Increased productivity and driver safety utilizing new technology continues to pay off for Dupré Logistics with its use of an electronic log system. The electronic system mounted on each truck replaces the traditional paper log generated manually by truck drivers, allowing for better accuracy and compliance with fatigue rules resulting in increased safety performance. In the 2 years Dupré has been using the system, both drivers and management have communicated positive feelings and results about the in-cab technology.
The benefit most commonly reported by drivers is the increased simplicity of using the system. Drivers are happier because it allows them to focus on their driving without the many complications and wasted time of having to keep a paper log. “The system is really user-friendly,” says professional driver Calvin Bourque, a 23 year veteran of Dupré Logistics. “It allows me to shift my focus from keeping an accurate log to being fully engaged driving and working with the client.”
Dupré began testing the system in January of 2006 and has been using it in their entire fleet since the summer of 2007.
“Our business philosophy centers around always forward thinking and striving for continuous improvement for our clients. We saw an opportunity to improve the accuracy, efficiency and the safety of our drivers,” said Director of Safety, Al Lacombe. “It has really simplified operations and allows drivers to be even safer and give the best service to our clients. Drivers merely sign on and off of the in-truck computer. The GPS system and the computer in the truck take care of the complexities of logging. The data captured in the truck is automatically transmitted via satellite to the Dupre’ central computer system where the data is audited for compliance with federal regulations and fed into a variety of management applications such as payroll, fuel tax reporting, activity-based costing systems and the Dupre’ predictive analytics system for safety powered by Fleet Rick Advisors.”
Dupré Logistics, LLC is a team of professionals who design and deliver safe, diversified solutions and services for quality-focused clients committed to increasing their competitive advantage. Dupré has more than 1,000 team members and is headquartered in Lafayette, La. For more information, visit www.duprelogistics.com.