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Track And Manage: 2 FAQs For Start-Up Freight Transporters

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There’s often a widely-held misconception that fleet tracking systems and fleet management software applications are reserved for established freight transport companies, which have a large number of freight vehicles in their fleet. Thanks to this misconception, some start-up freight transport companies shy away from investing in fleet tracking systems and fleet management software applications. This article answers two questions on the mentioned topic in a bid to dismiss this misconception. How Expensive Is It Not To Invest In Fleet Tracking Systems And Management Software? Fuel management is a concern for both start-up transporters and for their established counterparts. Investing in a fleet tracking system can effect a marked improvement in fuel management for a freight company. Various factors can contribute to the inefficient use of fuel in a freight transport company. Examples of these factors include the failure of freight vehicle operators to stick to the recommended routes, pilferage and the effect of traffic jams along transit routes. An active fleet tracking system (for example) will allow a freight transporter to get real-time updates with respect to the location of freight vehicles. It’s unlikely that freight vehicle drivers will take detours and/or make un-necessary stop-overs when fully aware that their location is constantly being monitored. A web-based fleet management software application will interpret the real-time data recorded by the active tracking system and make this data available to the freight transporter wherever he or she can get access to the internet. For example, the management software application will give an estimate of the amount of fuel consumed when a freight vehicle is stuck in traffic. The system does this by analyzing the model of the freight transport vehicle, its weight (including that of transit goods), its average fuel consumption and the amount of time spent stuck in traffic. Thus, freight vehicle drivers are forced to be honest about fuel consumption for all trips. Why Would It Be Cheaper To Invest In Tracking Systems And Management Software Now? Fleet tracking systems and fleet management software applications are designed with growth in mind. That’s why they’re made to allow for the easy installation of upgrades in accordance with the (often) sure but slow growth that is characteristic of freight transport companies. Many times, it’s cheaper for freight transporters to upgrade an existing tracking system/management software application when the size of their fleet increases, than it is for the same transporter to install a new tracking system/management software application after the fleet size has already...

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What You Need To Keep In Mind When Choosing a Refrigerated Truck for Your Goods

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When you need to transport perishable goods such as foodstuff and medicine, you will want to look for refrigerated transport carrier services. However, the challenge will be finding the perfect refrigerated transport carrier or truck because there are many types of these trucks that are suitable for different types of perishable goods. For this reason, you need to pay attention to some factors to help you find the best for your needs. Therefore, here are some of these factors and the tips to help you through the selection process. Evaluate the Loading and Unloading System of the Truck The loading and unloading system of the truck has an impact on the safety of the goods and the ease of handling by the operators. You don’t want a system that will require too many people or operators to load or unload the goods because this will translate to high labour costs. In addition, the loading and unloading mechanism should minimise damages to your goods. Therefore, look for a truck with tailgate loaders, meat hooks, and rails. Look For a Refrigerated Truck That Allows For Temperature Zoning There are different temperature specifications for different goods being transported. Some goods will have to be chilled or frozen. Therefore, you want to look for a transport truck that has a distinct temperature zoning system. Such trucks usually have inner partitions that can be set to various temperatures during the transportation. Look At the Systems of Protection Find out whether the truck has any systems of protection in place to ensure that your perishables will be delivered safely. You want your goods to be protected from damages caused by jostling during the transport. Therefore, you want to look for a refrigerated truck with a superior suspension system to reduce the effects of jostling caused by different road conditions. Look for a Truck That’s Partitioned to Transport Different Goods While different goods require different temperature specifications, some goods or products can’t be transported together. For instance, you don’t expect meat to be transported in the same containers as fish. Similarly, medical goods will have to be transported alone. For this reason, make sure the truck you are using has been partitioned well to accommodate such goods. Choosing the right truck means ensuring safety and durability of your goods. Therefore, acting on these tips will help you find the most suitable refrigerated transport truck for your...

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Operator Tractor Parts Every Farm Owner Should Invest In

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A tractor is like the workhorse of a farm; it does much more than just reaping and tilling, but can also tow just about anything you need to move around the farm and can also help with feeding the cattle and caring for the lawn. While you may invest in lots of parts and accessories for your tractor to use it to its fullest potential, you want to think about your own comfort and safety as well. Note a few tractor parts that affect you, the operator, that every farm owner should invest in. 1. Canopy Never underestimate the damaging rays of the sun when working in the summertime, and a canopy can also protect you from rain and a light snowfall, allowing you to work in comfort no matter the time of year. A canopy can also add to your safety as it can help protect you from debris and dust that may fly around when you’re working with the tractor. If your tractor doesn’t have an enclosed cab or a canopy already, consider adding one. 2. Suspension seating Suspension seating can go a long way toward keeping you comfortable when in the tractor, and like being exposed to the sun, you don’t want to underestimate the health risks of being jostled and bumped when in the tractor. Without suspension seating to absorb those bumps, you could suffer damage to your hips, back, knees, and shoulders very easily. 3. Extended mirrors For safety when working on the farm, opt for oversized extended mirrors. These can allow you to see any potential blinds spots you would otherwise have when on the tractor. This can ensure that you don’t overlook any obstacles that could topple the tractor and also helps you to monitor your progress when you’re tilling, reaping, or using any equipment at the back of the tractor. 4. Refrigerator It may seem like a small thing, but it can make your farming much more difficult when you need to stop every few hours and get some refreshments. However, when working in the heat of summertime, having water or an energy drink or even a protein shake on hand can actually keep you safe and healthy. A plug-in refrigerator can mean having a beverage right with you, and can also mean being able to keep items like medication, skin cream, and other such healthcare products cool and safe for you to use when working the...

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Use These 3 Tips to Prevent Damages and Losses When Packing Fragile Items for Storage and Transportation

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When packing things for transport and storage, you wouldn’t want to hear the sound of your glass items or any other fragile item shattering. For this reason, you need to be very careful when packing fragile items to prevent breakages. Here are a few tips you can use to ensure that during storage and transportation of your fragile items, they remain safe and intact. Use Sturdy Packing Boxes Always pay attention to the base of the box you are using. The base should be strong enough to accommodate the weight of the items. This means that you need to consider thick and sturdy boxes when choosing one to pack your fragile items. Avoid using flimsy and damaged boxes or reusing packing boxes. Used boxes might have lost their sturdiness. Choose the Cushioning Material Well Choose something that will withstand the weight of your fragile items. Make sure the cushioning material can withstand several shocks, especially in case of bumps. It should not compress and fail to cushion more bumps. The cushioning material should also hold up well to changes in humidity, air pressure, and temperature to ensure that the item you are transporting or storing maintains its resilience. For these reasons, consider choosing loose fill or packaging peanuts. These cushioning materials will fill up any void within your packaging box. They can also withstand any shocks because they flow around your item, allowing them to interlock when under stress. Inflated products such as air-filled bubble wrapping and foam structures such as polystyrene cushioning materials can also be used. Other cushioning materials you should consider using include heavy grade paper and corrugated fibreboard products such as pads. Pack Your Breakable/Fragile Materials Carefully Even with strong boxes and the right cushioning material, your products may still be vulnerable to breakages if you don’t pack them correctly. Start by securing the bottom of the packing box using tapes on any open corners and seams. You should then use your cushioning material of choice to create a cushioning base by simply lining the material inside the box. Wrap each item individually. Use packing materials such as bubble wraps or packing paper. To ensure your items remain intact, secure them with a tape. When arranging the items inside the box, start with the heaviest so that the lightest items are on the top. Use more cushioning materials to fill any empty spaces and then seal the top using a tape. You should then label the box as fragile so that anyone who sees it handles it with...

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How mobile broadband can boost business returns for transport operators

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Many people use public service transportation, such as taxis, buses and trains to commute to their places of work on a daily basis. And with the working population increasingly feeling lack of adequate time, trips to and from work are being used to finish essential tasks on the move, particularly emails being opened and sent on a smartphone device. So how can transport companies and operators tap into and profit from these shifting trends? The answer is by installing internet connectivity in the transport buses and taxis. This article explains three ways how transport companies can benefit from the installation of mobile broadband in their transport vehicles. Passenger experience By installing a wireless internet infrastructure, transport companies can provide free Wi-Fi connectivity for passengers, an amenity that will definitely improve ridership. Indeed, this acts a value-added service that can help improve the experience of the rider while using the taxi or bus. They can surf the internet, check emails while on the move. As a result, this unique experience is bound to distinguish a transport company from its competition. The key focus of transport operators is to get riders occupying the seats and to this end, free Wi-Fi access does exactly that. Vehicle area network The second motivating factor is to provide a vehicle area network to enable connectivity between the vehicles’ parts and applications. For instance, transport vehicles feature a telematics system, which calculates the driving speed, braking conditions, fuel conditions besides the pitch of the transport vehicle while on the move. That information is kept locally on a disk-based component in the transport vehicle. With the installation of a wireless internet infrastructure in the vehicle, the stored telematic information can be accessed remotely allowing transport operators to have a comprehensive tracking of their vehicles in real-time. Vehicle security The final, and quite important, motivating factor that persuades transport operators to install a wireless internet system is to improve vehicle security. While most transport vehicles are equipped with surveillance cameras on board, the issue that operators face is that the surveillance footage may only be uploaded once the vehicle reports back to the station or depot. With the deployment of wireless systems, CCTV cameras can be accessed here and now. An employee based at the headquarters can receive a notification from the driver regarding a problem on board, say a hijacking situation. That employee can immediately log in and view whatever that’s going on and respond...

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