Friday, November 14, 2014

Schilli Transportation Saves Time With Automated Map Lookups

Schilli integrated ALK Maps with its fleet management tools to track drivers and increase efficiency.

October 2014, - Department
by Jim Beach, Technology Editor

As Lou Wilkinson, software development manager at Schilli Transportation Services put it, “It’s not often in IT when you get to put up something that everyone loves,” but that is exactly the reaction he got from the company’s driver managers after integrating ALK Maps into the company’s proprietary Driver Daily Events management tool.

“This was one of those projects that gave every single one of our driver managers an increase in efficiency,” Wilkinson said. “We're talking on the order of a couple hours a day. It's huge. And this isn't smoke and mirrors – these are real users sending back their experiences. It’s very gratifying.”

With administrative offices in Remington, Ind., and 24 additional locations throughout the country, Schilli is a full-service transportation company that provides third-party logistics, dedicated carriage, warehousing and distribution, specialized hauling and leasing services.

On average, the company runs about 400 trucks at any given time and handles about any kind of haul, Wilkinson said: flatbed, van, specialty trailers for hauling large engines, crane trailers for hauling elevators, etc.

Before integrating ALK Maps into their system, driver managers used Google Maps to research locations. With ALK Maps, they save an average of 15 minutes per lookup or about two hours per day.

Driver managers can see a driver’s current location and assigned routes on an interactive map with each route color coded. Fuel stops along the route are visible on the map along with up-to-date fuel prices from Schilli’s preferred fuel providers, which has helped the company reduce fuel expenses, Wilkinson said. “We’re able to show real costs along the routes and let the driver managers direct fueling.” Plus, there are other payoffs as well. “I'd like to think that one of the benefits is increased driver satisfaction. Freeing up the driver managers from much of their routine work, increasing their efficiency, allows them to spend more time in planning and anticipation” and getting drivers load that best suits their needs.

Wilkinson developed the company’s Driver Daily Events tool and describes it as “our version of giving a driver manager a command console with respect to their drivers. Everything a driver manager needs to know about their ‘board’ or their ‘fleet’ is either shown on the screen or one keystroke away.”

Among the things the DDE alerts driver managers to are drivers that need physicals, trucks that need a PM, paperwork that needs review or had not been turned in, whether the truck is on time or running late, hours of service remaining, upcoming planned loads and notes about the driver.

“I've spent the last two years, off and on, working directly with the driver managers to understand what it is they do, what it is that they need and, item by item, issue by issue, adding on and enhancing this tool,” he said.

He said the tool started out small, then all the rest came from the driver managers letting him know what things they had to go out of the tool to do and what they wanted added on.

“It's truly a fully customized solution for what the driver managers tell me they need to know and need to do to more efficiently and effectively do their jobs.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Report: Trucking Deaths Down 8% Last Year

New U.S. Labor Department figures show the number of deaths in trucking last year accounted for about 10% of all fatal work injuries.

There were 461 deaths in what the department labels the truck transportation sector, 8% lower than in 2012, with 67% of these incidents occurring on the roadway. This includes deaths to vehicle occupants resulting from traffic incidents that occur on public roadways, shoulders or surrounding areas, but excludes those occurring entirely off the roadway, such as in parking lots and on farms as well as incidents involving trains.

Nine percent of the trucking deaths were due to being struck by an object or equipment, 5% were caused by falls and 1% was due to homicides.

Of the wider transportation and warehousing sector there were 687 deaths, accounting for about 16% of all the 4,405 on the job deaths in 2013, down from 4,628 in 2012. While a smaller share of these happened on the roadway, 53%, a level similar to trucking involved being stuck by an object or equipment as well as falls. However, a greater portion, 5%, was attributed to homicides.

Total U.S. transportation deaths were 1,740, or 40% of all work fatalities, a decline from 1,923 in 2012. Just over 990 of these fatalities happened on roadways.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Schilli Transportation Improves Efficiency and Generates Cost Savings with ALK Maps

ALK Maps from ALK Technologies Saves Schilli Transportation an Average of 15 Minutes for Each Look-Up Performed

(PRWEB) September 09, 2014 -- ALK Technologies, Inc., a global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, today announced that Schilli Transportation has integrated ALK® Maps into their Driver Daily Events (DDE) driver management tool. The DDE system offers Schilli’s Driver Managers complete visibility into the scheduling, planning and operational activity of the fleet, including but not limited to work assignments, routes and inspection schedules.

With the integration of ALK Maps, Schilli’s Driver Managers are now able to easily visualize a selected driver’s current location and all assigned routes on an interactive map. Each route is uniquely color coded so a Driver Manager can quickly and easily analyze the route and assess opportunity to reduce dead miles. With ALK Maps, a user can visualize nearby fuel stops along the driver’s route and view up-to-date fuel pricing from Schilli’s partnership with the fuel providers. This enables the Driver Manager to pick the most cost-effective fuel stop location for a driver based on their current route and communicate the information to the driver. The enhanced mapping capabilities provided by ALK Maps have resulted in significant time savings for the Driver Managers.

“What used to be a manual cumbersome process of referring to a plotted map and using a free online mapping program for research has been completely automated with this new solution based around ALK Maps. This saves us an average of 15 minutes for each look-up that is performed. On average during the course of the day, each user is able to save almost two hours of time,” commented Peter Adams, Driver Manager at Schilli Transportation.

With the integration of ALK Maps, Driver Managers are also
now able to visualize adherence to the delivery schedule based on color coding of the trucks on the map, red indicating delays, yellow for warning, and green indicating on-time. With a simple hover over the truck icons, managers can access Hours of Service, current location, direction, speed and ETA for each driver along the route.

ALK Maps offers the transportation and logistics industry a fully customizable cloud-based interactive mapping platform providing high-quality map visualization with precise geocoding and routing functionality. The cloudbased solution helps reduce hardware, software and IT resource costs and easily integrates with a variety of platforms. ALK Maps routing and reporting is powered by PC*MILER®, the industry standard for transportation routing, mileage and mapping.

“We are really excited with how the integration of ALK Maps has helped us improve operational efficiency and save costs with optimizing planning, in such a short amount of time,” said Lou Wilkinson, VP of IT Solutions at Schilli Transportation. “The new capabilities that we have been able to offer with ALK Maps have gotten rave reviews from every single user of the application.”

 “ALK Maps provides a powerful platform for planning and monitoring with visualization of routes and tracking of assets. We are extremely pleased with how our transportation solutions are helping organizations of all sizes to optimize costs and expand their business.” said Dan Popkin, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions at ALK Technologies.

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About Schilli Transportation Services:
Schilli Transportation Services is a full service logistics management company supported by 400 power units under contract to provide or fulfill transportation needs including equipment sales and leasing, warehousing and distribution, and transportation for everything from building products to household goods, from steel coils to automobiles, virtually any commodity. For more information, visit

About ALK Technologies:
ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics solutions and navigation software, is focused on developing innovative solutions for transportation, logistics, mobile workforces and consumers. Product lines include award-winning CoPilot, a leading source of GPS navigation software for fleets, mobile operators, hardware OEMs, systems integrators, professional drivers and consumers. ALK’s PC*MILER is widely recognized as the transportation industry standard for routing, mileage and mapping. ALK Maps is a development platform designed for the transportation industry and provides commercial routing, geocoding and mapping visualization for enterprise applications.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Schilli Distribution Services Foreign-Trade Zone 104, Magnet Site 14 is open

Schilli Distribution Services is proud to announce that Foreign-Trade Zone 104, Magnet Site 14, has officially opened for business. New services and opportunities that we are excited to say will be extremely beneficial to you and your organization focusing on International Freight Shipments and FTZ utilization benefits for Freight Forwarders, Customs Brokers and anyone Importing and or Exporting merchandise.

Simply put, we can now offer and provide all Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) Services.

We have been working for many months, with the cooperation of the Department of Homeland Security and World Trade Center of Savannah, to get our FTZ designation and activation and with great success can now offer 140,000 sq. ft. of General Purpose FTZ space here in Savannah Georgia just 2.5 miles from Gate 4 of the Georgia Port Authority.

would greatly appreciate any time you may have to speak
in greater detail about our new FTZ services and how we can help each other in promoting the benefits and providing these services to our clients. This will help your clients by saving, potentially, a substantial amount of money in Import & Export Duties as well as give you more opportunity to micro manage all the necessary documents for entry and withdrawals for your customers. Also, let me know if there is anything I can do in the meantime, for I have many more resources at my disposal as well as being able to leverage rates in all areas of Warehousing and Transportation. Thanks again and I certainly look forward to speaking with you soon!" - David W. Hahne, FTZ Manager & Business Development Manager.

Schilli Distribution Services is located at 120 Crossgate Rd., Port Wentworth, Georgia 31407.

Phone : 912-963-9949
Cell: 912-220-6232
Fax: 912-963-9950

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rest Breaks

It is going on one year since the “Hours-of-Service Rest Break Rule” went into effect. Take time to review the rule to help prevent violations during your next DOT roadside inspection and to minimize downtime because of taking rest breaks when they are not needed.
Below is the actual wording from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations:
Rest Breaks §395.3(a)(3)(ii) - Driving is not permitted if more than 8 hours have passed since the end of the driver's last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes.
Some important things to remember:

1. Driving is not permitted after 8 hours, but on-duty activity is
allowed as long as driving doesn’t resume until at least 30
minutes of off-duty or sleeper-berth has been taken.

2. The rest break needs to be at least 30 minutes of off-duty or sleeper-berth time, no exceptions.

3. The 8-hour clock starts again after every rest break. On-duty time after a rest break and before driving needs to be counted in the calculation of 8 hours. The FMCSA considers on-duty time as a contributing factor to drivers’ fatigue.

4. It may be necessary to take multiple rest breaks each day. 

For drivers still using paper logs, a useful tool is to take a logbook ruler and measure out the length of 8 hours on the ruler. Use this technique as a quick reference once driving or on-duty time begins to determine when a rest break must be taken without going over 8 hours.
Take rest breaks seriously. Rest breaks can help reduce stress and fatigue which can lead to a crash and/or workplace injuries. Also, during a roadside inspection, a new rest break violation adds 21 points to the driver’s and carrier’s CSA/SMS score. This violation can also result in the driver being placed “out of service” resulting in additional CSA/SMS points against the driver and the fleet.