Citing rich features and a better total cost to operate, Wayne Smith Trucking Inc. of Morrilton, Ark., this month is completing the installation of Rand McNally’s TND 760 devices throughout its 115-truck operation.
A family business that typically hauls dry goods regionally but operates across the country, Wayne Smith Trucking undertook a three-month evaluation of Rand McNally’s devices and those of another major mobile communication supplier before choosing a vendor. For Neil Corder, operations manager, it all came down to value.
“We felt it was better with Rand McNally,” Corder explained. “We are looking at an eight-year investment and had to decide which (system) made the most sense.
Last year, Corder and WST executives decided it was time to invest in a mobile fleet management solution. With the electronic-log mandate on the horizon and an increasing need for driver tracking and providing proof of detention time, WST undertook the three-month evaluation of devices from the two companies. During the course of the evaluation, WST executives made visits to the vendors’ customers, solicited driver feedback, and analyzed costs.
Corder said a major deciding factor in selecting the Rand McNally solution was the favorable “total cost to operate,” adding that he knew the devices would “do an excellent job.”
Once Rand McNally was chosen, the TND 760 devices were integrated with McLeod Software, which WST uses for dispatch, accounting, and other back-office services. About half of the company’s drivers began using the solution several months ago, mostly for electronic hours of service compliance.
Supporting drivers is an important component of WST’s culture. The company strives to ensure most drivers are home every weekend. “Trucking is our job, not our life,” Corder said. “We treat it that way and put a priority on driver satisfaction.”
Beyond the initial ROI and driver satisfaction, Corder expects additional savings from the TND 760 features in months and years to come — from alleviating out-of-route driving with truck-specific GPS, using the workflow feature to help optimize schedules, and helping dispatch do a better job armed with tracking of their trucks.