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if you have a specialized operation and need to rent trucks, your local rental company might not have the perfect truck – but someone in their network, might. It’s not uncommon for a franchise to bring in a special rental truck that works better for their customer.” Reliability and Peace of Mind Is your rental truck going to be reliable and what happens if there is a problem on the road? “That’s an important question,” stressed Hernandez. “A well-maintained truck is a must and that’s the most important component in renting a reliable truck. That being said, trucks are mechanical and they can break down. If that happens, how will your rental company respond? You need to count on your rental company to provide immediate assistance -finding another truck and resolving any issues so you can complete your delivery.” According to Hernandez, PacLease is also seeing a steady climb in customers who rent before they lease. “It makes great sense

Supply Post Western Canada Edition · Our Readers Are Your Buyers and we encourage it for those who are considering leasing for the first time,” he said. “You test drive a car before you buy it. The same approach works well for leasing. You should rent the truck you’re interested in leasing; see how well the lease/rental company takes care of that equipment and you; and how well your drivers like the truck. It takes the risk out of the commitment and helps a fleet make a smart business decision.” Still other renters see an uptick in business that may or may not turn into steady business. “In those cases a rental makes great sense. Rentals provide flexibility since you get a late model truck, and shorter-term options,” said Hernandez. “We also have customers who just like to rent – they want no risk at all in terms of truck ownership, or in having a multi-year commitment with leasing.” For Allen Heath, owner of Hotline Delivery, renting takes away all uncertainty. His company runs ‘hot shot’ local and regional deliveries within a 300mile radius of Dallas. “I’ll rent anywhere from 10 to 15 trucks from PacLease

at a time,” he explained. “This gives me more flexibility and I have the exact amount of trucks that I need. I know my costs, I know my margins, and I get the latest in technology with the new Kenworths and Peterbilts. And, I don’t have to worry about any of the maintenance. These trucks are reliable and they have me covered if there is ever an issue. I tried other rental companies in the past, but PacLease was the only one that really understood my business and partnered with us.” “There are a multitude of reasons why companies rent,” concluded Hernandez. “One key to success with rentals is getting a truck that matches your operation and picking a rental company that forms a partnership with you. When it comes to running your business, quality shouldn’t be something you have to compromise on. Forming a true business partnership will allow the rental company to focus on taking care of your fleet and give you more time to focus on taking care of your customers.” b Source: Paccar

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Finalists For 2017 Influential Woman In Trucking Award Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Freightliner Trucks announced three finalists for the 2017 Influential Woman in Trucking award which highlights the achievements of female role models and pioneers in the trucking industry. This is the seventh year for the award which was developed in 2010 as a way to honour female leaders and to attract and advance women within the trucking industry. Nominees included women from all over the industry in corporate, manufacturing, supplier, owner-operator, driver, and sales or dealership roles. The 2017 Influential Woman in Trucking award finalists are: • Traci Crane, Sr. Manager Fleet Services, Contract Freighters, Inc. • Tana Greene, CEO and Founder, Blue Bloodhound • Daphne Jefferson, Dep-

Counsellor to the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in the Office of the Secretary (OST). Prior to serving as the Counsellor to the Chief of Staff, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration in OST. With the outstanding nominations submitted, it was extremely difficult for the judges to narrow it down to the finalists. The judges for the 2017 award are Ellen Voie, WIT President/CEO, Meredith Ochs, Talk Show Host, Sirius XM Radio, and Ramona Hood, President of Customer Operations, Transportation Logistics at GENCO, a FedEx company and the 2016 Influential Woman in Trucking award recipient. All three finalists have been asked to participate on a panel at the WIT Accelerate! Conference & Expo held in Kansas City, MO November 6-8. The winner will be announced at the general session panel discussion, “4 Steps Women Take to Become Successful Business Leaders” on Tuesday, November 7 at 8:45 am – 10:00 am. b

uty Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Traci Crane, Sr. Manager over Fleet Services is the first female in company history (founded in 1951) to hold a management position within the Maintenance Department. Her role within the Maintenance Department is to provide oversight to their Road Service group as well truck assignments and recovery. Tana Greene, founder of Blue Bloodhound has been recognized by American Express as one of the 50 fastest growing femaleowned companies in 2006 and 2017 and for the past six years INC Magazine has named her business one of the Top 5000 fastest growing national companies. Daphne Jefferson became the Agency’s Deputy Administrator in February 2015 after serving as the Source: WomenInTrucking


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