Raider Express picks Blue Tree R:COM

Blue Tree Systems Inc., a provider of refrigeration unit monitoring, trailer tracking, and in-cab fleet management systems, announced at the recent Refrigerated Division Annual Meeting of the Truckload Carriers Association that Raider Express has selected its R:COM system. The carrier will use the advanced system to ensure efficient operation of reefer units and gain fuel savings, as well as have information for managing its operation and meeting customer service needs.

“We’re very forward-thinking when it comes to using technology to have visibility into our refrigeration units and the location of our equipment,” said Michael Eggleton Jr, vice-president of Raider Express. “We chose Blue Tree Systems because its R:COM solution provides the data we need to more effectively manage and grow our business, and its hardware and cellular-based solution is much better than anything else we’ve seen on the market. Blue Tree has also been willing to adapt its technology to meet our unique needs.”

Headquartered in Fort Worth TX, Raider Express is a family-owned-and-operated refrigerated truckload carrier that specializes in hauling grocery and food products in the contiguous 48 US states. The company, which currently operates 175 tractors and 300 trailers, has additional facilities in Houston TX and Sparta NJ.

Raider Express is currently implementing Blue Tree R:COM on 270 trailers used in over-the-road service that are equipped with Carrier and Thermo King reefer units. The systems are being installed at the fleet’s shop, and the carrier anticipates its maintenance technicians will have completed installation on all 270 trailers by September 2013.

Benefits of the Blue Tree R:COM system at Raider Express include fuel savings from reefer run-time monitoring. Using real-time data, the carrier can monitor reefer unit use, and remotely set temperatures and turn on and off units. Reefer unit engine hours can also be tracked within specified geo-fenced areas and by trailer.

Raider Express is also using an integration enabled by Blue Tree that links the R:COM system’s data to its McLeod Software dispatch and enterprise management system. Trailer tracking and usage data is used to enhance productivity and customer service, and to have information available instantly based on customer requests or for claims processing.

Blue Tree R:COM uses the latest GPS technology to provide accurate and reliable positioning data. Live trailer status updates are provided every 10 minutes for tethered units, and location reports are available every 24 hours for untethered trailers. The system displays trailer locations using digital map technology in road, aerial or bird’s-eye views. R:COM also provides detailed vehicle movement history and lets fleets name and geo-fence locations, and configure alerts when a trailer enters or exits a designated location.

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