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Fleet Management Services Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 14, 2014

Fleet management services have a buyer power score of 3.1 out of 5. This score indicates that buyers have slightly more power in negotiations, based on the modest rate at which service prices increased during the past three years. According to IBISWorld procurement analyst Jeffrey Cohen, Factors that contributed positively to buyer power were the relatively fragmented nature of the market, a modest availability of substitutes and moderate switching costs.

The price of fleet management services increased at a moderate pace during the past three years as the economy steadily recovered. This rise in price occurred as the number of businesses increased alongside corporate profit, causing businesses to increase demand for fleet management services. In response, suppliers raised the price of their services. However, price increases were mitigated due to declining demand from another key buyer, local and state governments. Although the US economy was in the midst of recovery, many local and state governments experienced budget shortfalls and had to reduce spending on services that were not priorities, including fleet management services. Due to reduced demand, suppliers kept price increases low to try and retain existing customers, says Cohen.

Buyer negotiation power is positively affected by the relatively fragmented nature of the market. Because there are many suppliers throughout the United States, buyers have many choices in which supplier to purchase services from, thereby pitting suppliers against one another (this applies mostly to medium and large buyers). This factor can benefit buyers in terms of price and receiving additional services they otherwise may not have gotten. In addition, buyers have the option of purchasing products and services such as vehicle telematics and consulting services from vendors other than fleet management companies, thereby allowing buyers not to have to purchase additional services in a bundle that they may not need. Lastly, there is a moderate level of switching costs, which favors buyers because there are several suppliers that have years of experience and are willing to provide services to buyers located anywhere throughout the United States. The top four vendors in the market are General Electric Company, Automotive Resources International Inc., PHH Corporation and LeasePlan USA

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of fleet management services. Fleet management services involve the management of a companys transportation fleet, which primarily includes commercial motor vehicles such as cars, vans, trucks, ships and rail cars. The primary services that fleet management companies offer are vehicle financing, vehicle maintenance, vehicle telematics, fuel management and health and safety management. The key buyers of these services are businesses and local and state government entities. This report does not include fleet leasing car services.

Executive Summary

Pricing Environment

Price Fundamentals

Benchmark Price

Pricing Model

Price Drivers

Recent Price Trend

Price Forecast

Product Characteristics

Product Life Cycle

Total Cost of Ownership

Product Specialization

Substitute Goods


Quality Control

Supply Chain & Vendors

Supply Chain Dynamics

Supply Chain Risk


Competitive Environment

Market Share Concentration

Vendor Financial Benchmarks

Switching Costs

Purchasing Process

Buying Basics

Buying Lead Time

Selection Process

Key RFP Elements

Negotiation Questions

Buyer Power Factors

Key Statistics

About IBISWorld Inc.

IBISWorld is one of the world’s leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorlds procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

Solar Financing Through Property Taxes Now Available in Select Local Cities

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 10, 2014

Today, residents living in select cities across San Diego County are able to participate in a new government solar financing program, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). This innovative program allows property owners to finance solar power systems through property taxes without spending any money out-of-pocket and without a credit score requirement.

The cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Solana Beach and Lemon Grove have opted in to offer homeowners Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Financing through Renovate America, which launches today.

Property Assessed Clean Energy is a game changer for San Diego property owners who have thought about going solar, said Daniel Sullivan president and founder of Sullivan Solar Power, Residents who were not approved in the past for solar financing, may now be approved through HERO.

With HERO Financing, homeowners can go solar for no upfront payment and repay for their solar power system through property taxes and the interest is tax deductible. This allows homeowners to tie their solar investment to property taxes rather than taking a personal loan, and the investment stays with the property when a homeowner moves. Annual payments are often much lower than current electric bills, and the homeowner is able to secure a lower electricity rate for the lifetime of the system.

An informational solar presentation will be held on March 22, at the Oceanside Public Library from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. The free seminar will cover solar technology, rebates and incentives, a local case study and HERO Financing.

Sullivan Solar Power is a certified contractor of the San Diego government solar program. To see if you pre-qualify for HERO, and to learn how to apply for solar financing, call 1.800.SULLIVAN. They will provide a free estimate and in-depth evaluation to show you the great benefits of this new program.

Sullivan Solar Power was a pioneer in helping us build the HERO Program into what it is today, said Ken Conway with Renovate America, They continue to be one of our top registered contractors.

About Sullivan Solar Power

Sullivan Solar Power is a turnkey solar system provider that delivers solar electric projects from concept to completion with offices in the Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego. The company has installed more than 18.5 million watts of solar power ranging from residential to large commercial and municipal systems. Sullivan Solar Power has a longstanding A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau, with no complaints filed since its founding in 2004. The firm has been named one of the nations fastest growing energy companies by Inc. Magazine and services clients throughout Southern California. Regardless of project size and scope, Sullivan is committed to delivering the best products provided by the most qualified professionals to every customer. Visit http://www.sullivansolarpower.com for more information.

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New Rockwell Sonicrafter Compatible Titanium Blade Now Available at MultiFitBlades.com

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East Providence, Rhode Island (PRWEB) December 06, 2013

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Handmade Wooden Cremation Urns for Pets and Human Ashes Now Available Exclusively from Mood Wood

Franksville, WS (PRWEB) July 24, 2013

Mood Wood, handcrafters of elegant wooden cremation urns, is now helping pet owners preserve the memories of their lost animals with a series of six artistic, heirloom quality pet cremation urns. Mood Woods pet memorial urns are handcrafted from individually matched, highest quality cheery wood that produces a lasting tribute to a beloved pet that can be proudly and tastefully displayed in room of the owners home.

Bruce and Lucinda Kiefer, owners of Mood Wood, have been manufacturing the finest quality, hand crafted, wooden cremation urns for more than a quarter century, and have great empathy for those who have sought to honor the memory of family members and loved ones. During the course of the years, they have come to recognize the need for pet cremation urns to provide lasting resting places for pets as well as humans, and they have expanded their services to meet the calling needs of those who have lost cherished pets. The Kiefers have operated their family-owned business in southwest Wisconsin for more than 25 years. They started out designing and handcrafting high quality solid wood office furniture in 1984 and later found a calling to create cherry wood cremation urns, which have been described as heirloom quality, handcrafted with integrity and a commitment to producing the finest wood urns.

Mood Wood respects the impact pets can have upon their owners and has thoughtfully designed its pet product line to include six stylish models of wooden memorial pet cremation urns for the ash remains of pets. Just as with its selection of human cremation urns, Mood Woods pet urns are constructed with care from the finest select grade cherry (no veneer) that is individually and meticulously chosen and matched for complementing wood grain and color. Each Mood Wood pet urn is built with precision dovetailed joinery and coated with a deep hand-rubbed finish.

For over 25 years the craftsmen at Mood Wood have been creating one-of-a-kind wood products, so pet owners, pet breeders, and all animal lovers can now also be confident in our expertise and the quality of their purchase, notes Bruce Kiefer Every detail of each handcrafted pet urn is designed and constructed by experienced craftsmen, all of the way down to the metal furnishings.

Mood Woods products are set apart from others the care and artistry of all of the hand cast fine pewter that adorns each wooden cremation urn, which is created by the companys caring crew of craftsmen. They sculpt the first pieces in clay, and then build a master mold that is used to produce the first metal parts. Next they construct a production mold. The custom-made pewter is produced and the flashing must be trimmed, with each piece filed by hand. Then the metal is oxidized. The next process is to tumble the parts in a medium of crushed walnut shells. The final step is applying a clear satin finish to each casting, to prevent tarnishing of the metal that enhances the pet cremation urns. Touches such as these are typical of the care and attention to detail that goes into every Mood Wood product.

Another unique feature of Mood Woods pet cremation urns is their special, highest quality closure system. Unlike most mass-produced wooden urns on the market, Mood Woods handcrafted memorials feature a unique locking mechanism known as a Spanish windlass. This closure system has been utilized for centuries and is able to apply thousands of pounds of force, ensuring continued integrity of the seal through the ages.

Mood Woods craftsmen painstakingly handpick every material for each detail of a pet urn, from the wood to the finish, Kiefer explains. This allows us to guarantee the quality of all of our products. Our wooden pet urns are constructed of only top-quality materials and have a hand rubbed finish.

Kiefer insists that his company maintains a tradition that reflects the pride early American craftsmen took in the quality of their work. Today, many cremation urns are cheap things made only to sell, Kiefer points out. They are mass produced in foreign countries, delivered by the container load. We at Mood Wood prefer the business model of days gone by: Using the skills acquired through a lifetime of diligent work, and the highest quality materials, to produce handcrafted solid wood urns. Our goal is to create a cremation urn in an artistry that reflects your most treasured memories. Our goal is that the completed cremation urn be a work of art.

In addition to its affordable prices, Mood Wood customers also are extended free shipping within the continental United States for all pet cremation urns, which can be ordered through its website, http://www.moodwood.com. Mood Wood welcomes personal phone inquiries and offers consultation on the selection of pet cremation urns at (866) 248-7568. Inquiries by fax can be made at (888) 893-9137.

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