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  • Meet Diana Holland

    Apr 26, 2018
    Diana Holland is the Director of Northeast Sales for Merchants Fleet Management, and has been with the company for over two decades. Holland sat down with Automotive Fleet's Lauren Fletcher to discuss how she first got into the industry, and what still keeps her motivated 20 years later. The interview was part of Automotive Fleet's Women in Fleet Profile series, which introduces fleet managers to some of the most influential women in fleet.
  • Vehicle Dependability is on the Rise

    Apr 25, 2018
    Vehicle dependability improved 9% over the last year, according to J.D. Power. Merchants Fleet Management's Assistant Director of Fleet Maintenance, George Albright, looks into how fleet managers could use this information to their advantage.
  • What the New Tariffs Could Mean for Fleets

    Mar 12, 2018
    Earlier this month President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. The executive order has sparked speculation on what this could mean for fleets. Merchants Fleet Management’s Vice President of Sales, Tom Coffey, believes the decision could affect vehicle prices; “While it’s likely there will be short term employment gains in the protected industries, for those manufacturers that have depended on imports for some of their supply chain raw materials, there is a strong possibility they will pass through to consumers and businesses their increase cost of goods.”
  • Technology's Essential Role in Fleet Safety's Future

    Mar 12, 2018
    After nearly a decade on the decline, U.S. vehicle fatality rates for the past two years have been on the rise. Factors that have been linked to this rise are distracted driving and an increase in the average miles driven on an annual basis.
  • The Age of Mobility

    Mar 01, 2018
    Fleet sharing is driving new levels of efficiency. When the sharing economy first took off and then took hold, local governments initially focused on how to regulate the new, disruptive business models.
  • Expanding Takata Recall: What You Need to Know

    Feb 12, 2018
    We have entered year 10 of the massive Takata airbag recall. It is hardly an anniversary worth celebrating, but it is another jaw-dropping milestone for the most complex recall in our industry. And, it is far from over.
  • Merchants New CEO Talks Mobility, Growth Strategy

    Jan 02, 2018
    On Jan. 1, 2018, Merchants Fleet Management started off the year with Brendan P. Keegan as its chief executive officer (CEO). Keegan served in an interim capacity since Oct.1, 2017, after former CEO Glen Villano stepped down, having served in the position since February 2012. Prior to taking the top job, Keegan served as an adviser to the company’s board of directors, providing strategic guidance about the long-term growth strategy for Merchants. Automotive Fleet sat down with Brendan P. Keegan to discuss his views on the fleet market, and to dive into the goals of the new CEO of Merchants Fleet Management.
  • Top Trends in Executive Fleet Management

    Jan 02, 2018
    The perception of executive fleet management has shifted in recent years, and though its functions in fleet still remains largely the same, the way executive fleets are handled may continue to evolve. Merchants Fleet Management's Director of Strategic Consulting, Brad Jacobs, weighs in on the changing landscape.
  • Tax Cut Should Spur Fleet Industry Growth

    Dec 27, 2017
    On December 22nd, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a tax reform bill into law. Merchant Fleet Management's Vice President of Sales, Tom Coffey, explores what the new bill could mean in terms of fleet management.
  • The New Normal? U.S. Auto Sales Slipping, Stronger Incentives for Big Fleets

    Dec 04, 2017
    When auto sales slip, car-makers roll out the incentives. Howard Goldman, Purchasing Manager at Merchants Fleet Management, believes that means good news for large fleets. But does it extend to smaller volume clients?
  • Warranty Recovery Costs Remain Flat for 2017

    Nov 03, 2017
    All new vehicles are covered under a factory warranty program. Warranty recovery can help manage fleet costs.
  • Preventative Maintenance Costs Remain Flat in 2017

    Nov 01, 2017
    Preventive maintenance expenses in calendar-year 2017 were flat compared to 2016, primarily due to improvements in engine design, onboard vehicle technology, and improved oil quality, which is allowing fleets to extend oil drain intervals.
  • Higher Commodity Prices Put Upward Pressure On Tire Costs

    Nov 01, 2017
    Replacement tires can be a major expense for your fleet. George Alrbight of Merchants Fleet Management explores the correlation between tire prices and a fleet's overall cost.
  • Stable Fuel Spend Keeps Lid on Overall Operating Costs

    Nov 01, 2017
    The stability of fuel prices over the past 30 months has been the No. 1 factor contributing to keeping fleet operating costs flat.
  • Operating Costs Remain Flat for Fifth Consecutive Year

    Nov 01, 2017
    2017 marked the fifth consecutive year that fleet operating costs remained flat. This was primarily due to the continuation of stable gasoline and diesel prices; which offset higher maintenance labor costs and price increases for replacement tires. Depreciation costs are key to any fleet manager, and according to Michael Singer, a Merchants Fleet Management Strategic Consultant, a noteworthy trend can be found in light trucks.
  • ELD Mandate: Is Your Head Still In The Sand?

    Oct 13, 2017
    If you think you have 11 weeks to implement an electronic logging device (ELD) system to meet the Dec. 18 compliance deadline, you really don't - for a few reasons. Merchants Fleet Management Product Sales Consultant, Jennifer Gordon, offers a key tip when dealing with the change.
  • Order-to-Delivery Times for 2017 Models Remain

    Oct 02, 2017
    Order-to-delivery (OTD) times for the 2017 model-year were comparable to those experienced by commercial fleets during the 2016 model-year.
  • Top 6 Variables Influencing 2017 Order-to-Delivery Times

    Oct 02, 2017
    Automotive Fleet magazine enlisted the brainpower of 10 subject-matter experts to take a deep-dive analysis examining the key factors that influenced order-to-delivery (OTD) for 2017 models. James Crocker, Director of Fleet Operations for Merchants Fleet Management weighs in.
  • How Fleet Management Companies Prepped for Irma

    Sep 18, 2017
    Fleet management companies put in place resources for commercial fleets with vehicles in South Florida that may have suffered damage from Hurricane Irma. They helped drivers locate fuel, identified replacement units, and managed an influx of calls from drivers.
  • Data Driven ELD's Can Open Door to Big Data

    Aug 21, 2017
    If knowledge is power, then Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) could be the most powerful device on the truck. Sure, the device at its most basic is responsible only for monitoring hours of service, but the potential of networking and integrating data is impossible to ignore. Brad Jacobs, Direcotr of Strategic Planning at Merchants Fleet Management looks at how you can utilize the ELD reports to increase savings.

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