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  • Auction block

    Sep 17, 2018
    Everything has a lifespan, and your landscape trucks are no different. Managing their replacement is vital to your business because you don’t have time (or the patience) for breakdowns. And let’s face it: A truck that’s not on the road isn’t making you money. Here’s what you should know about buying and selling these key assets.
  • Stop Spinning Your Wheels When It Comes to Managing Your Trucks

    Sep 13, 2018
    Everything has a lifespan, and your landscape trucks are no different. Managing their replacement is vital to your business because you don’t have time (or the patience) for breakdowns. And let’s face it: A truck that’s not on the road isn’t making you money.
  • New Tax Law Makes Compelling Case for Company-Provided Vehicles

    Aug 30, 2018
    Late last year, Congress passed, and President Trump signed, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. While the full impact of these changes has not yet been felt, any company that is dependent on a mobile workforce should carefully evaluate the potential impact and their strategy around company transportation.
  • Tax Change Prompts Companies to Consider Company-Provided Vehicles vs. Reimbursement

    Aug 09, 2018
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which became law on Jan. 1, 2018, eliminated the ability to deduct unreimbursed employee expenses, including eligible vehicle expenses on personal income tax returns. Prior to the tax law change, if employees itemized deductions, they could deduct unreimbursed business expenses on the amount that exceeded 2% of their adjusted gross income. Todd Welle of Merchants Fleet Management weighed in on the matter, and noted how fleets are approaching the topic today.
  • How to Address Drug Use in a Fleet Policy

    Jul 30, 2018
    Merchants Fleet Management Product Specialist Jen Gordon weighs in on how companies should handle the enforcement of their drug policies.
  • Now What? Why Ford Owners Shouldn’t Hit the Panic Button When It Comes to Selling their Used Sedans

    Jul 27, 2018
    Earlier this year Ford announced they were essentially throwing in the towel on the sedan. Brad Jacobs, Director of Strategic Consulting of Merchants Fleet Management, explores why this doesn’t necessarily mean doom and gloom for current Ford owners looking to remarket their cars.
  • Safety in Numbers: How Fleet Data Can Reduce Accidents

    Jul 26, 2018
    Despite an increased focus on driver safety, accidents are still a major issue for fleet managers. Learn how to cut to the source of the problem with a proven, data-powered formula. Through a combination of well-defined policies and telematics data, you can work to improve safety consciousness in your fleet.
  • The Economics of Sedans vs. SUVs

    Jul 09, 2018
    SUVs have slowly become the vehicle of choice for drivers. Michael J. Singer, a Strategic Consultant at Merchants Fleet Management, joins other fleet professionals as they discuss the economics of sedans vs SUVs.
  • How to Manage Your Fleet as Efficiently as Possible

    Jun 28, 2018
    Managing a fleet can be a full-time job, but what if “fleet manager” is only one of the hats you wear? Make sure you have the right foundation in place to ensure you’re saving both time and money when it comes to your fleet. Merchants Fleet Management Strategic Consultant Michael J. Singer tackles this common problem.
  • Data-Driven Driving: Find the Right Tools for Tracking Fleet Info

    Jun 19, 2018
    The key to success with a fleet management software package is knowing exactly what kinds of data are needed and finding the right vendor that can provide both the right software and the kind of service relationship that allows the user to grow into it over time.
  • Commercial Fleet Accident Rate Reaches 20%

    Jun 14, 2018
    Dan Chengary and Joe Birren of Merchants Fleet Management join other fleet experts as they unpack the troubling fact that commercial fleet accident rates are on the rise. The group explores the reasons for this as well as potential solutions.
  • Uncharted Waters: Making Sense of Ford’s Decision

    May 17, 2018
    Ford's recent decision to ditch the compact car has grabbed headlines. But what does this decision mean? Jack Firriolo and James Crocker of Merchant Fleet Management sat down to discuss how this scenario could potentially play out.
  • 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.

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