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Aim Virtual Facilities Promotes Two

Posted on 1/27/2022
Frank Pauley, Aim Virtual Facilities Maintenance Manager

As Aim Transportation Solutions continues to provide industry-leading service to customers all across the United States, we are proud to announce the promotion of two individuals working to shape our Virtual Facilities.

“Virtual Facilities—Branch 99 is its own unique service we provide to our customers in locations where we do not have a brick-and-mortar Aim location to support their equipment,” said Director of Maintenance East, Steve Shacklock. “The day-to-day operation has its own unique challenges, relying on our nationwide network of service providers, the team in Branch 99 keep our customers on the road and their products delivered to their customers smoothly and efficiently.”

Now leading the charge in Branch 99 will be Frank Pauley and Kim Learn. Both began their careers with Aim in 2014 and have held multiple positions throughout the company—making them incredibly well-suited to handle the unique challenges that come with the job.

Frank Pauley moves from Virtual Facilities Service Manager to Virtual Facilities Maintenance Manager and will oversee the day-to-day operations within Branch 99. Frank’s career with Aim began in October of 2014 as a Road Rescue Coordinator. Since then, he has held the positions of Road Rescue Shift Manager and Virtual Facilities Maintenance Manager and is looking forward to using his next position as a springboard to continue his advancement within Aim.

“I’m looking forward to using my experience with Aim and Branch 99 in this position. In the long-term, I’d like to work with Aim in any and all positions that allow me to grow and be successful within this company," said Pauley. "My goal is to spend the rest of my career helping shape this company and to retire as an Aim employee."

“I’ve stayed at Aim because of the family environment and personal attention employees of Aim receive,” he continued. “You’re not just a number here. The owners of the company know your name, ask how your kids are, ask how your life is and genuinely care about making your quality of life better. In addition to the personal aspect, we’re paid what we’re worth. Aim will never hesitate to pay an employee for the level or work they perform and the time they put in. We are taken care of personally, professionally, and financially. That’s something that makes me want to go to work every day.”

When Frank is not propelling himself to success at Aim, he enjoys cheering on the Cleveland Browns, detailing cars, spending time with his wife and three daughters and making memories with his grandson.

Kim Learn, Aim Virtual Facilities Service Manager

Filling Frank’s former role is Kim Learn. Kim will be moving into the position of Virtual Facilities Service Manager where she will be the one-stop contact for all the scheduled maintenance requirements and any resources Aim customers need to keep their units on the road.

Beginning her career with Aim in June of 2014, Kim has held the positions of Warranty Clerk and Warranty Administrator prior to her newest position.

“The management at Aim has provided me with a great opportunity to grow,” said Kim. “I know I can always express my opinion on any subject and management will listen to suggestions and offer meaningful solutions.”

“I look forward to spending the rest of my career here at Aim,” she continued. “I am excited to be involved in the growth of the company and see a bright, positive future for this team.”

We have no doubt that Kim will help foster that positivity and bring Branch 99 into the future. In her down time, Kim enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors while gardening, fishing, and camping.

“Kim and Frank have both been exemplary in their previous positions. I look forward to them growing into their new roles and am excited to have them step up to the new challenge,” said Steve Shacklock.

At Aim, it’s no secret that our employees are our most valuable asset. As members of our talented team retire or move into new roles, leaving vacancies, it is always our first priority to look inward. As we continue to support the transportation needs of our customers, we are fortunate to have an endless supply of hard-working individuals, like Frank and Kim, at Aim ready and willing to help us rise to the challenge.

Announcing the Aim 2021 Yearbook

Posted on 1/26/2022

We're thrilled to bring you the Aim 2021 Yearbook! This exciting publication is a year in review of Aim- and customer-related news and stories throughout 2021.

All of Aim's valued customers will receive a copy in the mail. Otherwise, you can feel free to view or download the digital version below.

Aim Returns to Florida for National Sales Meeting

Posted on 1/24/2022

The annual Aim National Sales Meeting, held every January, is an event for Aim Transportation Solution’s sales staff and executive team to celebrate the successes of the previous year and pave a strategic path into the new one.>/p>

After having gone fully virtual last year, this year’s meeting returned home to the Holiday Inn in beautiful Fort Myers, FL. There, the two-day meeting consisted of a formal awards dinner, a vendor fair and an array of strategic meetings and discussions. For the individuals who reached their annual sales goal, a four-day incentive trip full of beachside rest, relaxation and fun followed.

This time around, the sales meeting adopted the motto Drive Success. It’s a fitting tribute to the last two years, which held an array of unique challenges. Despite those challenges, the entire sales staff adapted to and overcame whatever obstacle lay in their path to success; that is, they did whatever it took to drive success.

The meeting kicked off on January 10 with a formal banquet and awards ceremony. This special night recognized the members of the Aim sales team who met or exceeded their annual sales goals—which just so happened to be every single one of them—and were presented with the President’s Circle award. Recipients included: Alex Marchal, Brian Bair, Brian Peisker, Candy Paulus, Dan Fleming, Dave Nichols, David Williams, Ed Parrott, Gerrie Tipton, Jeff Leas, Joe Telega, John Matthews, Josh Lombardo, Kerry Langlois, Kevin Dunbar, Mike Chopp, Mike Wall, Mike Williams, Rick McNerney, Steve Sawin, Susan Dodson, Tim Hanley, Trisha Mossor and Vinny DiMarco. From Aim Integrated Logistics, Larry Strugalski and Ron Gillum were also recognized by Chief Operating Officer, David Gurska and Vice President of Integrated Sales, Tom Reda. Additionally, Langlois and Nichols were recognized as having the most new accounts and the highest revenue, respectively.

EVP of Sales & Marketing, Matt Svancara, receives Landmark Achievement award. Pictured (l-r): Geoff Fleming, Co-President; Svancara; Tom Fleming (Chairman/CEO); and Scott Fleming, Co-President.

“Forced to go virtual for last year’s meeting and coming off a record-shattering sales year, this awards dinner felt extra special,” Matt Svancara, Aim’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said. “We had the privilege of recognizing every single member of our sales staff for meeting and exceeding their annual goals. I feel incredibly fortunate to lead such an extraordinary team, and I’m proud beyond measure of each and every one of them.”

Also during the evening, Aim Co-President Geoff Fleming took the podium to acknowledge Svancara’s 25th year with the company as well as present him with the Aim Sales and Leadership Achievement award for his steadfast leadership and management of the sales team through Aim’s best sales year in history.

Day two kicked off with this year’s Drive Success sessions that comprised a lineup of presentations and discussions to inform, inspire and ignite the sales staff to carry the red-hot momentum of 2021 into 2022. Svancara and Geoff Fleming, Aim Co-President, as well as other Aim executives, were on hand to present and chart the course for the months ahead.

One primary focus was on how Aim can best utilize its numerous maintenance offerings and robust freight brokerage services to help new and existing customers navigate the stagnation of truck manufacturing plaguing the country, which itself has been brought on by a stagnation of key component manufacturing and ongoing supply chain woes.

Joe Gallick, Senior Vice President of National Accounts at NationaLease, took time during the event to recognize Matt Svancara for being an integral part of the NationaLease mission and to announce Svancara as one of the 29 NationaLease Masters Club award winners. The Masters Club program gives the top salespeople in the NationaLease network, of which Aim is a proud member, a chance to prove just how valuable they are and gives NationaLease a chance to recognize their hard work. Matt Svancara is no stranger to this honor and, in fact, is enshrined in the Masters Club Hall of Fame. Also no strangers to the Masters Club and extraordinary sales achievements, John Matthews, Kerry Langlois and Mike Wall landed on the list of 2021 winners as well.

Aim Senior Account Executive, Kerry Langlois, visits the Carrier Transicold booth during the vendor fair.

The day concluded with the very informative and equally fun vendor fair. This is when Aim’s invaluable vendor partners, whose generous sponsorships make this annual event possible, set up booths in the hotel ballroom for the Aim sales staff to visit and learn about new equipment and technologies, which allow Aim to better customize its offerings specific to each customer’s unique operation. On top of their sponsorships, each vendor brought raffle prizes for the Aim team. Valued sponsor Great Dane furnished the grand prize: A trip to Orlando, FL! The lucky winner was Aim Business Development Manager Vinny DiMarco.

Carrying on the tradition started in 2020, nearly 60 people competed in a cornhole tournament. Aim Business Development Specialist Steve Sawin beat out everyone to take home the cash prize as well as the custom Aim-branded cornhole boards, designed by Conrad Smith, Aim’s Marketing Manager and primary graphic designer.

“We had a record number of vendors in attendance, which seems to be the case each year,” said Jessica Deane, Aim’s Director of Marketing and event organizer. “This is a testament to the growth of the Aim brand and the company’s relentless drive to be a trusted, all-in-one transportation solutions provider, and we can’t thank our valued vendor partners enough for being a huge, necessary part of this meeting and our overall success.”

View the event photo album.

Aim Phoenix Named Shop of the Year

Posted on 1/17/2022
Aim Phoenix Team- Pictured from Left to Right: Larry Quinlan, Joseph Pinson, Philip Vicinanza, Matthew Nez, Allan Sullenger, Edgar Estudillo. Not Pictured; Dana Holden, Andrew Quinlan, John Norwood.

Aim Transportation Solutions is proud to announce our Phoenix, AZ location as Best Overall Shop of the Year. Each year, Aim recognizes a top region as well as a top service manager, but this is the first time a single location has been recognized.“Phil [Vicinanza] and his team have worked incredibly hard to achieve this goal and I am pleased to be able to recognize their hard work,” said LeRoy Casali, Aim Regional Director of Maintenance. “He drives his team to consistently perform at top efficiency levels and they have risen to the occasion time and time again.”

The winning location was chosen based on best overall report card goal performance as well as overall profitability. Report card goals focus on a series of performance factors and the overall shop efficiency. Each Aim location strives for excellence, but Phoenix has proven themselves this year as a cut above the rest.

“We just do our best to follow the measures Aim has set forth because we know they are tried and true and they work to keep trucks on the road and keep our customers happy,” said Aim Phoenix Service Manager, Phil Vicinanza.

The performance of Aim’s Phoenix location is not only evident internally, but also to our NationaLease affiliates and their customers. Phil was recently recognized for his exceptional service by NationaLease affiliate location, Kris-Way Truck Leasing.

“It is a pleasure to work with Phil and Aim NationaLease’s Phoenix, AZ service team,” said JJ Sullivan of Kris-Way Truck Leasing. “I’ve worked for the competition for 20 years and I can tell you that people like Phil and his team in Phoenix offer better over-the-road service.”

“The pride in what they do is evident in their work and the service our Phoenix location provides to our customers,” continued LeRoy.

For their exceptional performance, each Aim Phoenix tech has received 15,000 Reward Points which can be used for the purchase of tools or Aim apparel.

“This is a really unique award because we’re not just recognizing the excellent leadership of Phil, but we’re also rewarding the entire facility and that’s something really special,” said LeRoy. “When the facility is recognized, the entire branch and all of the techs who are on the ground doing the hard work of keeping our customers on the road share in the prize.”

Phil and his team are honored to be chosen as the first recipients of this award and energized to repeat history in 2022.

“I feel so honored to be working for Aim and working with this incredible team of techs,” said Phil. “We’ll just keep trying our best to come in every day and take care of our customers to the best of our ability.”

Congratulations to Phil Vicinanza and the entire Phoenix team for a job well done!

Aim Fills Crucial Recruiting Role

Posted on 12/20/2021
Susan Baer, Aim's Director of Recruiting

Aim Transportation Solutions, a family-owned and -operated provider of commercial trucks and transportation services for more than 50 years, welcomes Susan Baer to the role of director of recruiting. In this critical position, she will lead a team of talent acquisition specialists in hiring experienced, well-qualified individuals to ensure the continued success of Aim and its ability to meet the demands of its rapidly expanding and diverse customer base.

Susan brings with her an impressive and diverse background. It includes customer service, sales, leadership, training, community relations and, of course, recruiting. It’s exactly the kind of resume that promotes a think-outside-the-box approach, which is critical for taking on the challenges inherent to the transportation industry. Chief among those challenges will be tackling the national truck driver shortage, which is currently estimated at 80,000.

Beginning her career as a retail manager and buyer for a major department store in Pittsburgh, Susan sharpened her customer service skills, which she would continue to utilize no matter what path her career led her down.

From there, Susan pivoted to the pharmaceutical industry, working for Shire Pharmaceutical. During her four years there, she quickly reached the level of senior sales representative and field sales trainer, a position she excelled at. In fact, she so excelled at the position she was the top performer in entire the company.

In 2003, Susan briefly stepped back from the workforce to focus on raising her young family. However, her passion and motivation to work drew her into a part-time position for Barnes and Noble Bookseller. While there she moved into the position of Community Relations Manager for the district office and, in 2013, was awarded the Cranberry Township Business Leader of the Year Award.

Just prior to joining Aim, Susan, in 2015, jumped into the challenging yet rewarding field of recruiting, joining the Graham Healthcare Group (Celtic Healthcare) as a recruitment coordinator. There she found she not only had a passion for recruiting but a real knack for it too. She, for instance, was instrumental in the recruitment efforts for the inception of Allegheny Health Network Healthcare @ Home (Home Health and Hospice) in Pittsburgh. Again, Susan rocketed through the ranks, ending her time there overseeing recruitment efforts in four states as the director of talent acquisition.

“We believe Susan’s impressive skillset and well-rounded experience, along with her years of demonstrated drive, commitment and success, is exactly what’s needed to take on the unique challenges of recruiting in our industry,” said Scott Fleming, Aim co-president. “We have the utmost confidence she will lead our recruiting team and continue to find inventive ways of getting the message out there that Aim is a career destination with great pay, great benefits and a great culture.”

“I felt the Aim family culture as soon as I began meeting with the leadership team during the interview process,” Susan Baer said. “I knew immediately Aim was the kind of company I wanted to work for, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to lead Aim’s recruiting efforts and to support the company’s overall mission and commitment to its customers.”

“Being on the recruitment team is the greatest honor,” she added. “We get to change the lives of the new hire, their families as well as continue to grow the company from a talent perspective.”

Susan graduated from Ohio University with a degree in English. Whether aware of it or not, her recruitment career more than likely started when she was appointed to be the recruitment chairman of Pi Beta Phi (Ohio Alpha). Currently she lives in Seven Fields, PA, with her husband, Michael; her two sons, Adam and Ethan; and her golden retriever, Luna.

To learn about exciting and rewarding career opportunities with Aim, visit jobsataim.com.

Aim Development Team Taps YSU for Local Talent

Posted on 12/13/2021
YSU student and Aim intern, Alexander Smith

Aim Transportation Solutions has always been on the leading edge of new technologies revolutionizing the transportation industry, whether as early adopters or innovators itself. Thankfully, in order to keep pace, Aim doesn’t need to turn to Silicon Valley for talent. We simply need to look in our own backyard.

Aim, headquartered in the Youngstown, OH, area, has partnered with Youngstown State University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) since Spring 2019.

YSU’s STEM internship program has been an invaluable resource in supporting Aim’s customized commercial transportation software development. Through this program, Aim has gained access to a growing pool of bright young minds while providing them with vital real-world experience.

To stay ahead of the ever-evolving transportation industry curve, Aim employs a staff of highly specialized web and mobile developers, database administrators, project managers, security specialists, and quality assurance teams. These specialties all work together to develop cutting-edge web and mobile software for our industry that benefit Aim and its valued customers. Having such a diverse, dedicated team also means we don’t have to manage technology at scale. This allows us to cater to the individual needs of our large and varied customer base. This ability is one of the fundamental qualities that gives Aim a distinct advantage over its competitors who may be using “off-the-shelf” solutions. It also allows Aim to give its employees greater access to company resources using modern and familiar interfaces.

“Technology has completely transformed the way we think about, manage and execute moving goods and services across the country,” said Dan Kellgren, Aim’s Director of Software Development. “In fact, the emphasis is becoming more and more on the technology side of the industry, which makes having a resource like YSU’s STEM program a unique advantage to Aim’s long-term success.”

YSU student and Aim intern Alexander Smith exemplifies how advantageous Aim’s partnership with YSU is. Alexander has been interning with Aim’s team of talented programmers since March of 2020. Over the last year and a half, he has maximized his internship by fully applying the quality education provided by the YSU STEM program to benefit Aim and its customers. He combined this with strong dedication to his job and has risen to become a highly valued team member. Alexander has even already received an offer for a full-time position at Aim when he graduates in the spring.

Alexander isn’t the first YSU intern to contribute to Aim’s development team. Over the last few years, Aim has worked with YSU to bring on Quality Assurance interns as well as other software developer interns. Joining the team in January will be another STEM intern, who also has an opportunity to learn and grow in Aim’s dynamic software environment.

Aim has benefited from YSU’s STEM program in other ways. Aim has hired qualified graduating seniors (for both full- and part-time positions) directly out of the program’s biannual job fairs. Jon Brown, with a bachelor’s degree in both computer science and economics is a shining example of this. He started as a part-time employee while he finished his second degree and is now a vital full-time team member working toward his next career goal of becoming a database admin leader.

The YSU STEM program has excellent leadership who actively engage with local businesses. Aim is privileged for having the opportunity to take advantage of this invaluable resource and plans to do so well into the future. For more than 50 years, Aim has been adding jobs with great pay and benefits to the Mahoning Valley, and for those five-plus decades, it has relied on local talent to fill those positions. For anyone looking for a rewarding, long-lasting career, Aim, family owned and operated, is continuously growing and adding new positions in the Youngstown area as well as throughout the nation. Visit jobsataim.com for current career opportunities.

Aim and TEMA—A Multi-Generational Partnership

Posted on 12/8/2021
The Froelich family, owners and operators of TEMA Roofing Services headquartered in Youngstown, OH

Two family-owned and -operated businesses both headquartered in Youngstown, OH build a partnership that spans multiple generations. In big cities and other parts of the country this may be a foreign concept, but in Youngstown it’s just another day.

TEMA Roofing Services Vice President and third generation roofing contractor, Justin Froelich sat down with Aim Director of Marketing, Jessica Deane to discuss TEMA’s business model and their partnership with Aim.

TEMA, like Aim, has been in the Youngstown area for over 50 years and brings a combined 112 years of experience to the Commercial Roofing market. The company history dates back to the 70s when Justin’s grandfather entered the roofing industry and shortly after, took Justin’s father, Tom under his wing. Tom took the company and grew it before selling off and branching out to start TEMA.

“TEMA stands for Thomas Edmund and Margaret Ann, my parents’ initials, and the five bars in our logo represent their five children,” Justin explained.

“I see my father every day. I see my mother every day. She questions me about the credit card bill. This is as much of a family business as it gets,” he laughed.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, many businesses were forced to close their doors but TEMA, declared an essential business, continued to flourish. Many companies taking advantage of work-from-home opportunities also took the opportunity to replace their roof without disturbing the work day.

“It was beneficial to us that we were still able to work, but we didn’t get to work because of COVID. We got to work because of the relationships we’ve built and the quality of work that we stand by,” said Justin.

One of those relationships is the multi-generation partnership forged between TEMA Roofing Services and Aim Transportation Solutions. TEMA has been leasing trucks from Aim for years-- reducing maintenance costs and cutting back on the time and resources it takes to maintain a fleet of vehicles.

“We’re growing at a large scale, and trucks are not cheap—especially the types of trucks we need for our application,” said Justin. “When you have a company like Aim whose sole purpose is to take care of the trucks, it fits right into our business model. If there’s an issue with a job, you call TEMA. If there’s an issue with the truck, you call Aim.”

Being headquartered in Youngstown comes with an unspoken understanding-- we help each other and we lift up our community.

“I see you guys everywhere,” laughed Justin. “Golf outings, dinners, charity events, you name it. Aim is really out there walking the walk.”

And walking right beside Aim is TEMA. Both companies are heavy-haulers in the local nonprofit community with team members and ownership alike supporting organizations like The United Way of Youngstown, Project MKC, and many others supporting those in our community who need a hand up.

TEMA walking the walk and helping the community through the United Way

During the holiday season, especially, the current supply chain disruptions cannot be ignored.

“I think these issues are affecting everyone in one way or another, whether you want to buy a piece of furniture or a garage door or just go get some chicken wings,” said Justin. “But I think it has hit construction the hardest.”

Those disruptions will not stop TEMA who remains steadfast in their commitment to provide superior commercial roofing services to Youngstown area businesses and partners across the country.

“It’s not an excuse. It is what it is and we’ve just got to get creative and find new ways to get the job done,” continued Justin.

As TEMA continues to do what it takes to get the job done, Aim will be along for the ride. We are thankful to have such wonderful friends and partners as TEMA and look forward to growing with them for generations to come.

The full interview with Justin Froelich can be viewed below.

For more information on commercial roofing services, reach out to TEMA at TEMAroofingservices.com.

For more information on how a full-service lease contract with Aim can save you money, time, resources, and improve your uptime, reach out to us at info@aimntls.com.

View the Full Interview with TEMA Roofing Services VP, Justin Froelich

Aim Provides Jade Sterling Control and Consistency

Posted on 12/1/2021
Pictured (l-r): Tom Reda, Aim Integrated Logistics VP of Business Development; Matt Griswold, Jade Sterling Steel CFO; and Matt Svancara, Aim Executive VP of Sales & Marketing.

Since 1965, Aim Integrated Logistics customer Jade Sterling Steel has distributed superb steel bars and wire rods. For this Midwest-based company, there’s only one thing stronger than the durable, long-lasting steel products they deliver: Their dedication to customer service.

So, when leadership at Jade Sterling Steel began looking into dedicated fleet options, they had one thing on their minds: their customers.

Several parallels can be drawn between Jade Sterling Steel and Aim. To name a few: Both are headquartered in Northeast Ohio. Both have been in business for more than five decades. Both deeply value their employees along with the strength and experience they bring. And, most importantly, both have an unwavering commitment to the businesses who utilizes their goods and services. So, when they went shopping for dedicated fleet providers, Aim Integrated Logistics was a no-brainer.

For the uninitiated, a dedicated fleet service (also known as dedicated contract carriage), at its most basic, provides businesses with trucks and drivers. However, Aim Integrated Logistics is unique in that it elevates this basic principle. Our Integrated experts work hand-in-hand with customers, engineering unique solutions that increase efficiency and maximize profitability. So, rather than force businesses into a specific, pre-determined model, Aim Integrated Logistics builds the model around businesses and their specific needs.

Jade Sterling Steel investing in dedicated contract carriage was a big, uncertain leap. After all, they’ve been successful for decades, so why fix it if it isn’t broke? However, two key factors pushed them to shake hands with Aim Integrated Logistics: The desire for more control and consistency with their deliveries as well as Aim Integrated Logistics’ Test Drive offering.

Let’s start with control and consistency. Prior to partnering with Aim, Jade Sterling Steel relied solely on freight brokers to deliver their products nationwide. While this is a perfectly feasible option, it does create the potential for breaks in your supply chain that are beyond your control.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, trucks are either late or can’t make it at all on occasion,” Jade Sterling Steel’s CFO, Matt Griswold, said about relying solely on freight brokerage, “and then we can’t fulfill our promises to our customers. And, unfortunately, in many of those instances, it’s completely out of our hands because we’re relying on trucks that we have no control over.”

A dedicated fleet, if nothing else, is about control and consistency. It gives businesses the peace of mind knowing a truck and driver are primed and ready to make deliveries on time, every time, fulfilling those crucial promises to the customer. It’s a simple, yet important equation: more on time deliveries equals happier customers. For Jade Sterling, that elevation of control and consistency resulting in increased customer satisfaction has been the best aspects of their partnership with Aim.

“When we can send the same driver into a customer who knows what the customer likes and doesn’t like, and they recognize the face, it makes a big difference,” Griswold said. “Especially at some of our processors too: When we take steel in there, they know the [driver], and they’re more likely to get them in and out, which just means we’re shipping more steel that day.”

“I don’t think that we knew how positive a reaction we would get from our customers, but our customers absolutely love seeing the same face from Jade.”

Beyond control and consistency, Griswold cites controlled cost and efficiency as some other key benefits to having dedicated trucks and drivers through Aim. Even beyond that, Griswold appreciates that even though the drivers are technically employed by Aim, they’re essentially members of the Jade Sterling family, wearing Jade Sterling apparel and driving Jade Sterling logoed trucks.

Aim Director of Marketing, Jessica Deane, and Jade Sterling Steel CFO, Matt Griswold, discuss what Aim Integrated Logistics' dedicated fleet service has meant for the renowned steel manufacturer and its customers.

Aim Integrated Logistics’ Test Driver program was mentioned above as a major contributor in Jade Sterling’s decision-making process. This pilot program is designed to be the ultimate try-before-you-buy. It gives shippers the opportunity to put the keys to their operation in Aim’s hands and get a true sense of the value our dedicated fleet service delivers.

And that’s precisely how it worked for Jade Sterling Steel:

“[A dedicated fleet] is a pretty big leap,” the Jade Sterling CFO said. “We didn’t know what we didn’t know. So being able to go through the trial and see the good, and obviously what bad might be out there, before locking into a longer-term deal definitely gave us comfort that we could sign a long-term deal knowing what we’re going to get.”

As it stands now, Jade Sterling operates a hybrid method of distribution, using Aim trucks and drivers as well as freight brokers. As the Aim-Jade partnership has progressed, they’ve added additional trucks and drivers to their fleet with plans to add more in the future. As this demonstrates, the process can be a slow, comfortable easing into the waters of dedicated contract carriage. Aim is all about flexibility, and our experts will work hard to develop custom solutions that support a business’s profitability and overall longevity.

When asked whether or not Matt Griswold would recommend Aim to shippers who might be struggling with their driver capacity, managing their risk or their operating costs, he responded: “Yes, absolutely.”

“It’s a great, great way to have control over some of your distribution,” he added. “We hope to continue to grow this [partnership]. We think it’s working really well. I would be surprised if we don’t add a few more [trucks and drivers] in 2022 just because it’s worked out so well.”

If you're considering dedicated fleet options, our unparalleled experts would be happy to look at your specific operation and engineer an optimized logistics solutions for how you do business. Reach out to info@aimntls.com to start the conversation.

Undisrupt Your Supply Chain with Aim

Posted on 11/26/2021

“Supply Chain” seems to be the buzz word everyone wants to talk about. Supply chain disruptions have the ability to cause shortages on everything from toilet paper to electronics and toys to your Thanksgiving turkey. Between driver shortages, truck shortages and back-ups at the ports, every day brings a new challenge becoming increasingly frightening as the holidays quickly approach.

Whether your products arrive by sea, by air, or by good, old-fashioned American productivity, they all get on the shelves the same way—by truck. That’s where we come in.

Aim has been providing industry-leading solutions to your supply chain woes for over 50 years and we don’t intend to stop anytime soon. This holiday season and beyond, we are pulling out all the stops to help you “undisrupt” your supply chain.

Don't let supply chain disruptions overwhelm you. Let Aim help.

Driver shortage? What driver shortage? Aim Integrated Logistics, the division of Aim Transportation Solutions which partners with customers to create customized dedicated contract carriage solutions, is ranked one of the Top 25 Logistics Companies in the U.S., according to Transport Topics and deploys drivers across the country daily.

“We recognize that for many, the cure for the driver shortage is a dedicated solution and we’re the best dedicated solution out there,” said Aim Integrated Chief Operating Officer, Dave Gurska.

A dedicated solution, like Aim’s, allows a customer to maintain capacity and customer flexibility without the huge initial capital investment, without the incredible risk involved in maintaining your own fleet, and [now-more-than-ever] without resource-crushing task of keeping drivers in trucks.

No truck to ship your load? We’ve got it covered. In addition to offering full-service leasing and commercial truck rental services at nearly 50 locations across the country, Aim provides third-party logistics (3PL) solutions from Aim Integrated Logistics Brokerage and Expedited Solutions. Aim Integrated provides full-service coverage for the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico and our experienced team will manage your shipment through delivery and beyond. We make finding the right carrier for your shipment a seamless process.

Tom Reda, VP of Business Development at Aim Integrated Logistics

As transportation experts, we know that a half-filled truck costs the same as a full one. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping you stop paying for unused cargo space with our Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipping services. Our Aim Customer Shipping Portal instantly connects you with our network of more than 100 vetted and approved LTL carriers making your next shipment quicker, easier, and cheaper.

“All of the services we provide at Aim Integrated are completely customizable to each individual business,” said Tom Reda, VP of Business Development at Aim Integrated Logistics. “We tailor each plan to what the customer needs and our brokerage, 3PL, and LTL services are available at the click of a button.”

“As soon as the load is ready to ship, we can be there with an Aim truck and an Aim driver to move it— allowing the customer to continue focusing on their core business and instantly reducing all of these back-ups and supply chain disruptions,” he continued. “We don’t just give the customer options; we are their solution.”

Contact us today at info@aimntls.com and let us find the solutions for your transportation challenges.

Time Is Running Out on Max Section 179 Savings

Posted on 11/24/2021

In the market for additional commercial trucks and equipment? You may want to jump on it sooner than later. Why the urgency? It’s because of a major tax deduction known as Section 179, and the deadline to capitalize on its full benefit is December 31, 2022.

If you’re unfamiliar with Section 179, it’s a tax deduction allowing companies to write off the full purchase price of new and used equipment during the calendar year. Companies in 2021, for example, can deduct all the way up to $1,050,000 on eligible equipment purchases. However, that eligible equipment must be purchased and placed into service before midnight on December 31. While we’re running out of days in 2021, and new commercial trucks somewhat of a scarcity, used equipment purchases—like Aim’s certified pre-owned vehicles—might be your best bet to squeeze in some last-minute purchases and take advantage of Section 179 in 2021.

What if you’re not in a position to acquire new equipment before the year is up? Don’t fret. You can still maximize your Section 179 tax savings through December 31, 2022, giving you that lucrative 100% deduction. And this applies to equipment purchased outright or leased and placed into service before January 1, 2023.

This amounts to one thing: the time to act is now. Going into 2023 and subsequent years, the total allowable deductions will decrease 20% annually. For example, equipment purchased and placed into service after January 1, 2023, and before January 1, 2024, the deduction is reduced to 80%. The following year is 60%, and so on.

Next year, with the ability to take full advantage of Section 179, it might be a good time to try leasing your fleet if you don’t already. With an Aim full-service lease, you avoid that large upfront investment that goes along with owning your equipment. While freeing up capital, you also get to take advantage of low, predictable monthly payments, administrative relief (licensing and permitting), worry-free maintenance and upkeep, 24/7-365 nationwide Road Rescue service and near limitless vehicle specification options tailored to how you do business.

If you need to add to or refresh your fleet and want to secure that 100% deduction before it decreases, Aim can help you come in under the deadline. Reach out to info@aimntls.com for more information on leasing and used truck options.


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