Commercial Transportation News

July 2013

Training & Support for New Hours of Service Rules

Last month more than 85% of our customers took advantage of advanced support provided to help ease the transition to new Hours of Service rules. Here's how it went. 

Throughout the weeks leading up to the rule changes, the Rand McNally customer service team prepared customers for the changes, and helped to ensure seamless and continued compliance. The Rand McNally Technical Support team offered private training sessions walking drivers and fleet managers through all of the related on-device and Rand McNally Connect web portal changes.

One of our customers, Chad Mensch, General Manager at Watsontown Trucking, shared his appreciation with us. “Rand McNally did an awesome job preparing us, training us, and after the fact, supporting us.”

In addition to the private training sessions, we provided all customers with detailed information on all of the changes that fleet managers could easily email to their drivers right from the portal to their TND™ 760 or TPC 7600 devices. A short tutorial video for drivers was also made available. 

Hours of Service rules might not change often, but when they do, Rand McNally works to help ensure customers experience a painless adjustment. Our goal was that the change would be uneventful for our customers, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

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Beyond supporting the new Hours of Service rules, the 5.14 software update for all TND™ 760 and TPC 7600 devices was also packed with a variety of new features our customers have been asking for. Some of the most notable improvements include:

  • Enhanced event reporting
  • The ability to inject destinations directly into the IntelliRoute® navigation software from the Rand McNally Connect web portal
  • Support for oil and natural gas Hours of Service rules
  • Integration with fleet-selected outside email addresses

Call 1-800-789-6277 to find out more, and learn how Rand McNally can help ease the transition to new Hours of Service rules.

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Walcott Truckers Jamboree
& the New 2014 Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas

Earlier this month, we headed off to the world’s largest truck stop to be part of the Walcott Truckers Jamboree at the Iowa 80 Travel Center in Walcott, Iowa. Our booth featured demos of the IntelliRoute® TND™ 720 LM and 520 LM, including the latest Wi-Fi® connected services, plus Rand McNally gear and product support.

Throughout the show, we updated customer TND™ units, provided map updates, and felt the excitement around new product features, particularly Compare Routes. Another big hit at the show was the new 2014 Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas. Rand McNally’s Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas is the best-selling trucker’s atlas in the United States, and provides an essential business tool for commercial truckers. The atlas is available at travel centers and other retailers nationwide, or you can purchase it online now.

See everything Rand McNally has to offer the professional driver.

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The TND™ 760 Supports Syfan Logistics'
Aggressive Growth Strategy

Executives at Syfan Logistics, headquartered in Gainesville, Ga., knew they needed a powerful mobile fleet management solution to help streamline their growing business. As a result they turned to Rand McNally’s TND™ 760.

The family-owned provider of dedicated, expedited and spot logistics services required a mobile fleet management solution that could seamlessly integrate with McLeod software, and provide a user friendly interface for drivers.

Rand McNally’s TND™ 760 devices provide the sought-after McLeod integration, including being able to communicate pickup and delivery, dispatch trucks automatically with detailed instructions, and use Rand McNally’s award-winning truck-specific navigation, already included on the device.

On the backend, through the Rand McNally Connect web portal, Syfan employees are able to quickly evaluate each truck location and see what is happening during the course of the load, providing critical information accurately to their customers – all without having to communicate directly with the driver.

“As a very aggressive, fast growing company we are consistently striving to be more efficient, more effective, and more accurate,” shared Greg Syfan, President of Syfan Logistics. “We are focused on having things done right the first time, on time, with a high degree of accuracy. The communication technology provided by Rand McNally’s TND™ 760 device plays a critical role in achieving these goals.”

From the driver perspective, the TND™ 760 allows them to focus on driving vs. communicating with dispatch.  The device also automatically records Hours of Service, reducing driver error and helping to simplify compliance.

“We’ve not had one driver complaint about the implementation of the TND™ 760,” states Syfan. “The system is very user-friendly, so we’ve had excellent driver acceptance.”

How will the TND™ 760 benefit your business?

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