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March 2010 Issue

Waiting Near the Wings

Martin Romjue

With its location next to LAX, A-List Limousine Service Inc. has to be prepared for demand that can spike at any time, given its heavy corporate clientele, flight delays and schedule changes, and last-minute calls from affiliates needing a run. In fact, A-List gets much of its business from affiliates who can rely on an operator close to LAX that can respond immediately to airport requests and serve as troubleshooters to pick up client runs.

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Higher Risk Doesn’t Always Mean Higher Fees
Operations| April 5, 2010

Higher Risk Doesn’t Always Mean Higher Fees

When it comes to merchant processing, or settlement of electronic payment transactions, it’s important to know what to expect and what you’re paying for. Crystal Sulzer, managing partner of Ferrari Merchants, explains credit card processing and breaks down the monthly fees.

Technology| April 5, 2010

2010 ILCT Show: Limos.com Debuts Online Business Feature

To survive and succeed, operators must pursue and win over online customers, says Limos.com Vice President Doug Anderson. In a separate road show session, Anderson debuted Limos.com’s Limos.com For Business platform, designed to directly help companies manage their chauffeured transportation travel spending while connecting directly to preferred operators.

2010 ILCT Show: Green Vehicles
Vehicles| April 5, 2010

2010 ILCT Show: Green Vehicles

Most notable at this year’s show were the new vehicles brought to market that satisfy the more practical and cost-conscious realities of the chauffeured transportation industry. Some major exhibitors showed off green vehicles for eco-conscious operators, including Royale’s Fusion Hybrid L, DaBryan/Tuscany propane Transit Van, and Krystal Hybrid bus and CNG stretch Lincoln Town Car.

Limos For A Lifetime
People| April 1, 2010

Limos For A Lifetime

Andrus Limousine got a boost from the Beatles first tour and then built up a company to handle clients from ‘womb to tomb.’

Father-Son Find Competition Friendly — Mostly
People| April 1, 2010

Father-Son Find Competition Friendly — Mostly

D. Smith and 18-year-old son D. “JayR” Smith own two separate chauffeured transportation businesses in Dallas, and while they normally vie for different sets of clients, sometimes the competition can be fierce.

Publisher's Page: Sell... Like... Hell
Operations| April 1, 2010

Publisher's Page: Sell... Like... Hell

Coming out of a difficult recession, your top goals going forward should be selling, service, and credit solvency, says LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-McLean.

LIMO FORMALS: Tapping the Wedding Guest Market
Industry Research| March 2, 2010

LIMO FORMALS: Tapping the Wedding Guest Market

Partnering with wedding and meeting planners to offer special tours for wedding guests can be a low-maintenance method of supplementing business for coaches during wedding season.

PROMS 2010: Mischief Makers
Industry Research| March 2, 2010

PROMS 2010: Mischief Makers

With proms, formals, and graduations, chauffeuring teens presents serious challenges. A little patience, a lot of planning, and firm ground rules can make it work.

FADE TO BLACK: Funeral Service Becomes A Specialty All Its Own
Industry Research| March 2, 2010

FADE TO BLACK: Funeral Service Becomes A Specialty All Its Own

Limousine service is just as much a part of the funeral industry as it is chauffeured transportation. The eternal but somber market segment holds potential for operators.

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