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ES is All About Success in Trucking

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Since 2006, when people in the transportation industry hear the name Expediter Services, the image of a growing, nimble, can-do company in Southaven, Mississippi, creating capacity and servicing the Expediting industry with the motto Never Stand Alone comes to mind. This image has been well earned as ES has evolved into the largest provider of capacity to the trucking industry’s expedited sector. Now, there’s more to their story as they branch out to begin servicing the general trucking market with the same dynamic mission and purpose under the brand Success in Trucking.
logo-SIT-powered-by-ESThe newly expanded ES Network through SuccessInTrucking.com is focused on the opportunities for truck ownership with a program that offers access to financing at favorable rates and equipment from the leading truck manufacturers in the industry. As the company expands into the general trucking market it broadens its operation with a proven strategy that can assist contractors in their desire for true truck ownership through its Much Better Alternative (MBA) to truck finance and its Path to Ownership (PTO).
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ES also teams up with industry motor carriers to support their efforts with programs and discounts designed to maximize capacity, improve stability, efficiency and profitability at all levels. “ES is excited to bring Success in Trucking to the general trucking market. We have a proven track record of success and the infrastructure in place to offer opportunities with strong growth and earning potential for owner operators, as well as participating motor carriers,” said Jason Williams, President of Expediter Services.
In addition to offering unique and effective programs, services and discounts to the general trucking market, ES has teamed up with the Women in Trucking Association, in conjunction with their Women in Expediting initiative to offer a 150 Woman Owned Business Challenge. The challenge is a well-funded and supported effort designed to motivate carriers to provide opportunities for women to create small businesses at every tier throughout the trucking industry. A growing list of motor carriers, including Panther Premium Logistics and Forward Air have already pledged their support for the 150 Women Owned business challenge. (Read more about the WIT/ES 150 women-owned business initiative here.)

Throughout 2018 and into the future, Expediter Services with Success in Trucking will continue to expand offerings to better serve the transportation industry with innovative and distinctive programs, services and financial products designed to make owner operators and participating motor carriers successful.

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A Much Better Alternative to a Lease Purchase Agreement

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Starting last fall, ES began implementing their tried-and-true finance program in the marketplace that is a much better alternative than lease purchase agreements. The initiative was designed to offer prospective owners the benefits of true truck ownership compared to the drawbacks of lease purchases. Our goal is to help you achieve Success in Trucking.
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As we’ve pointed out in numerous Spotlight articles, lease purchases are drafted to benefit the Lessor, featuring little or low down payment designed to entice the lessee to overlook restrictions and requirements embedded in the lease purchase agreement. The final results of a lease purchase is an extremely high cost of ownership with virtually no beneficial way to pay off a truck. The lack of a true ownership option can make it very frustrating and nearly impossible for entrepreneurial-minded contractors to experience successful true ownership.
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But that was then — this is now! Through ES’s Much Better Alternative (MBA) and Path to Ownership (PTO), Success in Trucking is in reach for those seeking and qualifying for true truck ownership. Not only are the MBA & PTO proven to be best option in the market, they are turning the light on for everyone to see the shortcomings for LP’s and helping people avoid making a bad business decision. With ES true truck ownership, you call the shots. With our support, true owners can say goodbye to little-to-no-choice in equipment, maintenance escrow accounts and being at the mercy of an uncaring lease purchase bureaucracy. With ES’s programs and support, you are treated with respect and dignity and truly own your own truck — and control your own destiny.

In 2018, ES will aggressively continue to promote the MBA & PTO as we change the landscape of what truck ownership truly means in the industry. Contractors will be undergirded with ES support programs to help meet your business goals so you Never Stand Alone.
Learn more about our true stories of true truck ownership Proofs of Delivery below:

Overcoming the Heartbreak of a Lease Purchase Agreement
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From Lease Purchase Nightmare to True Truck Ownership Dream
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Making the Right Choice for True Truck Ownership
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Stepping Off the Lease Purchase Merry-Go-Round
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From Lease Purchase to True Truck Ownership
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Breaking the Chains of the Lease Purchase Agreement
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True Ownership Brings Smiles and Profits to New Owners
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True Ownership Has It’s Benefits
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Our Work History Made the Difference Between Owning and Leasing
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ES Moves Opportunity Forward with Forward Air
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Focus, Direction, Independence & Opportunity

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The Road to Expediting

“Of all the opportunities available to us in transportation, we chose Expediting and ES for our independent contractor business,” said Randy Kernan. When you think about it, that’s a powerful statement and says a lot about the focus, direction and thought he and his wife/business partner Susan Wicklund, (and soon to be driving partner) put into their future success.
generic-truckRandy and Susan’s road to Expediting saw them take a few turns along the way. Randy had been a truck driver in the military. In civilian life, he drove for a couple of trucking companies over the past few years. He became interested in Expediting after finding Expediter Services online. “I was looking for a better opportunity that would allow us to grow as a team and I found the ES website. They had lots of good information and I called to find out more. I spoke with Wade Roberts, ES Recruiter, about my desire to be a Contract Driver. He was extremely helpful and answered my questions. Of all the companies I contacted, ES was the most responsive. Wade also told us about motor carrier opportunities available through ES, and we wound up signing on with FedEx, as our carrier,” said Randy.

But that’s just half of the story, because Randy didn’t want to drive with just anyone as his partner, he wanted his wife Susan by his side. “When Randy asked if I’d like to go on the road as a contractor with him, I wasn’t sure because trucking wasn’t my background, as I have been a nurse for thirty years. We have four children and the last one just turned twenty and was leaving home. After I thought about it, being an Expediter sounded like a great way to spend a lot of time with my husband and make a good income. I knew right away, I would need to learn how to drive a truck and get a license,” said Susan.

Becoming a Team

“There were several factors that played in to our decision to go into Expediting,” said Randy. “The great lifestyle and the income were important considerations, but the size of the truck was what sold Susan the most. Since she didn’t have a background in trucking, the shorter straight trucks were much less intimidating.” Susan continues, “When we started on the road seven months ago, I didn’t have a CDL, but I did ride along with Randy and began learning the ropes. We knew that I would be training and working on my CDL as we went along. When we spoke with Wade Roberts about our situation, he and ES were very supportive, explaining that my husband could train me instead of having to go to an expensive driving school. I’m now far along on my way to getting my CDL as I’ve already taken the physical and the written test. I’m now scheduled to take the driving portion of the test in a few weeks and ES is letting us use their truck. I can’t tell you how helpful and supportive they’ve been. I’m extremely excited about getting my license and contributing even more to building our business.”

Working Their Business

“As contractors, we have a lot of independence,” says Randy. “We get to pick where we go. It’s really all about our choices. I think being independent contractors is a great way to make a living and is as close to being an actual owner as you can get without many of the responsibilities of owning your own truck. We’re happy doing what we do and the more we work at our business, the more we make.”
When asked about support while in the road, Randy and Susan were both in agreement. “ES’s support is great! Whenever we’ve had any maintenance issues, help is just a phone call away. When our Qualcomm unit needed repair, ES maintenance support helped us find a place to get it fixed and it was taken care of right away. Their equipment is also really up-to-date, so we’ve had very few issues overall.”

A Woman in Expediting & The Future

women-in-epediting-200“As a woman in Expediting over the past seven months, I’ve learned a lot about the business and the industry,” said Susan. “Even though it’s traditionally been a male-dominated field, my experience has been positive. When it comes to working our business, I act like a professional and I’m treated that way, too. Expediting is such a great opportunity for anyone — even women. There are lots of opportunities for women to grow. You just have to apply yourself, just like anything else in life. And don’t be intimidated by the size of the truck. You can do it!”
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We asked Randy about their future plans in Expediting. “At some time in the future, we may consider ES’s Path to Ownership. But right now, we’re focusing on and enjoying what we do. We still have much to learn. One thing is for sure though, whatever we decide to do, we know that ES supports our decision.”

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Our Work History Made the Difference Between Owning and Leasing

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The road to truck ownership is strewn with unfavorable lease purchase agreements. Unfortunately, the lease purchase was just about one of the only options available to Contractors looking to “own” a truck. But thanks to ES’s Much Better Alternative (MBA) and Path to Ownership (PTO), those days are now gone and Success in Trucking is becoming the norm.

mike-teresatravisAs we’ve uncovered in previous Spotlights, Lease purchases are configured to benefit the Lessor, featuring little or low down payments veiled to entice the lessee to overlook restrictions and requirements. The final results are extremely high total cost of ownership and virtually no beneficial way to pay off a truck. The lack of a true ownership option can make it frustrating and nearly impossible for entrepreneurial-minded contractors to experience true ownership. Just ask Michael and Teresa Travis, a husband and wife team, signed on with Panther as their carrier who recently took the MBA and PTO and bought their own truck; a new 2018 Volvo 780 equipped to go the distance. We also speak with Teresa about being a Woman in Expediting (Women in Trucking) business owner and the important role women play in transportation.

Michael, tell us about your background in trucking?
I’ve been in trucking for 25 years now. The last company I was with was for fifteen years. A couple of years ago, our kids left the house and my wife, Teresa, decided she wanted to ride along with me. A trucker friend of ours who teaches drivers trained her and she got her CDL, too. We’ve been a team ever since.

Tell us about moving to Panther and into Expediting?
We were making good money at the company I was with at the time. A different friend of ours, who is in Expedited trucking, told us about the great income potential driving for Panther Premium Logistics. I was a bit skeptical at first, but when he showed me one of his settlements, I soon became a believer. We made the transition to Panther back in February of this year and as they say, the rest is history. Panther is a really good company to work with and we’ve enjoyed it very much.

MBA-Mascot-18-WheelerTell us about your Lease Purchase experience?
I’ve been in several LP’s over the years. Our last one was with a leasing company soon after coming on board with Panther in February. We felt like leasing a truck would be a good option because we were new to Expediting and Panther and really had no idea of what to expect from an income and expense standpoint. This latest lease was a 2016 truck and it was still under warranty, which protected us somewhat from catastrophic issues and costs. But the cost to run the truck was extremely expensive because of the way the lease is configured (restrictions and requirements). If we had kept the truck for the entire term of the lease, we would have paid about three times what the truck was worth. Even though the truck was under warranty, we still had maintenance issues with tires, costing me about $1,600 out of my own pocket unnecessarily. It was such a hassle dealing with the leasing maintenance folks. We never did get the tire situation straightened out and three of the tires on the truck were the wrong size.

How did you get away from a Lease Purchase and into true ownership?
We were talking to some other Panther drivers who told us about ES’s Much Better Alternative and Path to Ownership. It sounded really good and they had a great experience getting financed through Expediter Equipment Finance. I picked up the phone and called Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager.
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What I liked most about the MBA & PTO was that ES used our work history and not just our credit score (even though it is pretty good), to determine our eligibility for a loan. The process was really efficient and we did it all via the phone, email and fax. Everyone I talked to was helpful and answered our questions. Once our paperwork was sent to Steve Kochensparger at Expediter Equipment Finance, we selected a truck and our approval was ready in a short time.
We found a brand new 2018 Volvo 780 at a dealership in Memphis. The truck is absolutely loaded and has a Carrier Comfort Pro APU, a seventy-seven inch factory sleeper and it even has heated leather seats and a whole lot more. We love it! Owning our own truck turned out to be a good business decision on our part, too. We’ve already seen a significant increase in our bottom line profit and we know that ES is standing behind us as we go forward.

What would you tell someone who is considering a lease purchase or looking to get out of one?
With ES’s Much Better Alternative to truck finance & Path to Ownership, there’s never been a better opportunity to own your own truck. I would recommend calling Danny Vernon at Expediter Truck Sales to see what your options are. The fact that ES takes your work history into account when financing your truck is a real game changer and can make the difference when it comes to getting financed. I would also recommend doing business with Panther, a tried-and-true motor carrier who utilizes ES.

A Woman In Expediting (Women in Trucking) Perspective

Give us your take on being a woman business owner in the transportation field?
First of all, I’d like to applaud ES and the Women in Trucking Association for issuing the 150 women-owned business challenge. I think it’s important that women are provided opportunities in this business. (Read more about the WIT/ES 150 women-owned business initiative here.) I would also like to thank Panther for being one of the first motor carriers to accept the challenge and be providing opportunities for women in transportation with ES’s PTO program.
Being a woman business owner has been quite an experience for me. I’m relatively new to the business (Expediting), having been in it for about two years now. I used to just ride along with my husband after our children left home. But as I became more familiar with the driving aspect, as well as how the business works, I decided to get my CDL. For years, we had gone the Lease Purchase route until we discovered the opportunities offered by ES. The LP experience was truly awful. It was like a meat market with no organization and no support.  I’m glad we made the move to true truck ownership with the Much Better Alternative to truck finance and the Path to Ownership. It’s already paying off!
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What is your role in your business?
Besides driving, I do most of the paperwork as well. There really is quite a lot of things to keep up with when you have a trucking business. Mike manages our truck, while I manage our business. It truly is a team effort and very rewarding when you’ve settled into a rhythm and your business is profitable. That’s why it’s important to understand your business enough to know when to take the step to truck ownership. We knew we were ready and ES helped confirm this by looking at our work history with Panther when getting the loan for our truck.

How are you treated as a woman in a traditionally male dominated field?
Most of the time, I’m treated like everyone else. There have been a few instances where, let’s just say, I wasn’t treated with respect by some people at places like truck stops. However, owning a successful business makes up for those times. Overall, it’s been a good experience.
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What would you tell women who want to get into transportation?
I think it’s important to do your homework and learn about the trucking business. It’s also important to have a good partner. I’m fortunate to have a very good business and life partner in Mike. Another thing I would tell women who are already in the business, is to contact ES for support. They can make a difference in helping your business succeed with their programs and discounts. Choose to Never Stand Alone with ES.
Stay tuned for even more true stories of True Truck Ownership in upcoming issues of Spotlight News.

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True Ownership Has It’s Benefits

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Chances are good that if you’re in a Lease Purchase, you’ve asked yourself what would it be like to truly own your own truck. Spotlight News has answered that question in our recent series about Contractors who have taken ES’s Much Better Alternative (MBA) to truck finance, the Path to Ownership (PTO) and experienced true Success in Trucking. In this issue we feature Jason Williams, an over-the-road trucker who chose to leave the Lease Purchase merry-go-round when he took advantage of an opportunity to come on board with Panther Premium Logistics.
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Over the years, the trucking industry has offered lease purchase agreements to Contractors looking to become Owner Operators. In general, lease purchases are configured to benefit the Lessor featuring little or low down payments veiled to entice you to overlook restrictions and requirements. The final results are a higher total cost of ownership with no beneficial way to pay off a truck. The lack of a true ownership option can make it frustrating for contractors wanting to become owners. The good news is that the lease purchase agreement has now met its match!

A much better option is Expediter Services’ Much Better Alternative (MBA) to truck finance with a true Path to Ownership (PTO) offering true truck ownership. Read on to learn about the benefits of true ownership from Panther Contractor Jason Williams.

Can you tell us about your career in trucking and what lead you into Expediting?
I’ve been driving over-the-road since 2004. Earlier this year I came on board with Panther. I was looking to do something different. I had heard good things about Panther and Expediting seemed like a good choice — and It turned out to be a great choice! Panther is an absolutely wonderful company. I tell people all of the time that I wish I had gotten into Expediting years ago. It’s such a great way to make a living as a trucker. I truly enjoy the lifestyle and opportunities associated with Expediting, especially at Panther.

Prior to moving to Panther, you were in a Lease Purchase agreement. Can you tell us about that experience?
Actually I was involved with two Lease Purchases. Both experiences were similar, but the last one was particularly unpleasant. When I got involved with the first LP, I was going through some personal issues and the Lease Purchase option seemed to be the cheapest way to get into a truck as an owner operator. I drove that truck for about a year and turned it in and took a position with a local trucking company. I tried that for a while and at the suggestion of my girlfriend (now fiancé), I went back to over-the-road and moved into a second Lease Purchase.
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This time around, it was worse than the first time. The Lease Purchase company had gone through some tough financial times and the truck I wound up with was worse than the prior Lease Purchase unit. When it comes to getting stuck in a Lease Purchase you’re at their mercy as to the equipment that’s available. Basically, you go to their lot and pick out a truck from their inventory. You have to be extremely careful and go over the one you choose with a fine toothed comb or you can get stuck with a lot of problems.

Can you tell us about the good and the bad sides of a Lease Purchase?
Well, the only good side that I saw is that it costs virtually nothing on the front end to get into. There was no money down and no credit check. But in reality that’s a false situation because you actually wind up paying about triple what the truck is really worth. So, from a financial standpoint it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Also, with a Lease Purchase, you have a false sense of ownership because at the end of the day, you don’t own that truck and it’s highly unlikely you ever will. Another downside is you’re at the mercy of the leasing company when it comes to equipment. You generally don’t have much of a choice and most of the trucks are used and you don’t really know what you’re getting. Thankfully, I was only in these trucks a very short time period.
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Tell us about your opportunity with Panther and how you got into a true ownership position with ES?
On day one when I went through orientation with Panther they asked me about my goals and what I wanted to achieve from a business perspective. I told my recruiter that my six-month goal was that I wanted to be out of my lease and to be a true owner operator of my own truck. My recruiter presented me with a number of options to make this happen and I chose ES because of their Much Better Alternative (MBA) to truck finance and their Path to Ownership (PTO).

How did ES help you to become a true owner?
I made a call to ES and spoke with Bobby Gardner and explained my desire to become a true owner. He spent time with me and put me in touch with the right people: Steve Kochensparger at Expediter Equipment Finance and Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager. Everyone answered my questions and made me feel comfortable with my decision to purchase my own truck. The process was straight forward. I did the paperwork, selected a truck, and obtained an approval. It was that simple.
Danny found a slightly used 2017 Western Star with only 15,000 miles on it. I got a great deal! The truck is equipped with a Carrier Comfort Pro APU and a nice 82-inch factory sleeper. I LOVE it! Since I’ve owned it, I’ve put about fifty thousand miles on the clock and it’s just a joy to drive.

How has being an owner benefited your bottom line?
I can absolutely confirm that being a true owner has a positive cash-flow to my bottom line. I am putting more money in my pocket every month as an owner operator. I only wish I had known about ES and their MBA and PTO years ago!

What advice would you give someone who is stuck in a Lease Purchase agreement?
Get out of your LP as quickly as possible and call Expediter Services today about their Much Better Alternative to truck finance and Path to Ownership. You will be glad you did when your name is on the title of YOUR truck.
Stay tuned for even more true stories of True Truck Ownership in upcoming issues of Spotlight News.

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ES Moves Opportunity Forward with Forward Air

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Ryan Gilliam, Forward Air Vice President of Recruiting

Expediter Services is pleased to announce that Forward Air is now utilizing the programs and services offered by ES and it’s Success in Trucking effort to help keep and develop capacity. 

Forward Air, based in Greenville, Tennessee, has been a leading provider of ground transportation and related logistics services to North America for air freight, expedited LTL, and the truckload market since 1990. According to Ryan Gilliam, Forward Air Vice President of Recruiting, the true value of Owner Operators holds high importance to the company. “The value of true Owner Operators is extremely important to Forward Air. As everyone in this industry recognizes, they are a hard-to-find and valuable resource that helps bring stability and much needed capacity to our operations.”

Gilliam goes on to discuss how true ownership benefits both Forward Air and the owner operator. “There are a lot of lease purchase and truck ownership programs in the market that place the contractor at a disadvantage from day one. Ultimately, this structure is not a healthy arrangement for us as a carrier — and it’s definitely not a healthy thing for contractors that are at risk of losing everything they have from a credit standpoint. These are major factors why we as a company were open to bringing ES on board as a way to add successful owner operators for stability. Their Much Better Alternative (MBA) to truck finance and Path To Ownership (PTO) offers real opportunity for ownership, which is good for us and the prospective owner.”
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“When Expediter Services approached Forward Air with their MBA and PTO opportunities, we saw an opportunity to gain access to a large pool of contractors from across the industry who have a desire to be true owner operators. Without ES’s unique financial and ownership offerings, many of these potential owners would probably enter into an unfair lease purchase program. There truly is nothing in the market like the MBA & PTO. ES offers a great opportunity for anyone who wants to become a successful owner,” said Gilliam.
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In addition to true ownership opportunities, Expediter Services offers Forward Air value when it comes to programs and support. “ES has helped us in other ways, too. They provide contractors the underpinnings and support to own a business, if they desire it. They truly have a unique basket of tools for success. Our brand recognition brings top tier drivers and traditional owner operators who own their own truck. Forward Air prides itself in providing the necessary freight environment for contractors to be successful, but we can’t do some things. ES is there for them on a daily basis to serve these folks, leaving us time to do what we do best as a carrier. Our experience with ES has been a win-win-win,” said Gilliam.
According to Gilliam, the Forward Air, ES collaboration is already showing results. “Since connecting with ES in September, we’ve recruited at least twenty five contractors to date who are now embedded with ES and working towards ownership. I’m sure their Path to Ownership will be successful.”

Gilliam continues, “On top of our current efforts, Forward Air is also seeing a growing trend from women who are interested in becoming business owners. As a carrier, we support the Women in Trucking Association and Expediter Services’ 150 women-owned business challenge and feel women play a vital role in the future of  Forward Air.” (Read more about the WIT/ES 150 women-owned business initiative here.)
 

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True Ownership Brings Smiles and Profits to New Owners

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We continue to shine an investigative spotlight on Lease Purchase agreements with our latest story featuring Kenneth and Amy Williams, an experienced husband and wife Expediting team signed on with Panther. They recently took the Much Better Alternative (MBA) to truck finance after a trying experience with a lease purchase agreement.
ken&am7Over the years, the trucking industry has offered lease purchase agreements to Contractors looking to become Owner Operators. As a rule, lease purchases are configured to benefit the Leasor featuring little or low down payments veiled to entice you to overlook restrictions and requirements. The final results are high payments and virtually no beneficial way to pay off a truck. The lack of a true ownership option can make it frustrating for entrepreneurial minded contract drivers to become owners. The good news is that the lease purchase has met its match!

A much better option is Expediter Services’ Much Better Alternative (MBA) to truck finance with a rock solid Path to Ownership (PTO) offering true truck ownership. Just ask Amy Williams, business manager, partner and wife. She and her husband Kenneth recently moved out of a lease purchase with help from ES and into true ownership with the purchase of a new 2018 Volvo 780. We also discuss Amy’s experience as a Women in Expediting/Women in Trucking and the dynamic role women play in all aspects of the field of transportation.

SLN: Give us some background about yours and Kenneth’s trucking experience?
Kenneth has been driving a truck since 1994. After exploring some other opportunities outside the trucking industry, we got back into trucking full time in 2010. A couple of years later, we signed on with Panther as our carrier and have been there ever since. Panther is a very good company to work with and has allowed us to meet our business goals!
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SLN: Tell us about your lease purchase experience?
Since coming onboard at Panther, we’ve been involved with two lease purchase agreements. We had looked at purchasing a truck a while back, but the barriers to entry were too steep for us and the total cost of ownership was very high. The lease purchase option was much easier to get into — and since we wanted to be owners, it seemed like a good choice at the time. But we soon discovered it wasn’t the best path.

SLN: What was it that turned your lease purchase into a not-so-good option?
There were a number of things, actually. The payments were high, the total pay back was horrendous, there was little-to-no support and we were always having problems with getting maintenance and repairs done on our truck; this especially was a real deal breaker for us.

SLN: Can you tell us more about the problems you had with repair and maintenance issues?
The lease purchase maintenance program was definitely one of the worst parts of the deal. We paid about $300 a week that went into a maintenance escrow account. When you needed to get anything fixed, you were at their mercy and they never got in a hurry about anything. On top of that, they would dictate that you had to use certain parts and a lot of times the parts were low quality aftermarket parts that would lead to future maintenance issues. This applied to tires too. It was also such a fiasco getting them to actually pay for the repair.  We got very little support when it came to getting our truck fixed and maintained. They kept our maintenance escrow money when we left the lease purchase as well. The whole lease purchase experience was frustrating because they acted like they were doing you a favor instead of providing a service. They were demeaning, demoralizing and condescending. And you never felt like you owned the truck.

SLN: How did you hear about ES and their Much Better Alternative to finance?
We wanted to be true truck owners and we had discussed this with our representative at Panther. He was very attentive, understanding and compassionate about the predicament we were in and the feelings we had. He told us about several options and we chose to contact Expediter Services about their Path to Ownership and their Much Better Alternative to truck finance. I called Jeff Tacker. He and I spent a LOT of time on the phone discussing our options. I told him about our goals and desires for our business.
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Jeff answered tons of questions about the PTO and MBA and he also explained about the support programs and discounts offered by ES. He never hurried or pushed us to make a decision about financing a truck. As a matter of fact, Kenneth and I took a couple of months to make a final decision about buying a new truck and when we were ready, ES was there for us.

SLN: Can you tell us about the buying process?
Throughout our time thinking about the purchase, we were in touch with ES. When we were ready, we submitted our paperwork to Steve Kochensparger to get an approval through Expediter Equipment Finance. We were so excited about finally being true truck owners. Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager helped us source our truck through a dealership in Memphis. We purchased a brand new 2018 Volvo 780 with a very nice factory sleeper and a ThermoKing TriPac Evolution APU that really helps us save on fuel. We were extremely grateful for Danny’s involvement when sourcing the truck. I believe we got a better equipped truck at a better price because of his expertise. Buying our new truck really put a smile on Kenneth’s face! Just look at our picture. We are so proud of our new truck, and I am so excited about our new business opportunity!

SLN: Is there a difference in your bottom-line since becoming true truck owners?
Yes! We’re increasing revenue by eliminating down time and out of service issues with our new truck. And we’re saving money on operating costs. We’re seeing a real savings in fuel because of the industry leading discounts on the ES fuel card. Insurance is another significant savings. We get outstanding coverage at the lowest cost. These increased earnings and savings go directly to our bottom-line.

Women in Expediting: Amy’s Journey into Ownership

women-in-epediting-200SLN: Tell us about your experience as a Woman in Expediting/Women in Trucking?
I’d love to! First of all, I’m pleased to see that the Women in Trucking Association and Expediter Services have challenged carriers to bring more women into the industry because expediting (trucking) can be a great way to earn a living. The opportunity for women is out there if the glass ceiling is removed. I believe this initiative will be very good for the industry. (Read more about the WIT/ES 150 women-owned business initiative here.)
SLN: You’re a great example of how women play different roles in trucking. Tell us more about what you do?
I did drive at one point, but we made the decision that I would take on the role as business manager. The demands of paperwork, dealing with CPA’s, and keeping the books can be a full-time job. By utilizing my strengths in this role it frees up Kenneth to concentrate on the driving and operating the truck. I’m still with him in the truck wherever we go and we operate as a team. This was our choice and we’ve been successful working this way. Each business operates differently. What works for us may not be for everyone.
witlogo-esSLN: How do people treat you as a Woman in Expediting/Trucking?
It used to be that as a woman in this business, people sometimes would treat you differently because you were in a male-dominated field. But I can certainly see how things are changing. For the most part, people treat me as a professional and I think that’s a positive development for women in this industry. I would tell any woman thinking about getting into the business to do you homework and do what you like and play to your strengths.
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The Women In Trucking Association & Expediter Services Announce Program Aimed At Developing 150 Women-Owned Businesses Over Next 12 Months

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Women In Trucking President & CEO Ellen Voie, in her annual presentation during the organization’s Accelerate! Conference & Expo, today announced an innovative new program that will serve as a platform to assist in establishing 150 new women-owned small businesses within in the transportation sector over the next 12 months. The program – developed as part of a strategic partnership with Expediter Services, one of the industry’s leading providers of capacity – will offer accessible financing as well as operational and business support for women interested in entering the trucking industry.
The goal of the new program from Women In Trucking (WIT), as Voie noted in her presentation at the conference, is focused on key areas of need within the trucking industry. The program, in utilizing infrastructure developed through the expertise of Expediter Services, offers a proven platform for women who are interested in learning about and growing within the trucking industry. The women in the program will be on a path to establishing their own small businesses as owner-operators and fleet owners in a market that now has a driver shortage approaching 50,000, according to the latest industry estimates.
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WIT’s new program also offers a strong solution in a challenging driver market for carriers seeking capacity growth to meet the increasing shipping needs of customers. As part of her presentation at Accelerate!, Voie issued a challenge to the carriers attending the annual WIT conference and to carriers across the industry. In considering the number of small businesses and owner-operators WIT’s new program seeks to develop over the next year, Voie challenged carriers to help create opportunities for these women entrepreneurs by utilizing their services as a way to address capacity needs.

Expediter Services President Jason Williams, a WIT Board of Directors Member and a participant in a panel discussion following Voie’s presentation, announced on Tuesday that Panther Premium Logistics and Forward Air had become the first carriers to pledge their support in welcoming the capacity that will be generated by the small businesses produced through WIT’s new program.
“One of the goals of Women In Trucking Association is to address obstacles a woman might face in her career.  For drivers, this is often about obtaining funding, which our partnership with Expediter Services will eliminate.  Not only will she receive financial support, she will learn how to become a small business owner in the process.  We are so excited to be able to provide this service to our members,” said Voie.
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In addition to becoming the leading source of capacity to the expedited transportation market during the past decade, Expediter Services has developed a highly effective platform offering strong entrepreneurial opportunities in general trucking through SuccessInTrucking.com, a website dedicated to prospective owner-operators and fleet owners. SuccessInTrucking.com also features programs designed to address the needs of carriers seeking capacity.

“We value the partnership that Expediter Services has built with Women In Trucking, and, through our experience in developing our scope of services, we know that women are a very important and growing part of a changing marketplace in trucking. We have been working for some time now to put the financing, operational support and infrastructure in place that can serve as a strong springboard for the launch and growth of 150 new women-owned small businesses over the next year,” said Williams. “Everything is now in place, and the industry is responding. We are proud to have Panther Premium Logistics and Forward Air as the first carriers on board to provide the participants in the program a great freight environment to work within. We could not have asked for better support to ensure the success of a program that is the first of its kind in the industry. Expediter Services is committed to helping the women entrepreneurs entering this program find their path to success in the trucking industry.”

Those interested in learning more details about the program are encouraged to contact Expediter Services with a phone call or email. The toll-free number for Expediter Services is 877-349-9303, while the email address is [email protected].
About Women In Trucking: The Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., U.S. Xpress, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

About Expediter Services: “Expediter Services is a one-stop service focused company offering programs and opportunities to  independent contract drivers and owner operators throughout the trucking industry through its wholly owned subsidiaries:  Expediter Contract Driver Services, Expediter Equipment Finance, Expediter Truck Sales, Expediter Management Services, and Expediter Insurance Services.”  For more information, visit www.expediterservices.com or call 877-349-9303.

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The Women In Trucking Association & Expediter Services Announce Program Aimed At Developing 150 Women-Owned Businesses Over Next 12 Months

new expediter services logo

Women In Trucking President & CEO Ellen Voie, in her annual presentation during the organization’s Accelerate! Conference & Expo, today announced an innovative new program that will serve as a platform to assist in establishing 150 new women-owned small businesses within in the transportation sector over the next 12 months. The program – developed as part of a strategic partnership with Expediter Services, one of the industry’s leading providers of capacity – will offer accessible financing as well as operational and business support for women interested in entering the trucking industry.

The goal of the new program from Women In Trucking (WIT), as Voie noted in her presentation at the conference, is focused on key areas of need within the trucking industry. The program, in utilizing infrastructure developed through the expertise of Expediter Services, offers a proven platform for women who are interested in learning about and growing within the trucking industry. The women in the program will be on a path to establishing their own small businesses as owner-operators and fleet owners in a market that now has a driver shortage approaching 50,000, according to the latest industry estimates.
witlogo-es
WIT’s new program also offers a strong solution in a challenging driver market for carriers seeking capacity growth to meet the increasing shipping needs of customers. As part of her presentation at Accelerate!, Voie issued a challenge to the carriers attending the annual WIT conference and to carriers across the industry. In considering the number of small businesses and owner-operators WIT’s new program seeks to develop over the next year, Voie challenged carriers to help create opportunities for these women entrepreneurs by utilizing their services as a way to address capacity needs.
Expediter Services President Jason Williams, a WIT Board of Directors Member and a participant in a panel discussion following Voie’s presentation, announced on Tuesday that Panther Premium Logistics and Forward Air had become the first carriers to pledge their support in welcoming the capacity that will be generated by the small businesses produced through WIT’s new program.
“One of the goals of Women In Trucking Association is to address obstacles a woman might face in her career.  For drivers, this is often about obtaining funding, which our partnership with Expediter Services will eliminate.  Not only will she receive financial support, she will learn how to become a small business owner in the process.  We are so excited to be able to provide this service to our members,” said Voie.
women-in-epediting-200
In addition to becoming the leading source of capacity to the expedited transportation market during the past decade, Expediter Services has developed a highly effective platform offering strong entrepreneurial opportunities in general trucking through SuccessInTrucking.com, a website dedicated to prospective owner-operators and fleet owners. SuccessInTrucking.com also features programs designed to address the needs of carriers seeking capacity.

“We value the partnership that Expediter Services has built with Women In Trucking, and, through our experience in developing our scope of services, we know that women are a very important and growing part of a changing marketplace in trucking. We have been working for some time now to put the financing, operational support and infrastructure in place that can serve as a strong springboard for the launch and growth of 150 new women-owned small businesses over the next year,” said Williams. “Everything is now in place, and the industry is responding. We are proud to have Panther Premium Logistics and Forward Air as the first carriers on board to provide the participants in the program a great freight environment to work within. We could not have asked for better support to ensure the success of a program that is the first of its kind in the industry. Expediter Services is committed to helping the women entrepreneurs entering this program find their path to success in the trucking industry.”

Those interested in learning more details about the program are encouraged to contact Expediter Services with a phone call or email. The toll-free number for Expediter Services is 877-349-9303, while the email address is [email protected].

About Women In Trucking: The Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., U.S. Xpress, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

About Expediter Services: “Expediter Services is a one-stop service focused company offering programs and opportunities to  independent contract drivers and owner operators throughout the trucking industry through its wholly owned subsidiaries:  Expediter Contract Driver Services, Expediter Equipment Finance, Expediter Truck Sales, Expediter Management Services, and Expediter Insurance Services.”  For more information, visit www.expediterservices.com or call 877-349-9303.

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Overcoming the Heartbreak of a Lease Purchase Agreement

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For years, the trucking industry has offered the Lease Purchase agreement to Contractors looking to become Owner Operators. As we’ve pointed out in previous Spotlight News articles, Lease Purchases offer a quasi-ownership proposition with high payments for what you are getting and little-to-no way to pay off a truck. These agreements are often fraught with risks for the Leasee as they are most definitely set up to benefit the Leasor.
philipwrightA much better option is Expediter Services Much Better Alternative (MBA) to truck finance with a rock solid Path to Ownership (PTO) offering true truck ownership. Just ask Philip Wright, a professional contractor who recently underwent a heartbreaking experience when his artificially sweet Lease Purchase turned toxic. Fortunately, he and his wife are now on the road with a new truck that is truly sweet and was a really sweet deal!

SLN: Give us some of your trucking background?
I’ve been a driver since 1997. Since starting my career, I’ve driven semi’s both over-the-road, as well as locally. I enjoy being a trucker and it has great earning potential for anyone who wants to work hard.
I drove for another company before signing on with Panther as my carrier in 2004. Before leaving that company, my wife got her CDL and went out on the road with me, but we soon got discouraged. I saw an Ad online for Panther and we pursued that opportunity and we’re still with them. Panther is a good company and we’ve been successful running with them. We’re getting ready to move into our first brand new house built from the ground up, so life and business is pretty good.

SLN: Tell us about your experience with a Lease Purchase agreement?
In some ways, the Lease Purchase appeared to not be that bad. It’s sort of like when you put artificial sweetner in your coffee. It tastes good but if you use too much you can wind up with some serious health problems in the future. It was my desire to be an Owner Operator and the way the Lease Purchase was structured, it was easy with no down payment. It all started good and we were soon making some money. My wife and I were excited about our future and about our business. But there soon was to be a reckoning.
We already knew that we were spending a lot of money as far as the truck and the Lease Purchase agreement was concerned, but we were doing OK and earning a pretty good income and our lease was going to be up in July of next year anyway. So we figured we would just ride it out until then. But about two months ago we got a real surprise phone call that knocked the wind out of our sails. We were informed that our truck was 285,000 miles over the mileage limit on our contract and instructed to bring our truck back and turn it in. And on top of that, they said we would owe $21,000 to keep driving the truck or we could pay them $46,000 and buy it flat out. To say we were floored by this news would be an understatement!

I was livid! How could a Lease Purchase agreement limit our miles and our ability to make a living like this? They also wanted the truck returned immediately. On top of this, we had just bought a house, so there was a lot at stake for us. We were good earners, but we didn’t have the kind of cash lying around to continue driving the truck or to buy it outright. Our only choice was to get rid of the truck — something I really didn’t want to do. The situation was absolutely heartbreaking. It seemed like we had no control of our future at all.
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SLN: How did you manage to rid yourselves of this Lease Purchase heartbreak?
My contact at Panther went over several options with me. I decided to learn more about Expediter Services’ path to ownership opportunity. I soon got contacted by Jeff Tacker, VP of Operations at ES. He asked me that if ES could get him into a brand new truck equipped with an APU and no money down, would I consider it? To be quite honest, I was surprised by the offer and told him that I would absolutely be interested.

I provided ES with all of my financial information and they went to work. I soon got a call back from Jeff telling me that Expediter Equipment Finance was able to put together a package to get me into a new truck with no downpayment. I spent a lot of time on the phone with him learning more about Expediter Services and their discounts on insurance and fuel, as well as their support programs for Owner Operators. I also got to know a lot of the support staff when I visited their office; and everyone was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. They really made a good impression on me.

SLN: Tell us about choosing your truck?
I really like Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager. He was extremely helpful and upfront throughout the entire process. It was like we were in business together and not just doing business. He helped me get into a 2018 Volvo 780. The really neat thing about this is that it’s the truck my wife and I wanted back when we got into the Lease Purchase, but had to settle for something smaller, so we’re really happy. It’s a great truck with a lot of amenities, including a ThermoKing TriPac Evolution APU and a seventy seven-inch factory sleeper. We love it!
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SLN: What advice would you give someone who wants to move out of a Lease Purchase agreement?
My advice is to call Expediter Services! They truly have a Much Better Alternative to truck finance and their Path to Ownership is direct, simple and doable. Not only am I a true owner, more of what we make goes to our bottom line because of the benefits and advantages of Expediter Services program. There’s nothing like true truck ownership because you have much more control over your own destiny. I highly recommend ES to anyone looking to get out of a Lease Purchase agreement. Don’t wait to get caught in a heartbreaking situation like we did, call ES today!
Stay tuned for even more true stories of True Truck Ownership in upcoming issues of Spotlight News.

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