Equipment Sector

Funding the Future: Elections and the Highway Trust Fund

Patrick Gaskins

Election season shines the spotlight on a wide variety of issues as both parties lay out their platforms on everything from jobs and voting rights to education and national security. They also take positions on infrastructure and transportation, which is... read more

Fleet Leasing: More Choices, More Control

Scott Mishoe

To own or to lease? That is the burning question many fleet operators face as their businesses begin to expand. A full service lease is the perfect fit for many, as it enables them to hand over the transportation reins... read more

Financing Truck Fleets: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Ray Ellingsen

You’ve decided it’s time to finance new trucks and trailers for your business. So how hard can it be? The truth is it’s easy to finance trucks. However, there’s a challenge, which is continually pursuing and competitively obtaining flexible financing... read more

Softening Market Could Push Many to Leasing

Scott Mishoe

Over the past six months, the transportation markets have become less stable, leading to some significant issues, which are the result of worldwide economic issues that have contributed to a down U.S. stock market, impacting many public companies in terms... read more

Age: It’s More Than A Number in Fleet Financing

Mike Hamilton

Given the competitiveness of the trucking industry, it’s more important than ever for fleets to have the right mix of trucks in operation. To maximize profitability, this winning combination would include the right types of trucks for a given application... read more

Clouds Loom Over Used Truck Market

Dale Tower

The good news is that the sales volume of the used truck market, especially the Class 8 portion, is generally stable. The alarming news is the significant increase in the number of used trucks that are literally pouring into the... read more

The Shifting Landscape of Medical Equipment Financing

Justin Tabone

In the five years since the signing of the Affordable Care Act, the landscape of the medical financing industry has shifted from being primarily focused on physicians’ needs to now include the interests of financial decision makers. Meanwhile, lenders are... read more

A Storm of Risk Is Brewing in Fleet Management

Scott Mishoe

If you’re in the transportation industry, you’re riding a sea of change. There’s change from federally-mandated emissions upgrades over the last 8 years, change from technology advancements and change from a roller coaster in fuel prices. Even our society has... read more

The Dangers of Letting Fuel Economy Dictate Your Trade Cycles

Patrick Gaskins

When you talk about asset trade cycles, fuel efficiency is typically one of the top considerations. As a result of recent gains in fuel economy, many fleets have started to base their trade cycles on fuel economy alone. And while... read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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