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  • What the New Tariffs Could Mean for Fleets

    Mar 12, 2018
    Earlier this month President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. The executive order has sparked speculation on what this could mean for fleets. Merchants Fleet Management’s Vice President of Sales, Tom Coffey, believes the decision could affect vehicle prices; “While it’s likely there will be short term employment gains in the protected industries, for those manufacturers that have depended on imports for some of their supply chain raw materials, there is a strong possibility they will pass through to consumers and businesses their increase cost of goods.”
  • Technology's Essential Role in Fleet Safety's Future

    Mar 12, 2018
    After nearly a decade on the decline, U.S. vehicle fatality rates for the past two years have been on the rise. Factors that have been linked to this rise are distracted driving and an increase in the average miles driven on an annual basis.
  • The Age of Mobility

    Mar 1, 2018
    Fleet sharing is driving new levels of efficiency. When the sharing economy first took off and then took hold, local governments initially focused on how to regulate the new, disruptive business models.
  • Expanding Takata Recall: What You Need to Know

    Feb 12, 2018
    We have entered year 10 of the massive Takata airbag recall. It is hardly an anniversary worth celebrating, but it is another jaw-dropping milestone for the most complex recall in our industry. And, it is far from over.
  • Merchants New CEO Talks Mobility, Growth Strategy

    Jan 2, 2018
    On Jan. 1, 2018, Merchants Fleet Management started off the year with Brendan P. Keegan as its chief executive officer (CEO). Keegan served in an interim capacity since Oct.1, 2017, after former CEO Glen Villano stepped down, having served in the position since February 2012
  • Top Trends in Executive Fleet Management

    Jan 2, 2018
    The perception of executive fleet management has shifted in recent years, and though its functions in fleet still remains largely the same, the way executive fleets are handled may continue to evolve.
  • Tax Cut Should Spur Fleet Industry Growth

    Dec 27, 2017
    A tax reform bill signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22 is expected to spur economic expansion, bring off-shore corporate revenues back to the U.S., and help fleet management companies make decisions about their operations that aren't tax driven, fleet management company experts said.
  • The New Normal? U.S. Auto Sales Slipping, Stronger Incentives for Big Fleets

    Dec 4, 2017
    When auto sales slip, car-makers roll out the incentives. And so it has been this year, and may well be for the foreseeable future, at least for some fleets and for some models.
  • Warranty Recovery Costs Remain Flat for 2017

    Nov 3, 2017
    All new vehicles are covered under a factory warranty program. Warranty recovery can help manage fleet costs.
  • Preventative Maintenance Costs Remain Flat in 2017

    Nov 1, 2017
    Preventive maintenance expenses in calendar-year 2017 were flat compared to 2016, primarily due to improvements in engine design, onboard vehicle technology, and improved oil quality, which is allowing fleets to extend oil drain intervals.
  • Higher Commodity Prices Put Upward Pressure On Tire Costs

    Nov 1, 2017
    Replacement tire prices remain stable, but they are starting to experience upward pricing pressures due to higher prices for the commodities used to manufacture tires.
  • Stable Fuel Spend Keeps Lid on Overall Operating Costs

    Nov 1, 2017
    The stability of fuel prices over the past 30 months has been the No. 1 factor contributing to keeping fleet operating costs flat.
  • Operating Costs Remain Flat for Fifth Consecutive Year

    Nov 1, 2017
    Calendar-year 2017 marks the fifth consecutive year that fleet operating costs have remained flat, primarily due to the continuation of stable gasoline and diesel prices, which offset higher maintenance labor costs and price increases for replacement tires.
  • ELD Mandate: Is Your Head Still In The Sand?

    Oct 13, 2017
    If you think you have 11 weeks to implement an electronic logging device system to meet the Dec. 18 compliance deadline, you really don't - for a few reasons...
  • Order-to-Delivery Times for 2017 Models Remain

    Oct 2, 2017
    Order-to-delivery (OTD) times for the 2017 model-year were comparable to those experienced by commercial fleets during the 2016 model-year.
  • Top 6 Variables Influencing 2017 Order-to-Delivery Times

    Oct 2, 2017
    Automotive Fleet magazine enlisted the brainpower of 10 subject-matter experts to take a deep-dive analysis examining the key factors that influenced order-to-delivery (OTD) for 2017 models.
  • How Fleet Management Companies Prepped for Irma

    Sep 18, 2017
    Fleet management companies put in place resources for commercial fleets with vehicles in South Florida that may have suffered damage from Hurricane Irma. They helped drivers locate fuel, identified replacement units, and managed an influx of calls from drivers.
  • Data Driven ELD's Can Open Door to Big Data

    Aug 21, 2017
    If knowledge is power, then Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) could be the most powerful device on the truck. Sure, the device at its most basic is responsible only for monitoring hours of service, but the potential of networking and integrating data is impossible to ignore.
  • Trump's EPA Expands Reviews of Obama's Mileage Rules

    Aug 11, 2017
    The Trump administration is reopening a federal review of Obama-era fuel economy rules covering the 2022 to 2025 model years, and expanding the review to include the 2021 model year signed in to law in 2012.
  • High-Minded Safety to Combat Drugged Driving

    Aug 3, 2017
    While federal regulations for alcohol and substance use and testing for truck drivers are well defined, laws regarding drug-impaired driving vary from state to state for drivers that do not fall into that commercial category.

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