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Blue Tree Systems provides savings for UTi’s distribution group
Blue Tree Systems, Inc. a provider of trailer tracking, reefer monitoring and in-cab fleet management solutions, has announced that UTi, has completed the installation of its R:COM Fleet Management solution for its distribution group, to which Market Transport, Ltd. now belongs. The provider of freight transportation services is now realizing meaningful cost savings and other benefits from R:COM’s comprehensive features for fuel and performance monitoring, hours of service management, in-cab communication and vehicle tracking.‘The R:COM Fleet Management system provides the technology needed to operate more efficiently,’ said Mike McClelland, UTi senior vice president distribution, Americas. ‘On all fronts the Blue Tree solution was lower in cost, including the initial investment and operating expenses. In the end, we chose R:COM because it gave us the tools we needed and wanted at the lowest cost.’
‘We realized immediate fuel savings by utilizing R:COM’s data and reporting capabilities to optimize fuel purchasing and to coach drivers about idle and driving habits, including shift points and optimal RPM ranges,’ reported Joe Blanke, a dispatch manager at UTi’s distribution group that has played an instrumental role in the implementation process. ‘On the first 25 trucks with the Blue Tree solution, fuel economy improved by ’ MPG.’
Other areas where UTi is realizing savings from the R:COM solution includes lower communication costs. Previously, the company relied on a satellite only capability that did not always enable accurate up to the minute vehicle tracking information. The carrier also points to time savings associated with the R:COM’s solution to driver Hours of Service management capabilities, including enabling a process that cuts hours of scanning and auditing logs.
UTi, provides truckload services throughout the USA as part of its global product portfolio. The diversified company also offers dedicated transportation, air and ocean freight forwarding, warehousing, transportation management and intermodal services, and a full range of logistics services, including freight transportation brokerage.
‘In just a few months, UTi Distribution has realized significant savings from our solution,’ said L. T. “Chip” Powell, director of US operations at Blue Tree Systems. ‘Those savings will result in a very fast ROI for the company and continue to pay dividends for years to come.’
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