Against a background of pristine and majestic mountains, the Refrigerated Division of the Truckload Carrier Association (TCA) held its annual meeting to discuss some of the pressing issues faced by the industry. From the upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to EPA regulations for trailers, vendors and carriers had much to share for three days in Stowe, Vermont.
The role of shippers and carriers in the FDA’s upcoming FSMA regulations was a hot topic. The panelists recommended that refrigerated fleet operators familiarize themselves with the regulations and begin discussions with food producers and processors on how they can cooperate to comply.
While food producers and processors have primary responsibility, the regulations impact the procedures that fleet operators must implement and enforce and the records they must keep and provide. Telematics and temperature monitoring devices will play a crucial in measuring, collecting and reporting the data needed for these temperature records.
In addition to regulations, how to reduce operating costs was a big topic of discussion. Brad Pinchuk, President and COO of Hirschbach Motor Lines and an ORBCOMM customer, was one of the participants on a panel that discussed fuel efficiency. Everything from trailer design to the use of telematics was included in the mix.
ORBCOMM’s Chris Corlee participated in the panel that discussed how trailer tracking can increase the bottom line. He provided a sneak peek of some of the upcoming changes to ReeferTrak that will not only wow customers but also provide the tools and data needed to analyze reefer performance including:
- Individual shipment and trip level analysis
- Temperature ranges, set point, reefer mode of operation
- Fuel theft events by location and time period
- Refuel transactions and invoice comparison
- Vendor, customer and driver actions and compliance
- Geofence entry and exit details
For those who were not able to attend the meeting, here are the slides that Chris presented:
Our next show will be the PeopleNet conference in Phoenix, Arizona from August 24 – 26. If you are planning to attending, be sure to schedule a meeting with us so we can discuss some of the other new developments in our portfolio.