Focusing on innovation in Global 1000 companies, this year’s winners include Airbnb, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Innovators for Ukraine, Merchants Fleet, and Walmart
Hooksett, N.H. November 1, 2022: Merchants Fleet, the nation’s fastest-growing fleet management company, today announces it has been named a winner of the 2022 Impact Awards by InnoLead, a research company that celebrates innovations in large organizations that have driven extraordinary outcomes. The award specifically recognizes the Merchants Technology & Commercial Rental teams for their innovative new Condition Assessment Program which was launched earlier this year, creating dramatic new efficiencies in the vehicle assessment process for fleet clients throughout North America.
“The Merchants Technology & Commerical Rental teams have knocked it out of the park once again, with the innovative new Condition Assessment Program which saves our clients a tremendous amount time and money,” said Chairman, CEO & President Brendan P. Keegan. “We are extraordinarily proud of our team, and we are thrilled to receive this award which recognizes Merchants as true innovators in our field.”
Merchants’ new Condition Assessment Program is an automated process which allows clients to perform their own vehicle assessments through an innovative AI-based software. To date, Merchants has assessed over 16,799 vehicles using this new automation, which has reduced the processing time and allowed Merchants to ensure the timely availability of thousands of commercial rental vehicles for clients throughout North America.
In addition to Merchants, 2022 winners include Airbnb, Babcock Ranch, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Highmark Health, NASA/John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Walmart, and World Central Kitchen. A special commendation was given to Innovators for Ukraine, a new initiative created by a member of the InnoLead community, Eric Braun, to help people displaced by the war in Ukraine with money, language courses, and connections to jobs.
“This year, several of our winners, including Airbnb and World Central Kitchen, were recognized for the nimble and important work they did to support the Ukrainian people, both inside and outside of their country,” said Scott Kirsner, CEO and Co-Founder of InnoLead. “But we also saw awards for using artificially intelligent characters in customer service, deploying self-driving trucks, and building more sustainable and resilient planned communities. It’s an amazing set of winners — all of whom worked through big challenges and constraints.”
The InnoLead editorial team first narrowed the applicant pool down to a group of finalists. These organizations were then evaluated based on the overall societal or business value by a panel of judges from organizations such as Atrium Health, Babson College, Entergy, Johnsonville, LPL Financial, Newlab, PepsiCo, and more.