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  • Will Commercial Fleets Embrace Autonomous Vehicles?

    Mar 21, 2017
    Commercial fleets may be slower to embrace autonomous vehicles. Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, and Google hope to have fully-autonomous cars on the road by 2020, but since the development of the technology is in the early stages, fleet management companies and one fleet manager told Fleet Financials that they are hesitant about becoming early adopters, while at the same time saying they're interested in the safety benefits of the technology.
  • Fed Raises Interest Rates a Quarter Point

    Mar 16, 2017
    The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted 9-1 on March 15 to raise the target range for the federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point to 0.75% to 1% — a move that was widely expected.
  • Best Practices of an Accident Management Program

    Mar 6, 2017
    While it might be a bitter pill to swallow, if you are working in fleet, you can almost guarantee that accidents will occur in your operation every year. Because of this, any fleet should understand the processes that make for efficient and effective accident management.
  • How Will New Lease Accounting Standards Affect Fleets?

    Mar 1, 2017
    New accounting standards for reporting lease transactions take effect after December 15, 2018 for public companies and December 2019 for private businesses. As a result, many organizations with fleets of vehicles are trying to figure out how these new rules will impact them moving forward.
  • Recouping a Better Return When Selling Fleet Vehicles

    Jan 27, 2017
    For small fleets of varying types, there are remarketing strategies to implement that don’t place an inordinate burden on the manager. Business Fleet reached out to fleet managers and fleet management experts to see how they realize a better return in the used-vehicle market.
  • 2017 Fleet Management Trends: Safety Tech

    Jan 27, 2017
    Commercial fleets seeking to reduce distracted driving and the associated risks are requesting more semi-autonomous features with leased vehicles such as frontal braking, as well as other safety aides such as backup cameras, Bluetooth, and adaptive headlights, according to fleet management company experts.
  • 2017 Fleet Management Trends: Upfitting

    Jan 27, 2017
    Lighter-weight truck and van equipment, more standardization, and ergonomic planning should improve the process and delivery timing of the upfitting of commercial vehicles in 2017, according to fleet management experts.
  • Best Practices in Executive Fleet Management

    Jan 27, 2017
    Executive vehicles often demand more attention. This is because these vehicles are often tied to compensation, recruitment, and retention of senior-level executives. While this can complicate managing this type of fleet, there are best practices to handle the special requirements of these drivers.
  • 2017 Fleet Management Trends: Donald Trump

    Jan 18, 2017
    Donald Trump's swearing in as the nation's 45th president on Jan. 20 should usher in an era of economic growth, lower taxation, and fewer regulations that will benefit the commercial fleet industry, according to fleet management company experts.
  • 2017 Fleet Management Trends: Compact SUVs

    Jan 18, 2017
    Compact SUVs have grown in popularity in recent years and surpassed mid-size sedans as the top selling vehicle category first in 2015 and again in 2016.
  • 2017 Fleet Management Trends: Telematics

    Jan 17, 2017
    Consolidation among telematics providers in 2016 could create opportunity in 2017 for greater differentiation, increased connectivity, better pricing, and more standardization of features for fleets who add this technology, according to fleet management company experts.
  • Meet the 2016 Fleet Visionaries

    Dec 28, 2016
    With the launch of the Fleet Visionary Awards, which was presented at the 2016 Fleet Technology Expo in Schaumburg, Ill., in October, fleet professionals at the beginning of their fleet careers are being recognized for the new viewpoints and contributions they’re bringing to the table.
  • Stable Commodity Prices Keep Replacement Tire Costs Flat

    Dec 15, 2016
    Replacement tire pricing for calendar-year 2016 has been flat compared to 2015. A key reason is less volatility in the price of commodities used to manufacture tires, namely oil, rubber, and steel. These lower materials prices have contributed to keeping replacement tire costs flat.
  • PM Transaction Costs Up But Longer Intervals Keep Costs Flat

    Nov 18, 2016
    Overall fleet preventive maintenance (PM) expenses in calendar-year 2016 are flat, primarily due to improvements in engine design and onboard vehicle technology, along with improved oil quality, which is allowing fleets to extend oil drain intervals
  • Fleet Maintenance, Repair Costs Remain Flat

    Nov 18, 2016
    Fleet maintenance costs have remained flat over the past 12 months, compared to CY-2015, with the primary factor being increased overall vehicle quality.
  • Analysis of 2016 Fleet Fuel Spend and 2017 Forecast

    Nov 18, 2016
    The stability of fuel pricing over the past 36 months has been the No. 1 factor contributing to keeping fleet operating costs flat in calendar-year 2016.
  • Operating Costs Flat for Fourth Consecutive Year

    Nov 18, 2016
    Calendar-year 2016 marks the fourth consecutive year that fleet operating costs have remained stable compared to the past four years, primarily due to the continuation of lower gasoline and diesel prices.
  • 13 Ways to Improve Order-to-Delivery

    Oct 27, 2016
    We asked subject-matter experts at FMCs what still needs to be done to improve OTD for future model-years. Here’s what they told us!
  • Fleet Visionaries Honored at FTX

    Oct 19, 2016
    The inaugural class of Fleet Visionaries were honored at a ceremony in Schaumburg, Ill., on Oct. 19, during the 2016 Fleet Technology Expo. The award, sponsored by Merchants Fleet Management, is designed to recognize and celebrate new voices in fleet management.
  • 2016 Fleet Technology Expo in Pictures

    Oct 19, 2016
    The 2016 Fleet Technology Expo (FTX) gave fleet managers and stakeholders speakers and a ride and drive. Attendees had the opportunity to network and learn about the latest equipment and technology in the exhibit hall. Among the awards presented was the inaugural Fleet Visionary awards, which were sponsored by Merchants Fleet Management. Photos by Thi Dao, Jim Park, and Roselynne Reyes.

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