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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Go to the Article
“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.
“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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