Knight Transportation, Inc., Invests in IDSC ExpertFuel from TMW
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
CLEVELAND, OH – In a technology purchase that is expected to significantly reduce fuel expenses, Knight Transportation, Inc., has licensed IDSC ExpertFuel. Knight Transportation, a notable truckload carrier appearing regularly on the Transport Topics’ Top 100 Carriers list, provides dry van, refrigerated and brokerage services. IDSC ExpertFuel software from TMW delivers optimized fuel purchase and route plans for drivers based on best-in-class pricing and routing data.
For a major carrier like Knight Transportation, who operates more than 3,700 trucks, savings on fuel purchases can have a multi-million dollar impact.
“Based on recommendations from people we trust and the demos we saw, we felt that choosing IDSC ExpertFuel was a meaningful way to lower our fuel costs,” said David Jackson, Chief Financial Officer for Knight Transportation.
With the software now installed for several months, Jackson and his team are seeing benefits. Driver compliance with fuel plans is up significantly and climbing. Drivers for the Phoenix-based company have had input to the new fuel program as well. They have helped fine-tune tractor burn rates and highlighted the need to raise allowable tank level minimums for travel in northern states, particularly during a colder-than-average North American winter.
The company is able to use IDSC ExpertFuel throughout its 35 regional operating centers. “The software allows us to include our terminal fuel locations amongst our over the road network of stops,” said Jackson. “Using real time pricing, the optimizer will direct our drivers to the best options. Whether diesel prices are high or low, pennies per gallon make a huge difference for our fleet.”
“As a rule, IDSC ExpertFuel customers enjoy savings of 4 to 11 cents per gallon, per truck. On average, customers see savings of four cents per gallon on a restricted network and eight cents per gallon on an unrestricted network,” explained TMW Vice President David Schildmeyer.
“IDSC ExpertFuel can be more than a fuel purchase optimization tool. It can also provide useful leverage in fuel contract negotiations, as many of our customers have found,” said TMW’s Schildmeyer. “This product integrates with all major dispatch and mobile communication platforms and works effectively with companies running 50, 500, 5,000 or more trucks. Bottom line? The software reduces your fuel purchase costs, often dramatically.”
About TMW Systems
TMW Systems, Inc., is committed to delivering customer-driven solutions that help companies take better advantage of market opportunities, improve asset productivity and gain a better return on information. TMW’s solutions are focused in the private fleet and commercial transportation industries. TMW customers come from for-hire trucking, 3PL, private fleet, construction, municipal, retail repair and waste management industries. With offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Durham, North Carolina.; Indianapolis, Indiana; Dallas, Texas; and Vancouver, British Columbia; TMW currently serves more than 1,600 customers managing over 325,000 power units and maintaining more than 1.1 million assets worldwide, including North America, Europe, China and Latin America. For more information, visit www.tmwsystems.com or call (800) 401-6682.
About Knight Transportation
Knight Transportation, Inc. is a publicly traded company listed on the NYSE, traded under the ticker KNX. Knight is a truckload carrier offering dry van, refrigerated, intermodal and brokerage services to customers through a network of service centers and branches located throughout the United States serving North America. As “Your Hometown National Carrier,” Knight strives to offer customers and drivers personal service and attention through each service center, while offering integrated freight transportation nationwide and beyond through the scale of one of North America’s largest trucking companies. The principal types of freight we transport include consumer staples, retail, paper products, packaging/plastics, manufacturing, and import/export commodities.