According to Owen Smith, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Manchester, New Hampshire-based Cadec, telematics solutions help drive shrinkage out of foodservice deliveries and ensures the safe delivery of perishable goods.
Cadec’s TempTracker keeps track of the temperature from various locations within the trailer and visibly records the information onto the EOBR. Their system also warns the driver if the temperature goes above or below the set temperature range, allowing the driver to rectify the situation in a timely manner.
Another way Cadec is helping to increase visibility is with their PowerVue solution. PowerVue gives fleet managers and drivers visibility into elements such as transportation of goods, driver behavior and delivery information. In September, Cadec integrated its solution with TMS Systems’ TMWSuite in order to increase efficiency and productivity.
“We designed PowerVue with integration in mind, to make it easier for our customers to select best-of-breed components and put together their dream system,” states Pete Allen, CEO of Cadec, in a press release.
Cadec can also help reduce idling time and improve and streamline the delivery process with their DeliverTracker application, which can give customers a 50 percent improvement on the delivery process.
For its part, PeopleNet recently combined their Automated Workflow solution with McLeod’s LoadMaster Enterprise to enhance visibility into the driver’s route by monitoring their fuel stops.
Finally, Telogis Fleet solution combines various features to give a comprehensive look into a food or beverage company’s fleet. It offers robust mapping software and advanced routing options along with over 50 automated reports on the vehicles and drivers.
“Companies are looking to take advantage of optimizing their route before the trucks even leave the depot,” says Sargent. “We’ve got a plan versus actual report that compares optimized routes ahead of time with what the driver actually followed to get to each one of those delivery stops; we found that to be very successful in the food and beverage industries specifically.”
Although telematics offers many benefits and there has been a high level of early adoption, many smaller fleet operators haven’t yet made the investment.
“They might have a five truck fleet and all the members of the family are driving trucks, but honestly it doesn’t mean that they couldn’t improve their operations,” explains PeopleNet’s Angel.
Furthermore, while telematics are a key compliance tool, they can also increase the value and sustainability aspect of a fleet significantly by reducing the depreciation on a vehicle.
“If we’re doing better with fuel consumption by reducing idling time and we maintain these vehicles, you’ll increase the sustainability of your entire fleet and it’s going to be a measurable value as well,” says Telogis’ Sargent.
Lastly, another trend worth noting is how telematics are helping improve the overall experience for drivers. For example, PeopleNet is creating a more user-friendly system by moving away from a text-based menu system.
“We’re moving to an application icon (interface) that can be used on a touch screen,” says PeopleNet’s Angel. The move towards an app-based interface is helping boost driver acceptance of the device, he adds.
Another development related to telematics is the convergence of transportation technologies that focus on the operational needs of the driver. For instance, capturing proof of delivery, barcode or signature information as well as temperature tracking can all be merged onto one platform.