Helpful Tips to Improve Fleet Operations

By Emilie Worsham, Omnitracs

After two days of excellent conversations the main take away for people trying to improve fleet operations is time efficiency. The general feeling is that most people are quick to blame ELD for fewer miles per month for drivers, but some feel like it goes back further than that.

For years companies housed their products/materials on property, however as companies went lean the pressure was shifted to trucking. Drivers were forced to deliver on a stricter timeline and the evidence shows that they are dwelling more.

It is my thought and I see to prove with data that this switch to lean processes is to blame for fewer driver miles per month. Then along with Omnitracs, it is my hope that we will be able to help drivers become more efficient. This way we may be able to solve the driver shortage with more efficient drivers rather than more drivers.

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Bonnie J Neal - Friday, April 26, 2019

I am an old, old driver who learned to work with a dispatcher on a telephone(usually a pay phone at a truck stop) or walking into the office and getting the load orders. Then I gave up those days and just drove local, usually construction or similar. Recently decided to try a little time on the road, just part time. Well it is a culture shock. I am really illiterate at this "computer" driven hours of driving and notifying when I am loaded and unloaded, etc. I am amazed that so many, many drivers are out here doing this and well too!! No wonder it is so stressful for new hires to get a handle on all of it. Bless your hearts. Improving Fleet Operations? Spend more effort on "Trade Education" with the younger folks.

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