On June 1, we shared that our already strong Midwest presence had grown stronger with the acquisition of McCoy NationaLease’s full-service lease and rental business in Indianapolis, IN. Today we’re thrilled to announce the opening of a second Aim location in the metro area to ensure our valued customers are serviced in as timely and efficient manner as possible. The address of this new site is:
Indianapolis, IN 46225
This new conveniently located in the southern half of Indy, close to the heart of the city. Meanwhile, our previous location, in north Indianapolis at 8810 Americana Boulevard, just minutes from Interstate 465, will still be available. Area customers are free to use either shop – whichever is most convenient!
“This second location in Indy will be great for existing and potential clients alike,” said Aim Regional Vice President Tim Hanley. “With customer service being our primary focus at Aim, the addition of a second shop, strategically placed in the southern half of the metro area, will go far in streamlining and enhancing the customer experience.”
We look forward to continuing our decades-long dedication to and family-owned attention and care for Indianapolis businesses through our unparalleled services, which include full-service truck leasing, commercial truck and trailer rentals, maintenance and dedicated contract carriage.
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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week is going on as scheduled, running from July 12-18.Law enforcement, during this week-long event, will have an extra keen eye out for drivers who are engaging in unsafe driving behaviors – both warnings and citations will be issued, which will impact CSA scores.
To help you prepare your drivers for this heightened law enforcement presence, as well as helping them engage in safe driving practices, Aim will be hosting a webinar, led by Aim Vice President of Safety and Compliance Ron Bourque, on July 7, at 3 p.m. (ET). This invitation extends to both Aim customers and anyone who would benefit from expertly delivered driver safety information pertaining to Driver Safety Week. Sign up here.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many states were operating under some form of stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders. By its nature, this meant significantly less traffic on roadways. Yet, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, more open roadways caused reckless driving to increase.
In fact, in the five largest U.S. metropolitan areas, average speeds measured in the first week of April increased significantly. Moreover, in those same areas, average speeds on interstate highways, state highways and expressways increased by as much as 75%.
Operating under the slogan, “Late won’t kill you, Speeding will,” the CVSA will make speeding the main focus this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week. Along with speeding, some of the high-risk driving behaviors law enforcement will also track are:
- Distracted driving
- No seatbelt
- Following too closely
- Improper lane change
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Failure to obey traffic control devices
- Evidence of drunk or drugged driving
Aside from attending Aim’s free webinar, Aim customers can always contact their local Aim representative with any safety- or compliance-related questions or concerns. For non-Aim customers, you can always reach out to your local agency that oversees commercial motor vehicle safety.
When we think of seasonal or weather-related truck maintenance, our minds immediately go to winter. After all, things like snow- and ice-covered roads and freezing temperatures are more apparent and the effects are more immediate. However, summer weather brings its own set of variables—like heat and just being generally busier—that can wreak havoc on your equipment.
Here are some problems drivers should watch out for as temperatures rise:
Tire pressure affects both the safety and the efficiency of a vehicle. Tires that are not properly inflated can cause wear quicker, decrease fuel economy and even explode in hotter conditions. Drivers should consistently inspect the tires of their truck and trailer (and don’t forget the spares!).
Fluid Levels and Cooling System Issues
Generally, fleets are busier in the summer, which results in fluids depleting or getting dirty faster. Checking these fluids consistently will increase the safety, uptime and overall life of your truck:
- Engine oil
- Brake fluid
- Windshield wiper fluid
- Transmission fluid
Electrical components—such as wires, cables and battery—are extremely prone to corroding, fraying or being jogged loose. Ensuring these components are in good shape and fully connected will save a lot of headache. And don’t forget: Your battery is a critical piece in powering your truck’s air conditioning during those sweltering summer months.
While HVAC work must be performed by certified professionals, taking time to visually check your air conditioning system will help spot issues before they become critical. Be sure to check:
- For any leaks
- The condenser (no clogged or bent fins)
- Wiring and connections
- Refrigerant levels
Remember: A thorough pre- and post-trip inspection with careful attention to truck issues worsened by increased temperatures will go a long way in keeping your truck where it belongs: on the road.
Moreover, an Aim Preventative Maintenance plan is a smart, money-saving service that will help to reduce downtime and spot many of the issues mentioned above before they become too serious. Find out what’s included in an Aim PM agreement by emailing us at email@example.com.
On Monday, June 15th, Aim Transportation Solutions will officially release a brand-new mobile app, Aim Navigator, available for download on the App Store for iPhone and the Google Play Store for Android. Aim Navigator offers our customers, both those who are engaged in Full Service Lease programs and those utilizing Integrated Logistics, the ability to navigate managing their fleets through the convenience of their smartphone.
Aim Navigator will initially feature the three tools which we felt would benefit our customers most: mDVIR (Mobile Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports), Where’s My Load?, and Integrated Dashboard. However, more functionality will come as this is tool has been designed for continued growth.
Available to Aim’s lease and Integrated Logistics customers, the simple-to-use mDVIR tool provides drivers a contactless, paperless way of submitting their daily pre-trip and post-trip inspection reports right from their smartphones. There’s no login required; drivers simply enter their unit number to get started. Once submitted, these mDVIRs are fed into Aim’s exclusive eDVIR portal, giving those on the administrative side several options to search, store, retrieve, track, alert and much more—taking much of the stress out of an inspection or audit.
A webinar on June 16, at 2 p.m. (EST), will spotlight Aim Navigator’s mDVIR tool, including both the driver submission process as well as the valuable reporting and record keeping functionality. Anyone looking to learn more can sign up here.
Where’s My Load?
This feature is as valuable to Aim’s customers as it is to customers of those customers. Where’s My Load?, exclusive to Aim Integrated Logistics clients, provides real-time delivery information, complete with estimated arrival times and current truck location tracked in-app via Google or Apple Maps, respectively. This allows users to plan ahead for delivery times as well as verify the exact time a product was delivered.
Integrated Dashboard is all about transparency. This tool gives customers of Aim Integrated Logistics a visual snapshot of important fleet data, including: fuel economy/MPG, cost per stop and cost per mile. Users can choose to show data from the past three, six, twelve or twenty-four months, giving them a clear picture of how their efforts in controlling costs are progressing. Aim Integrated Logistics customers can look forward to more data categories in the future.
Aim Navigator will also in include an employee portal. This portion of the app will offer Aim employees quick and easy access to important company-related information with plans for exciting options in the future that will help streamline certain routine procedures.
If you have any questions about Aim Navigator or how to access it please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) formally published its revised hours of service (HOS) regulations which provides greater flexibility for drivers who are subject to those rules without adversely affecting their safety. Specifically, the rule:
- Expands the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception
- Expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional 2 hours
- Requires a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time)
- Allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break
- Modifies the sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least 7, rather than at least 8 hours of that period in the berth and a minimum off-duty period of at least 2 hours spent inside or outside of the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours, and that neither qualifying period counts against the 14-hour driving window.
The final rule takes effect on September 29, 2020. Any Petitions for Reconsideration for this final rule may be submitted to the FMCSA Administrator by July 1, 2020.You may view the final rule in its entirety by clicking here.
Aim Transportation Solutions Acquires McCoy NationaLease’s Leasing and Rental Assets in Indianapolis, Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Aim Transportation Solutions’ already strong Midwest presence has just grown stronger with the acquisition of McCoy NationaLease’s Full Service Lease and Rental business in Indianapolis, Indiana. McCoy NationaLease is a part of the McCoy Group, which, founded in 1958, has a long, rich history of success in the transportation industry. Aim, a national leader in commercial truck leasing, rental, maintenance and dedicated contract carriage, with decades of unparalleled service, has made this strategic asset acquisition as a way of enhancing its capabilities and service to new and existing customers in Indianapolis and surrounding regions.
“We are excited to welcome the McCoy Indy employees to Aim and we are looking forward to serving our new customers in Indianapolis with the dedicated and consistent level of fleet care that’s come to be associated with the Aim brand,” said Aim Co-President Geoff Fleming.
Aim will now have North and South Indianapolis locations to better serve the market. It will continue operating temporarily out the McCoy NationaLease facility, at 1631 W. Thompson Road, which will be Aim’s second location in the metro area. Aim’s other location is conveniently situated north, just minutes from Interstate 465, at 8810 Americana Boulevard. Aim has served Indianapolis-area businesses for more than 10 years.
“We’re no strangers to the Indianapolis market, as we have a facility in the northern part of the city already. Our expanded footprint will give us opportunities to better serve and support new and existing customers,” Fleming said. “It’s a great city, and we’re proud to have a stronger presence in it.”
Aim is part of the NationaLease network, one of the largest full-service truck rental and leasing organizations in North America. NationaLease is comprised of more than 140 independent businesses, with a combined customer fleet of over 165,000 tractors, trucks and trailers, at more than 900 locations blanketing the US and Canada, all working in tandem to provide commercial transportation services anytime, anywhere.
Aim Transportation Solutions is the largest privately-owned truck leasing company in North America. No matter what you do, what you’re transporting, or where you’re taking it, Aim keeps businesses moving. We’ve been delivering reliable, cost-effective transportation solutions for more than 50 years. Whether you need a full-service lease, a commercial rental, a maintenance program, or a complete takeover of your fleet operation, our customized solutions help reduce cost and increase transportation efficiency.
In what amounts to the snap of a finger, the coronavirus has laid waste to the economy, and, as a result, a lot of businesses have been taking measures—some drastic—to stay afloat. Navigating these troubled waters requires sacrifices, many of which may feel like you’re putting shackles on your own business.
Right now, decisionmakers are confronted with a double-edged sword: Spending cash to grow their businesses while at the same time clinging to capital as just-in-case money to guard against further fallout from a market in turmoil. One area of cash-spending that can’t be avoided is your supply chain. After all, if products and services aren’t making it to your customers, you’re not making money. And to do that, you need trucks, which gets us to the decision: Do I lease or own my equipment?
In times like these, this may give pause to business owners who are looking to purchase new commercial trucks and/or trailers outright. On a normal day, owning your own vehicles can be an alluring prospect; that is until you realizes how large of an initial investment is required to purchase the equipment, leaving a large chunk of capital tied up in the vehicle—a number that can grow exponentially the more pieces of equipment one needs. Leasing, on the other hand, requires a much smaller upfront investment, freeing up money that can be put toward your core business, or that just-in-case fund.
However, there’s more to it than just that initial upfront investment. Owning your own equipment comes with the ever-present threat of unpredictably in the form of regulation changes, compliance, breakdowns or any number of variables those in transportation biz face daily. A full-service lease, conversely, offers peace of mind through controlled cost, maintenance, licensing and permitting, taxes and much more—all of which are built right into the monthly payment.
The most threatening of those variables are repairs. They can be expensive, are never convenient and the downtime can wreak havoc on your operation, as well as customer satisfaction, a nightmare scenario in the age of COVID-19. With a full-service lease, however, that unpredictable cost becomes predictable since it’s factored into the price of the lease. Beyond a cost standpoint, with a full-service lease through Aim for example, you don’t have to worry about coordinating the repair. The driver simply calls Aim’s Road Rescue department (open 24/7, 365), and the rest, from towing to the repair itself, is handled.
The administrative side also comes with a price tag that can easily be overlooked when tallying up the cost of owning your own trucks and trailers. With a full-service lease that is all taken care of, including obligations like:
- Licensing and permitting
- Hiring/retaining mechanics
- Scheduling maintenance
- Managing breakdowns
- Everyday paperwork associated with managing a fleet
While leasing has always been a beneficial route for business owners needing commercial equipment, never have its merits been more apparent than now, offering predictability in an unpredictable time. If you want to know more advantages of an Aim full-service lease, reach out to email@example.com, and one of our experts would be happy to conduct a free transportation analysis.
After weeks of lockdown, several states are planning a gradual reopening as early as May 1, such as Ohio—home to the headquarters of Aim Transportation Solutions. With this easing back of stay-at-home orders, many nonessential businesses could be opening back up, as long as proper preventative measures can be implemented and upheld, such as social distancing and disinfecting procedures.
This is also the first step toward economic recovery for the nation as a whole. According to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the economy will recover in months, not years. While it’s difficult to predict the immediate post-coronavirus (COVID-19) economy, one thing is certain: With many displaced workers returning to their jobs and businesses reopening their doors, we will, at least, be trending in the right direction—up.
Something this outbreak highlighted is the importance of America’s supply chain, and with many businesses coming back online, the nation will continue to rely heavily on an already strained transportation industry to breathe life back into the economy.
The difference now is we have a general idea of what’s coming. We, at the very least, know there will be a shift in industry demand, and our nation has a chance to prepare, unlike when the pandemic hit and businesses, like grocery stores, weren’t ready for the explosion in demand.
Business owners don’t want to be left scrambling, trying to get their products from point A to B. As such, now would be the perfect time for companies to put in rental reservations. For instance, Aim takes reservations for its rental fleet of new and efficient trucks and trailers. That way the vehicle you need will be locked in for when you need it.
It could also be a great time to reassess your transportation operation. Aim performs complimentary needs assessments for companies to ensure their vehicles are spec’d for maximum efficiency, allowing the experts at Aim to build a full-service leases to meet the specific demands of any operation. Even maintenance options are certainly worth looking at right now, such as Aim’s ProShop service, which can reduce and control costs while increasing the uptime of your fleet.
Wherever this economic road to recover takes us, Aim, a vital link in America’s supply chain, is here to help take you there—all with its unique brand of family-owned attention and care.
Warm weather, swaying palm trees and sparkling tropical waters were all part of the setting of this year’s NationaLease Masters Club awards ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica. There, NationaLease—Aim’s affiliate network, with over 900 locations, where Aim receives the benefit of reciprocal service from more than 140 member companies, as well as more than 59,000 approved service vendors—awarded 2019’s best sales performers, across all companies, with top honors.
Among those winners, and no strangers to this prestigious recognition, were Aim’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Matt Svancara, who is also enshrined in the Masters Club hall of fame, as well as District Sales Manager, Mike Wall.
“Receiving the Masters Club award is always a great honor, especially in a business such as ours where competition is so fierce and reaching such a milestone takes a ton of dedication and hard work,” said Svancara. “I was proud to share the moment with Mr. Wall, an immensely talented salesman who is one of Aim’s top performers year after year.”
Earning this distinction isn’t easy. Earning it repeatedly is even harder, which, to no one’s surprise at Aim, these gentlemen continue to do. Based on a points system that credits a salesperson for each pieces of equipment he or she sells, the bar is set high. So high, in fact, that, this year, only 23 out of hundreds of talented individuals selling commercial trucks and trailers achieved Masters Club status.
“Each year, the Masters Club event recognizes the accomplishments of those sales professionals who achieve the highest threshold of performance,” said Joe Gallick, Senior Vice President of Sales for NationaLease. “Knowing the challenges these folks face day after day in a hypercompetitive business environment, it’s the highlight of my year to be able to present them with these prestigious awards.