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Q. What questions should I ask when evaluating technology solutions?

A. If you are assessing these solutions your key considerations should be... READ MORE

Q. How does a fleet manager prepare for a storm?

A. Every fleet and organization is different. Some may need to move assets and workers away from threatened areas, while others, like utility or human service organizations, may send more in... READ MORE

Q. What is important to ask about when it comes to customer service?

A. Your contact options should never be limited to an 800 number... READ MORE

Q. How should we handle the damage to our fleet after the storm passes?

A. For any fleet, when storm-related vehicle damage occurs, it is treated like any other kind of accident. If you have an accident management program, your fleet partner should jump in... READ MORE

Q. What should fleet managers do if there is a fuel shortage during a natural disaster?

A. Fleets using fuel cards should have a “storm profile” in place that anticipates the impact of fuel scarcity. Prices may be rising and stations may ration fill-ups in emergency situations... READ MORE

Q. What do I need to tell my drivers before a storm?

A. When emergency protocols go into effect, drivers need to know where to go, and they also need to know what to do if they can no longer get there... READ MORE

Q. How do I assess their technology capabilities?

A. Ask when the first rollouts occurred, how many customers are using the technology and... READ MORE

Q. How do I determine if the leasing structure is right for our organization?

A. Not all FMCs are flexible when it comes to leasing plans... READ MORE

Q: If it is not illegal according to the Federal law, do employees still have to comply with company rules?

Clearly defined driver safety policies should consider federal regulations. . . READ MORE

Q: How can we encourage safe driving practices in our fleet?

Fleet safety programs should include some sort of company action plan that rewards positive behavior . . . READ MORE

Q: With so many technology enhancements for fleet management companies, how can we monitor cell phone usage to eliminate distractions?

A: Distracted driving is a dilemma for fleet managers looking to leverage useful technology to improve . . . READ MORE

Q. How do we start the vehicle upfitting process?

A. The best source to obtain feedback is to work with customers, drivers, and field technicians. The drivers and field technicians operate the equipment and know what is required to perform their daily job functions... READ MORE

Q. How does vehicle upfitting optimize efficiency?

A. Standardizing vehicle and upfit specs can have numerous operational benefits. This can streamline initial vehicle ordering, provide consistent asset-to-asset capitalized cost, reduce new driver training, and provide flexibility when reassigning... READ MORE

Q. Can vehicle upfitting improve driver safety and reduce vehicle accidents?

A. Yes. A properly spec'd upfit design can help reduce driver injuries, and insurance and liability claims. Aftermarket equipment such as grab handles, step bumpers, side steps, and drop-down ladder racks can reduce driver strain and fatigue... READ MORE

Q. How does vehicle upfitting reduce costs?

A. In addition to reducing accidents and insurance costs, vehicle and upfit packages which have been correctly spec’d with operational and lifecycle efficiency in mind can provide the greatest return on investment... READ MORE

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... READ MORE

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Jack Firriolo

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Jack Firriolo is the Chief Operating Officer at Merchants Fleet Management. As a member of senior leadership Jack not only provides vision for the company, but also delivers best-in-class results across all operating areas. As a business industry expert Jack is relied on to oversee the completion of information technology projects, and to help grow the Merchants Fleet Management brand.

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