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

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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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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