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  • 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 Mananagement 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.
  • Driver Data, Fewer Accidents

    Aug 25, 2016
    Working with drivers to foster safe habits is challenging. Every employer with drivers on the job grapples with the associated risks and the irony that the smartphones on which they rely can increase those risks. While one side of the technology equation may be a culprit, emerging technology such as crash avoidance, land-departure alarms, blind-spot sensors, rear cameras, and telematics give drivers feedback that encourages safer habits.
  • Fleet Visionary Award

    Aug 1, 2016
    Sponsored by Merchants Fleet Management, the Fleet Visionary Award is designed to recognize and celebrate new voices in Fleet Management. This article contains more information about the award and how to nominate someone (self-nominations are permitted).
  • 4 Elements of an Effective Safety Program

    Jun 1, 2016
    Safety has become a top of mind concern for today’s fleets. While there is an array of safety technologies being outfitted in today’s vehicles to avoid or mitigate the effects of vehicle crashes, the need for a comprehensive fleet safety program is still paramount to keep drivers, their vehicles, and the public out of harm’s way.
  • Choosing Between Vans and Pickups

    May 20, 2016
    Fleets carry out a multitude of tasks to fulfill the mission of the companies and customers they serve. Many of these tasks are accomplished using either a van or pickup. With a thorough analysis of vehicle cost and vehicle use, the choice becomes a little clearer.
  • How to Get Drivers to Take Better Care of Fleet Vehicles

    Apr 21, 2016
    For many companies fleet vehicles are the literal engine that keeps things going. Fleet managers rely on company drivers to take care of their vehicles so they can get to job sites or customer appointments, do the job efficiently when they get there, and look good doing it.

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