In an end-user survey conducted earlier this year by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), respondents overall plan to increase fleet sizes and staff levels, and many are starting to look at adopting telematics technologies.
Overall, in the AEM Snapshot Survey, 40 percent of respondents said they planned to increase fleet size, and an additional 29 percent of respondents said they would maintain their current size. Some 47 percent said they would achieve this through buying equipment, 13 percent by renting and 22 percent by a combination of buy/rent.
For company staffing levels, 49 percent said they planned to add employees during the next two years, and 33 percent planned to maintain current staff levels. Only 5 percent said they expected to reduce staff.
When asked if they had any plans to use telematics in the next 18 months, 22 percent said yes, they understand the technology, and an additional 15 percent said maybe.
“With this quick-look survey, we wanted to deliver more customer understanding for our members, a broad perspective of market conditions,” stated Benjamin Duyck, AEM market intelligence analyst. “And we’ll offer another layer of insight and dialog through our follow-up questions and sharing on social media.”