Posted on April 3rd, 2019
Aim Leasing Company has purchased 288 brand new vehicles to refresh and strengthen its rental fleet. This acquisition includes a robust mixture of day cabs, sleepers, box trucks and refrigerated units.
Over the past year, Aim’s rental services have grown significantly under the direction of Josh Lombardo, Aim’s Director of Rental, who was brought on at the end of 2017. As Aim’s rental services continue to expand nationwide, the company is making strides to accelerate this growth while ensuring current customers continue to lean on Aim when they need to rent commercial equipment. Part of this effort means replacing any vehicles 2013 or older.
While Aim stands behind the reliability of its current rental fleet, as equipment ages it becomes more challenging to maintain. New units require much fewer trips to the shop, which, in the case of Aim’s 288 new vehicles, will help drive profitability, according to Lombardo.
On top of that, an Aim rental vehicle is often the first taste customers get of Aim’s services. It isn’t rare for a business renting from Aim to migrate to a full-service lease, integrated contract or, at the very least, a custom maintenance program. Instances like these all start from a solid customer experience.
“First and foremost, we want current customers and prospects to have a great experience with Aim,” said Lombardo. “We understand that a business’s reputation is on the line every time a truck sets out carrying its goods and services, and having a fleet of new vehicles at the ready provides the reliability and confidence those utilizing our services expect.”
Pictured are three of Aim’s 288 new rental vehicles, including, left to right, a box truck, sleeper and refrigerated unit.
Moreover, sometimes perception is everything. Stepping into a truck or tractor of a newer model year offers peace of mind, even if they’re functionally no different from older trucks and equipment. This is particularly true for the driver. Operating newer equipment is simply more appealing – an important, sometimes overlooked aspect (particularly in the ongoing driver shortage).
Aim’s new fleet will include a variety of amenities to make the customer’s job easier. On that, customers will not only have a full menu of equipment types to choose from, but they’ll also have access to additional options, such as walk ramps, power liftgates and automatic transmissions.
A look inside one of Aim’s new automatic transmission sleepers.
The purchase of nearly 300 new trucks and tractors also means Aim will free up hundreds of vehicles for resale – 276 to be exact. Aim recently brought on Eric Samp as its Director of Used Trucks, and under his direction, Aim plans to see significant profits by selling off its older rental vehicles, especially as the used truck market remains strong.
“This is an exciting time for the rental department and the company as a whole,” said Lombardo. “Moves like these shows our commitment to excellence and will continue to cement Aim as a leader in transportation solutions.”
Posted on March 27th, 2019
Aim Transportation Solutions, a nationwide leader in commercial truck and equipment leasing, rentals, integrated logistics and maintenance, had three technicians take home gold in three of nine regions that participated in NationaLease’s 2019 Tech Challenge.
NationaLease, Aim’s affiliate network comprised of more than 150 independent business, making it one of the largest truck leasing organizations in North America, holds this annual event to recognize member company technicians with the opportunity to compete in a series of events that test their knowledge and skills in all things commercial truck and equipment maintenance.
This leg of the race is marked by an exam and is the preliminary step to qualify for the title of NationaLease Top Tech.
These three Aim finalists will head to Chicago on May 7 to compete in the NationaLease Top Tech Challenge:
- Aim Technician Brandon Lynn (region 3 winner)
- Aim Technician Chris Haughee (region 6 winner)
- Aim Working Foreman Cody Rakowski (region 5 winner)
The top three finishers of the Top Tech Challenge will then move on to compete in the Technology & Maintenance Council’s SuperTech Skills Competition this September in Raleigh, NC.
Of special note are that Lynn and Haughee are graduates of Aim’s apprenticeship program, which takes on aspiring techs and puts them through a 42-month program, providing the necessary tools and skills to become certified, full-time Aim technicians.
Congratulation Brandon, Chris and Cody. We’ll be rooting for you in May!
Aim Technician Brandon Lynn
Aim Technician Chris Haughee
Aim Working Foreman Cody Rakowski
Posted on March 22nd, 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 Winter 2019 newsletter has been released.
Posted on March 4th, 2019
Aim is hosting an exclusive webinar for decision makers and business owners looking to decrease your expenses and liability through restructuring. We have the experts on hand to advise you on how you can benefit. Andrew K. Light and Ronald J. Morelock, both legal partners at Law Firm of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary will be hosting this hour long webinar, including an open Question and Answer segment. This firm offers advice and counsel to more than 5,000 transportation-related clients in the 48 contiguous states.
Do any of these apply to you? If so, this webinar will have some valuable information you don’t want to miss:
- Are you already leasing commercial vehicles? If so you there may be breaks you are missing.
- Are you running your own shop? If so you may be exempt on paying tax on parts and services.
- Are you operating in a state with tax benefits you’re unaware of?
- Are you interested in increased liability protection for your operation?
- There’s more… Join us to hear about the savings and benefits available to you.
When: Thursday, March 14th at 2:00PM EST
Who: Tax Attorney’s Andrew K. Light and Ronald J. Morelock
Why: Increased revenue and decreased liability for your company
How: Register HERE (an Outlook Calendar Invitation will be sent to you after you register)
We look forward to your participation!
Posted on January 25th, 2019
- Most Aim equipment has engine block heaters. If temperatures are predicted to be below 15 degrees, units should be plugged in. Have an accessible plug available to use at the end of the day while the engine is still warm. Please ensure the extension cord is properly rated and in good condition.
- At Aim we use blended fuel at our locations in winter months. If you fuel elsewhere, ensure the station has a preventative maintenance plan for their tanks and is supplying fuel that is treated to -20 degrees. If you cannot purchase treated fuel, contact us to purchase bottles of additive. Use caution as over-treating fuel could result in fuel system damage.
- Another common winter problem is air-line freeze-ups. To avoid this, drain the unit’s air tanks at the end of each trip by pulling the drain cords on the drain valves. Report excess water immediately. Water in the air lines will freeze and create issues with several components.
- We encourage all drivers to stock their units with winter related supplies in case of a breakdown or a “no start”. These items are water, food, blankets or sleeping bag, warm coat, gloves, boots, hat, phone charger, and anything else they deem appropriate. Your drivers’ well-being and safety is our primary concern.
- Report any dash warning lights to Aim immediately.
- Report issues as soon as they arise to minimize delays. A thorough post-trip is important all year, but even more so during extreme temperatures. Any defect reported during or at the end of a trip will reduce the risk of delays at the start of the following trip.
- Finally, Aim is available to make a winter operation presentation to your drivers. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please call your local Aim representative. We want to do anything and everything possible to make this winter as safe and trouble free as possible.
Still have questions? For more information, watch Aim’s director of maintenance and director of training discuss tips for winterizing your fleet: VIDEO
Please contact us if you’d like further information or to talk about how Aim helps your fleet stay moving, even in the winter.