Are You On The Right Road With Your Telematics Provider?

How to choose a telematics provider

So, if you are reading this it’s a safe bet that you are connected to the temperature controlled industry and probably well aware that this is, without doubt, the most challenging segment of the logistics sector.

Perhaps you are a food producer distributing your own products, or you are handling products and distributing them on behalf of someone else. You may even be in the fast emerging area of Pharmaceuticals. Either way, your company’s reputation is totally dependent on delivering products in the optimum condition.
Meeting deadlines, schedules and delivery windows on an ever demanding basis are subject to so many variables. Yet, so many companies in this sector are still leaving things to chance when it comes to this area of risk management of temperature.
Commercial vehicle designs have evolved in the past twenty years, with greater fuel efficiency, reductions in weight and more ergonomic operational designs. However, only so many pallets, totes, bags or boxes can fit into a certain space. Mixed and diverse product requirements are squeezed into vehicles doing more drops per mile, for more hours per day, than ever before.
The product also comes out of either a side door or out of the back, via shutter or barn doors. All of the above have a potentially negative impact on your daily performance. So, what can we do to improve this? Well, more vehicles doing less work is a great idea, and an easy solution if vehicles and drivers went on permanent special offer! Who remembers the traditional spare vehicle that sat in the corner of your yard? (like a Bedford TL for those “stretch days” or servicing cover).

The onset of Telematics and general technology has brought efficiencies for all. Widely available from many providers, we can all find out where our trucks are, where they have been and when they will be back. Despite this wealth of information, the underlying issue still exists, because of what happens in the load area of your truck or trailer, when carrying temperature critical cargo. If we are to truly maintain our product integrity we need to know precisely where to look for areas that can be improved. Standard telematics won’t tell you that.

Temperature controlled logistics is a specialist industry with exacting constraints and thus demands a telematics system that deals directly with the issues, helps you work out your critical points and sets you on the road to maintaining integrity. This is something that isn’t dealt with very well at all by the wider telematics industry.

Many tracking providers have temperature monitoring on their list of features yet, very few appear to know a defrost cycle from a unicycle!

At Seven Telematics we have been manufacturing Transcan temperature recorders for 20 years and have a wealth of experience in the temperature controlled transportation field. Transcan is a worldwide recognised brand synonymous with reliability and integrity. If you are distributing temperature critical cargo, why would you trust your temperature monitoring with anybody else?

Michael Kane, Sales Director for Seven Telematics adds  “We distribute our products across the globe and are lucky enough to share perspectives from far and wide. However, one thing is certain; UK operators lead the table when it comes to championing best practice”

Michael goes on to add “SevenEye is the result of leading edge technology and the collation of best practice experience. We have seen dramatic results from our customers in areas such as automated reports; detailing driver performance on average door opening times, being able to introduce awareness against temperature breaches and dealing with problem areas. Diminishing loads and front axles for refrigerated trucks is yet another challenging situation for operators that can be neutralised by the application of SevenEye”.

If you have a temperature critical cargo then we’d love to hear from you!

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