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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32 OCTOBER 2014 • FOOD LOGISTICS Maria Sotra, Geotab's director of marketing and communica- tion, says the system is designed to be flexible since customer needs vary. Fleet managers can customize reports, dashboards and exceptions depending on the fleet's individual needs in the "MyGeotab" interface. Improving visibility for vehicles and routes GreenMile's cloud-based trans- portation suite allows users to moni- tor fleet performance against their planned routes, providing real-time feedback on what's happening in the field and automatically passing this updated information back into their route planning software to create better routes going forward, says Jeff Lear, vice president of sales. "With the click of a button, they can com- pare a vehicle's progress against the route plan, providing visibility into the delivery day and allowing the distributor to easily answer the 'where's my delivery' question from customers." With multiple map views including Google satellite and Google street view, fleet managers can quickly identify the planned route, customer locations, and status of their vehicles. They can drill down into any number of dashboards and reports to get key performance indicators on their mobile assets and transportation goals. Additionally, the user can choose to provide their end customer with access to the real-time delivery information through the Green- Mile Delivery app, available on any Android or iOS device, Lear says. Telematics solution providers are offering more fleet and driver man- agement options that include both hardware and software. Telogis offers a single-platform, scalable, Web-based solution, which it refers to as "vehicle as a hub." The onboard device interfaces with other Wi-Fi readers such as RFID readers, onboard cameras, temperature sensors, driver safety alerts and other functions. Shamrock Foods, a Denver, Colo.-based foodservice distribu- tor with a 500-truck fleet, recently selected XRS mobile fleet optimiza- tion and its mobile application pro- gramming interface to improve cus- tomer service, comply with FMCSA regulations and the upcoming ELD mandate. Shamrock will use handhelds that run the XRS application for compliance and truck performance data, in conjunction with proof of delivery applications from Systems Application Engineering, Inc. (SAE). The driver has one application for both tasks. SETTING THE PACE FOR SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS Engineered to be the Best Supply Management Company in North America Together, International Traders, Inc. (ITI) & First American Carriers, Inc. (FAC) are a comprehensive supply chain solutions and total logistics organization with a core competency and expertise in the retail and foodservice segments of the food industry. ITI & FAC are trusted by leading manufacturers, national chain foodservice operators and distributors as their fully integrated supply chain management partner managing and delivering goods in an optimized, efficient and timely fashion. Our suite of services are anchored in 5 key value compo- nents designed to deliver highly reliable and affordably flexible solutions across our customer landscape. Network Design and Engineering Redistribution and Warehousing Transportation Solutions Procurement Solutions Business Development Solutions 800 Tiffany Boulevard, Suite 300, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 Phone: (252) 407-2000 | E-mail: | ELD Helps Fleets Comply With HOS And Other Driver Safety Rules T he electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is one of several regulations for commercial truck drivers enforced by the U.S. Department of Trans- portation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The ELD, which takes effect is 2016, is a way to enforce the drivers' hours of service (HOS) mandate, which limits a driver's working hours to 70 hours in order to lessen the risk of fatigue-related accidents. In addition to the HOS, every commercial driver must record the name of the driver, duty status, date and time, location of their vehicle, distance trav- eled, and the USDOT number of the motor carrier. Another regulation affecting the transportation sector is the Comprehen- sive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010, a program administered by the FMCSA designed to improve truck safety and reduce accidents by tracking and evaluating carriers. CSA's Safety Measurement System (SMS) calculates the preceding two years of trucking violations and crash data, and determines a safety score. The information used to calculate a safety score includes crash reports, roadside inspection reports and violations discovered during interventions. In addition, FMCSA's Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) requires driv- ers to create a report on their vehicle's equipment. ◆

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