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Telematics Use Grows in Work Truck Fleets

From tracking preventive maintenance to reducing vehicle idling and fuel consumption, truck-based fleets are adding telematics devices to their fleet vehicles to improve operations.

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Nestlé Adds Wireless System to Fleet Operations

Nestlé Waters North America, distributor of 15 national bottled water brands, including Arrowhead and Perrier, initiated a series of follow-on purchase orders to implement I.D. Systems' PowerFleet vehicle management system (VMS) on fleets of industrial trucks at six of the company's U.S. plants.

"We are very excited to begin rolling out this innovative technology across additional facilities to expand the benefits it brings to our supply chain organization," said Chris Lyon of Nestlé Waters North America's National Fleet Services group.

The Greenwich, Conn.-headquartered Nestlé Waters initially deployed the system at two sites in mid-2009. The orders were placed by I.D. Systems' strategic marketing partner NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc., a global manufacturer of industrial trucks, and facilitated by Yale/Chase Equipment and Services, Inc.

Wireless VMS helps Nestlé improve material handling productivity by establishing accountability for equipment use, ensuring equipment is in the proper place at the right time, streamlining material-handling work flow, and providing unique equipment utilization metrics.

A wireless VMS can also help improve workplace safety and security by restricting vehicle access to trained, authorized operators, providing electronic vehicle inspection checklists, and sensing vehicle impacts.

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