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Less than One Week Left to Register for ELFA 2020 Business Live

Martha Ahlers, Ralph Petta

Registration for ELFA 2020 Business LIVE, a full-service virtual conference on October 27-28, 2020, is open until October 21. Participation includes three keynotes with a strategic lineup of speakers, 20 breakout sessions, virtual networking receptions and a multimedia exhibit hall.... read more

Forging Ahead: The Evolution of Transportation in the COVID-19 Age

Brian Scott

The world has changed dramatically in just a year. From the way people work and go to school to the way they shop, travel and spend leisure time, COVID-19 has reshaped how many industries do business and challenged many to... read more

A More Holistic View Needed for Proper Equipment Finance Decisions

Sean Storey

When it comes to determining whether to add a fleet asset, basing the decision on initial purchase price alone is risky business. While all the risks cannot be eliminated, looking at both financial and operation data will result in the... read more

A New Aircraft Recycling Model Taking Flight

Sven Daniel Koechler

With over 14,000 passenger aircraft grounded due to the pandemic and a large percentage facing decommission, the aviation industry is exploring sustainable aircraft recycling business models that offer environmental preservation and deliver a higher return on investment to owners and... read more

Managing Customer Expectations As COVID-19 Impacts the Credit Process

Keara Piekanski

The year 2020 and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have made life for people and industries worldwide feel like one continuous roller coaster. Many businesses, including restaurants, are still experiencing a downward trajectory, with the National Restaurant Association reporting... read more

Why Manufacturers Need Artificial Intelligence Now

Dean Oliver

As leasing and financial companies, when we hear the term artificial intelligence (AI), the first thing many of us think about is software and big data applications. But the truth is many of our customers and primary lines of business... read more

Coronavirus: a crisis for asset finance operations or a catalyst for technological change?

Brendan Gleeson

As a result, the past three months of Zoom, Teams, and Slack meetings, shopping exclusively online, and a new appreciation for IT infrastructure staff, have defined a new – though not unexpected –future for how businesses will operate, long after... read more

Keeping Track of Lessee’s Insurance Coverage

Jacob Mark

The COVID19 pandemic has had a detrimental economic effect on a vast majority of businesses. The leasing industry is no exception, and one of the most serious developments is the cancelation of, or reduction of coverage on, your customers’ insurance... read more

COVID-19 Complicates the Lease Vs. Buy Decision

Patrick Gaskins

The COVID-19 pandemic has muddied that decision even further as it has become even more difficult to determine long-term implications of a purchase. Nowhere is this clearer than with residual values, which are one of the key factors in the... read more

Risk Management Must Consider New Data to Survive in Post-COVID Economy

Scott Nelson

“We need to understand risk better.” “Originations are up. My worry is our existing customers’ business health.” “We have to decrease our distance from customers.” Risk managers’ plates are full. These recent comments from lessor leaders regarding today’s economic environment... read more

How Fleets Can Adapt to Operational Changes During COVID-19 & Position for Success After The Pandemic

John Flynn

Truck Utilization Data Even More Important Today When Helping Fleets Adapt to New Environment   The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the entire world with ripple effects being felt throughout the global economy. Data discussed at a recent forum at UC... read more

How Strategic Information on Equipment Leases Can Help Businesses Under Uncertain Landscapes

Jennifer Booth

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted daily life across the globe, and the uncertainty that came with it continues to loom. Aside from the personal disruptions caused by the pandemic, in terms of health and finances, businesses have also been heavily... read more

Show Me the Money! Independent Lessors — COVID Influenced Funding Challenges

Ray Ellingsen

Here we go again! A liquidity pinch, perhaps like no other. Depending on your definition of a recession, we are in, or quickly approaching another. But keep in mind that recessions are actually considered normal business cycles. Our economy has... read more

COVID-19’s Impact on Our Healthcare Community

Kyin Lok

We’ve seen the images and videos of our healthcare heroes battling the COVID-19 virus on the front lines. These first responders, doctors, nurses and hospital administrators knew they had the most important role to play in saving our country from... read more

Survival & Sustainability: Will New Finance Models Thrive in a Post-COVID-19 World?

Brendan Gleeson

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted two decades of global growth and raised several questions about how economies will function in the future. Experts are assessing whether the international upheaval caused by the pandemic will have a long-lasting impact on trade... read more

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