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Aim Launches New Used Trucks Website

Posted on June 25th, 2019

Aim Transportation Solutions is thrilled to unveil its new, revamped used truck website: www.aimusedtrucks.com.

Aim’s new search options give shoppers the ability to quickly and easily find the equipment they’re looking for!

As Aim continues its mission of being a leading, flexible, one-stop-shop provider of commercial vehicles, equipment, and services, it understands that, for some businesses, offerings like a full-service lease or a complete takeover of their transportation outfit simply aren’t a good fit. This is one reason Aim has doubled its efforts to bring attention to its inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles.

“The new website was designed to create a seamless shopping experience for anyone looking to purchase pre-owned equipment” says Eric Samp, Director of Used Trucks at Aim. “This change has made it easier for Aim’s valued customers to find exactly what they’re looking for; as well as allowing them to keep closer tabs on equipment that’s coming and going” Samp goes on to say. A key addition is in the site’s search functionality. Buyers can now search for equipment through keywords, Aim unit number, or they have the option of searching by a specific set of parameters, such as model year, make, maximum mileage, transmission type, price, and more.

As before, each truck or trailer is outlined with several details (mileage, model, make, horsepower, suspension, etc.). Now, if customers are interested in what they see, Aim has made it easier than ever before to start the buying process right from the website. The option to “Make An Offer” has been added with the simple click of a button. This allows buyers to submit their best offer right then and there. There’s even a financial calculator available that allows shoppers to get a good idea of what their monthly payments might look like if they choose to finance the equipment.

With the “Make An Offer” option, it’s now easier than ever to start the buying process right from the website!

Buyers of Aim’s pre-owned vehicles get the peace of mind knowing that every truck, whether coming off lease or out of Aim’s rental fleet, is expertly maintained throughout the life of the equipment and are inspected with the utmost integrity before they’re made available for resale. And, as always, maintenance records are available. Moreover, Aim works with a wide variety of partners from various industries, so, chances are, Aim has that unique piece of equipment you’re looking for.

If you’re looking to buy used equipment, we encourage you to explore the new webpage, and if you have any questions or concerns, Aim’s Manager of Used Trucks, John Serich, can be reached at 330-759-0438, ext. 158, or jserich@aimntls.com.


Aim Brings on New Vice President of Business Development for Integrated Logistics Division

Posted on June 13th, 2019

Tom Reda

Aim Transportation Solutions, a provider of commercial vehicles and services for more than 50 years, welcomes Tom Reda as Vice President of Business Development for Aim Integrated Logistics. In this role, he will ensure the ongoing growth and operational excellence of Aim’s logistics division, which partners with companies to maximize the efficiency of their entire transportation operation through highly trained and dedicated service personnel, best-in-class drivers, and efficient, top-of-the-line vehicles.

Reda brings with him over two decades of transportation expertise, spending the latter 15 of those years with Cardinal Logistics. There he held various leadership roles in both operations and business development before his tenure with the company ended as a Senior Vice President. Reda’s experience includes multi-client management from final mile and home delivery to food service and chemical solutions to everything in between. This position required a vast knowledge and skillset to provide unique services tailored to each client’s needs.

Prior to Cardinal Logistics, Reda spent three years as a Logistics Center Supervisor with Penske Logistics. Here he oversaw several functions, such as scheduling, call center response, and transportation management. While serving in this role, he dealt directly with a large manufacturing company in northeast Ohio, and these logistical responsibilities are where his understanding and development of a strong carrier-customer relationship began.

“We feel that Tom will be a fantastic asset to the team,” said Dave Gurska, Aim Integrated Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. “One of his biggest strengths is building solid, mutually beneficial customer partnerships, which is what we’re all about at Aim Integrated Logistics. He’ll be a great fit with the company and our overall mission.”

“Aim is a best-in-class provider that fits all or part of a business’s transportation needs, regardless of size, scope or industry,” said Reda. “I’m excited for the opportunity to offer their full array of services, which is exciting because it allows for more opportunities to partner with clients on a flexible solution that really underscores their individual needs, all while positioning us for continued growth.”

Reda holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He’s a member of The Traffic Club of Cleveland (connecting transportation professionals to address the latest happenings within the industry) and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (committed to connecting, developing and educating the world’s logistics and supply chain management professionals).

Reda lives in Poland, OH, with his wife, Rachelle, and their three kids. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering with his kids’ extracurricular activities, and leading an active lifestyle.

“Everyone at Aim has been very welcoming,” said Reda. “I’m thankful and excited to be part of a team filled with so many industry professionals.”

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.


Aim Attends United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley Gala

Posted on May 29th, 2019

Aim was on hand for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s Centennial Champions gala, when a near sellout crowd of 440 attendees filled the scenic Lake Club in Poland, OH. The annual fundraiser was held to raise money for the nonprofit’s early education and emergency-services programs.

For more than two decades, Aim, headquartered in the Mahoning Valley, has been working with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley to make a positive impact in the area. Throughout this long-term partnership, Aim has contributed time, resources and money to several community-enriching campaigns, such as participating in the Day of Caring, mentoring in the Success After 6 program, raising money during annual employee-led fundraisers and more.

Pictured, left to right, are Aim Co-President Geoff Fleming and his wife, Amy Fleming; Alaina Rauber and her husband, Aim Director of Licensing Will Rauber; Aim Vice President of Human Resource Patty Durkin and her husband, Rick Durkin; Betsy Slater and her husband, Aim Treasurer Paul Slater.

“I wholeheartedly believe in the idea of being a good neighbor and caring for one another, especially in times of need,” said Aim Vice President of Human Resource Patty Durkin. “I’m in awe of what the United Way does for our area and of the hard work the Aim team puts forth in support of their efforts each year.”

United Way spokeswoman Roxann Sebest told a local newspaper that previous annual events have raised upwards of $300,000. During the evening’s black-tie event’s live auction, attendees bid more than $33,000. Items up for grabs included tickets to an Ohio State football game, a Las Vegas golfing trip and a personal dining experience put on by Youngstown, OH, chefs.

Additionally, more than 100 items were bid on during the gala’s silent auction, including a signed jersey from Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, a signed jersey from Pittsburgh Penguins right-winger Bryan Rust and gift certificates for local restaurants.

Last year, the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley raised a total of $3,065,532. That was the third year in a row they broke the $3 million threshold, and events like this gala will help them reach their 2019 goal of $3.5 million.

“It was so nice to see hundreds of people come out to the Lake Club in support of making a difference for children and families in the area who are in need,” said Aim Director of Licensing Will Rauber. “This year, Aim is a Centennial Celebration partner supporting the one hundredth anniversary of the United Way in the Mahoning Valley, and I’m so proud to be part of this important, longtime partnership between the organization and Aim.”

To achieve everything the United Way sets out to do, it relies on the help and donations of the community. If you would like to get involved, head over to www.ymvunitedway.org/get-involved to see what you can do to make a difference. Non-local residents can visit www.unitedway.org to find volunteering opportunities near them.

Aim employees: Watch for future communications about participating in many of the fun United Way events throughout the year. Additionally, you can enroll in payroll deductions by calling the Aim Human Resource department (pledge cards are also available!). Remember: When you increase your donation, there is an individual who matches that increase.


Aim Spring 2019 Newsletter

Posted on May 28th, 2019

Once a quarter, Aim releases a newsletter featuring content on the company as well as the transportation industry. These newsletters are designed to inform our customers, employees, and the world on what’s happening within Aim Leasing Company, Aim Integrated Logistics, and Aim Services Co. Recent events within Aim or involving customers, acquisitions, promotions, human interest pieces, and often times important employee information from HR is all circulated from this news vehicle. In addition, there is a letter from the president of the company, Tom Fleming, in each quarterly. We hope you enjoy!
Get all the latest news HERE! Aim’s Spring 2019 newsletter has been released.


Let’s Talk IFTA

Posted on May 9th, 2019

If you’re in the transportation industry you’ve probably heard the acronym IFTA floating around. But what exactly is it?

As a reminder: IFTA stands for International Fuel Tax Agreement. At its simplest, it’s an agreement among the lower 48 states and most Canadian provinces to simplify fuel usage reporting by motor carriers operating in multiple jurisdictions (such as those with vehicles traveling in more than one state), requiring them to file their quarterly tax return in one state instead of all those they operate in.

However, even with IFTA being sold as a streamlined process – which it is, particularly when compared to methods prior to the agreement’s implementation – it still requires a lot of time, money and resources to complete all that’s involved, especially for interstate carriers operating large fleets. To put this in perspective, we at Aim have a team working full time all year long to ensure IFTA compliance.

Depending on a carrier’s unique situation, IFTA may not just simplify quarterly fuel tax returns; it could also save a significant amount money.

“One thing I can’t recommend enough is to speak with your tax consultant about the laws in your base jurisdiction,” said Aim Director of Licensing Will Rauber. “Depending on the equipment you’re operating and how you operate it, you could save hundreds, even thousands of dollars a year.”

Who Does IFTA Apply to?

IFTA only applies to what’s known as a ” qualified motor vehicle,” which defines a vehicle as:

  • Having two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms
  • Having three or more axles, regardless of weight
  • A vehicle that exceeds 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms

And, to reiterate, this only applies to vehicles operating in multiple jurisdictions.

The Process

If you’re running only a couple of trucks, record keeping and filing under IFTA isn’t too intensive. For carriers managing large fleets, on the other hand, it can feel like quite an involved process.

To complete IFTA’s quarterly tax returns, trip reports and fuel records are required. Each component must include specific information or carriers run the risk of fines to the tune of thousands of dollars.

Trip reports must include:

  • Date of trip (start/end)
  • Trip origin and destination (including waypoints on the trip)
  • Routes of travel
  • Beginning and ending odometer or hubometer readings
  • Total trip miles
  • Mileage by state/province (jurisdiction breakdown)
  • Unit number or vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Vehicle fleet number
  • Registrant’s name

Fuel records must include:

  • Date of purchase
  • Seller’s name and address
  • Number of gallons/liters purchased
  • Fuel type
  • Price per gallon or liter (or total amount of sale)
  • Unit numbers
  • Purchaser’s name

Electronic Recordkeeping

For carriers electing to capture distance data electronically, they must ensure their devices record everything that is required in a trip report, but it must also include latitude and longitude data points. Records showing only total distance aren’t acceptable.

So, for businesses going the electronic route for distance recordkeeping must log:

  • Original GPS or other location data for the vehicle to which the records pertain;
  • Data and time of each GPS or other system reading (IFTA requires that readings be at intervals sufficient to validate the total distance traveled in each jurisdiction);
  • Location of each GPS or other system reading;
  • Beginning and ending reading from the odometer, hubodometer, engine control module (ECM) or any similar device for the period to which the records pertain;
  • Calculated distance between each GPS or other system reading;
  • Route of vehicle’s travel;
  • Total distance traveled by the vehicle;
  • Distanced traveled in each jurisdiction; and
  • Vehicle identification number or vehicle unit number.

IFTA Audits

Forgetting to include the proper documentation or information is a good way to trigger an audit. Although, as a bottom line, each year IFTA randomly audits 3% of licensed members from each jurisdiction.

Licensees can make sure they’re prepared for an audit through proper and organized recordkeeping. Auditors will need access to various pieces of information, and the last thing anyone wants is to be scrambling to put it all together at the last second, increasing the chances of human error.

Carriers can also:

  • Make sure the mileage tracker (GPS, AOBRD, ELD) is recording data frequently and accurately
  • Be precise when taking odometer readings; they should match trip logs
  • Never have missing or inaccurate mileage or fuel data for each quarter
  • Save all documentation used for IFTA tax return filings for at least six years
  • Keep original driver records as auditors usually prefer to see the originals even when recording software is being utilized

In short, smart, efficient record keeping will help you avoid interest, penalties and fines in the unlikely but very possible event of an audit.


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