleet of 320 vehicles, spread over 40 countries. The initiative resulted in an 11% reduction in fuel costs, with a gross annual savings of £165,000 and a 76% reduction in over-speeding.

More than 110 participants from over 68 organisations will attend this year’s conference. The Annual Fleet Forum Conference brings together expertise from international non-government organisations (NGOs) that work in the humanitarian aid and development sector, international companies that supply products and services for transport and logistics, donor organisations, academic institutions with global recognition in transport and logistics, and intergovernmental organisations, such as the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the agencies of the United Nations.

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Founded in 2003, Fleet Forum is focused on transport effectiveness by encouraging the development of effective practices in the areas of road safety, environmental impact, and cost efficiency. For more information about Fleet Forum, contact Paul Jansen at paul.jansen@fleetforum.org