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The Houston Astros and Winning Through Advanced Analytics

How can using analytics can make a difference? Baseball has winners and losers.  Teams do not get to share a title or a win.  If they are tied at the end of the 9th inning, the teams are forced into extra innings until one of the teams score.  In a way, that’s more brutal than […]

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It’s More Than Technology in the Car Rental Industry

Although investing in technology plays a big role in digital transformation, transforming or growing a car rental company isn’t just about the deployment and modernization of front- and back-end systems. Transformation initiatives also require the development, implementation, and execution of strategies and programs capable of delivering operational efficiency, reducing expenses, and increasing revenue. For example, […]

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The Backbone of Operations in the Car Rental Industry

Digital transformation can absolutely be thought of as improving a website through which a car rental company sells its used vehicles – an important source of revenue for the company. It can also be thought of as enhancing a mobile app that enables customers to make, modify, or cancel reservations, view a car’s mileage and […]

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How You Interact Digitally Matters in the Car Rental Industry

While mobility and connected cars remain two of the most talked-about topics in the industry, car rental companies continue to invest heavily in other forms of digital transformation because they realize that providing an incredible customer experience is important to their business. Whether it involves making a reservation on the company’s website or making a […]

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Connected Cars Present Great Opportunity for Car Rental Companies

Similar to mobility, connected car technology (e.g., telematics) has been around for some time, but only recently has the car rental industry truly exploited the massive opportunity it presents. The Internet of Things (IoT) has allowed companies to leverage new technology that better manages their fleets of cars. It’s also helping businesses, such as those […]

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Streamlining the Manufacturing and Automotive Treasury Function

The strategic vision of the manufacturing and automotive treasury function is to deliver efficiency, control, and scalability. The logical structure for this transformation includes several key components: business events, centralized demand deposit accounts with banking connectivity, and a reporting data warehouse. A comprehensive finance and treasury transformation program can help improve cash and liquidity management, […]

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Why Self-Driving Cars Are Good for Car Rental Companies

New partnerships with companies that are developing self-driving car technology have also been formed. Avis Budget Group’s partnership with Alphabet’s (Google) Waymo and Hertz’s partnership with Apple are two examples. This is a trend that car rental companies are getting behind because they understand that autonomous vehicles could eventually replace today’s cars. At the 2016 […]

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Car Rental Companies Riding the Car- and Ride-Sharing Wave

A white-hot topic in the car rental industry is mobility. It’s no secret that more people are relying on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, as well as car-sharing services from companies like Zipcar. In fact, a report published by Certify, a provider of expense management software, states that “ride-hailing accounted for 68% of the […]

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[Guide] 2018 State of the Car Rental Industry

Everyone in business knows: if you’re too late to the game, your competitors can overstep your position and take away market share. But it can be incredibly challenging to determine the right time to pivot and focus on the trends that may completely transform an industry. Enterprise Holdings, Hertz Global Holdings, Avis Budget Group and […]

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3 Fatal Fallacies – How to Maximize the Value of OCM

There’s an overwhelming amount of data showing that implementing an organizational change management (OCM) effort, based on proven best practices, provides significant value. If that’s the case, why are so many organizations failing to realize the expected benefits? Is there some lesson that can be taken from these failed OCM implementations that will help other […]

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Oil & Gas Transformation Initiatives Enable Efficiency

While innovation thrives and regulatory obstacles persist, energy companies must remain diligent in setting and meeting their business and enterprise priorities so they stay competitive. For example, although “the average number of new oil and gas developments given the go-ahead globally has fallen from 35 a year between 2010 and 2014 to just 12 since […]

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Oil & Gas Transformation Initiatives Enable Efficiency

While innovation thrives and regulatory obstacles persist, energy companies must remain diligent in setting and meeting their business and enterprise priorities so they stay competitive. For example, although “the average number of new oil and gas developments given the go-ahead globally has fallen from 35 a year between 2010 and 2014 to just 12 since […]

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Energy Industry Needs Fewer Counterproductive Regulations

While the industry is seeing much innovation, and while energy companies are doing positive work in communities and around the world, there is no question that the industry still faces several serious challenges. The industry needs fewer counterproductive industry regulations and, instead, better policies that leverage free trade and support innovation. Free trade can lead […]

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Transformation Initiatives Are Critical in Telecom and Cable

While innovation thrives and the “regulatory environment seems favorable to consolidation,” according to John Legeras, CEO of T-Mobile, obstacles persist. Through transformational initiatives, companies must remain diligent in setting and meeting their business and enterprise priorities so they remain competitive. Minimizing operating expenses through better cost-management activities, investing in new technologies, and redesigning processes will […]

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Energy Companies Embrace Philanthropy

Philanthropy remains incredibly important to energy companies, which made financial donations in the wake of horrific events, such as the hurricanes in Texas and Florida and fires in California, in 2017. As of August 2017, ExxonMobil had made a “financial commitment for Harvey relief to up to $9.5 million.” Money is also being sent to […]

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Oil & Gas Companies with Ethical Operations Outperform Peers

A recent Financial Times article highlighted a report which found that oil and gas companies with more ethical operations are more profitable and valued than their competitors. According to the report, “For oil and gas companies, the valuation premium was almost a fifth for those that combat corruption, have better health and safety processes or […]

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Collaboration Helps Advance Energy Industry

Energy companies continue to collaborate with other organizations to further research. For example, Shell recently opened a mobility research center at Tsinghua University in China. According to a company press release, “This new centre will focus on developing solutions for the automotive sector, including the development of high-efficiency lubricants and additives; cleaner use of conventional […]

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Innovation Steams Ahead in the Energy Industry

Over the years, the industry has found better ways to drill for oil. That’s very important because the world consumes approximately 97 million barrels of oil per day. Of that amount, the U.S. uses 19 million. However, since the U.S. produces 12 million barrels, it net imports. The market is roughly balanced in terms of […]

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Oil & Gas Remain Incredibly Important

During an interview last year, David M. Rubenstein, president of The Economic Club of Washington D.C., and John S. Watson, chairman of the board and CEO (retiring February 1, 2018) of Chevron, discussed the antipathy that exists toward oil and gas companies. It’s true. Consumers typically do not tout their excitement about oil and gas […]

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[Guide] 2018 State of the Energy Industry

There’s probably no better way to introduce our new energy industry guide than by sharing the very first question David M. Rubenstein, president of The Economic Club of Washington D.C., asked John S. Watson, chairman of the board and CEO (retiring February 1, 2018) of Chevron, during an interview last year: “So, what could be […]

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