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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Page 30 of 39 FOOD LOGISTICS • OCTOBER 2014 31 on the U.S. East Coast, chose a hosted fleet management platform called Powervue from Cadec Gobal. Valley Proteins needed a solu- tion configured to its specific needs so drivers would be presented with a workflow tailored to each type of pickup or delivery, says Paul Battista, project manager. Picking up used restaurant cooking oils for recycling, for instance, requires collecting different data than does delivering other types of products. The system the company previously used could only prompt drivers with a loop of the same questions for every route dispatched, forcing drivers to navigate through unnecessary ques- tions at each pickup and delivery. The previous system also relayed data 20 to 30 minutes after the onboard computer sent it, which made it difficult for the company to accommodate last-minute pickup requests from customers. "We're now able to plan and optimize routes based on orders from our planning system, and have those routes be displayed as maps with turn-by-turn directions to the driver," Battista says. "PowerVue then tracks the driver's progress, sending back real-time data including planned-versus-actual results for all pickup and delivery activities." The solution is also helping Valley Proteins measure both driver and fleet behavior, such as idling and sudden decelerations, to improve safety and save fuel through its performance management scorecards. The company is also planning to implement a DVIR solution, which enables drivers to complete paperless inspection reports that are compliant with FMCSA regulations; and a speed tracker which provides speed-by-road segment data to track driver behavior against established speed limits. Technology improves reliability Shippers that have deployed some of the newer telematics solu- tions are not only reaping the benefits described above. Those that don't manage inbound freight or outsource some of their deliveries are learning the solutions have enhanced the reliability of their car- riers. If a carrier provides real-time vehicle data to a customer, the customer can know if a shipment is on schedule. The shipper, for his part, can provide the same service to his own customer. "When you get a call from a shipper, they need to know if the truck you have is available and if the driver has hours available. Historically it was hard to know," says Rick Ochsendorf, senior vice president of operations at PeopleNet, a provider of fleet mobility technology. Now it is possible to know if the truck is available, if the driver has available hours, and if the distance he has to drive will not exceed his available hours, he says. "Geofencing and routing tools let you know if the driver is within a reasonable distance of where he or she must go," Oschendorf says. Family Tree Produce, a produce and dairy distributor operating 33 trailers based in Anaheim, Calif., recently deployed a telematics solution to improve its vehicle location and vehicle activity monitor- ing. Bill Grigsby, IT manager, says the Geotab subscription-based solution costs less than the GPS system the company was previously using and includes more features. The Geotab solution provides data to the Greenmile cloud-based route management system to automatically update information regarding estimated arrival and departure times at customer locations for Web-accessible, track-and- trace capability. The Geotab solution also eliminated the need for a separate temperature monitoring system, Grigsby says, since the onboard computer tracks the temperature sensor readings. "This encompasses everything all in one," he says. He also likes using a hosted system. "We didn't have to house the software here," he says. "They (Geotab) handle all the maintenance and the updates." Airclic's Perform products give you complete control and visibility over your electronic proof of delivery and route planning optimization — and help you deal effectively with the challenges you face every day, so you can work faster and smarter to get better results. Estimated Time of Arrival Last Mile Visibility eDVIR Route Planning & Optimization Cross-docking Visibility & Control 3PL Visibility Airclic's cloud-based, mobile food distribution software, Perform ® for Food, eliminates paper and paper processes across every step of the food distribution workfow, reducing overages, shortages and damages (OS&Ds) and customer service costs. Additionally, Perform for Food enables drivers to present a clean invoice and collect payment on the spot, resulting in a signifcant reduction in DSO. To learn more about how Perform can help you gain the competitive advantage please call us at 800.854.0473 or visit us at

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