Featured in Food Logistics: Buying Versus Leasing: Factors to Consider

For foodservice distributors, many customers have specified time windows for delivery, so on-time delivery performance is critical. So increasingly, companies are looking for flexibility in how they manage and operate their fleets.

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The decision to buy or lease vehicles is one of the most importance choices a fleet owner makes, given the amount of capital involved. For most fleet operators, the choice isn't an either/or type of decision. Each option has benefits. Hence, many fleets mix both options as tools to maximize their use of capital.

Several factors have to be considered. The type of operation, vehicle configurations, organizational or managerial preferences, routes, work seasonality and financial considerations all come into play.

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