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Protecting the Safety of the Global Food and Beverage Supply Chain

For the sixth year in a row, SmartDrive Systems was named to Food Logistics’ FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers List. SmartDrive’s repeated inclusion in the FL100+ validates our promise to deliver solutions that help fleets improve fleet safety, identify and reduce risk, exonerate commercial vehicle drivers and make better business decisions That’s probably why fleets, such as Armour-Eckrich, C.R. England, Golden State Foods, Oakley Transport and Virginia Eagle Distributing use SmartDrive to improve safety within their fleets. On average, food and beverage fleets that use the SmartDrive program experience:

Food Logistics ’ FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers ListThe food and beverage transportation industry is rapidly evolving, challenging fleets to upgrade their existing systems to accommodate both technology advances and new regulations. While upgrades are ultimately good for business, adopting new technology is difficult, requiring both extensive hardware installation and seemingly never-ending training. To prepare for the next wave of industry transformation, food delivery and distribution carriers must consider how their technology solutions will work in the future. As the first video-based solution capable of true data convergence, the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform merges data from a multitude of sources to provide users with a single hub of information, essentially making it future proof.

A key component of the SmartDrive program is video. Outside of improving driving performance and overall fleet safety, SmartDrive’s video helps with reinforcing corporate procedures when making deliveries and work comp claims. It has also proven helpful when a theft occurs by identifying the culprits using video. The food and beverage industry has been historically prone to theft, particularly when it comes to wine, beer and spirits—food and beverages accounted for 34% of cargo theft in 2018, according to a recent report from BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions. Whether a fleet installs road and cab-facing, road-facing only or a 360-degree view around a vehicle, video is paramount to understanding what happened at the time of a driving incident, after mystery damage, during theft or at the time of a truck hijacking. In addition, SmartDrive also provides tracking and compliance applications. Tracking helps you to know where your drivers are during delivery routes and whether deliveries will be on time; also included is geofencing, which helps ensure drivers stay within specified delivery areas.

A recipient of the Business Intelligence Group’s 2019 Excellence in Customer Service Award for Technology, SmartDrive stands out in the marketplace for its dedication to helping customers leverage their technology platform to meet each fleet’s unique goals. At the heart of the company’s mission is the SmartDrive Promise, a commitment to putting customers first and offering a solution that truly makes a difference. SmartDrive gauges the effectiveness of its service through customer results achieved including improved driving behavior, lowered risk, fewer collisions and reduced collision costs over each year of the program.

“We selected SmartDrive because it offers a fully managed service. It made our work simple and efficient, was easy for our service managers to incorporate into their existing management and operational environment, and SmartDrive delivered on its promise of seamless customer support. There is no question that we now have safer drivers and a safer fleet because of SmartDrive.”
– Todd Hargest, Director of Safety and Transportation, Virginia Eagle Distributing