True to their motto of “Always Forward Thinking,” Dupré Logistics was the first company in the nation to partner with Fleet Risk Advisors to implement Advanced Predictive Analytics, a modeling system that aggregates data and presents potential accidents before they happen to the Dupré management team. As a result, accidents have been reduced by 67 percent since 2004.
For Dupré, this investment in the people in their trucks and on the road has been well worth it. A driver identified in the bottom tier, who goes through the targeted risk management training, counseling, schedule adjustment or programs suggested by management, is 50 percent less likely to have an accident within the next month.
Tom Voelkel, President and Chief Operating Officer of Dupré Logistics, stated, “This is a major factor in moving us closer to our vision of being the safest transportation and logistics company in North America. Predictive modeling helps us see the future today and gives us the opportunity to create the future that we want tomorrow.”
The primary business objective of the Predictive Analytics implementation has been to combine historical data with the current month’s operational data to predict the next month’s safety performance. In order to accomplish this, computers capture data of a driver in over 400 data elements. The data aggregation and pattern recognition technology is used to identify risk signatures of drivers, vehicles and schedules. The program allows Dupré to devise new risk management and performance monitoring strategies with the goal of simultaneously reducing operational costs and mitigating risks.
At the end of each month, the predictive models rank current drivers against a statistical and demographic profile of Dupré Logistics’ theoretical best and safest driver. Each tier represents one third of the current driver population. This predictive segmentation allows Dupré to focus its training and risk mitigation efforts on a small subset of their drivers, rather than the entire driver team.
Based on the results of the system, Dupre’s management team can identify which driver will be more likely to have an accident in the next month. Those who are in the bottom tier of the predictive system then are counseled by the Dupré management team to adjust the risk factors identified. The Dupré team has designed a suite of targeted risk management and performance monitoring strategies including: Focused driver training programs; new safety field representative training; terminal and management scorecards; driver scorecards and enhanced incentive programs; alerts from in-vehicle technology; and dispatch training. Dupré also has implemented a modified recruiting and retention program.
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.