This customized onboard computer system provides private fleet drivers with an...

This customized onboard computer system provides private fleet drivers with an improved technology experience.

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In collaboration with Platform Science, every Walmart Private Fleet cab is now equipped with an interactive tablet device that fully integrates with NTransit, a driver workflow application developed by Walmart’s product and technology teams.

This customized onboard computer system provides private fleet drivers with an improved technology experience.

Using Platform Science’s telematics infrastructure solution to deploy the NTransit app provides:

  • Better supply chain visibility: The integration provides near real-time visibility of where the assets are within the fleet to ensure freight arrives on time and in the correct location. Stores can anticipate load arrival times and effectively plan their days and labor around truck deliveries. Additionally, Walmart customers will benefit from this increased visibility and efficiency. They will see the shelves stocked in-store and have access to a more accurate inventory of products available for purchase online.
  • Enhanced communication: The onboard technology helps drivers communicate more closely with stores by integrating with store applications, providing a more seamless delivery process. As the driver approaches a store, geolocation technology detects the driver’s location, sending push notifications to store associate’s handheld devices, allowing them to plan for a quick unload and turnaround. It can also deploy secure audio messages directly with the drivers to ensure they receive important information while they are in the field.
  • Productivity and retention: By removing manual touchpoints, the goal is to create a frictionless workflow so drivers can spend more time driving the truck and less time waiting at fulfillment centers or store deliveries. Platform Science and NTransit integrate to coordinate scheduling and navigation, so drivers can hit the road to their next destination without keying it in. The new system creates accountability by allowing drivers to communicate what they accomplished on the road. That way, they are compensated for any miles and non-driving activities beyond what was initially planned.
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