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Cultural Transformation to a Tech Company Featuring Brendan P. Keegan

July 18th, 2019|

Merchants Fleet CEO Brendan Keegan shared his thoughts and insights with Wisco Weekly on how he is turning a fleet management company into a fleet-tech company.

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The Role of the FleetTech Partner in the Future Mobility Ecosystem

July 18th, 2019|

Brendan P. Keegan, CEO of Merchants Fleet, spoke at TechCrunch’s TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10, 2019 in San Jose. After his session, “If You Build It, Will They Buy? – The Role of the FleetTech Partner in the Future Mobility Ecosystem” he spoke with Chris Brown from Fleet Forward about how fleet management companies and tech integrate.

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Merchants Fleet’s Keegan Defines Fleet Managers’ and FMCs’ Roles in New Mobility Era

June 11th, 2019|

New concepts in mobility are being tested in today’s fleets. CEO Brendan P. Keegan sat down with Chris Brown at Fleet Forward to discuss what the role of the fleet manager and the FMC will look like in the new mobility era.

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Defining Scenarios for Sharing Fleet Vehicles

May 24th, 2019|

Sometimes the opportunity to share fleet vehicles is not as obvious as other sharing opportunities. VP of Mobility John Cail discussed different scenarios where sharing vehicles could make sense for companies.

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Keep Truck Replacement Schedules Flexible

May 11th, 2019|

Fleet Consultant Dale Mottram talked to Work Truck Magazine about why flexible replacement schedules are a must for truck fleets.

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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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