The days when carriers could confidently rely on paper driver logs to manage compliance may seem like a distant memory. Today, technology plays the starring role in ensuring fleets can successfully navigate changing Hours of Service rules while remaining compliant, productive and profitable.
Recently, I was given the wonderful opportunity to participate in a Journal of Commerce (JOC) webinar, “Managing Trucker Hours of Service through Technology,” with a fellow industry veteran and partner, ALK Technologies’ Vice President of Business Development, Dan Popkin. In light of recent regulatory changes and the newly implemented HOS rules, we addressed the widespread impact and how technology can help reduce supply chain interruptions, help keep fleets compliant and ensure efficient operations.
It’s the first official day of the McLeod Users’ Conference and we’re excited to be in Arizona to participate, mingle with our peers and show off our technology. We’re also thrilled to announce new integration capabilities with McLeod Software, demonstrating our continued commitment to bring greater value to our shared customers. Fleets using McLeod’s LoadMaster® and Omnitracs’ Mobile Computing Platform (MCP) now gain increased visibility into Omnitracs’ Hours of Service (HOS) and Driver Workflow applications, in addition to enhanced navigation and dispatch integration. Overall, these integrations will help streamline fleet operations, improve customer service and enhance driver safety.
You know the name, Ace Hardware—the friendly retailer in thousands of neighborhoods across America that helps people with home renovations, repairs and more. However, perhaps a lesser known fact is that Ace Hardware’s fleet of 410 trucks is central to its operations—ensuring stores remain stocked with important essentials to meet customer requirements. Ace Hardware has been a long-standing customer of Omnitracs, first installing our legacy mobile fleet management solution in 1999. Today, we’re pleased to announce that Ace Hardware has updated its systems to further enhance driver computing and eliminate paper logs with the deployment of Omnitracs’ Mobile Computing Platform 110 (MCP110) and key applications.
As the Director of Industry Affairs for Omnitracs, I’m often sought out by industry associations to speak at their conferences on the regulatory environment and how certain regulations, such as the new hours of service rules and the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, will impact fleets. In September, I have a few speaking engagements in Philadelphia and Ohio and my schedule of events is listed below: