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  • 2016 Order-To-Delivery Times Comparable to MY-2015

    Oct 4, 2016
    Order-to-delivery (OTD) times for 2016 models was another case of good news and bad news, and, in many ways, was similar to what was experienced by fleets in the prior model-year.
  • Meeting the Challenge of Depreciation

    Sep 25, 2016
    The biggest expense category for fleets today continues to be depreciation. There are concrete ways that fleet managers can control depreciation throughout the vehicle’s entire lifecycle.
  • The Truth Behind Compact Van Depreciation

    Sep 6, 2016
    While strong value retention for pickups is well known, it’s worth digging into the reasons behind compact vans’ recent poor performance and why large van values are holding up better than their compact counterparts.
  • Improving Efficiency in Government Fleets

    Sep 2, 2016
    Cloud computing and big data are powering real-time vehicle monitoring in systems that capture a wealth of actionable information from tire pressures and idling times to, speed, locations and routes. These telematics and analytics-driven fleet management tools can deliver data to desktop dashboards, but more importantly, recent developments in how that information is aggregated and presented to users makes that information truly actionable. As a result, managers and drivers can make informed decisions that reduce accident rates and fuel usage, maximize resource deployment, and mitigate vehicle wear and tear.
  • Driver Data, Fewer Accidents

    Aug 25, 2016
    Working with drivers to foster safe habits is challenging. Every employer with drivers on the job grapples with the associated risks and the irony that the smartphones on which they rely can increase those risks. While one side of the technology equation may be a culprit, emerging technology such as crash avoidance, land-departure alarms, blind-spot sensors, rear cameras, and telematics give drivers feedback that encourages safer habits.
  • Fleet Visionary Award

    Aug 1, 2016
    Sponsored by Merchants Fleet Management, the Fleet Visionary Award is designed to recognize and celebrate new voices in Fleet Management. This article contains more information about the award and how to nominate someone (self-nominations are permitted).
  • 4 Elements of an Effective Safety Program

    Jun 1, 2016
    Safety has become a top of mind concern for today’s fleets. While there is an array of safety technologies being outfitted in today’s vehicles to avoid or mitigate the effects of vehicle crashes, the need for a comprehensive fleet safety program is still paramount to keep drivers, their vehicles, and the public out of harm’s way.
  • Choosing Between Vans and Pickups

    May 20, 2016
    Fleets carry out a multitude of tasks to fulfill the mission of the companies and customers they serve. Many of these tasks are accomplished using either a van or pickup. With a thorough analysis of vehicle cost and vehicle use, the choice becomes a little clearer.
  • How to Get Drivers to Take Better Care of Fleet Vehicles

    Apr 21, 2016
    For many companies fleet vehicles are the literal engine that keeps things going. Fleet managers rely on company drivers to take care of their vehicles so they can get to job sites or customer appointments, do the job efficiently when they get there, and look good doing it.
  • Top 13 Trends in Commercial Fleet Management

    Apr 1, 2016
    When reading reports about the national macro-economy, it is easy to be lulled into thinking everyone is experiencing the same business conditions; however, for many companies the economy continues to be sluggish and uncertain.
  • Open-End Versus Closed-End Leases

    Mar 29, 2016
    For larger commercial fleets, leasing is the dominant acquisition method. On the other hand, small commercial fleets still have a tendency to buy, though many realize the benefits of leasing. Large fleet or small, companies choose to lease their vehicles as a way to reduce the amount of capital tied up in non-core assets, as well as reduce sales tax by paying tax on the lease payments instead of paying tax on the vehicle purchase amount.
  • How Fleet Safety and Accident Management Evolved

    Mar 17, 2016
    While far from the inventor, or even first users of data analytics, the abundance of data points provided by a fleet operation necessitated fleets to be early adopters and avid connoisseurs of analytic technologies.
  • 20 Safetyand Accident Analytics Mistakes

    Mar 8, 2016
    With so many moving parts, data points, and ways to interpret and analyze the data, safety and accident management analytics come with a unique set of challenges. Subject-matter experts weighed in and provided what they see as the top mistakes made by fleet managers and how to work to avoid them.
  • Taking the Right Steps in Vehicle Acquisition

    Mar 7, 2016
    From the outside looking in, vehicle acquisition may seem like an easy process: You choose the vehicle you want and you buy it. Fleet managers know it’s not as simple as that. Vehicle acquisition involves a complex array of decisions, ranging from what types of new vehicles should be purchased when and from whom, to how that purchase will perform for the fleet over time.
  • Merchants Fleet Management, Microsoft Customer Story

    Feb 22, 2016
    Where the rubber meets the road with a custom-built software solution.
  • Vehicle Depreciation Remains Steady

    Feb 17, 2016
    Industry subject-matter experts agree on one thing: Overall, vehicle depreciation from 2014 to 2015 has remained relatively stable.
  • Open-End Versus Closed-End Leasing

    Jan 20, 2016
    The fleet leasing industry is taking a cautiously optimistic approach to coming changes in accounting standards that have reignited discussions about the leasing instruments that have become essential tools for procurement of fleet vehicles.
  • Lease-Purchase Strategy Fueling Fleet Acquisition

    Jan 13, 2016
    Facing rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet, the City of Baltimore hired Mercury Associates Inc. in 2012 to analyze the city’s utilization of its fleet, vehicle cycling timetable, and maintenance operation.
  • Class 3-6 Truck Forecast: Operating Costs Stable

    Nov 27, 2015
    Despite the downward pressure on fuel costs and stable maintenance expenses, fleet still represents one of the top five expense line items for companies that operate fleets of Class 3-6 trucks.
  • 18 Recommendations to Improve OTD for Upfits

    Nov 20, 2015
    There have been a number of initiatives adopted by OEMs and fleet management companies (FMC) to assist their clients in improving order-to-delivery times (OTD), especially for trucks and vans requiring upfitting.

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