Four Truckers Inc. chooses PeopleNet system

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Four Truckers Inc. has chosen PeopleNet to provide its on-board computing and mobile communications systems.

Despite the fleet’s name, there are many more than four truckers driving for the company. In fact, the fleet operates 120 tractors and 260 trailers hauling products to furniture retailers in 10 western states and four Western Canadian provinces. Four Truckers is based in Morganton, N.C. and has been in business for 26 years.

“To provide the customized and innovative transportation options we offer,” says president Eric Clarke, “we depend upon a number of technologies including document imaging, mobile communication and radio frequency bar coding and fully integrated real-time shipment tracking.”

While the fleet had been utilizing GPS tracking technology for 10 years, Clarke said the company decided to upgrade to PeopleNet which was better suited for a fleet of Four Truckers’ size.

“We don’t have the need for an AS/400,” he explained. “PeopleNet offered vehicle performance monitoring and reporting through PerformX that ran off a PC server. We felt the system was designed more for fleets our size.”

The PeopleNet system now in place at Four Truckers involves fleet management software including among other things, paperless log keeping and a more efficient fuel tax reporting system.

“Our drivers don’t have to fill out fuel sheets and trip sheets any more because the system collects them automatically,” Clarke said. “We had one support person in the office spending more than 90 percent of her time keying the information in and she can do other things for us now.”

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