Rival ThermoKing, based in Minneapolis, also provides a GPS trailer tracking module as part of its offerings. Called Trac-King, it allows dispatchers to scan a fleet for location, operating status, equipment use, route history, refrigeration unit operations, load temperatures and door openings. It comes with street mapping and automatic alarm and event notification.
For many, these on-demand GPS systems bring a quicker return on investment than previous offerings. Many companies see an ROI in less than a year.
Since installing GeoLogic's GPS solution on all 225 trucks in its fleet, Denver-based Western Distributing Transportation Corp., a local Coors beer and refrigerated food hauler, has cut two dispatch positions. "We're also using it for fuel tracking and driver miles, and we've increased fuel usage by six-tenths of a mile per gallon, saving us about $70,000 or $80,000 a month," says Dino Guadagni its vice president. "I also like that it's just looking at the trucks that we're having problems with," he notes.
Using Cube Route, Olympic Wholesale reports an average of 10 percent savings per route. "You can see the full movement and speed of a driver any time during the day," explains Haliburton. "Since using the service, we have driven efficiencies into the organization and reduced our delivery costs considerably."
Stewart Foodservice has seen a 10 percent increase in driver productivity, an 8 percent increase in fleet capacity, a 3 percent decrease in service time and an increase in on-time deliveries from 93 percent to 97 percent with its Cube Route solution.
"If done correctly, on-demand has a cost structure that is half what you would pay for other programs," says Cube Route's Walker. He notes that companies that use these types of services typically "can drive out about 10 percent to 15 percent of costs per delivery with better routing, lower drive time, better fuel usage and better driver performance."