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Thanks To Drivers During Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2019

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It’s widely agreed that drivers are one of the most valuable assets to any fleet. They are the ones who keep the show on the road, completing deliveries, getting from A to B, caring for your assets and doing a great job. Truckers are the vital lifeline between producers and consumers.  

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is the optimal time to acknowledge the great work that professional drivers do. Here at ORBCOMM, we want to say a big thank you to all drivers that keep the nation moving day-in, day-out.  

The week running September 8-14th is a timely reminder of the effort and dedication drivers put in every day to keep the economy ticking over. Trucks move over 70% of all freight in the US. If long-haul truckers decided to stop moving, it’s estimated that grocery stores would run out of food in three daysIt’s hard to imagine a world without drivers, to keep it spinning.  

It’s no secret that drivers put significant time and effort into their jobs. Day-in, day-out drivers show their resilience, independence and resourcefulness. Often in the face of tough challenges, from adverse weather to road safety, drivers are at the coalface keep the economy moving. Here, at ORBCOMM, we want to say a sincere thank you for all that you do.  

We look forward to taking part in thanking drivers on social channels through #NTDAW2019 and #ThankATrucker this week and throughout the year.  

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Making Life Easier for Drivers: Chief Express chooses ORBCOMM Solutions

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“What really drew my eye to the ORBCOMM solution is that the system is geared toward driver convenience and simplicity,” says van Kuilenburg. “The simpler you make something, the better results you’re going to get.” – Victor van Kuilenburg, Director of Safety and Human Resources at Chief Express.  

Read our latest case study, to find out how Chief Express uses ORBCOMM’s solutions and trailer tracking to increase productivity and deliver a better working environment for drivers.  

North Carolina based Chief Express runs 75 trucks and 300 trailers and handles more than 35,000 loads per year. For a busy hauler, boosting operational efficiency while keeping drivers happy is a top priority.  

Chief Express was dissatisfied with their previous telematics provider because of a lack of data reliability, poor driver interface and a problematic workflow product. After significant research, the carrier chose ORBCOMM for its truck management, trailer tracking and integration with McLeod Loadmaster.  

Find out how Chief Express uses ORBCOMM’s truck management solutions, with integration into McLeod’s Driver Feasibility to ensure the right driver is given the right load. Hours of Service information is easier to manage with ORBCOMM’s HOS Advisor tool and trailer tracking has new pinpoint accuracy, so dispatchers can work with ease.  

The driver is the focal point for ORBCOMM, in van Kuilenburg’s view. “ORBCOMM sees everything through the perspective of the actual enduser, which is the guy in the cab behind the wheel,” he says. “In the process of doing that, they’ve made everything easier for the rest of us too.  It’s great to work with a company who thinks about something other than their bottom line.” 

To learn how ORBCOMM and McLeod can help you optimize fleet operations, visit www.orbcomm.com/mcleod or email us at sales@orbcomm.com.

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ORBCOMM On The Road – Dispatch #4 from McLeod User Conference 2019

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Dispatch #4 from McLeod User Conference 2019. Here, we talk to ORBCOMM’s own Chip Powell about what’s new in ELDs.

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ORBCOMM On The Road – Dispatch #3 from McLeod User Conference 2019

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ORBCOMM’s dispatch #3 from McLeod Software User Conference, 2019. Here, we talk to David Heller from TCANews about the reality around ELD.

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ORBCOMM On The Road – Dispatch #2 from McLeod User Conference 2019

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ORBCOMM’s dispatch #2 from McLeod Software User Conference, 2019

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ORBCOMM On The Road – Dispatches from McLeod User Conference 2019

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ORBCOMM’s dispatch from McLeod Software User Conference, 2019

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Hours of Service Rule Change Proposal: The FMCSA Describes New Rules to Increase Flexibility

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ELD webinarA major shake-up of Hours of Service rules is on the cards after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced its proposal to update the regulations. 

The long-awaited new hours of service rules would give carriers and drivers more flexibility in their operations. Among the major changes is the ability for drivers to split the 10-hour off-duty time into two separate periods and changes to the flexibility around the 30-minute rule.  

The proposal makes five suggestions allowing for:  

  1. An increase in flexibility and safety for the 30-minute break rule. It proposes to allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than 3 hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift. 
  2. Modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10- hours off duty into two periods: one period of at least 7 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than 2 consecutive hours, either off duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14-hour driving window. 
  3. Increase the flexibility of the 30-minute break rule by requiring a break after eight hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allowing the requirement to be satisfied by an on-duty break from driving, rather than requiring an off-duty break. 
  4. Modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted. 
  5. Lengthening the short-haul exception to the record of duty status (RODS) requirement available to certain commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles (115.08 statute miles) to 150 air miles (172.6 statute miles). 

The new rules announced by the FMCSA last week aim to increase flexibility for drivers behind the wheel and reap financial rewards up to $274 million per year for motor carriers and the US economy. The trucking industry employs more than seven million people and moves 70% of domestic freight.  

As well as flexibility, the FMCSA says there are a number of other non-quantifiable ways to increase efficiency and cost-savings within this new rule framework, such as increasing the options for drivers to respond to adverse driving conditions, and more options for drivers in the on-duty/off-duty requirement with the changes to the 30-minute break option. The agency says the flexibilities should allow drivers to mitigate against unpredictable variables like weather, traffic or detention times and to take breaks when they need rest.  

The proposal will not deliver any changes to driving time, but the FMCSA says it will increase the flexibility afforded to drivers. “We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility – and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal,” said FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez. 

The proposal has been broadly welcomed in the industry. The American Trucking Association President and CEO Chris Spear says: “Secretary Chao and Administrator Martinez are to be commended for their commitment to an open and data-driven process to update the hours-of-service rules.” 

The owner-operator trucking representatives OOIDA is also supporting the proposal, Todd Spencer, President of OOIDA says: “there may not be a one-size-fits-all solution, but the proposed changes are a positive start since truckers don’t have any control over their schedules or traffic conditions.” 

This is the first significant change to Hours of Service rules since 2011. Read the Hours of Service rule change proposed by the FMCSA in full here. The agency will accept comments on the proposal for 45 days. You can submit comments in the official document here 

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AOBRD to ELD and more: Above & Beyond at McLeod Software User Conference 2019

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It can be hard to keep track of all the changes the industry is facing now. Making sure drivers are prepared for AOBRD to ELD, keeping up with new regulations and compliance and facing the growing concerns around driver acquisition and retention are all hot topics. We are happy to be back once again as at McLeod Software User Conference in August and we’re looking forward to showcasing our two-way asset-tracking capabilities and complete transportation management solutions.

ELD: The Big Switch

ELD is a hot topic on everyone’s lips, as the countdown continues to the December deadline. In our recent survey, 75% of fleets are still using AOBRDs with just a few months to go until the FMCSA’s implementation plan is complete. Using ELDs goes far beyond simply putting a new device in the cab. There is training, policy, documentation and implementation to consider. We’ll be able to go through the whole process step-by-step on the floor in Denver. Be sure to join us and Dave Heller from the TCA for one of our breakout sessions, on August 27th where we’ll be discussing how truck fleets can migrate easily from AOBRDs to ELDs and efficiently with minimal disruption. It’s one of three breakout sessions we’ll be taking part in throughout the conference. Join us for our other breakout sessions on driver workflow with McLeod LoadMaster and our product showcase. Some of the other concerns we hear from customers include changes to regulations and compliance, solving the problems of driver acquisition and retention, how are companies keeping drivers happy and how are detention times are continuing to impact business? It all boils down to boosting the bottom line and that’s where telematics comes in. In today’s demanding industry environment, carrier expectations are increasing, and providers are being called to go above and beyond. We’re here to help with that.

McLeod Software User Conference 2019

  • August 25 – 27
  • Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, Denver, CO
  • ORBCOMM Booth 500

What Can I Expect to Hear From ORBCOMM?

The conference is a great opportunity to showcase and demo the depth and breadth of complete transportation management solutions that we offer to transportation professionals throughout North America. Get the full picture with end-to-end telematics.

  • Truck and Driver Management

With less than five months to go until the ELD mandate deadline, ensure your entire fleet is ready for the AOBRD to ELD switch and fully compliant with US FMCSA Hours of Service rules and Canadian working hours rules. Drop-by our booth find out more about the most comprehensive, open, and scalable truck telematic solution on the market today.

We’ll also be showcasing how ORBCOMM telematics solutions fully integrate into McLeod LoadMaster. Does your fleet struggle with cold chain issues that result in spoilage? One of the ways to stop it is with two-way monitoring and control integrated with McLeod LoadMaster. Successful companies like Mike Tamana Trucking know and rely on the ORBCOMM/McLeod solution for its business operations and to improve efficiency.

  • Two-Way Asset Tracking

Our solutions are designed and built for the industry. We know what’s important for our customers. For example, the GT 1210, next-generation, all-in-one tracking device with integrated cargo sensor delivers power remote asset management and cargo detection. Improve asset utilization by gaining complete visibility of dry trailers and intermodal containers. Built on years of experience in the transportation industry, the feature-rich GT 1210 monitors your assets virtually anywhere.

With over 25 years of leadership in the industry, why not arrange a meeting now to talk to us about how we can help you. To find out more, visit www.orbcomm.com/mcleod. If you’re going to be at McLeod User Conference in Denver, drop-by our booth or schedule a meeting in advance here

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Closing the Gap: How IoT Technology is Enabling Total Visibility of Refrigerated Containers at Sea

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container fleet tracking webinarRefrigerated containers spend a large portion of their in-transit time at sea, where managing them poses a series of challenges. Crews are often unable to complete regular checks because of heavy workloads, unfavorable sea and weather conditions and the size of the vessels themselves. Furthermore, traditional reefer telematics rely on cellular communications that lose connectivity with the cellular network once in open water, causing containers to go ‘dark’ and putting cargo at risk.

The need for end-to-end visibility of the moving supply chain is prompting IoT technology to close the connectivity gap for reefer containers on water. VesselConnect, ORBCOMM’s comprehensive solution for monitoring reefers at sea, is used globally in some of the largest container deployments, enabling a continuous flow of actionable data from reefers to a centralized platform for complete insight of reefer operations. With more than 20 years of experience in the business, ORBCOMM is a pioneer in remote reefer management.

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FMCSA Denies Exemption for Small Carriers

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There is no further delay expected in the final phase-in for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has denied an exemption to small-business truckers.  

The FMCSA has announced it has denied an application, filed over a year ago, by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) for an exemption to ELDs for carriers with fewer than 50 employees. The application included but was not limited to one-person private or for-hire owner-operators. However, the FMCSA took the view that the application failed to provide enough evidence that safety would not be compromised under this exemption. The FMCSA says in its ruling, that it received more than 1,900 comments on the request and estimates that over 95% of the comments were in favor of the exemption. 

The Agency says that it denied the application because the SBTC does not meet the regulatory standards. In the application, the FMCSA added that the SBTC failed to “explain how you would ensure that you could achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the regulation.” 

In making its request, the SBTC said the ELD rule is not a safety regulation but it is “merely a tool to determine compliance with an existing rule that regulates over-the-road drivers’ driving and on-duty time.”   

ELDs to Increase Safety Records 

Despite this application for ELD exemption, the technology has been welcomed within other quarters in the trucking industry, with a view that it will be safer for drivers and harder to forge records.  

The American Trucking Association, (the ATA) says that this application would not lead to a safer work environment for drivers. “This would allow for the potential of falsification of records of duty status (RODS) while leaving no controls in place for enforcement.” The Association added that ELDs will improve driver experiences: “the technical specifications and requirements of ELDs ensure the accuracy of a drivers’ RODS and reduce the likelihood that a driver is operating beyond the federally established limits.” 

Carriers yet to make the switch to ELDs have until December 16, 2019, to comply. If your fleet is yet to switchover, find out how you can migrate easily and efficiently with minimal disruption. Join our webinar with the TCA to learn what you need to know on the pending transition from AOBRDs to ELDs. 

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