Fleet managers can also set up the system to notify shippers when the truck reaches a certain distance from their door or loading dock so that personnel know exactly when shipments will arrive. Or the system can be set to provide exceptions-based alerts that notify shippers only when an issue will delay arrival.
A good fleet management solution should offer companies an option that allows drivers to fill out driver trip records electronically to improve the speed and accuracy of the information. Such functionality means drivers don’t have to fill out fuel and trip sheets manually and hand them in at the end of their shifts. Since the system collects the data automatically, the chance of lost or forgotten information is greatly diminished, which reduces potential compliance issues. Dispatchers can use the information from electronic trip records to do a better job of assigning loads to drivers.
PacTrac also allows fleets to add eDriver Logs, an electronic on-board recording tool which can automatically calculate driving hours of service through a combination of GPS locations and PerformX engine diagnostic information. Drivers indicate if they are on duty, off duty, in the sleeper berth, or driving through the message display. The information can then be relayed to dispatchers or fleet managers. Drivers can also show up-to-date logbooks to law enforcement or DOT officers, which can be viewed from the cab, on demand.
Fleet management solution providers are starting to offer tethered trailer tracking tools. These tools allow fleets to monitor when and where the trailer door is opened and closed, variances in tire pressures, when and where the trailer is hooked or unhooked and the temperature inside a refrigerated trailer. That information can be crucial in determining the temperature of food during transit and when and where trailers have been accessed.
PacTrac currently offers compatible untethered trailer tracking solutions through partner providers, but will soon offer a tethered trailer tracking solution using the latest in radio frequency identification technology. This tethered solution will allow the PacTrac onboard computer to automatically recognize the RFID tag and sensors on trailers.
Once the truck and trailer are connected and run for a specific distance that’s pre-determined by the fleet manager, the system will begin recording and relaying information about the trailer. That means drivers won’t have to remember to manually input trailer identification numbers.
With the proper fleet management tool, full-service leasing can help fleets and distributors simultaneously increase fleet operating efficiency, reduce supply-chain inefficiencies, strengthen relationships with suppliers and customers and keep costs in check. It can also provide them the information they need to respond quickly and efficiently to food product recalls and provide grocers, restaurants and food service operators the traceability they require.