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  • Top 13 Trends in Commercial Fleet Management

    Apr 1, 2016
    When reading reports about the national macro-economy, it is easy to be lulled into thinking everyone is experiencing the same business conditions; however, for many companies the economy continues to be sluggish and uncertain.
  • Open-End Versus Closed-End Leases

    Mar 29, 2016
    For larger commercial fleets, leasing is the dominant acquisition method. On the other hand, small commercial fleets still have a tendency to buy, though many realize the benefits of leasing. Large fleet or small, companies choose to lease their vehicles as a way to reduce the amount of capital tied up in non-core assets, as well as reduce sales tax by paying tax on the lease payments instead of paying tax on the vehicle purchase amount.
  • How Fleet Safety and Accident Management Evolved

    Mar 17, 2016
    While far from the inventor, or even first users of data analytics, the abundance of data points provided by a fleet operation necessitated fleets to be early adopters and avid connoisseurs of analytic technologies.
  • 20 Safetyand Accident Analytics Mistakes

    Mar 8, 2016
    With so many moving parts, data points, and ways to interpret and analyze the data, safety and accident management analytics come with a unique set of challenges. Subject-matter experts weighed in and provided what they see as the top mistakes made by fleet managers and how to work to avoid them.
  • Taking the Right Steps in Vehicle Aquisition

    Mar 7, 2016
    From the outside looking in, vehicle acquisition may seem like an easy process: You choose the vehicle you want and you buy it. Fleet managers know it’s not as simple as that. Vehicle acquisition involves a complex array of decisions, ranging from what types of new vehicles should be purchased when and from whom, to how that purchase will perform for the fleet over time.
  • Merchants Fleet Management, Microsoft Customer Story

    Feb 22, 2016
    Where the rubber meets the road with a custom-built software solution.
  • Vehicle Depreciation Remains Steady

    Feb 17, 2016
    Industry subject-matter experts agree on one thing: Overall, vehicle depreciation from 2014 to 2015 has remained relatively stable.
  • Open-End Versus Closed-End Leasing

    Jan 20, 2016
    The fleet leasing industry is taking a cautiously optimistic approach to coming changes in accounting standards that have reignited discussions about the leasing instruments that have become essential tools for procurement of fleet vehicles.
  • Lease-Purchase Strategy Fueling Fleet Acquisition

    Jan 13, 2016
    Facing rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet, the City of Baltimore hired Mercury Associates Inc. in 2012 to analyze the city’s utilization of its fleet, vehicle cycling timetable, and maintenance operation.
  • Class 3-6 Truck Forecast: Operating Costs Stable

    Nov 27, 2015
    Despite the downward pressure on fuel costs and stable maintenance expenses, fleet still represents one of the top five expense line items for companies that operate fleets of Class 3-6 trucks.
  • 18 Recommendations to Improve OTD for Upfits

    Nov 20, 2015
    There have been a number of initiatives adopted by OEMs and fleet management companies (FMC) to assist their clients in improving order-to-delivery times (OTD), especially for trucks and vans requiring upfitting.
  • How Will New Lease Accounting Rules Affect Small Fleets?

    Nov 17, 2015
  • New Accounting Rules Require All Leases on Balance Sheets

    Nov 16, 2015
  • Extended Oil Drain Intervals Mitigate Increased PM Expense

    Nov 5, 2015
    Improvements in engine design and onboard vehicle technology, along with improved oil quality, are allowing fleets to extend oil drain intervals.
  • Fleet Maintenance and Repair Costs Decrease in CY- 2015

    Nov 5, 2015
    Fleet maintenance costs have decreased in the past 12 months, compared to CY2014, with the primary factor being increased overall vehicle quality.
  • Operating Costs Flat for Third Consecutive Year

    Nov 3, 2015
    Calendar-year 2015 marks the third consecutive year that fleet operating costs have remained stable compared to the past three years, primarily due to the continuing softness in gasoline and diesel prices.
  • Stable Commodity Prices Keep Replacement Tire Costs Flat

    Nov 2, 2015
    The good news is that replacement tire pricing for 2015 has been flat compared to 2014. A key reason for the stabilization in replacement tire prices is less volatility for commodities used to manufacture tires, namely carbon black, oil, rubber, and
  • Strong, Truck, Van Sales Constrain Rail Delay OTD

    Oct 8, 2015
    Automotive Fleet
  • 14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec'ing

    Sep 18, 2015
  • High Roof Vans Causing OTD Delays

    Sep 17, 2015

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