TMW predicts Year of the Driver

Nov. 7, 2005
CLEVELAND. In his opening remarks at the annual TMW User Group meeting here, chairman Tom Weisz predicted that 2006 will be "the year of the driver."

CLEVELAND. In his opening remarks at the annual TMW User Group meeting here, chairman Tom Weisz predicted that 2006 will be "the year of the driver."

"By 2014, the ATA predicts a driver shortage of 110,000," Weisz noted. "That is about 4-billion pounds of cargo that won't move. And that hurts everybody. Even if we had drivers to put 110,000 more trucks on the road, they would be stuck in traffic. Trucking is a heart attack waiting to happen."

In response to this "most urgent" issue, Weisz said that TMW was committed to helping customers with driver recruiting and retention. The first product developed specifically to do this is the company's new DriverSeat, a web-based portal designed to help fleets build a stronger and more personal relationship with their drivers. "The DriverSeat will become the personal and business online home for your drivers," said Weisz.

The new solution is in Beta testing now.

In addition to the driver-focused initiatives, Weisz also previewed a new business process management system designed to manage not only regular activities, but exceptions. "If a load is going to be late, for instance, the system will automatically create a list of tasks that must be done to address the problem," Weisz explained.

The conference, which has more than 700 attendees, will continue through Wednesday.

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Wendy Leavitt

Wendy Leavitt joined Fleet Owner in 1998 after serving as editor-in-chief of Trucking Technology magazine for four years.

She began her career in the trucking industry at Kenworth Truck Company in Kirkland, WA where she spent 16 years—the first five years as safety and compliance manager in the engineering department and more than a decade as the company’s manager of advertising and public relations. She has also worked as a book editor, guided authors through the self-publishing process and operated her own marketing and public relations business.

Wendy has a Masters Degree in English and Art History from Western Washington University, where, as a graduate student, she also taught writing.  

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