"We thought we did a pretty good job managing fuel costs...
but you don't know until you the see the difference this product can make."
David Freymiller, Freymiller, Inc.
Ready with Proactive Cost Control
David Freymiller, President and CEO of Freymiller, Inc., heads up a trucking family success story in Oklahoma City, OK. Like other great stories, this one has its share of dramatic ups and downs on the road to present-day accomplishment and stability, and they highlight the intelligence and passion of people deeply committed to the business of trucking.
When Freymiller, Inc. made the decision to invest in technology from TMW Systems to help them manage fuel expenses better, they knew they were already doing a very good job of negotiating price discounts with their fuel vendors and controlling wasted miles. Like many smaller trucking firms, they had always figured that fuel purchase optimization was expensive technology for the "big guys", motor carriers with thousands of trucks and sophisticated IT departments.
What Freymiller did not expect was the affordability of IDSC ExpertFuel for their approximately 300-truck operation and the very substantial savings that they have been able to see on a regular basis from their use of the product.
"You can never be satisfied that you are doing enough in this business, there is always room for improvement," said David Freymiller. "We thought we did a pretty good job managing fuel costs...but you don't know until you the see the difference this product can make."
David compared strategic technology investments for a trucking firm to common investments in physical assets, such as trucks themselves, fuel-saving tires and automatic transmissions. "We do it because we think there is payback," he said. And unlike tires, engines and transmissions, he noted, "IDSC ExpertFuel software doesn't wear out," it continues to generate ongoing cost savings every day.
Freymiller, Inc. is a well-run trucking business that works hard to control costs with lean management and a focus on efficiency, while also differentiating itself in the marketplace with superior customer service. Adding new technologies to their operations, like trailer tracking for full reefer system monitoring, in-cab mobile communications, new fleet maintenance software and, of course, IDSC ExpertFuel, along with NetGraf, IDSC TripAlert and IDSC Netwise—all from TMW Systems—makes sense because they treat each investment as an actively managed asset in order to realize its full benefits. Whether those benefits are to improve conditions for their drivers, add visibility and expanded service options for their customers or to reduce fuel expense and OOR miles that impact operating ratios directly, Freymiller's careful product evaluation process, sensible buying decisions and active management of new technology ensures that they get the biggest bang for their buck.
David Freymiller's final advice to other trucking companies?
"Frankly, I hope you don't make the investment in IDSC ExpertFuel.
It'll make you a better competitor."