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Enterprise CarShare service grows at Princeton campus

ST. LOUIS - 

Since partnering with Princeton University to make the Enterprise CarShare service readily available to commuters who are interested in on-demand transportation, popularity for the service has tripled in size since its inception, the company announced recently.

At a time when Princeton is looking to cut down on the amount of single-occupancy vehicles driven around campus, Enterprise CarShare provides an automated way for commuters to rent a vehicle by the hour, the day or even overnight.

“CarShare is a smart way for us to help Princeton achieve its traffic reduction goals on campus while simultaneously offering a unique on-demand transportation option for students, staff and faculty – when and where they need it,” corporate rental manager, Kyle Sabie, who oversees CarShare at Enterprise, said in a news release. “We value our longstanding partnership with Princeton and have evolved our program with them over the years to serve their needs.”

The university’s Revise Your Ride program that was implemented just last year now includes automatic enrollment in the Enterprise CarShare service and other sustainability incentives. Sustainability goals at the university include a commitment to reduce commuter car numbers by 15 percent before the year 2020, according to Enterprise.

The Enterprise CarShare partnership with Princeton Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) currently provides 17 vehicles that are consistently available for rent at any hour at a total of nine locations on Princeton’s 500-acre-size campus.

“CarShare is a huge piece of our programming and becoming more popular every year because fewer students are bringing cars to Princeton,” said Kim Jackson, director of TPS at Princeton. “It has enabled the university to commit to our sustainability objectives by reducing the number of vehicles coming on campus.”

“We even have a CarShare pickup truck available now because graduate students who move a lot requested it, and Enterprise delivered," Jackson continued. "I can't say enough good things about how Enterprise has worked with us to find transportation solutions throughout the years.”

Additionally, in more than 35 states, Enterprise CarShare serves more than 125 university campuses and hundreds of business and government agencies, according to Enterprise.

The company said that its most served cities include Atlanta, Hoboken, N.J., Honolulu, Houston, Louisville, Ky., New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Tampa, Fla.

Furthermore, not far from Princeton, Enterprise also said that it has recently joined a new carsharing pilot program at the New York City mayor's office, and became a fleet management partner of  Silicon Valley’s autonomous driving startup Voyage.



Hertz appoints former Allstate VP as new CIO

ESTERO, Fla. - 

Hertz Global Holdings has announced that Allstate’s Opal Perry will serve as the company’s new executive vice president and chief information officer.

Perry, a global technology leader who brings over 25 years of experience, was most recently VP of technology and strategic ventures at Allstate. During her time at the insurance company, she worked to boost customer satisfaction for auto claims using cloud-native applications and microservices, according to Hertz.

“As we transform our business for the future, it's critical that we leverage our information technology and capitalize on data insights to accelerate our growth around the world,” Hertz president and chief executive officer Kathryn Marinello said in a news release. “Opal is a seasoned global business leader, a strong collaborator and a proven partner in driving innovation, simplification and efficiency to create value for customers and, importantly, to create a better experience for our employees.”

In her new role, along with leading Hertz's information technology strategy, Perry has been tasked with overseeing the prioritization and delivery of its cloud-based systems' transformation, the company said.

“I’m privileged to be joining Hertz, an industry leader with iconic brands and a rich history,” said Perry. “The company's forward-looking philosophy and commitment to innovation and growth mirror my own ideals. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together for our employees and customers in the years ahead.”

Prior to joining Allstate in 2011, Hertz said that Perry previously led technology teams concentrated on transformation, innovation and data delivery for Wells Fargo, SPL Worldgroup and Spear Technologies.

Avis Budget offers new rewards for Amazon customers

PARSIPPANY, N.J. - 

Avis Budget Group plans to give Amazon customers a little something extra. The rental company revealed it will reward Amazon members with special perks when they rent a car through Avis. 

Now, Amazon customers who book an Avis vehicle will not only save money on their rental, but they will also be sent an Amazon.com gift card valued at 10 percent of the rental price, the company shared. 

And later this month, when Amazon shoppers book an Avis vehicle using the Avis skill for Amazon Alexa, these renters will receive an Amazon.com gift card valued at 20 percent of their rental. 

“Amazon customers are accustomed to convenient and on-demand services, and Avis Budget Group is pleased to be able to add transportation to the mix,” Beth Kinerk, senior vice president, sales at Avis Budget Group, shared in a press release announcing the reward program. 

 “As digital technology evolves, we are able to offer increasingly seamless travel experiences for our customers, and hope these great incentives encourage more people to try our new offerings, including our Amazon Alexa booking tool. We are excited to work with Amazon to offer their customers a valuable benefit when they rent with Avis,” she continued. 

The Avis — Amazon partnership began back when Avis first launched its skill for Amazon Alexa. Using the skill, Avis customers can make a rental reservation, review current or past reservations and request an e-receipt of their last rental. 

Voice-controlled access to the car rental booking process can serve to cut down on rental times, and make the rental process more convenient for travelers. 

Avis joins other retailers pushing used-vehicle inventory on classified site free of charge

AGOURA , Calif. - 

Avis has followed the footsteps of other automotive retailers that now list their used-car inventory free of charge — nor do they pay for leads.

The car rental company has joined the UsedCarsForSale.com’s classified platform, which touts a more user-friendly marketplace than competing paid for classified websites that can deliver both expensive and low-quality leads to dealers, the company announced Monday.

Avis joins other retailers Hertz, Lithia Motors, Group 1 Automotive and Larry H. Miller, according to UsedCarsForSale.com.

UsedCarsForSale.com claims that it is the only free automotive classified site since Craigslist began charging its used-vehicle retailers about four years ago.

“We’re very happy to have Avis on board, and as we sign 150 other dealers per week, adding a great company like Avis to our base of dealerships provides us with more, great inventory as well as coverage in which to provide car buyers a much wider variety of well maintained, pre-owned vehicles.” owner of UsedCarsForSale.com Steve Tackett said in a news release.

Dealers who list their vehicles on UsedCarsForSale.com can be ensured that their inventory is displayed effectively on the web, the company explained.

According to UsedCarsForSale.com, the site is designed to “organically out-rank” most competing sites.

The company said that pre-owned dealers can expect a rise in high-quality, organic traffic on VDP pages made up of committed car shoppers.

Additionally, onboarding is simple and just takes new retailers only about five minutes altogether, UsedCarsForSale.com also explained. The process is completed when inventory from the provider uploads to the site.

The company said that within about two of weeks of signing on, used-vehicle inventory can make it on some of the most user-friendly classified pages that exist.

In addition to SEO elements that are built in, the UsedCarsForSale.com classified platform is powered with the search query “used cars for sale” to generate the site's traffic and high organic rank.

UsedCarsForSale.com was initially acquired in June of last year.

Avis opens additional car sales locations across 3 states

PARSIPPANY, N.J - 

Consumers in three states can now visit several newly opened Avis car sales locations to shop for low-mileage vehicles.

Avis Car Rental announced Wednesday that it has expanded its Avis Car Sales program with additional locations across Florida, Texas and Massachusetts. The company explained that it now provides a direct-to-consumer model amid increased demand for former rental cars. A majority of the vehicles that Avis offers from its rental fleet are still under the original manufacturer’s warranty, according to the company.

“Trust is one of the most important factors for consumers buying a pre-owned vehicle,” senior vice president of fleet services at Avis Budget Group Gregg Nierenberg said in a news release. “Our vehicles not only pass through rigorous mechanical and safety tests, but they are backed by the trusted reputation of the Avis brand, so consumers can buy with confidence.”

Along with a 12-month or 12,0000-mile standard warranty, the company said no vehicle it lists for sale has been in an accident. Buyers can ask for a vehicle history report powered by AutoCheck and backed by Experian, according to the company.

In addition to Avis car sales retail locations, Avis vehicles are available for purchase via AvisCarSales.com, as well.

Additionally, in more than 35 states, Avis offers cars shoppers a free two-hour test drive session that can be extended up to three days for an additional rental rate cost.

Hertz appoints former Sam's Club/Walmart exec chief retail operations officer

ESTERO, Fla. - 

Hertz Global Holdings announced Wednesday that Paul Stone will join the company on March 6 to serve as executive vice president and chief retail operations officer, North America.

Stone, who began his career at Sam's Club/ Walmart as a store manager before transitioning to Western U.S. divisional senior vice president, brings more than 30 years of operational expertise from leadership roles with both Sam's Club/Walmart and Cabela's.

At Sam's Club/Walmart, Stone led operations for over 200 locations with more than 30,000 employees as Western U.S. divisional senior vice president.

"Paul is a proven leader with experience from arguably the top retailer (Walmart) and has success driving process excellence, developing top talent and building high-performing teams," Hertz president and chief executive officer Kathryn Marinello said in a news release announcing Stone’s appointment. "His sincere passion for people and his depth of operations expertise will be a tremendous asset to our already strong bench of talent."

Stone most recently served as senior VP and chief retail officer at Cabela's. In addition to strategy, he was tasked with providing service, people development and full-scale retail operations leadership.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car hunger relief initiative donates $20 million

ST. LOUIS - 

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation announced Monday that it has donated a total of $20 million to food banks over two years as part of its Fill Your Tank initiative, which aims to provide $60 million to address food insecurity in communities served.

The companywide initiative was launched in 2016 to celebrate Enterprise's 60th anniversary over a six-year period.

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation will be distributing $10 million per year and will partner with hunger relief organizations Feeding America, Food Banks Canada and the Global FoodBanking Network, according to the company.

“We launched the Fill Your Tank initiative at the end of 2016 to shed light on an important issue and strengthen the communities where our employees live and work,” Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation senior vice president and executive director Carolyn Kindle Betz said in a news release. “Food insecurity is a critical issue in thousands of towns and neighborhoods around the world, and often, it's an issue that doesn't get the attention it deserves.”

In the program's first two years, in addition to gifting $10 million to local food banks and pantries in communities served by Enterprise, the company said it donated $5 million to Feeding America, $3 million to Food Banks Canada to support food banks across Canada, followed by $2 million to The Global FoodBanking Network to expand the operations of food banks in the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany and Spain.

Funds have been used to develop a six-year implementation plan to support Feeding America's senior hunger strategy, increase food acquisition and sharing for ten provincial associations in Canada and open a new logistics center in Germany, serving 180,000 people, according to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation.

“The Fill Your Tank initiative has made an impact on community food banks and pantries around the world, and we are thrilled to continue to work with our hunger relief partners in 2018,” added Betz. “Our employees have long supported food banks and pantries in the cities and neighborhoods we serve. We're continuously inspired by their good work.”

New service connects drivers with car rental agencies for free 1-way rentals

CHICAGO - 

Global fleet logistics company Transfercar has rolled out new rental fleet relocation services in Chicago, Boston and Minneapolis that offers drivers free one-way car rentals.

In an effort to align rental car companies fleet relocation needs with consumer travel requirements, is working with various agencies to relocate their inventory via consumers rather than depend on trucks, trains or professional drivers.

“We've created a website that connects rental car companies needing to transfer their cars with travelers eager to drive them in exchange for a free trip,” Transfercar co-founder and chief executive officer Brian Karlson said in a news release.

“This model provides a win-win solution where travelers get the opportunity to get a free one-way car rental, while rental companies save big money on relocation costs. While drivers may be subject to very small mandatory taxes or fees, even if the rental rate is free, they will experience enormous savings.”

While small mandatory taxes, fees and charges imposed by airports or local and state government agencies may apply, Transfercar only requires that renters return their vehicles on-time and abide by any given miles restrictions, according to the company.

The Transfercar website currently offers rentals in Chicago, Boston or Minneapolis that need to be dropped off in Miami and Orlando, Fla., within three days.

Avis Budget launches lab for connected car innovation in greater Kansas City

PARSIPPANY, N.J. - 

Avis Budget Group announced Monday it has launched a “Mobility Lab” comprised of several locations and a fleet of 5,000 connected vehicles to test fully connected cars and operations in the greater Kansas City, Mo., area.

The new Mobility Lab features more than 20 Avis Car Rental locations, including the Kansas City International Airport, Nebraska’s Eppley Airfield and Lincoln Airport.

The Mobility Lab will provide Avis customers in the Kansas City area real-time inventory counts, mileage management and automated maintenance notification.

“Our Mobility Lab in the greater Kansas City area extends our next-generation mobility initiatives,” Avis Budget Group president and chief executive officer Larry De Shon said in a news release.

“The steps we’re taking with connected car and smart technologies will increase customer satisfaction as well as reduce operational costs in the near term, while also preparing us to meet the evolving needs of consumers, entrepreneurs, corporations and governments, like the City of Kansas City, a recognized global leader for its Smart City advancements,” he explained.

Information gathered from the Mobility Lab will be used to facilitate the enhancement and optimization of Avis’ fleet management capabilities, according to the company.

“Kansas City has a fully integrated suite of smart city initiatives in our community that make it a better place for our citizens and visitors,” Mayor Sylvester James said in the release. “Partnering with Avis Budget Group allows us to make that experience even more efficient and responsive to the needs of 21st Century Kansas Citians and our visitors.”

Additionally, the company announced in May it expects its U.S. fleet to increase by 50,000 more vehicles by early 2018.

TFS partners with developer to create mobile rental solution for rideshare drivers

PLANO, Texas - 

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced Wednesday a partnership with Launch Mobility to develop a product designed to make previously leased vehicles available for short-term rentals to rideshare drivers.

The companies are currently working on a pilot they expect to introduce to select markets by the end of the calendar year, according to TFS.

“We are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of drivers who are interested in ridesharing but lack an appropriate vehicle,” TFS president and chief executive officer Mike Groff said in a news release.

“TFS has the off-lease vehicles, Launch Mobility has the technology, and Toyota dealers have the geographic presence and unparalleled vehicle servicing capabilities.”

In addition to input from Toyota's network of dealers, TFS said development of the new product will include the use of resources across the Toyota organization such as its global Mobility Services Platform developed and operated by Toyota Connected.

“With its commitment to innovation, Toyota Financial Services is a great partner for our robust and flexible solution that enables clients to quickly launch, experiment, and scale in the mobility services space,” added Paul Hirsch, chief executive officer of Launch Mobility.

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