Fleet Management Consulting: The Power of People + Meaningful Data

Fleet Consulting

A true partner to tackle your key challenges

The Merchants Fleet consulting team combines industry experience, analytical skills, big data, and the latest fleet technologies to provide tailored solutions across the entire fleet lifecycle. Whether you are looking to reduce costs, improve efficiency, enhance corporate sustainability, upgrade your fleet policies, or improve driver behavior, we are ready to devise the most effective strategies to meet your goals.

Industry Leading Expertise for Deeper Insights

Our fleet management consultants average over a decade of experience in the fleet industry, and utilize deep industry knowledge to identify critical factors that will have the greatest impact on your fleet operations.

Depending on your fleet and business goals, we will provide a tailored selection of the following fleet consulting services:

  • Benchmark Analyses
  • Electric Vehicle Analyses
  • Fuel Cost and Price Predictions
  • Lifecycle Optimization
  • Business Scorecard Processes
  • Budgeting and Finance
  • Driver Behavior Analyses
  • Total Cost of Ownership Analyses
  • Asset Management Optimization
  • Alternative Fuel Analyses
  • Preventative and Non-Preventative Maintenance Predictions

Big Data & Fleet Technology

Using TotalView fleet management software, insights from existing clients, telematics, third-party sources, and other reporting avenues, our consultants put big data to work to help our clients better manage their fleets.

TotalView equips us with real-time, actionable, fleet data, presented visually for sharp analyses. Before recommending a more cost-effective fleet management solution, we evaluate advanced analytics and data relating to your:

  • Fuel Spend
  • Trip Data
  • Driver Behaviors
  • Maintenance Trends
  • Vehicle-Specific Details

Our fleet consultants are focused on thoroughly understanding your fleet, processes, and organizational culture to make tailored recommendations that take the broader context of your business into account. By pairing data with experience and a collaborative, client-centered approach, we can help make a significant impact on your fleet operations and your bottom line.

Cost Savings from Fleet Consulting

With telematics, we are able to create a Fleet Scorecard, which is a business review of your fleet and driver performance.

While reviewing your Fleet Scorecards and quantifying goals on an annual basis and by cost-per-mile, we determine exactly where your business can save on maintenance, fuel, and vehicle costs.

Our Fleet Scorecards have been proven to lead to significant cost savings. In one instance, they resulted in a 10% overall improvement in driver behavior and a 15% decrease in accidents.

3-Step Fleet Consulting Process

Step 1: Research and Analyze

First, our fleet consultants begin by reviewing:

  • Lifecycle Cost Analyses
  • Vehicle Optimization
  • Fleet Cycling and Replacement Strategies
  • Resale Market Optimization
  • Safety Best Practices

With data from TotalView, we work with you to identify opportunities for improvement and use predictive analytics to deliver data-driven solutions that lead to meaningful change.

Step 2: Develop and Implement Strategies

Once we have discussed opportunities and a tailored strategy is in place, we provide tools to monitor and manage fleet costs and trends. Our consultants use Fleet Scorecards to examine fleet costs and performance throughout the lifecycle of your vehicles, along with industry knowledge to deliver actionable information and targeted recommendations for improvement. We analyze major fleet costs, performance, behaviors, and sustainability goals to create benchmarks and target new opportunities.

Step 3: Continually Optimize

Strategic fleet consulting is an ongoing, collaborative process. Our consultants will continually work with you to ensure that your goals are achieved and gains are maintained over time. We will work with you to maintain an open dialogue about your fleet strategy, and we will examine your fleet’s performance at a regular interval that makes sense for your business — quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.

We then offer proactive recommendations to drive continuous improvement, best practices, and superior performance. Together, we will help keep your vehicles and drivers operating at maximum performance while lowering your total cost of ownership.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of leases do you offer?

Merchants Fleet believes in a tailored approach and understands leases are not a one-size-fits-all product. We will work with you to determine exactly what you need for lease funding. Some of our options include open-end, close-end, short-term leasing, re-leasing, and value leasing. We also offer fleet buyback and vehicle acquisition programs. Learn more here.

How long are your leases?

Merchants Fleet offers leases as short as a few months, up to traditional leases. Our team can help you determine what the optimal lease length is for your situation.

How quickly can I get my fleet vehicles?

Merchants Fleet works with manufacturers and dealers nationwide. Your sales executive will work with you to determine your needs and get your vehicles as soon as possible. However, timeframes may vary according to the type of vehicle you need, your specifications, and manufacturer timelines.

What is telematics?

Telematics uses GPS and integrated telecommunications to give you real-time snapshots of your fleet operations. The system sends, receives and stores information about each vehicle so you can get detailed information about speed, idle times, overall vehicle health, and driver behavior. Learn more about how telematics works and how it provides insights into your fleet.

How can I reduce my cost of ownership?

There are many ways to reduce your total cost of ownership. Examining fuel costs, idling, driver behavior, maintenance patterns, and vehicle lifecycle can all lead to opportunities for improvements. Merchants Fleet strategic consulting has a team of analytics-minded experts who can examine your fleet data to identify ways to make meaningful changes to your fleet operations. Learn more about fleet consulting.

Did you know that light trucks typically spend 12% of their operation time idling?

Let the Merchants Fleet strategic consulting team find opportunities to drive meaningful change for your fleet.