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Merchants Fleet experts share their fleet industry expertise and insights about the latest fleet news with members of the media

What’s Impacting Truck Replacement?

May 8th, 2019|

Deciding when to replace a truck can be a challenge that involves balancing many factors. Fleet Consultant Dale Mottram discussed the trend in owned truck fleets to run assets longer and how leased programs can help reduce the financial burden of replacing vehicles.

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Commercial Fleet Sales Surge in April

May 3rd, 2019|

Sales of commercial fleet vehicles increased 11.2% in April compared to a year ago. Senior VP of Sales Tom Coffey attributed the surge to approaching build out dates.

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2019 Nissan Rogue: 5 Fleet Features

May 2nd, 2019|

Our Director of Operations & Purchasing, Candice Groth, recently talked to Automotive Fleet about how service and delivery fleets have been adopting the 2019 Nissan Rogue compact SUV.

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NYC to Roll Out Congestion Toll in 2021

April 3rd, 2019|

Merchants Fleet’s Vice President of Fleet Strategy, Dan Hannan, weighs in on the news that New York City will be implementing new tolls to reduce traffic in Manhattan.

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FCA Invests $4.5B in Jeep, Ram Expansion

February 26th, 2019|

Automotive Fleet spoke to Senior Vice President of Sales Tom Coffey about the news that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning to invest $4.5 billion in five Michigan assembly plants.

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Future Fleet Management Trends

December 18th, 2018|

The automotive industry is in the midst of undergoing changes that will greatly impact the future of fleet management as we know it. Automotive Fleet reached out to Merchants Fleet to help create a sense of what some aspects of the future of fleet will look like in the coming decade.

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Inside Merchants Truck Rental Program

December 6th, 2018|

Work Truck met with John Cail, a 30-year fleet and rental industry veteran who serves as vice president of mobility for Merchants Fleet, to learn more.

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Higher Motor Oil Prices Nudge Preventive Maintenance Costs Up

November 30th, 2018|

Preventive maintenance (PM) expenses were slightly higher in 2018 because of the increased cost of crude oil, but this was offset by improvements in engine design, onboard oil monitoring technology, and improved oil quality, allowing fleets to extend oil drain intervals. Oil drain intervals will continue to lengthen as older vehicles are retired from fleet service.

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Fuel Prices Increase Fleet Operating Costs

November 30th, 2018|

“There was additional consumption driven by Hurricane Florence that caused catastrophic damage in the Carolinas in September 2018. Fleets going to aid in recovery efforts consumed more fuel than was anticipated for the month of September. With many vehicles that fueled early prior to the storm, demand in the Southeast has been low compared to other regions and is only now starting to return to normal,” said George Albright, assistant director of maintenance for Merchants Fleet.

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Strategies to Reduce Fuel Spend

November 30th, 2018|

“Many fleets are working with their consultants to evaluate their fleet’s performance and are looking for additional engine efficiencies. Engine efficiency and advanced engine technology will continue to be an effective way to counteract higher gasoline prices,” said George Albright, assistant director of maintenance for Merchants Fleet Management.

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Vehicle Depreciation Should Rise in 2019

November 30th, 2018|

Companies with a large percentage of trucks in their fleets leaned toward more aggressive cycling policies, in order to take advantage of the sustained strong market.

That was an observation made by Bill Croke, manager of analytics for Merchants Fleet.

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How an RFI Can Improve Your RFP

November 15th, 2018|

While requests for proposals (RFPs) remain a nearly mandatory process for government agencies in the purchasing process, they have been less prevalent in corporate procurement, especially outside of the Fortune 500. Rob Daziel, Director of Supply Chain Management for Merchants Fleet, discussed what a request for information (RFI) can contribute to a company’s search for a fleet provider.

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Michigan Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

November 8th, 2018|

Michigan became the first Midwest state and the tenth in the nation to legalize marijuana for recreational use during Nov. 6 voting. Tom Coffey, senior vice president of sales of Merchants Fleet, weighed in on what this could mean for fleet productivity and driver safety.

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Warranty Recovery: More Stringent Manufacturer Enforcement Limits Dollars

November 1st, 2018|

Warranty recovery can help a fleet manage its maintenance costs, especially with extended powertrain warranties, which cover most components during the service life of a vehicle. However, warranty recovery tightened in 2018 due to greater OEM scrutiny, resulting in a slight decrease in recovery dollars. George Albright, assistant director of maintenance for Merchants Fleet, commented on these changes in a conversation with Automotive Fleet.

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Tire Prices Increase Due to Higher Commodity Costs

November 1st, 2018|

Replacement tire prices are experiencing upward pricing pressures due to higher prices for the commodities used to manufacture tires. In the past, price increases in replacement tires impacted retail consumers more so than fleets, which tend to buy from national account vendors based on pre-negotiated prices.

“Despite general cost stability in 2016, we have seen a continuation this year of the pricing uptick which was observed in 2017.  Manufacturers have attributed the pricing increases to rising commodity costs, brand value strength, and the strengthening of the dollar,” said George Albright, assistant director of maintenance for Merchants Fleet.

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