Independent foodservice distributor Pate Dawson Company of Goldsboro, North Carolina, incorporates technology into its fleet, warehousing, and business operations to continually evolve and grow. To improve fleet utilization and efficiency, which averages some 75,000 miles weekly, it recently added automated fleet management systems and mobile computing technology.
International is Pate Dawson’s truck of choice. Twenty daycabs are TranStar 8600 models. The 22 sleeper tractors are 9200i models.
For smaller deliveries, five non-CDL DuraStar 4300 straight trucks are equipped with Kidron refrigerated bodies and Thermo King refrigeration units.
Kidron is the predominate supplier of Pate Dawson’s refrigerated trailers, all with Thermo King refrigeration units. Mostly 48- and 53-foot multi-temperature models with two curbside swing doors, the trailers have movable insulated bulkheads for frozen, refrigerated, and dry products.
The company is always looking to integrate new business systems and technology to be more efficient and improve service to customers, says Pate Dawson’s director of information technology Mark Grady.
To improve driver retention, Pate Dawson uses personality assessments, a structured interview process, an all-encompassing orientation program, and “grows” drivers from within, says director of transportation Scott VanLue.
Pate Dawson uses a Cadec fleet management system that combines on-board computer technology, wireless technology, and GPS tracking to monitor drivers and trucks. It recently added Cadec’s DeliverTracker handheld barcode scanner to help streamline the delivery process.
The trailers have a R-O-M Corporation SidekicK side-door delivery system that has a folding ramp that stores conveniently in a carrier mounted transversely under the trailer.
The system includes a slide-out platform and fold-down steps for those instances when offloading product can be done without the need for a ramp
Replacing manual, paper-based, order-picking process with Lucas Systems’ Jennifer voice-directed picking system has improved productivity, increased order accuracy, and reduced manpower requirements.
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