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Saddle Creek Transportation Inc. has installed wireless communications technology in its nationwide fleet of trucks. According to the company, the enhancement will allow for a more precise assessment of on-time service performance, and provide better knowledge of truck locations and transit times. The new system supplies instant access to vehicle, driver and load information for real-time shipment visibility. It also helps to track pallet returns electronically, for better pallet accountability. Each tractor and owner-operator now has a computer installed in the vehicle, enabling two-way cellular communications without the need for cell phones. The computers are connected to Saddle Creek via the PeopleNet Wireless Fleet System. According to Saddle Creek, the wireless network integrates seamlessly with the company's transportation management system (TMS). Saddle Creek associates can view location, mapping, messaging and vehicle performance information, and run online management reports. Drivers use the in-vehicle equipment to receive load assignments, work orders, report status, routing and instructions. The system also helps to reduce transportation costs through improved routing efficiency, Saddle Creek said.
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