Church Transportation & Logistics is a Birmingham, AL based truckload transportation provider. The company was founded in March 2000 with one truck and one trailer. Over the years the company has grown to 70 trucks and 125 trailers and expanded its business services. Church Transportation turned to Powerfleet in 2014 to help transform how the company maintains reliable asset visibility and increase utilization.
Church Transportation was having an issue with reliable visibility of their trailers which resulted in trailers going missing or being misappropriated by their customers as storage units. While they conducted physical asset checks, these were infrequent and time-consuming. Between yard checks, drivers and other employees manually tracked the company’s assets, which was not only prone to human error but also consumed valuable labor hours that could have been better utilized elsewhere.
Church Transportation needed a real-time visibility solution for their fleet that could improve their day-to-day processes and tracking capabilities.
The following areas of concern were presented to Powerfleet to solve:
1. Increase utilization of trailers
2. Reduce the need for manual and time-consuming yard checks
3. Improve visibility, reliability, and frequency asset reporting
4. Improve customer accountability through more accurate data
Church Transportation relies on a quick turnaround for their trailers since they work with a smaller but more efficient asset pool than most companies in the industry. A trailer sitting idle in a customer’s yard is an asset that can’t be utilized elsewhere. Without better visibility, assets could, and have, ended up lost, which costs Church Transportation valuable time and money.
Church Transportation and Logistics operates its fleet with good tractor to trailer ratios, lower than most companies in the industry. Their profitability comes through a fast turnaround time for their trailers to keep the pool moving. With access to Powerfleet’s increased reporting capabilities, Church Transportation can see when a trailer is idle for longer than ten days and reach out to the customer to better understand the situation.
· Provided frequent and accurate visibility of trailers
· Reduced the need for time-consuming manual yard checks
· Provided intuitive reporting features that can be tailored to customer specifications
· Improved trailer turnaround times and utilization
· Reduced the overall risk of theft or misuse
“Two years ago, we could buy a dry van trailer for $30,000 – today, they are $50,000. Some receivers use our trailers as an extension of their warehouse. One of our customers has 20-25 of our trailers at any given time. Powerfleet’s solution has allowed me to see when a trailer has been dropped for more than seven to ten days. Powerfleet’s solution lets us see where our trailers are at any time and enables better communication with our customers because we are armed with accurate data to hold them accountable,”
President & CEO
Church Transportation & Logistics
Church Transportation saves over $9,000 a year in yard check labor costs alone!
With the help of Powerfleet, Church Transportation has achieved the following additional results:
· Saved valuable labor hours by eliminating the need for manual yard checks
· Improved asset utilization and tracking
· Now receives daily reliable reporting on Dormant Assets and Landmarks
“It’s a 30-minute drive away to look for our trailers, which our staff was doing three times a week for a minimum of 3 hours. Now, instead of wasting time doing manual yard checks, they can stay in the office working on value-added tasks,” says Mr. Church.
Additionally, part of Church Transportation’s business model is to use the latest technology and equipment for their fleet. They maintain a relatively short use time for their trailers at 14 months, giving them spotless DOT Inspection records and helps the company to maintain a very high safety score. Through Powerfleet’s easy-to-install trackers, the devices can be removed and reinstalled on new trailers quickly for seamless transitions. Easy installation was also a helpful factor when the company upgraded its fleet from 3G devices to the latest 4G/LTE products in 2021.
Powerfleet was able to improve asset visibility and utilization with accurate automated reporting for Church Transportation. Equipped with real-time tracking capabilities, Church Transportation can decide when they want to receive their dormant asset reports, changing the reporting intervals from 30 days down to ten. This information provides a significantly more accurate snapshot of their operations and drastically reduces trailer dwell time.
“Powerfleet offers an affordable solution that provides the visibility we needed to know where our trailers are so that we can get more utilization out of them,” said Mr. Church. “I enjoy working with Powerfleet, the team is responsive to my needs and their system is easy to use.”