Commercial Transportation News

April 2015

Wayne Smith Trucking Adds Rand McNally In-Cab Devices

Wayne Smith Trucking, Inc. of Morrilton, Ark. recently decided to install TND™ 760 devices throughout its 115-truck operation.

A family business that typically hauls dry goods regionally but operates across the country, Wayne Smith Trucking (WST) undertook a three-month evaluation of Rand McNally's devices and those of another major mobile communication supplier before choosing a vendor. For Neil Corder, Operations Manager, it all came down to value.

Last year, Corder and WST executives decided it was time to invest in a mobile fleet management solution. With the electronic-log mandate on the horizon and an increasing need for driver tracking and providing proof of detention time, WST undertook the three-month evaluation of devices from the two companies. During the course of the evaluation, WST executives made visits to the vendors' customers, solicited driver feedback, and analyzed costs.

Corder said a major deciding factor in selecting the Rand McNally solution was the favorable "total cost to operate," adding that he knew the devices would "do an excellent job."

Beyond the initial ROI and driver satisfaction, Corder expects additional savings from the TND™ 760 features in months and years to come—from alleviating out-of-route driving with truck-specific GPS, using the workflow feature to help optimize schedules, and helping dispatch do a better job armed with tracking of their trucks.

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It's a Wrap: 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show

We had a great time at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show last month. We were busier than ever this year and loved the chance to show off our latest devices and meet everyone. Here's what happened.

  • We gave away 800 Motors Carriers' Road Atlases.
  • More than 200 customers had their devices updated, repaired or upgraded by our customer service team.
  • members of the Dave Nemo radio show team, including Dave himself, stopped by our booth for a meet and greet.
  • And 3 lucky drivers won a TND™ Tablet in our daily drawings.

We hope to see you next year!

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Interstate 90: Did You Know?

You might know that I-90 is the longest interstate highway in the U.S., but what you may not be aware of is how the citizens of Wallace, Idaho prevented the 3,000-mile highway from demolishing their downtown.

In the 1970s, I-90 was originally scheduled to be built directly through the heart of this 1,000-person town. Not wanting to lose the historic legacy of downtown Wallace, residents had every single building put on the National Register of Historic Places.

This legal battle for downtown Wallace lasted for 17 years, but in 1991 the Federal Highway Administration conceded. You can now find this stretch of I-90 as an elevated highway on the outskirts of town.

The only casualty of the construction of I-90 was the historic Northern Pacific Train Depot. Don’t worry, the Depot still stands today—just 200 feet south of its original location.

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