Heavy Duty Trucking

OCT 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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a 84 HDT • OCTOBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Before integrating ALK Maps into their system, managers used Google Maps to research locations. With ALK Maps, they save an average of 15 minutes per lookup or about two hours per day. Managers can see a driver's current location and assigned routes on an interactive map with each route color coded. Fuel stops along the route are visible on the map along with up-to-date fuel prices from Schilli's preferred fuel providers, which has helped the company reduce fuel expenses, Wilkinson said. "We're able to show real costs along the routes and let the driver managers direct fueling." Plus, there are other payoffs as well. "I'd like to think that one of the benefits is increased driver satisfaction. Freeing up the managers from much of their routine work, increasing their efficiency, al- lows them to spend more time in planning and anticipation" and getting drivers loads that best suit their needs. Wilkinson developed the company's Driver Daily Events tool and describes it as "our ver- sion of giving a driver manager a command console with respect to their drivers. Everything a driver manager needs to know about their 'board' or their 'fleet' is either shown on the screen or one keystroke away." Among the things the DDE highlights are drivers that need physicals, trucks that need a PM, paperwork that needs users sending back their experiences. It's very gratifying." With administrative offices in Remington, Ind., and 24 additional locations throughout the country, Schilli is a full-service transportation company that provides third-party logistics, dedicated carriage, ware- housing and distribution, specialized hauling and leasing services. On average, the company runs about 400 trucks at any given time and handles about any kind of haul, Wilkinson said: flatbed, van, specialty trailers for hauling large engines, crane trailers for hauling elevators, etc. As Lou Wilkinson, software devel- opment manager at Schilli Transpor- tation Services put it, "It's not often in IT when you create something that everyone loves," but that is exactly the reaction he got from the company's driver managers after integrating ALK Maps into the company's pro- prietary Driver Daily Events manage- ment tool. "This was one of those projects that gave every single one of our driver managers an increase in ef- ficiency," Wilkinson said. "We're talking on the order of a couple hours a day. It's huge. And this isn't smoke and mirrors — these are real Tech Bytes Schilli Transportation saves time with automated map lookups PHOTO: SCHILLI TRANSPORTATION SERVICES By Jim Beach • Technology Editor Schilli's Driver Daily Events tool gives its managers everything they need to know about their fleet shown either on their screen or one keystroke away, including drivers in need of physicals and trucks that need maintenance.

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