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Scott Mishoe

Leveraging Scale and Skill

Scott Mishoe

Newsflash: Prices are going up and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s just the way of the world. However, there is a lot you can do to keep yourself competitive, especially when it comes to your private fleet.... read more

Jennifer L. Howard

Data-Collecting Equipment and Privacy — Be Aware of the Risks

Jennifer L. Howard

In recent years, there has been an explosion of laws addressing privacy and data security, creating a complex patchwork of federal and state laws and regulations. Additionally, state common law claims, such as negligence and invasion of privacy, have been... read more

Frank Bussone

Creative Data Mining Leads to Real Fleet Savings

Frank Bussone

If you’re passionate about business analytics and business intelligence, it’s a great time to be in the trucking industry. With the advent of recent technologies, there is now an incredible amount of data being broadcast directly from your trucks, or... read more

Dexter Van Dango

GE Capital: The Ultimate Acquirer Faces an Unknown Future

Dexter Van Dango

I was between bites of a good bowl of oatmeal when I heard Andrew Ross Sorkin report on CNBC that General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt had just announced the company’s intent to sell off most of GE Capital, retaining only... read more

Dexter Van Dango

Porter’s Five Forces of Competition

Dexter Van Dango

How does your business stack up against the competition? Are you evolving to stay competitive in the future with your products, services and delivery methods? A quote from one of the Private Independent leasing company survey participants highlighted in the... read more

Bill Bosco

IASB Issues Report: Practical Implications of the New Leases Standard

Bill Bosco

The report, issued in March, describes the IASB’s one lease lessee accounting model. It also provides an overview of some of the possible effects of the forthcoming changes to lessee accounting, and of the work that the IASB has undertaken... read more

Scott Mishoe

Financially Speaking, Fleets Provide Many Challenges

Scott Mishoe

In days past, financial executives looked at a variety of traditional factors, such as equipment cost, residual risk and availability of capital when deciding whether to buy or lease fleet assets. However, today’s complex business environment has introduced dozens of... read more

Ray Ellingsen

The Direct Route to Capital Access

Ray Ellingsen

Fleet managers and consulting professionals alike are constantly on the hunt for the drivers behind fleet management asset optimization, which can include equipment acquisition, regulatory compliance, risk and safety, maintenance management, fuel efficiency maximization, and asset tracking, to name just... read more

Jennifer L. Howard

Don’t Get Blinded by a Lessor’s Fraud

Jennifer L. Howard

Periodically in the equipment leasing industry, cases crop up involving schemes in which equipment is marketed as being essentially “free,” because the lessee will supposedly receive payments for advertising on the equipment, in an amount roughly the same as the... read more

K. Bill Dost

Social Media: Tilling the Ground for Fertile Business Relationships

K. Bill Dost

Discussions on effective leadership often land on a universal theme: how best to start — or strengthen — business relationships. At D&D Leasing, we are always seeking ways to do just that, from immersing ourselves in industry groups and community... read more

Bill Bosco

Is it Time for FASB to Re-Expose the Proposed Leases Standard?

Bill Bosco

The FASB and the IASB have been at their Lease Accounting project since July 19, 2006. They have lease project fatigue and want to get this project done quickly – possibly too quickly to really get good feedback from the... read more

Bill Bosco

GASB Lease Accounting Change Project at Odds with FASB Approach

Bill Bosco

On November 11, 2014, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued a Preliminary Views document on a project to change current GASB lease accounting GAAP, but it is in line with the IASB approach rather than the FASB approach that... read more

Advantage Funding

Transportation Finance Sector Still Ripe with Opportunity

Advantage Funding

Editor’s Note: This is based in part on a panel discussion led by executives from Advantage Funding, TCF Equipment Finance and Residco on trends in transportation finance at the annual ELFA Conference in October. The following entry summarizes and analyzes... read more

Brian Holland

Contradiction in Class 8 Fleet Fuel Economy, Age

Brian Holland

Fleet Advantage conducted an online survey designed to take the pulse of Class 8 truck fleet managers on topics ranging from fuel economy trends to equipment acquisition and disposition, driver retention, maintenance and repair practices, and more. The survey revealed... read more

Bill Bosco

IASB: Blind to the European Banks Capital Crisis

Bill Bosco

On January 9, 2015 Santander bank raised $8.88 billion by issuing stock and cut its dividend by 66% to address regulatory capital issues. The bank’s shares have fallen 29%, resulting in a loss of $33 billion in market value. Santander... read more

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