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November 27, 2017

The Future of Fleet is Managing the Connected Vehicle Ecosystem

In the next decade, the term "fleet management" will soon become inadequate to fully define the scope of our industry and it will be viewed as an anachronistic label. Today's vehicle connectivity megatrend will be the catalyst of an expanded fleet business model focused on managing a new connected vehicle ecosystem. This fleet ecosystem will encompass not only the vehicle, but also the mobile workers and, more importantly, the work they performed and the tools they use.

November 21, 2017

Merchants Names Keegan CEO

Brendan Keegan will assume the role of chief executive for Merchants Fleet Management, after serving in an interim capacity since late September, after Glen Villano stepped down.

November 15, 2017

Wheels Recognizes Upfit Supplier of the Year

Wheels Inc. named Canfield Equipment as the recipient of its 2017 Upfit Supplier of the Year Award for performance excellence, exemplary service, and innovation. This is the second year the award has been presented by the fleet management company.

November 14, 2017

Fleet Will Need to Reinvent Itself as a New Vision of Fleet Management Emerges

Over the past several decades, the purchasing managers of yesteryear reinvented themselves into procurement professionals whose function is now viewed as a strategic asset that provides a competitive advantage to a corporation. Can fleet management, likewise, elevate its perceived value to a corporation, especially in the eyes of its senior management? I say yes, and the timing is right to do so.

October 17, 2017

Element's 2017 Roundtable Highlights Fleet Trends

Hundreds of fleet company executives, supplier partners, automotive manufacturers and Element experts gathered at the 2017 Element Fleet Roundtable in Maryland last week.

October 6, 2017

Dan Frank Named Chief Executive of Wheels

Dan Frank has been named the chief executive officer of Wheels, Inc., as his father Jim Frank transitions from that role to executive chairman of the board, the fleet management company announced.

October 3, 2017

Chevrolet Colorado Showed Fastest Truck Order-to-Delivery for 2017

The Chevrolet Colorado truck logged the fastest order-to-delivery (OTD) time among trucks in the 2017 model-year, averaging 64 days, a 17-day improvement over 2016 figures.

October 2, 2017

New Faces in Safe Places

Conferences like AFLA can provide a space for new faces in the industry to meet and network with experienced peers and suppliers, without being crowded by salespeople.

September 7, 2017

How Fleet Management Companies Prepped for Irma

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.

September 1, 2017

Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

August 22, 2017

Fla. Contractor Increases Efficiency with Custom Telematics Feed

MasTec Advanced Technologies, a Coral Gables, Fla. telecommunications infrastructure company, has improved its visibility of fleet operations under a data partnership with ARI and Geotab, the fleet management company announced.

August 14, 2017

Element Introduces Connected Data Service

Element Fleet Management has introduced a vehicle data service known as Connected Data that delivers feeds such as odometer reporting, vehicle diagnostics and driver behavior data such as speeding and harsh braking, the fleet management company announced.

August 11, 2017

What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

August 1, 2017

Donlen Partners with J.J. Keller on ELD Solution

By partnering with J. J. Keller, Donlen is able to offer customers a compliant ELD solution that is simple and flexible for fleets, with ELDs that install quickly and are compatible with all vehicle classes (1-8).

July 24, 2017

Driving Dynamics Acquires Element's CTS Training Unit

Driving Dynamics has acquired the Center for Transportation Safety (CTS) from Element Fleet Management in a deal that will expand its own fleet driver training and preserve the fleet management company's safety offering to its own clients, Driving Dynamics has announced.

June 5, 2017

The Origin and History of Global Fleet Management

Up until the late 1990s, no corporation had a global, or even regional, fleet management reporting structure, with the possible exception of Canadian subsidiaries of U.S. parent companies. At the start of the 21st Century, managers with global fleet responsibilities began to proliferate.

May 22, 2017

ARI to Offer SiriusXM to Fleet Clients

ARI will offer SiriusXM to its fleet clients under a new partnership the fleet management company says will help companies improve driver retention rates.

May 17, 2017

Q. How can windshield-mounted cameras and other devices meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMCSR) section 5301 safety standard while not causing an obstruction?

A. Windshield mounted devices should never obstruct a driver's view. Based on the design of the vehicle and the device itself, exact placement will shift but...

May 17, 2017

Q. What factors need to be taken into account when calculating the lifecycle costs of a vehicle from acquisition through disposal?

A. Total cost of ownership will vary based on the type of vehicle used, application, and operating conditions. Generally speaking, cost of ownership will include...

May 9, 2017

Merchants Hires Senior Truck and Upfit Engineer

Merchants Fleet Management has hired Joe Birren as senior truck and upfit engineer, the fleet management company has announced.

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