Insights

Over the decades we have amassed a library of resources, both internal and external, which help our team and our partners do their jobs with skill and confidence. Peruse these pages for current trends and thought leadership, our newsletters, and tips that we have found helpful over the years. And if you have any questions for us, we’re always here for you.

Q&A with our new President

Fleet Management Posted by Union Leasing on September 28, 2017

Back in early July, Union Leasing announced the appointment of our new president Todd Heemsoth. We sat down with Todd, who has an impressive track record of building and implementing information systems and strategic technologies, to talk about how he is going to leverage his past successes to grow the Union Leasing business and to get his perspective on the State of the Union.   

Q. Your background is rooted in technology and you have a reputation for being entrepreneurial – what are you most excited about in your new role? What are your priority corporate objectives?

I am most excited about coming into a company that has an incredible track record – the unmatched level of customer service, a nice, steady growth pattern and a very experienced team. I’m looking forward to building on what we’re already doing well – our back office processes and customer service – by seeing how we can integrate technology in order to optimize and deliver an even better experience to our customers and partners. I know that technology is not the answer to everything, but it can be applied to certain areas to get the most out of what we can deliver.

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6 Signs You're With the Wrong Fleet Management Company

Tips and Advice, Fleet Management Posted by Union Leasing on September 12, 2017

So you decided to get a fleet management company to help you with your business. Good decision! But lately, you've been disappointed and overwhelmed, and you need a bit more support from your partner. Here are some red flags to watch out for – if you recognize any or all of them, reach out and let us tell you how our personalized approach and customized solutions can help lighten your load. 

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Effective Fleet Planning Starts Early

Fleet Management Posted by Jeremy Green, Inside Sales Manager on August 10, 2017

Planning well ahead for vehicle replacements and additions to your fleet can mean getting the right vehicles you need, on time, plus potential cost savings, so it’s definitely an exercise worth doing.

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Lightweighting for Fuel Efficiency

Fleet Management Posted by Chris Shellenbach, Regional Sales Manager on June 1, 2017

It’s a basic principle of physics that if something weighs more, it needs more energy to move it. How this affects your fleet is mainly in its fuel economy (or lack thereof). Think about this: 

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Fleet Challenges Faced by the Construction Industry

Fleet Management Posted by Marty Lyons, Regional Sales Manager on May 25, 2017

In parts of the country, some of the first signs of spring and summer are construction jobs ramping up everywhere you look. The main goal for fleet managers in the construction industry is to track the use of each truck and piece of equipment, including monitoring costs associated with operating each piece, making sure to stay within the company’s fleet budget. They also look for ways to cut vehicle and equipment costs.

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NAFA 2017 Institute & Expo: Key Highlights and Takeaways

Fleet Management Posted by Roger Setzke, Vice President Client Services on May 11, 2017

In the past 30 years that I’ve been attending NAFA I&E, I’ve seen an evolution in the industry. In the old days, it was very much about the vehicles themselves and the newest features or maintenance best practices. Today, the focus is on data and analytics, but also on people and work/life balance. 

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Benefits of Leasing with a Fleet Management Company vs. a Dealer

Fleet Management Posted by Jeff Malko, Regional Sales Manager on May 4, 2017

You’ve come to the realization that your business needs a fleet – now what? The next step is deciding if you should lease through a dealership or use a fleet management service. But how to decide? We’ve compiled a list of the benefits of using a fleet management company to help make that decision just a little easier. 

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Fleet Challenges Faced by the Landscaping Industry

Fleet Management Posted by Scott Lease, Regional Sales Manager on March 23, 2017

With spring right around the corner, landscaping companies will soon be ramping up to meet blossoming demands. It’s go time! And whether you’re waiting for the snow to clear or you’re in a warmer location with year-round landscaping demands, you need to be on top of your equipment requirements heading into the upcoming, extra-busy season. Fleet expenses are a major part of most landscaping companies’ overall budgets and can fluctuate, depending on usage and maintenance. Your fleet is your lifeblood – reliable and well-maintained equipment gets your crews to the jobsites and makes them faster, more efficient, and more profitable.

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Three lifecycle management strategies for your fleet

Fleet Management Posted by Greg Carson, Vice President Operations on August 17, 2016

Lifecycle management is about accounting for a vehicle’s total operating costs. More than just the initial price of the vehicle, lifecycle management includes the costs for fuel, insurance, licensing, routine maintenance and parts replacement—not to mention any costs associated with administration and downtime (the loss of productivity) during repairs.

Why bother with the math? Because it gives you a more accurate idea of when to replace a vehicle in your fleet—saving you money in the long run.

Granted, not all fleets will have the same priorities in managing all the cost variables. For example, one company might be comfortable absorbing the cost of downtime, whereas another company will see it as a direct loss in revenue.

Lifecycle management makes room for managing cost variables differently. There are three widely accepted strategies for vehicle replacement.

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Why accident management costs are increasing and what to do about it

Fleet Management Posted by Bill Krick, Manager of Fleet Services on August 10, 2016

Accidents happen. When you manage a fleet, you know this to be inherently true. The question is why does the annual budget for dealing with accidents continue to rise?

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