Merchants Fleet’s Brad Jacobs and Hari Nayar to Speak at 2023 NAFA Institute & Expo

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Written By: Merchants Fleet

Jacobs And Nayar Will Lead Discussions and Guide Fleets on how to Recession-proof Operations and Simplify the Electrification Journey 

HOOKSETT, N.H., April 17, 2023—Merchants Fleet, the nation’s fastest growing fleet management company, today announced that its Vice President of Fleet Consulting and Product Development, Brad Jacobs, and Vice President of Fleet Electrification and Sustainability, Hari Nayar will participate in the 2023 NAFA Institute & Expo. The event, April 17-19, draws thousands of fleet and mobility professionals from every segment to meet and experience cutting-edge products, learn about strategies and solutions of today’s fleet concerns, and network.

Preparation to ensure a business can survive, and possibly even thrive, in an economic downturn is paramount. Jacobs will lead a panel that explores how fleets can leverage proven methods to recession proof their fleets. Panelists will uncover:

  • Leveraging liquidity in vehicles
  • The benefits of guaranteed offer programs as an alternative to traditional remarketing
  • Tactics to stay flexible, proactive, and responsive to the market

Session Title: “Recession-proofing Your Fleet”
Date: Monday, April 17, 2023
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. EDT
Location: Center, 345; Baltimore Convention Center; Baltimore, MD

Today, one in five vehicles on U.S. roadways belong to a fleet. By 2030, the World Economic Forum projects the number of delivery vehicles will increase by 36% in the top 100 global cities. Therefore, a concerted push toward electrifying these vehicles is paramount to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonizing the transportation sector. However, in many cases, it may take a fleet more than a decade to implement an entire electrification strategy, as unique needs can vary. Nayar will lead a discussion that will address:

  • Ways to simplify the electrification process
  • How to identify the most common challenges for employees and understand how fleet managers can improve the experience of working with new vehicles, infrastructure and behaviors
  • How to leverage a fleet’s positive, first EV experience to catapult it to full electrification

Session Title: “Easy as Pie: Simplify Your Fleet Electrification Journey” 
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Time: 3:15 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Center, 340; Baltimore Convention Center; Baltimore, MD

Jacobs has more than 15 years of experience in fleet management. He partners with Merchants’ clients to identify long- and short-term cost savings and policy opportunities through customized lifecycle management, analysis, technology, and benchmarking. He is also responsible for product ownership and project management efforts for many of the company’s strategic initiatives.

Nayar is a tenured engineer with more than a decade of experience developing battery and energy related electro-mechanical products for defense, medical, automotive, and consumer electronics applications. Nayar leads Merchants’ electrification team, focused on providing clients with the tools, insights, and product solutions they need to make a seamless and cost-effective transition to EVs—charging infrastructure included.

At 2023 NAFA Institute & Expo, Merchants will be located at booth #1045. Media and analysts interested in speaking with Jacobs or Nayar at the event may contact [email protected].

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