Young’s Commercial Transfer, Inc. is the largest privately held dedicated trucking company serving western agribusiness. Perfectly situated in California’s most productive agricultural heartland, Young’s fleet runs year-round transporting citrus, tomatoes, carrots, grapes and feed commodities from desert, coastal, and inland valleys. During the busiest season, the company operates over 250 trucks with more than 400 drivers twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week, averaging more than 1,000 loads per day.
An analysis of fuel savings identified by Vnomics within the Feed Division at Young’s Commercial Transfer indicated a fuel loss of 158 gallons in one week due to poor shifting by drivers and a 65-gallon loss attributed to excessive idling.
In use at Young’s Commercial Transfer for two years, the Vnomics fuel optimization solution precisely monitors each vehicle’s actual fuel usage in real-time and compares it to the maximum achievable fuel economy for that vehicle under its current operating conditions. To accurately identify the actual and potential fuel usage of each truck and each driver, the system also takes into account the impact of vehicle make, model and age, terrain and load size.
Vnomics provides drivers with audible alerts for improper shifting, speeding and idling. Fair and balanced scorecards detail fuel loss factors they can control, including shifting efficiency, speeding and idle time. Fleet managers use the solution to access comprehensive fuel use analytics and summary dashboards and gain insights instantly into fuel usage and causes of wasted fuel for a fleet or for specific vehicles and drivers.
At Young’s Commercial Transfer, those details also form the basis of a highly successful incentive program that recognizes and rewards fuel-efficient driver performance. Each Young’s driver is assigned a unique employee number so the solution distinguishes between the two drivers that are assigned to each truck in the 24/7 operation.
Drivers at Young’s earn bonuses based on weekly efficiency scores. A score of 90 to 95 earns 10% of gross earnings during harvest season. A score of 95 and above is worth 20% of gross earnings. Seasonal bonuses range from $1,500 to $4,000 per driver. Scores are also posted weekly, by employee number, to foster friendly competition for the highest efficiency ratings. Additionally, the fleet’s managers encourage ongoing improvement with incentives. For example, any driver with a score of 100 for three consecutive weeks can win hats, shirts or other prizes.
Based on real-time feedback and information on driver scorecards, drivers at Young’s Commercial Transfer are using Vnomics to save fuel and earn significant bonuses. Its coaching approach has helped drivers become more efficient and the analytics that Vnomics provides allows managers to track and evaluate the fleet’s fuel economy and the reasons for any fuel loss.
In the first week, the fleet’s fuel loss due to poor shifting dropped to 134 gallons, a savings of 24 gallons, and a continuing trend of improved fuel savings from one week to the next over nine months saved the company over 16,600 gallons of fuel by using Vnomics to significantly improve fuel economy.