TITLE

Driving Down Costs

PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
Fleet Equipment;Jun2004 Supplement, p15
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the cost-cutting methods adopted by logistics and transportation companies. The ability to meet customer deadlines for shipping and receiving products is the difference between being in business or out of business. ACI Motor Freight Inc. offers less-than truckload shipping services to customers in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Until the end of last year, ACI truck drivers did not carry cell phones. If a customer called with an unscheduled pick-up or delivery request, ACI dispatchers had to wait for the drivers to call in to determine who was available to do the job. Now, drivers can use the system interface on their mobile phones to clock in and out from the field, thus sparing them the need to keep hand-written notes regarding billable hours. The automatic transfer of the information from the phone to the business reports to the spreadsheet significantly reduces the amount of time ACI spends on data entry.
ACCESSION #
15551891

 

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