Food Logistics

OCT 2014

Food Logistics serves the entire food supply chain industry with targeted content for manufacturers, retailers, and distributors.

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30 OCTOBER 2014 • FOOD LOGISTICS SECTOR REPORTS T R A N S P O R TAT I O N : Te l e m a t i c s I f the Department of Transportation's Hours of Service (HOS) regulations aren't enough of a hassle for vehicle feet managers, they will soon face another mandate, the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule that ensures commercial vehicles are complying with the HOS regs. Te ELD mandate, scheduled to take efect in late 2016, is designed to ensure drivers are not working beyond a maximum number of hours. (See sidebar on page 32.) To help fleets comply with ELD, HOS and other regulations, telematics solution providers have introduced a variety of vehicle management solutions. As the systems evolve, fleet managers and drivers alike find that many of the solutions improve recordkeep- ing, location finding, vehicle maintenance, safe practices, route planning, temperature monitoring and other aspects of the job. A telematics device installed in a vehicle connects to the engine control module. The device collects data and sends it via modem to a server that organizes it into reports. The device can also send the data wirelessly to a mobile computer in the cab and/or to an office. The computer(s) receiving the data can use it for any number of functions, including driver compliance, engine diagnos- tics, driver coaching, video cameras, tempera- ture sensors or RFID readers. Some drivers have found telematics-based solutions afford them more drive time since they can track their hours of service faster and more accurately. In addition, an electronic log that a driver can access with the push of a button helps them comply more easily with roadside inspections. Tracking HOS with an onboard computer can also help drivers avoid financial penalties under the Compliance, Safety Accountability (CSA) rules. Fleet managers have found systems designed to improve safe driving practices can lower insurance premiums, which helps the company's finances and therefore sup- ports job security. Telematic solutions evolve Increasingly, telematics solutions are bun- dling more solutions into their offerings. Integrated solutions allow a fleet manager to monitor more functions without having to access as many different Internet portals. Fleet management solutions are also allow- ing shippers to access functions that meet their specific needs, which can vary significantly. Valley Proteins, which operates 450 vehi- cles and provides disposal services to super- markets, poultry processors and restaurants STRICTER REGS AHEAD: Telematics To The Rescue Telematics solutions improve vehicle management for drivers and fleet managers. B Y E L L I O T M A R A S Greenmile software uses satellite images to view a location while reviewing routing activity. A driver enters hours of service details using Cadec's fleet management tools, which help improve compliance and recordkeeping with real-time data, reporting and analytical features.

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