National Distributors, Atrium Companies link up with PeopleNet

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — PeopleNet, a provider of onboard computing and mobile communications systems, have announced that two new companies have begun installation of its tracking and mobile communications system in their fleets.

National Distributors, Inc. (NDI), an international logistics provider of automotive components and other high priority goods, and Atrium Companies, Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of residential vinyl and aluminum windows and patio doors, have each linked up with PeopleNet.

“We are pleased that National Distributors has become the latest third-party logistics provider and dedicated fleet to choose PeopleNet,” said Ron Konezny, COO, PeopleNet. “Because of the time-sensitive and high priority nature of its operations, NDI depends on mobile communications technology to drive innovations for its customers. We have worked closely with them to ensure that the PeopleNet solution provides a suite of leading-edge applications that can be tailored to help deliver optimal functionality and return on investment.”

“Because of our service mix, we must offer the best equipment, the latest technology, and the finest services,” said Peri Standlee, senior development manager, National Distributors. “To operate in the most effective manner, we have built an environment of trust and teamwork with our 279 company drivers and 40 owner-operators. We use the PeopleNet system to enhance candid communications up, down and across our organization.”

Based in Sellersburg, Ind., National Distributors operates a fleet 330 power units out of six terminals nationwide.

Also involved with PeopleNet is Atrium Companies, Inc. based in Dallas, Texas.

“We are pleased that a solid company with a reputation for establishing a national presence and an uncontested reputation for quality, selection and service has chosen to do business with PeopleNet,” said Konezny of Atrium. “The application of leading-edge applications has helped them to enhance their efficiency and get their windows to market more efficiently and we have worked closely with them to ensure we continue to deliver optimal functionality and return on investment.”

“People-Net allowed us to continue our on-time real-time OS&D reporting,” said Jim Angel, director of fleet operations. “By programming a pre-canned form that the drivers fill out, we are able to invoice right after delivery and generate accurate billing based on the information received, including who signed for the product at the customer’s location.”

Atrium operates a fleet of more than 156 power units and 501 trailers to deliver product a broad product line to its customers, including builders, retailers, home centres, lumberyards, contractors designers and architects. The remainder of 1200-unit fleet is comprised straight trucks and service applications. The initial PeopleNet installation covers 60 units in Dallas and another 60 units at the company’s Welcome, N.C. facility.

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