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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 to Expect from the 2019 LA Auto Show

November 20th, 2019|

What’s in store at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show? Electric vehicles and mobility will both take center stage, according to Automotive Fleet. Senior VP of Sales Tom Coffey also weighed in on the current EV landscape.

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Are You a Bad Driver?

November 18th, 2019|

What are the tell-tale signs of poor driver behavior? Director of Fleet Products & Services Emily Candib weighed in for USA Today.

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Weighing the Value of Mobile Maintenance: Hard Costs vs. Soft Costs

November 11th, 2019|

Interest in mobile maintenance is growing among vocational fleets since it minimizes downtime. Merchants Fleet’s Director of Maintenance George Albright recently weighed in on this trend for Work Truck.

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When to Restrict Personal Use of Fleet Vehicles

November 7th, 2019|

Having a policy that addresses personal use of company vehicles is critical for safety and risk management. However, according to Merchants Fleet Regional Vice President Bill Stueber, many fleets overlook this need. Read more about common practices and tools to help you put a policy in place.

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Operating Costs Inch Up for Second Consecutive Year

October 25th, 2019|

2019 was the second consecutive year that fleet operating costs rose, according to Automotive Fleet. Merchants Fleet provided data and expertise for the report.

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Warranty Recovery and Good Will Assistance Remains Stringent

October 18th, 2019|

Warranty recovery has remained stable in 2019, but there is a trend of more stringent enforcement of recommended services in order to be eligible.

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Higher Labor Rates Pushing Up Total Fleet Maintenance Costs

October 18th, 2019|

2019 marked another year of rising maintenance costs due to complex vehicle technology, labor shortages, and higher-cost tires and synthetic motor oils. Director of Fleet Maintenance George Albright spoke to Automotive Fleet about what is driving cost increases.

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Fleet Oil Drain and PM Costs Increase Again in 2019

October 18th, 2019|

Brad Jacobs, Director of Fleet Consulting, discussed how hybrids and electric vehicles are impacting preventive maintenance costs for fleets. Automotive Fleet reported that preventive maintenance increased again in 2019, partly due to the increased use of synthetic motor oil.

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Replacement Tire Prices Moderate to Rate of Inflation

October 18th, 2019|

Stable commodity pricing meant moderate tire price increases this year, according to Automotive Fleet. Director of Fleet Maintenance George Albright weighed in on what is influencing tire prices and what’s ahead for 2020.

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Why Railcar Constraints Continue to Impact Order-to-Delivery

October 9th, 2019|

Charles Mathew, Fleet Operations Manager, discussed continuing railcar shortages with Automotive Fleet. “There are never enough car haulers, order-to-delivery timeframes are showing there is an improvement year-over-year though,” he said.

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Chassis Shortages and Installation Backlogs Slow Upfitter Order-to-Delivery

October 9th, 2019|

High demand for trucks caused backlogs as upfitters worked at capacity in 2019. Charles Mathew, Fleet Operations Manager at Merchants, commented on some of the additional factors that impacted OTD times for upfitted vehicles.

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Average Fleet Order-to-Delivery Times Worsen in 2019

September 24th, 2019|

While order-to-delivery times for the 2019 model year increased, there were some spots of improvements. Fleet Operations Manager Charles Mathew talked to Automotive Fleet about the various factors that impacted delivery logistics throughout the year.

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Personal-Use Charges Inch Higher Due to Vehicle Costs

August 27th, 2019|

Personal use charges inched up again this year, according to Automotive Fleet’s annual Personal Use Survey. Senior Fleet Consultant Eric Miller was one of multiple industry experts to weigh in on the factors behind the increase.

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Spec’ing Trucks for Enhanced Productivity

August 12th, 2019|

Under-spec’ed and over-spec’ed vehicles have significant disadvantages. Jake Hebenstrait, senior account manager at Merchants Fleet, shared his perspective on how fleets can properly spec their vehicles to realize improvements in productivity.

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Fleet Meets Tech in San Jose

July 24th, 2019|

TechCrunch’s TC Sessions: Mobility convened in San Jose on July 10, 2019, and Chris Brown of Fleet Forward compiled notable quotes from the day’s presenters. Included in his roundup are takeaways from CEO Brendan P. Keegan’s presentation “If You Build It, Will They Buy? The Role of the FleetTech Partner in the Future Mobility Ecosystem.”

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