Tld Logistics Reefer Screenshot

TLD upgrades reefer trailers with ORBCOMM’s cold chain solutions

Sept. 15, 2021
“After testing several telematics solutions in the market, ORBCOMM was the clear choice to help us take our fleet operations to a higher level of productivity, efficiency, and service,” TLD GM says.

TLD Logistics Services, a subsidiary of Toyota Tsusho, recently upgraded its fleet of trucks and refrigerated trailers with ORBCOMM’s in-cab and cold chain telematics solutions, which provide wireless connectivity through a single, unified Cloud-based analytics platform for optimal fleet management across asset classes.

The Knoxville, Tenn.-based truckload carrier is using ORBCOMM’s in-cab solution to enhance operational efficiency through increased visibility and auditing, along with more automated management of their drivers and trucks, the company said. ORBCOMM’s driver-friendly solution delivers GPS fleet tracking and connects to the truck’s CANbus to seamlessly collect important data from the engine, brake systems, fuel tanks and more, providing access to deep analytics and reporting via the ORBCOMM Platform.

“After testing several telematics solutions in the market, ORBCOMM was the clear choice to help us take our fleet operations to a higher level of productivity, efficiency, and service,” said Chris Stephens, general manager of TLD. “ORBCOMM’s long-time industry expertise and ability to allow us to see both our trucks and refrigerated trailers in one intuitive platform is a gamechanger, and the automation of critical business processes, plus having access to reefer temperature in the cab, has greatly improved the overall driver experience.”

By automating hours-of-service calculations, ORBCOMM enables TLD to comply with the electronic logging device (ELD) and FMCSA hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. ORBCOMM’s solution also helps TLD improve driver safety by providing on-board driver performance scoring and correcting unsafe driving behaviors that lead to accidents, fines and higher insurance.

As part of ORBCOMM’s telematics double play offering, TLD also is using the provider’s cold chain solution for two-way temperature monitoring and control, fuel management, maintenance, and logistics services. With mapping, reports, alerts and exception management, the ORBCOMM platform provides the real-time data and business intelligence needed to help TLD increase utilization of its mixed fleet, gain fuel savings, mitigate product spoilage, and ensure compliance with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), ORBCOMM said. With the ORBCOMM platform, TLD can access critical operational data from its trucks and refrigerated trailers through a centralized system with a single sign-on.

To further enhance productivity, communications, and service levels across its fleet, TLD is using an integration that links the platform’s data from its truck and refrigerated trailer assets to the McLeod Software transportation management system and workflow application. In addition, TLD is utilizing ORBCOMM’s scanning application, which allows drivers to electronically submit proof-of-delivery paperwork, and has recently added a new feature that automates the work order process.

“TLD Logistics is an exciting win for ORBCOMM, and we look forward to integrating our industry-leading IoT technology into their operations and supporting their commitment to keeping their drivers safe, compliant and less stressed on the road by eliminating manual data entry,” said Chris MacDonald, ORBCOMM’s senior vice president of transportation solutions. “ORBCOMM’s comprehensive in-cab and cold chain solutions deliver strong ROI value to TLD by facilitating optimal fleet management, better workflow, and enhanced customer service.”

TLD has started deploying ORBCOMM’s telematics solution on its refrigerated trailers, followed by its trucks, and expects to complete fleet-wide deployment by the end of the year.

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