It is Monday the first work day of the week of 4/13/2020 and right now all I have to do is fill out a few job apps. Yes I am thinking of going to the other side in managing fleets or product sales in transportation other than vehicles if it feels right. since this lay off period been kind of thinking maybe the grass may be greener on other side. Only thinking mind you not sure if anything will be a proper fit or if I would take it. Everything involves travel which I am not to keen on especially 50% of the time. And especially of travel if it means getting on a plane. Over the years I have lost a lot of interest in air travel. But then again if I can be a road warrior then I would seriously consider it. like the idea of seeing the country and businesses from the road and maybe grasp a better feel of or seeing how vehicles are used first hand in the real world without a set up show and tell. Then turning around and maybe offering better solutions and upfits to make them more cost efficient and productive.
I like to stop and watch the people using the vehicles I sell in different applications and try to see how I might improve on the use or type of vehicle. I look to see if it is being purposed correctly from what I see or why use of that configuration. I even ask the operators if the vehicle matches there job or do they ask or wish for a different type vehicle or set up of currently used vehicle. Do they get a say or who makes decision if they don’t and are they willing to talk? It has or was a way I used to build a relationship with businesses and become the dealer of choice or as another avenue of purchase. does it work all the time no. I have some work with me and then use the suggestions with another organization. Even had them comeback to me and complain that my ideas did not work or could not be done or the design could not be implemented. Yet when I sat down again if given the chance I showed them how with a test vehicle purchase or lease and ended with a customer for at least one sale. But then again to loose when vehicle is perfected to a cheaper supplier of the vehicle or the up fit. Maybe lost because of fleet management company that had own suppliers and felt better with them. Just no loyalty between businesses these days some times. Although I have had great success with this approach to and that out weighs the disappointments.
Still it would be nice if I could get back to it. But between security measures and now health measures around it will get even harder. Plus so many new people coming in to management of a fleet and or businesses starting it is hard to get there attention vs. the big fleet companies. As a dealer trying to offer the same things and then being forced to sell some times to the fleet company (making less too I might add) instead can be a let down when both trying for the same business.
innovative thinking like rolling offices or screening trucks for jobs being offered and customers a like. Maybe a special vehicle to do location work have an office to work out of that can roll from site to site may be useful and unrealized. There are so many ways to help a client/business if allowed, just need the chance.
All well MONDAY MONDAY MONDAY , my thoughts on how I would like to be working right now. This too shall pass and we all will be better people and performers because of it.