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

By Team Writer / July 23, 2019

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:

  • 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

By Team Writer / July 21, 2019

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:

  • 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

By Team Writer / July 19, 2019

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:

  • 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

By Team Writer / July 17, 2019

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:

  • 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

By Team Writer / July 15, 2019

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:

  • 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

How Fleets Can Be Proactive With Tire Safety

By Team Writer / July 13, 2019

Many drivers give their tires a good kick in the tread early in the morning to gauge the condition of the tire. Although this is not enough, but it is still better than not doing any check at all because at least the driver would know whether the tire still has air or not. While the National Tire safety week is ongoing here in the U.S it is time to remind drivers and fleet owners that they should run regular tire maintenance checks on their tires because tires do not run on wishes and prayers. At the beginning and end of a driving shift drivers should attempt to physically do an inspection of their tires and fleets are obligated to make sure that these is done because the tires are expensive assets. Despite these reminders, many tires still come off the road during trips because these maintenance checks are not carried out regularly. When blowouts of tires occur on the road, it causes a lot of trouble for the driver and other road users as well as become debris to be on the road. Also, the fleet is sure going to lose about some thousands of dollars from the tire blowout and the driver loses about two to three hours of his working period before the tires are fixed. This calamity would have been prevented if the drivers and fleets just spent about fifteen to twenty minutes each morning doing maintenance checks.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tire pressure should be checked on a weekly basis, if not more frequently.
  • On drive and trailer tires, the tread should be at least 2/32 of an inch deep, and for steer tires the depth should be 4/32 of an inch.
  • Drivers are often reluctant to use unpaid time to inspect tires, so they need to be reminded that a road failure will cost them time and pay.

“It has been reported that about 80% of roadside tire failures are a direct result of creeping air loss.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/332426/how-fleets-can-be-proactive-with-tire-safety

Oversize.io helps fleets carrying over-dimensional cargo calculate exact state permit costs

By Team Writer / July 11, 2019

It is a fact that millions of freight containers cut across North America every day and some of the truck drivers will have to contend with the fact that they have to move freight that has no normalcy or does not conform to the normal dimensions that is expected of freight such as in the parameters that consists of its width, weight, or volume. In order to avert accidentally breaking the law and thus being asked to pay fines, fleets that are hauling freights that are beyond normal dimensions have to ensure that they conform to the status of the states they are moving across. That is where oversize.io will come in to help fleets. This platform helps fleet to calculate load regulation and costs for freight that is above the normal weight or dimension. It also helps fleets to understand the permits that they need for such freight when crossing state borders, the routes that they are permitted to travel on, and the costs of getting each of the required permits in both the U.S and Canada. This platform knows that understanding the different regulations across different states is complicated and it aims to simplify the information for fleets carrying freight.

Key Takeaways:

  • Oversize.io assists with the calculations and path to take, while understanding the regulations needed for interstate travel.
  • Oversize’s efficient system helps prevent additional costs and time setbacks.
  • Oversize has been more quickly adopted by younger drivers who are able to more quickly process the technological changes.

“Oversize.io, an over-dimensional load regulation and costs calculation platform, helps fleets gauge the permits needed for hauling such loads when crossing state borders, the routes that can be taken, and the split costs of each of the required permits across the U.S. and Canada.”

Read more: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/oversize-io-helps-fleets-carrying-over-dimensional-cargo-calculate-exact-state-permit-costs

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