While not featured in the upcoming Avengers movie, the trucking industry had their very own superhero – U.S.1. After an accident caused by the evil Highwayman, Ulysses Solomon Archer received a new metal skull and gained “trucker telepathy” from aliens. He outfitted his truck with sensors and tracking equipment and set out to battle the Highwayman (his older brother – spoiler alert).
While a bit ahead of his time, U.S.1 had the right idea back then by using tracking and sensors for his truck. Fast-forward 35 years to present day, sensors are being used to capture data for a variety of purposes.
It’s hard enough managing a fleet without taking in account variables such as weather, traffic jams, breakdowns and other potential delays. More than ever before, it’s crucial to have accurate, reliable GPS tracking in place.
There are many GPS trackers on the market with a variety of specifications and inherent issues. They include high failure rates, the need to switch batteries often, spotty coverage, difficult to install and hide, poorly designed and not waterproof.
The bottom line is unreliable GPS tracking is like waiting out an ice storm and being not sure if power will go out. CloudHawk has the design, connectivity, battery life and reporting to make sure you won’t be left in the dark.
Whether it’s a refrigerated trailer stolen in Mississauga, Ontario, $155,000 worth of beer stolen in Delta BC, or $1 Million worth of goods stolen by a theft ring in New Jersey, theft continues to be a major issue for carriers. In fact, it is estimated that theft in Canada alone is $5 Billion, according to a 2016 report from Intact Insurance.
It’s estimated that carriers incur an annual loss of six per cent due to spoiled cargo, at an average loss of $100,000 per incident. In general terms, approximately 12 per cent of food waste occurs during distribution, mainly due to refrigeration issues.
In transportation, food contamination can be caused by unsanitary vehicle or equipment, from prior food cargo, and improper temperature control. The new focus of the FDA is prevention of these issues. Carriers, shippers and receivers have direct responsibility for maintaining food safety under the Food Safety Management Act (FSMA).