National Car Rental
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After serving four months
or less, National Car Rentals fleet cars were routinely returned
to their manufacturer for disposition on behalf of National. The manufacturers,
GM and Chrysler, would auction off the fleet cars to auto dealers as used cars.
National, recognizing this was not the most profitable utilization of its major
assetits fleet decided to explore the feasibility of developing
an enhanced asset management strategy. MG Taylor facilitated a DesignShop®
event in which National designed a new asset management system dealing with
the entire life cycle of its rental car fleet from purchase through final
Results: a $25 million increase in incentives from car
manufacturers and a $20 million decline in vehicle acquisition
cost in little more than a year, National created a 100
location retail car sales operation which sold 25,000 cars and
generated in excess of $250 million in annual revenues.
The result was a truly innovative
and unique system which has still not been duplicated by anyone in the country.
The most astonishing thing about it was that it was conceived and designed within
a three day period and resulted from the dynamic interaction of thirty-three
diverse participants. It is my belief that this could not have happened in any
other way than . . . within the DesignShop process.
J. L. Yurish, Jack Yurish & Associates, former executive with National Car
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