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Aim Celebrates the American Driver with a Driver Appreciation Family Picnic

Posted on September 23rd, 2019

“Without you and the service you provide our customers,” said Tom Reda, Vice President of Business Development for Aim Integrated Logistics, speaking to Aim drivers during the Driver Appreciation Family Picnic, “we would be nothing.”

Around 125 people showed up on a picturesque Saturday afternoon in Youngstown, OH, for Aim’s first annual Driver Appreciation Family Picnic, an event inviting all company drivers—plus any and all commercial truck drivers—and their families to a cookout filled with prizes and fun activities for kids.

Kids had a great time getting their faces painted and playing oversized bowling with Aim employees.

Alice Paul, from Aim’s recruiting team, talks with drivers.

Aim held the event in celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Each year in September, during this seven-day salute, the country takes time to honor and thank the hardworking men and women who have committed themselves to one of the nation’s most important and demanding jobs. On the grand scale, our country, as Reda similarly put it, would be nothing without the job they do each and every day. It’s exactly this fact why Aim wanted to make sure the industry as a whole would be celebrated and why the invitation went beyond its own family of drivers.

This extended invitation paid off beyond simply showing appreciation for professional drivers. It’s no secret that a changing economic landscape has hit the Youngstown region particularly hard over the last few decades. However, Aim is happy to continue bringing good-paying driving jobs with great benefits to the area, which is why recruiters and driver managers were on site to talk about the exciting employment opportunities Aim has to offer. As a result, according to Arnold, six attendees are now potential Aim new-hires!

“We are very pleased with the turnout for the picnic,” said Aim’s Director of Recruiting and the event’s organizer, Eleanor Arnold. “The drivers and their families made new friends, won great prizes and enjoyed watching their children and grandchildren have a fun-filled afternoon.”

The day topped off with an Aim-driver-only drawing for a brand-new Polaris Sportsman 450 ATV. Several of Aim’s executive staff, including Tom Fleming, Owner; Scott Fleming, Co-President; Dave Gurska, COO for the Integrated Logistics division; and Reda, gathered around to draw and present the name of the lucky winner, who turned out to be Suzette Newman, a driver for Campbell’s Soup, a valued Aim customer.

The picnic crowd, including members of Aim’s executive staff, gather around for the ATV giveaway.

“We look forward to an even larger turnout next year!” said Arnold.

Drivers in need of a job can reach out to Arnold directly at 330-759-0438 or earnold@aimntls.com. Aim works with a large variety of customers all over the country, so there’s always something available for everyone.


Aim Employees Participate in 22nd Annual Day of Caring

Posted on September 13th, 2019

Aim Transportation Solutions employees were part of a record-setting 1,200 volunteers who assembled in Youngstown, OH, for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s annual Day of Caring.

The event, now in its 22nd year, saw the bulk of the participants heading to the city’s southside neighborhoods. More than 850 people, including Aim volunteers, tackled this area in a clean-up effort that benefitted elderly and disabled residents who aren’t able to keep up with these efforts on their own.

Pictured, left to right, are Aim employees Paul Slater, Brigitte Medovich, Will Rauber, Jennifer Butler and Jill Forame-Guy.

The day’s time and manpower were certainly put to good use, cleaning up properties, demolishing vacant houses, and even ensuring residents’ safety by installing smoke detectors and lighting in homes.

“Whether they’re elderly people or disabled, they can’t really get out here and do a lot of the things we’re doing,” Aim Director of Licensing Will Rauber said, “but we come in with 50 people on a site and do it in an hour. It makes such a huge impact on the area.”

The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s President, Bob Hannon, in an interview with The Business Journal , called the before-and-after transformation the volunteers are able to make “amazing.”

“I’m proud to get out here and make a difference for the community,” Rauber said. “I’m especially proud to work for a company like Aim that emphasizes giving back.”

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 on the area. Throughout this long-term partnership, Aim has contributed time, resources and money to several community-enriching campaigns, such as participating in events like this one mentioned here, mentoring in the Success After 6 program, raising money during annual employee-led fundraisers and more.

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.unitedway.org/get-involved to see what you can do to make a difference. Non-local residents can visit www.ymvunitedway.org to find volunteering opportunities near them.


Aim Summer 2019 Newsletter

Posted on September 12th, 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 Summer 2019 newsletter has been released.


Brake Safety Week Is Coming

Posted on August 27th, 2019

Every day, commercial truck drivers, and the motorists around them, put their full faith in a small pedal that promises to bring 35 tons of rig, trailer, and product to a stop. It’s something many take for granted. We just assume brakes will work each and every time we need them to.

This sort of mentality suggests a truck’s brake system can go ignored, and, judging by the statistics, they too often do. This is why the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) runs Brake Safety Week each year, bringing awareness to this most vital of components. This year, from Sept. 15-21, enforcement officials will be out in full force conducting roadside safety inspections. Vehicles with critical brake violations (or other critical violations) will be placed in out-of-service status until identified issues are corrected.

During the weeklong blitz, the CVSA will be emphasizing brake hoses/tubing. While inspecting these components are routinely part of a North American Standard Inspection, the organization wants to call extra attention to them as a reminder of their importance to vehicle mechanical fitness and safety.

“Brake violations currently make up about 28% of all out-of-service violations, the largest percentage of all inspections,” Aim’s Director of Purchasing & Training, Chris Disantis, said. “With the inspections this year being primarily Level 1 inspections with emphasis on brakes, the driver should be looking for hoses that are rubbing on a component or another possible hose where the rub point is wearing the hose. Also looking for proper routing is key for preventing issues and are easily adjusted.”

During a surprise Brake Safety blitz in May, 1,667 commercial vehicles were placed in out of service due to brake violations. This one-day event saw more than 10,000 vehicles inspected, which means inspectors shut down about 16% of those vehicles because of brake issues.

Because Aim’s primary concern is safety, Aim will be hosting a webinar to help its customers, as well as anyone interested, prepare for Brake Safety Week. During this meeting, on Sept. 10, from 3 – 4 p.m. (EDT), Aim Director of Maintenance Aaron Chamberlin and Aim Safety Coordinator John Rugarber will go over best practices for maintaining your vehicle’s braking systems, including what specific things inspectors will check for.

“During the webinar, we will be covering how Aim’s preventative maintenance process applies to brake safety,” said Chamberlin. “We’ll also cover the how the Federal Annual Inspection requirements are just a small part of a robust program designed to minimize our customer’s exposure on the road.”

Anyone interested in attending this free webinar simply needs to visit this link and complete the sign-up form.


Harnessing Telematics to Increase Your Uptime

Posted on August 1st, 2019

Transportation is like a technology industry all in its own. Trucks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, like computers on wheels that just happen to haul tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of products and materials. While it’s easy to get caught up in all of the bells and whistles, the key is harnessing those technologies that make sense for your operation—those that are going to increase efficiency and, ultimately, help your bottom line.

One universal concern is uptime. This industry buzzword is often focused on, and for good reason. The better your uptime—when your trucks up and running—the better your customer service, reputation and overall operation. It also means you’re not spending time and money on repairs, particularly those far from home.

Aim utilizes a wide variety of vendor partners so that we can provide solutions tailored to exactly how you do business.

So, how can you employ technology to sustain uptime? One way is through telematics. At its simplest, telematics allows you to monitor almost every detail of your vehicle, such as: location (GPS), speed, fuel usage, tire pressure, idling, accident detection and much—much—more. It also provides the capacity for remote diagnostics and even predictive capabilities, which is particularly important for uptime.

Take for instance: Your diver is on the road, and the check-engine light comes on. You have a decision to make: Do you let him ride on it, hoping nothing goes disastrously wrong before he gets back to your base of operation; or do you find the nearest vendor and send him there for costly (inflated) repairs? With remote diagnostics, making this decision would be much easier to make and gives you the kind of control—and peace of mind—that makes managing your fleet all the more manageable.

But it’s not just about diagnosing your truck’s issue. It’s also about preventing it. These devices are beginning to have the ability to pick up on things that are amiss long before it was ever possible before this technology, taking the surprise out of a breakdown.

At Aim, we’ve launched a campaign encouraging customers to sign up for our telematics program. With a quick and easy setup, our lease partners’ power units will talk to our Road Rescue department (available 24/7-365) when something is wrong or about to go wrong. This allows us to proactively service the vehicle before a catastrophic breakdown occurs, preventing those inconvenient interruptions to your business and exceedingly expensive repairs.

Aim has been working with Geotab, an industry leader in telematics, to ensure its customers are compliant with current regulations and have the ability to put their trucks’ data to productive use.

Much of this can be accomplished with little to no additional investment, particularly for carriers who lease their fleet through a company like Aim, which has the capability and manpower to receive, interpret and act on the data provided through telematics. You see, a lot of engines now, such as those built by Cummins, come off the factory floor with telematics built in. Additionally, with the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) Mandate—requiring an electronic logging device be used to track hours of service instead of using paper logbooks—millions of vehicles now have this capability right at their fingertips. ELDs not only record a driver’s hours of service digitally, they’re also synchronized with the engine’s control module, which allows the device to report on a truck’s overall fitness.

Utilizing this technology is a no-brainer, particularly in today’s on-demand world where being prompt and efficient all the time, every time is expected.


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