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Advantage Transportation Fleet

Advantage Transportation

Gains Compliance with Two Mandates and Saves over $700k

Gains Compliance with Two Mandates and Saves over $700k

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Advantage Transportation specializes in the delivery of foods, wine, and spirits from smaller distributors and small distilleries.

Trucks Tracked

Trailers Tracked

Business Challenges

High CSA Scores
Advantage Transportation’s main challenge was finding a suitable electronic logging solution that met both an organizational need and compliance with the FMCSA ELD mandate. Before implementing a solution, Advantage Transportation was having a difficult time bringing drivers up to speed with logging. With high CSA scores, they needed a solution that could help fast. In an effort to avoid a last-minute rush to find whatever worked, Advantage Transportation sought a solution that met their needs of remaining a technology-focused company, lowering their CSA scores, while also satisfying FMCSA ELD mandate compliance.

Maintaining Product Integrity During Transport
A unique challenge for the niche market that Advantage Transportation serves is that a large percentage of the product they transport needs to remain at a constant temperature. Many of the temperamental liquids they transport can be damaged through physical stress and impact, or by temperature fluctuations. If any product was delivered damaged or spoiled, the company runs the risk of losing customers revenue. With Advantage Transportation’s commitment to delivering each shipment in prime condition, the organization needed a way to provide customers with a peace of mind that their shipment is maintained at a specific temperature. This is especially important since another regulatory mandate from the FDA, called the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA), will require anyone in the food transportation industry to monitor the temperature of their refrigerated trailers.

 

Theft Concerns
There were initial issues with theft before turning to GPS tracking. Both trucks and trailers had been taken in the past. Being that both, along with their transport, can be worth close to a million dollars, they desperately needed to find a solution to protect their assets and the products they deliver.

GPS Insight

What GPS Insight Did

Hoping to find one solution to three challenges, Advantage Transportation tested four different telematics providers. Ultimately, they chose GPS Insight because they felt the quality of the products were superior to any other.

Decreased CSA Scores & Complying with the ELD Mandate

GPS Insight alleviated these pains faster than they could have imagined. Advantage Transportation saw an immediate benefit upon implementation, lowering their CSA scores by over 30%, which in turn lead to lower insurance premiums. What many organizations fail to see about the ELD mandate is that rather than this be perceived solely as a forced inconvenience, there are tangible benefits to implementing a digital, paper-less hours of service solution.

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For all the systems I’ve tested, the [ELD] units are the best units you can use to train a driver. It’s just like a paper log.

– Cary B. –

Project Manager, Advantage Transportation

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We’re taking every precaution we can to make sure their product gets to them like they want it to get to them.

– Cary B. –

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Complied with the FDA’s FSMA Mandate

In addition to attaining FMCSA ELD compliance, Advantage Transportation used the same system to track and monitor the temperature of their refrigerated trailers. The company maintains a constant 55 degrees Fahrenheit for beverage transportation in their refrigerated trailers from the warehouse to the end-customer. GPS Insight installed temperature sensors on Advantage Transportation’s refrigerated trailers. These sensors will notify Advantage Transportation if their trailers fall below or climb above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. They are now able to monitor the location and health of their vehicles, the location and health of the product they’re transporting, and move to a paperless electronic logging solution all within a single system.

Increased Security

Bess, a driver for over 20 years, now moving into a driver management role, tells the story of the time Advantage Transportation used GPS Insight to recover a stolen truck and, more importantly, the attached trailer that contained over $500,000 in product, resulting in a total estimated recovery of over $700,000 in assets. GPS Insight reliably reported on the location of the device, even after being left in a horrible sight of twisted metal.

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It [IFTA Reporting] saves time and money alone with decreased time to run the reports. (He continued)
The data you offer on the vehicles alone would be enough, but it’s also security for your customers and your equipment.

– Cary B. –

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Unexpected Benefit

Advantage Transportation’s unexpected benefit came in the form of detention billing. Cary’s view on it is, “The way the industry is going now, everyone is going to have to move towards detention. If their truck is going to sit longer than two hours, they will have to charge the customer.” An aspect of GPS Insight that Advantage Transportation didn’t know about at first, but that has become indispensable, are landmarks or geofences.

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We can go back to our customer and say, ‘here’s the report that shows our vehicle being at your location for X amount of time, and this is what we charge for that time.’ That’s another great aspect of GPS tracking, especially with your system.

– Cary B. –

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Billing with Landmarks

The way in which Advantage Transportation utilizes this feature is by landmarking all of their customer sites. They use a landmark report to know exactly what time one of their vehicles arrived at a customer location and what time they left. This has made billing for detention much more accurate.

When asked why Cary thinks businesses like yours should use GPS Insight, he responded:

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The value that GPS Insight offers from the equipment, training, to support is dollar for dollar the best solution out there.

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