Today’s repost is by Mark Davis; Sr. Vice President and COO at SafeSourcing.
Recently a couple of new technologies have made their way in to the freight and logistics world to help promote and safer and more efficient transportation system, helping to focus the inspection and weigh station attention on the companies and drivers who need it most.
The first of these technologies, PrePass, which will send data to upcoming weigh stations in advance of the driver getting there, with information about the company, the driver and the load being carried. If there are no compliance issues found, the driver will be allowed to bypass the weight station. If any compliance issues are found, however, that driver will be notified to stop at the next weigh station.
A similar tool called 360SmartView will instantly download information about the carrier and driver from 90 different government sources at the inspection locations to help inspectors focus their time on the areas that that carrier or driver has had issues with in the past.
So what does this mean for the rest of the country and your business?
Safer Roads – By allowing the Department of Transportation to focus on the people and carriers that have a history of non-compliance, law enforcement in conjunction with state and federal agencies can get the suspect trucks and drivers off of the highways. For you and your company this becomes information to share with your customers and shareholders about the types of suppliers you do business with and your commitment to safety.
Greener Output – When trucks have to stop less it means that the gases and emissions released by the trucks are reduced, contributing to a greener logistics footprint. As with safety initiatives, many companies now have initiatives in place to reinforce their commitment to reduce their carbon footprint. One of the ways to accomplish this that some companies don’t always think about in this process, is selecting vendors and suppliers that are also helping to get greener. These new processes with help your carriers and, by default, your company achieve greener practices.
3PLs and your Money – The easiest way to encourage compliance among vendors is by affecting their margins. By not having to stop as frequently for inspections, 3PLs, Carriers and Drivers all have an opportunity to save fuel, time and money. This, is the end, will allow your company to save money and will produce more companies who strive to achieve the type of compliance that will also allow them to bypass some inspections.
For more information on how SafeSourcing can help you find 3PLs and Carriers with positive history, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative.
We look forward to your comments.