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  • 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.
  • Merchants Fleet Management Sponsors Fleet Visionary Awards

    Oct 17, 2016
    Merchants Fleet Management is sponsoring the 2016 Fleet Visionary awards, the fleet management company has announced.
  • 2016 Order-To-Delivery Times Comparable to MY-2015

    Oct 4, 2016
    Order-to-delivery (OTD) times for 2016 models was another case of good news and bad news, and, in many ways, was similar to what was experienced by fleets in the prior model-year.
  • Meeting the Challenge of Depreciation

    Sep 25, 2016
    The biggest expense category for fleets today continues to be depreciation. There are concrete ways that fleet managers can control depreciation throughout the vehicle’s entire lifecycle.
  • The Truth Behind Compact Van Depreciation

    Sep 6, 2016
    While strong value retention for pickups is well known, it’s worth digging into the reasons behind compact vans’ recent poor performance and why large van values are holding up better than their compact counterparts.
  • Improving Efficiency in Government Fleets

    Sep 2, 2016
    Cloud computing and big data are powering real-time vehicle monitoring in systems that capture a wealth of actionable information from tire pressures and idling times to, speed, locations and routes. These telematics and analytics-driven fleet management tools can deliver data to desktop dashboards, but more importantly, recent developments in how that information is aggregated and presented to users makes that information truly actionable. As a result, managers and drivers can make informed decisions that reduce accident rates and fuel usage, maximize resource deployment, and mitigate vehicle wear and tear.

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