A View from ExpoCam 2011, MontrealMay 1, 2011
I was lucky enough to spend five days in Montreal last month attending ExpoCam 2011, Canada’s largest truck show. The conference was HUGE, with more than 300 truck manufacturers, fleet performance and compliance vendors sharing 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. Montreal is absolutely beautiful. The businesses are lively and the food is the best I’ve eaten. Maybe even better than San Francisco. (I was there 6 times last year.)
While at ExpoCam, I was also fortunate to talk with a diverse crowd of trucking industry representatives, including fleet managers, owners, owner-operators (O/O) and individual drivers. All had a unique perspective to share, and I’m thankful I had the chance to connect with these people. In talking to individual drivers, I realized these folks could save a lot of time on a number of fronts:
Tracking truck efficiency
– one husband/wife driving team I talked to was interested in learning about metrics/trends on how their truck was performing over time. This data would lead to more accurate billing, as well as rates based on actual fuel use. With the cost of diesel fuel at an all-time high, this performance metrics are important for any assessing the efficiency of any type of trucking operation.
Automating driver logs
– drivers were surprised when I told them how much time they could save with electronic driver logs, compared to keeping paper logs, as well as how easy electronic driver logs were to implement.
A track-record of good driving
. Using a system like Xata Turnpike gives drivers a virtual resume of what they have been doing right – including speed reporting,stop times and HOS compliance. A system like this provides a great driver resume when working with one fleet to another, and it makes a good case for the millions of professional truck drivers on our roadways who make road safety a priority every day.
I left Montreal excited about what CSA solutions like Xata Turnpike are offering to help trucking fleets of all sizes succeed in the ever-changing trucking industry. I hope to be back to Montreal again soon to practice my French, eat more smoked meat, and help a few truckers make the most of their hours behind the wheel.