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Feedback from buyers attending the Second Annual State Fall Fleet Event in Sturbridge on November 7 was overwhelmingly positive, pointing to informative breakout sessions and productive time spent with Statewide Contractors. Kathy Reilly, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operational Services, kicked off the day by welcoming fleet decision makers from around the Commonwealth and Statewide Contract vendors from the state’s fleet-related contracts. All told, nearly 150 people were in attendance.

“We took attendees’ observations and assessments from last year and sought to improve their experience,” asserts Lisa Westgate, Strategic Sourcing Lead for many of OSD’s vehicle contracts and State Fleet Event organizer. “It was gratifying to see their receptivity to the topics presented and hear good event takeaways from both buyers and vendors.”

Bill Griffiths, Senior Director of Vehicle Management for the MBTA, presents to buyers on Telematics for Your Fleet.

Bill Griffiths, Senior Director of Vehicle Management for the MBTA, presents to buyers on Telematics for Your Fleet.

Some of the day’s highlights included the enlightening Telematics overview by Bill Griffiths from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), industry trends from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and considerations when speccing a heavy duty vehicle by Chris Bouchard from the Massachusetts Highway Association. In addition, attendees were drawn to the Department of Labor Standards’ presentation on how to properly dispose of drug paraphernalia found in communities, an unwelcome but increasingly ubiquitous reality.

Changes to VEH98 — Purchase of Vehicles — Unveiled

At the event, participants learned that OSD is preparing a Statewide bulk bid for vehicles, where we will aggregate vehicle needs from around the Commonwealth into one large bid. We anticipate this collaborative approach will strengthen our negotiations with Statewide Contractors. If you would like to be added to the list of organizations that have expressed interest in this initiative, send an email to Lisa Westgate.

Participants also were privy to other significant VEH98 contract changes, now to include Truck Classes 3 – 9 and a new category to accommodate any vehicle with a minimum of three wheels! Expanded vendor selection is anticipated as the contract has been reopened for vendor response. Buyers may expect VEH98 contract updates in early 2018.

Thank You!
Thank you to our buyer and vendor participants! Special thanks to OFF40 Statewide Contractor, HUB Technical Services, for their generous loan of audiovisual equipment at the event!

Would you like to attend next year’s Fleet Event? Send an email to OSD-Events.

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