Specifically, shippers are going to need to start preparing and evaluating their own organizations and processes to see how they too can begin adapting to the new mandate.
Here are just a few ways shippers can get started:
The transportation industry already presents plenty of challenges to shippers, such as potential capacity crunches, bad weather, closings for holidays, and so forth. Implementation of ELDs is going to add another layer to these challenges. Planning is going to become even more crucial for shippers that require specialty services such as expedited trips, long hauls, job site deliveries, and so forth.
Evaluate Dock Space and Storage/Warehouse Options
Take steps to understand how your docks are currently using space to stage product. Can staging be condensed in order to prepare more loads and therefore load trucks more quickly? Is there another space available to stage product before it is transferred to the dock for loading. If you are shipping product that is need to go directly into production, look into storage and warehousing options to prevent halts in production due to drivers who are detained at the shipper or are unable to deliver before they are required to take a break.
Adapt Your Own Trucks Early
Even though the mandate is still two years from the implementation deadline, many small steps need to be taken that will require investments of research, time, and money (e.g. device decisions, registration, installation, training, driver turnover).
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