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Co-author of the popular Contented Cows leadership book series, Richard Hadden is an expert on the connection between people and profit. At NAFA’s I&E event, scheduled for April 22–24, 2024, in San Antonio, Hadden will conduct the pre-conference Leadership Development Institute Program presentation on how to create an engaged workforce as well as a keynote talk on “Recruiting and Retention…

By Carla Kalogeridis CAFM Live, a cutting-edge educational offering at I&E 2024, helps fleet managers prepare and navigate through the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) program and examination. Covering all eight CAFM certification modules — including Asset Management, Business Management, Financial Management, Information Management, Maintenance Management, Professional Development, Risk Management and Vehicle Fuel Management — this add-on program to I&E…

By Brian Fielkow April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month. This year, let’s recognize our roles as business leaders and managers in ensuring our drivers avoid distractions. When a distracted driving incident occurs within your fleet, your first response may be to blame the driver. While the driver should certainly be held accountable for their decisions, consider the employer’s role…

NAFA sat down with PARS, Inc. President, Lori Rasmussen, to discuss how mentorship impacts the careers of fleet professionals. AFLA’s Women in Fleet Management Task Force is an amazing mentorship program that has been invaluable to me. I had a lot of great people take me under their wings when I started in fleet in 2004, so chairing WIFM is…

Thanks to operational savings and generous EV adoption incentives, more businesses, educational institutions, and agencies are incorporating EVs into their fleets than ever before. However, this transition comes with its own set of challenges. One significant hurdle is ensuring a reliable and convenient charging infrastructure. Here are five reasons your fleet may consider a charging-at-home reimbursement program for employees who…

As we continue to update fleet managers about fleet electrification and its ramifications, we now turn to policies coming from the federal government. Just as with state policies, the push for electrification at the federal level is linked with increasingly stringent greenhouse gas (GHG) emission regulations. On August 5, 2021, the Biden Administration issued Executive Order 14037 (EO 14037) on…

Nirmit Agarwala joined Merchants Fleet in May 2023 and serves as vice president of business transformation. In his role, Agarwala is the architect of Merchants’ Business Transformation Office, which promotes value-creation through driving efficiency levers. Prior to joining Merchants, Agarwala served in several positions at Wayfair, with his most recent position as chief customer officer and GM of incident management….

As the fleet industry rapidly moves to electrify, fleet managers face a new and complex array of challenges centered around vehicle charging. Implementing a home charging program, where employees charge company-owned or leased electric vehicles at home, is emerging as a compelling solution to alleviate these concerns. A home-first, decentralized charging strategy reduces the demand for on-site charging infrastructure. It…

As we gear up for the new year, businesses and individuals alike are bracing themselves for changes on various fronts. One notable change on the horizon is the upcoming shift in the IRS mileage rate in 2024. For fleets and for those who rely on their vehicles for work-related purposes, this alteration carries significant implications. Let’s delve into what the…

Inventory and infrastructure are going to continue to challenge fleet managers into 2024. Do you have the right partnerships and creative solutions in place? As vice president of fleet consulting for Merchants Fleet, Brad Jacobs shares his advice on this and more. FLEETSolutions: How would you describe the state of the fleet industry right now? Jacobs: The fleet industry has…