Wayne Smith Trucking chooses Rand McNally’s TND 760

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Updated Apr 30, 2015

TND_760_on_dash_01-lo_resRand McNally announced that Wayne Smith Trucking (WST) of Morrilton, Ark. is completing installation of the TND 760 mobile communication system throughout its 115-truck operation.

WST undertook a three-month evaluation of Rand McNally’s devices and those of another major mobile communication supplier before choosing a vendor. Neil Corder, operations manager, said the choice came down to value.

“We felt it was better with Rand McNally,” Corder explained. “We are looking at an eight-year investment and had to decide which (system) made the most sense.”

Last year, Corder and WST executives decided it was time to invest in a mobile fleet management system with the electronic-log mandate on the horizon and an increasing need for driver tracking and providing proof of detention time.

During the course of the evaluation, WST executives made visits to the vendors’ customers, solicited driver feedback, and analyzed costs. A major factor in selecting the Rand McNally solution was the favorable “total cost to operate,” he said.

Once Rand McNally was chosen, the TND 760 devices were integrated with the McLeod Software system WST uses for dispatch, accounting, and other back-office services.

About half of the company’s drivers began using the system several months ago, mostly for electronic hours of service compliance. Despite initial hesitation, a majority of the drivers, Corder said, “like it and are comfortable with it after two-to-three weeks.”

Beyond the initial ROI and driver satisfaction, Corder expects additional savings from the TND 760 to alleviate out-of-route driving with truck-specific GPS, from using the workflow feature to help optimize schedules, and tracking their trucks.

“We expect to use all of it,” Corder said.