Companies of all sizes must transport their goods in some manner,
essentially becoming "shippers." In this world of JIT (just in time),
transportation by truck is one of the most efficient, timely and
safe modes of transportation available.
A shipper has several modes of truck transportation from which
- For-hire carrier - A traditional trucking company selling transportation
services by the truckload. The trucking company simply moves goods
for their customer, but does not represent the shipper's company
to the customer.
- Private fleet ownership - A shipper choosing to own and operate
its own fleet of trucks to move goods to market. This significant
investment in trucks, private maintenance facilities and employees
is usually undertaken to control the delivery method completely,
and to represent the best possible image of the shipper to its
- Small private fleet ownership - Although services industries
that own a handful of trucks may not be considered private fleets,
they must also invest in equipment and manage fleets to accomplish
their business mission.
- Vehicle leasing - Shippers and small fleet owners choose to
lease their fleets from full service lessors to gain the benefits
of a private fleet, while removing the headaches and costs of
ownership. Fleming NationaLease provides fleet management and
maintenance expertise that a small fleet owner may be unable to
access. We can leverage our maintenance facilities, personnel
and systems over a large number of vehicles, offering a level
of sophistication out of reach for most small vehicle operators.
From the customer's perspective, leasing has other advantages
as well. Most importantly, choosing the leasing option leaves
available valuable capital that can be better utilized elsewhere.
When compared to other transportation options discussed above,
leasing companies account for the fastest growing segment of new
truck purchases over the last ten years. In fact, leasing accounts
for nearly 40 percent of new purchases of vehicles greater than
It is easy to see why full service truck leasing is the option
of choice for many shippers and fleet operators. They recognize
the advantages of a dedicated fleet, combined with access to fleet
management expertise otherwise out of reach. Leasing gives a company
a well maintained fleet they can rely on, and lets them dedicate
their time and energy toward developing their core business.