For medium to large fleets, companies can expect annual savings to range from hundreds of thousands to million of dollars using PeopleNet's hardware, reports McLaughlin. "This includes eliminating expensive out-of-route miles and associated driver overtime. Out-of-route miles are reduced by an average of 10 percent, which means savings in fuel as well. When drivers have the right tools in their cabs, they feel better about their jobs, contributing significantly to driver satisfaction and retention."
TruckStops is the routing and scheduling optimization software program developed by MicroAnalytics in Arlington, VA. "We receive requests for GPS functionality as well," says Dan Buttarazzi, director of marketing. "Customers can now take their route information created by TruckStops and send it to a handheld GPS unit. Another trend is tracking drivers through XATA GPS or even cell phones with built-in GPS."
Interfacing with PC*Miler from ALK, TruckStops develops a sequence of routes, including the locations of truck stops, tolls, and gas stations. "Once our clients determine the best sequence of routes and stops through our interface with PC*Miler, they get their turn-by-turn directions, critical information such as where are low bridges and truck-restricted roads," Buttarazzi says.
TruckStops software is installed on office PCs, as well as local and wide-area networks. "That information, interfacing with PC*Miler, will provide fleet operations managers with a printout they can hand to their drivers," Buttarazzi says.
This means calculating what is being delivered to each stop, truck capacity and time required to unload. TruckStops calculates a scheduling and routing solution in a matter of minutes. "So time saved in developing routes is significant," says Buttarazzi. "In terms of customer service, it's invaluable. TruckStops allows you to give an estimated time of arrival within a window of 10 or 15 minutes, rather than the traditional four-hour window."