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Three Black Swan Events Threaten to Change the Fleet Management Paradigm

Unexpected events that change an existing paradigm are often referred to as “black swans.” In fleet management, there are three potential black swans to keep an eye on. One is the rise of 3D printing. The idea is that additive manufacturing (which is what 3D printing does) would permit businesses and consumers to download and print many items that are currently shipped. Remote diagnostics is a second possible black swan. Potentially, this could allow devices, vehicles and appliances to be serviced through remote downloads rather than technician visits. A third game changer could be virtual meetings which, if they replace face-to-face meeting, would reduce the need for company sales vehicles.

Key Takeaways:

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  • When an event does something unexpected like changing the existing paradigm like the oil embargo of the 1970s, it is called a black swan event.
  • Fleet management had a complete revolutionary approach in recent times when the Internet emerged and was used by fleets for management.
  • 3D printing is a method of printing whereby the images to be printed are layered down, layer by layer, in a 3-dimensional way.

“Below are three future Black Swan events that have the potential to turn today’s fleet management paradigm upside down.”

Read more: https://www.automotive-fleet.com/334476/three-black-swan-events-that-threaten-to-change-the-fleet-management-paradigm

Take time to reinforce your safe driving policies – Fleet Owner

July 14 to 20 is Operation Safe Driver Week and this year law enforcement will be on the lookout for speeding drivers. If you own or manage a fleet company, now is a good time to review safe driving with your employees. Remind your drivers that it’s more important to drive safely than to beat the clock making deliveries. Reinforce good driving habits with your team to help curb traffic violations and to keep everyone on the road, including our employees, safe.

Key Takeaways:

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  • During operation safe driving week which runs from July 14-20 law enforcement officials will be on the lookout for drivers who are unsafe on the road.
  • The theme of this year will be on speeding and it has been identified as the causal factor for about 94 percent of accidents.
  • Any driver that is found to be speeding will receive a citation from the law enforcement officials and citations are also given for drivers texting while driving.

“Operation Safe Driver Week gives you an excuse to talk about safe driving practices and reinforce your fleet’s safe driving expectations.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/take-time-reinforce-your-safe-driving-policies

Inside Walmart’s year-long project to be a Shipper of Choice

Wal-Mart isn’t typically known to be the provider of choice for any industry, but this year the company has started making strides to improve their brand image with employees, customers and carriers alike. In his new write up, Michael Angell takes a deeper dive into the company’s current freight partnerships, how they conducted the research to gather feedback and took time to address the major paint points that carriers seem to encounter at every location across the board due to poor policies that self-serve the store.

Key Takeaways:

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  • Walmart is one of the freight industry’s best customers as it is tasked with the job of working with hundreds of carriers.
  • At the Shippers Choice Awards that were recently presented which took place at Convoy, Walmart came third among shippers best choices.
  • Walmart’s executive vice president of retail chains took the pain to talk to customers and shippers and ask them how the company can make an impact.

“As Jon Dibee, Walmart’s Senior Director of Inbound Transportation, explained to FreightWaves, a little over year earlier the company began to collect the same data about how it’s perceived by its outside carrier network.”

Read more: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/inside-walmarts-year-long-project-to-be-a-shipper-of-choice

Five Best Practices in Transportation Telematics – SupplyChainBrain

Working in an industry like transportation is no easy feat. There are many factors that need to be considered when working with moving parts, so Chris Reardon has summarized the 5 practices that you need to perfect to be successful in this field. From measuring your employee and driver’s speed, identifying mandatory equipment, enforcing all rules and regulations with employees and even incorporating cameras, using these techniques might not solve all of your problems, but they will help you maintain order and security within your operation.

Key Takeaways:

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  • Counting all the freight tonnage that is moved in the United States, it was found that about seventy percent of them goes on trucks.
  • Telematics is a subset of the Internet of things and it is believed it will revolutionize how transportation companies and supply chain businesses work.
  • Telematics provides several information about a vehicle and the driver such as how hard a driver breaks and what speed he is driving.

“With 3.6 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks on the road and 3.5 million drivers, safety and efficiency is of the utmost importance.”

Read more: https://www.supplychainbrain.com/blogs/1-think-tank/post/29836-five-best-practices-in-transportation-telematics

Tire Data I Wish I’d Had as a Fleet Manager

Tires have always been one of the major fleet expense categories, but until recently there haven’t been many good software options available to support more efficient and effective use of tires. Now, however, there’s Revvo, which uses sensors mounted on the insides of tires to collect data on metrics such as tire pressure, alignment, road conditions and other items. Revvo’s sensors transmit this data to Revvo’s cloud, where it is further analyzed to help make predictions about future tire lifespans and other issues.

Key Takeaways:

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  • There seems to be an app for everything in the trucking industry because routes have GPS while oil analyzers have been created for oil.
  • Some questions that fleets have to answer is what they are doing so that their tires could provide more miles to them.
  • When tires are mismanaged, they can greatly contribute to a huge cost of ownership and increased downtimes that are costly for the fleet.

“While fuel budgets may be getting some relief because of alternative fuels and increasing fuel efficiency, it seems tires just continue to get more expensive.”

Read more: https://www.government-fleet.com/334079/tire-data-i-wish-id-had-as-a-fleet-manager

The roadside inspection process starts with a look – Fleet Owner

Drivers should realize that when law enforcement are doing roadside inspections, they take a first look at the appearance of the vehicle and want to see whether it has dents, scratches, or is clean. These are telltale signs to them of whether the driver is a careful driver that maintains his vehicle. Brian Mofford, vice president of government experience for a firm states that law enforcement would believe that a driver is organized and careful if the visual inspection of the vehicle shows that it does not have dents or scratches. But when a truck looks in bad state, they tend to give it further scrutiny and carry out roadside inspections. One of the things officers start to look for is to see whether the lights are working and whether there is debris on the vehicle. Therefore, knowing this fact, drivers need to be prepared and organized. The drivers should recognize that roadside inspection is for the good of the driver and other users of the road. They should be professional while this is going on and not fret. When law enforcement is satisfied with the condition of the vehicle, they give the driver a sticker to place on the vehicle which states that no inspection would be carried on it again for 90 days.

Key Takeaways:

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  • Keeping a truck clean will tend to make roadside inspections go smoother.
  • Having a CVSA sticker will help lesson the likelihood of an inspection in the near future.
  • While not states offer inspections on demand, companies with good records may find officers more willing to work with them.

“Fred Fakkema, vice president of compliance at Zonar, added that officers often start by looking to see if lights are working and if the vehicle is free of debris.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/roadside-inspections/roadside-inspection-process-starts-look

Roadcheck 2019: Simple tips for improving your fleet’s safety – Fleet Owner

Inspecting vehicles both before and after trips is a crucial part of fleet safety. Drivers should use a flashlight to inspect the chamber and slack adjusters, and watch the dashboard air pressure gauges. Less experienced drivers may struggle with inspections, so fleet owners can use technology to monitor them. Programs such as Zonar and TripVision help to both monitor and manage safety inspections. There also also systems such as Tire Optix which focus solely on tires. Using technology is a great way to ensure that vehicle inspections are being performed as they should.

Key Takeaways:

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  • A proper inspection ensures the personal safety of the driver as well as the safety of the vehicle and equipment.
  • For some new drivers, roadside inspections are stressful and they might forget to check some simple things.
  • P&B Transport uses Zonar to monitor their vehicles and alert them when repairs are needed.

“He recently told Fleet Owner that all of FedEx’s equipment adheres to a regular preventive maintenance schedule.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/roadside-inspections/roadcheck-2019-simple-steps-improving-your-fleet-s-safety

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