UTi installs R:Com fleet management

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Blue Tree Systems, Inc. a provider of R:Com trailer tracking, reefer monitoring and in-cab fleet management systems, announced that UTi, has completed an installation for its distribution group, to which Market Transport, Ltd. now belongs.

“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 ½ MPG.”

Other areas where UTi is realizing savings from the R:Com system include 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 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.