Archive for fleet management

ELD Survey: The Data, the Facts and How ELDs Affect Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, created to improve safety within the transportation industry, is currently the hot topic on everyone’s mind. ELDs synchronize with a vehicle’s engine to automatically record driving time for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) logging, which translates to greater safety on the road. Carriers and drivers who are subject to the rule must install and use ELDs by the appropriate deadline – […]

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Solving Truck Fleet Deployment Challenges

I’m kind of happy to say that the blog I wrote in 2009 outlining when and why companies should choose to deploy private and dedicated fleets remains largely accurate today. An additional six years of economic, supply chain, and logistical changes have effected how all companies and us at Chainalytics evaluate fleet deployment practices.  However, I still see some companies missing the mark in choosing a sub-set of lanes and activities when deciding how their […]

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Exploiting Unconventional Oil Fields Requires Overcoming Tough Logistics Challenges

Unconventional oil and gas production is a huge factor in the US.  “Unconventionals” – which include shale gas, shale oil, and tight gas sands – accounted for over 8.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas production in 2011, more than 26 percent of the total US gas production. Key Shale and Tight Sand Regions (Source:  U.S. Energy Information Administration) There is no shortage of unconventional oil and gas resources in the US.  However, actually getting […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 26-30, 2013)

This was a relatively quiet week for news, and I suspect many of you are taking off early today to enjoy the long holiday weekend, which unofficially marks the end of summer. So, without delay, here is the news that caught my attention this week: Qualcomm Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell its North and Latin American Transportation and Logistics Business to Vista Equity Partners Kewill Enhances Logistics Software With New Mobile Apps For Greater Efficiency […]

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Telematics and Fleet Insurance

A few years ago I did some research on telematics. At the time, an insurance underwriter in the UK was exploring the idea of using telematics data to price automotive and fleet insurance. Since then, underwriters have started using GPS/telematics to price automotive insurance. Progressive Insurance has a program called Snapshot where it mails a telematics device to a customer who then installs it in his car and Progressive tracks the data for 30 days. […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Compliance Doesn’t Cost, It Pays

Traditional thinking is that government transportation compliance programs, such as hours of service (HOS) regulations, cost companies money. If the focus of your compliance efforts is solely to meet the regulation, then I concur. But, that approach is a lost opportunity to reduce operational costs through better driver and vehicle performance. Instead of just meeting the regulations, fleet operators need to look beyond to the benefits of telematics and advanced tracking systems to change driver […]

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Route Planning Based on Real World Data (Part 2)

A few weeks ago, I wrote a posting about how fleet routing applications could be improved by using  “real-world” traffic data, particularly data on the true average speed per hour of vehicles traveling on specific road sections at different times of the day and week. GPS navigation device vendors like TomTom have this data, which routing solutions can now use to create better routes. Tim Pigden, Managing Director at UK-based routing software vendor Optrak, responded […]

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Guest Commentary: Addressing the Challenges of Bringing Together Private Fleet and For-Hire Transportation for Improved Operational Results

Traditionally, most private fleet operating businesses have viewed the private fleet as a separately managed entity that was typically focused on outbound distribution. In some cases, the fleet would have static backhauls for inbound goods. For-hire carriers were typically managed by a different team. We are seeing an increasing trend in customer interest in solutions that integrate the planning and execution functions of both private fleet and for-hire carrier operations. Integrating the planning and execution […]

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Route Planning Based on Real-World Data

A few weeks ago, a press release from PostcodeAnywhere caught my attention. The company introduced a new routing solution for private fleets that uses real-world data from tens of thousands of customers driving with TomTom devices in the UK. This is the first routing solution that I am aware of that uses “real-world” average speed data.     Standard routing solutions input data—such as the number of trucks in a fleet, truck characteristics (e.g., truck height, […]

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Tips for Improving Fleet Utilization and Reducing Operating Costs

Looking for some good ideas on how to improve your private fleet’s utilization or how to save money on fuel?  In 2004, the Environmental Protection Agency launched SmartWay, a program (and brand) that identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related carbon dioxide emissions.  As part of this program, they annually announce the SmartWay Excellence Award Recipients.  Reducing CO2 emissions and reducing gas consumption often go hand in hand.  The document announcing the 2008 SmartWay Excellence […]

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