Midwest Supply Chain-Logistics

Samsara Recognizes KeHE For Operational Excellence

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Naperville, Illinois-based KeHE Distributors has been named a finalist for Samsara’s Top Fleet for Excellence in Performance awards, recognized for its improved customer service, fleet efficiency and safety.

Samsara provides solutions in hardware, software and cloud to bring real-time visibility, analytics and AI to operations.

“As KeHE focuses on its strategic plan to become the Next Generation Distributor, we strive for digital excellence in all aspects of the company; including transportation,” said Rodney Gamble, executive director of transportation at KeHE. “Through our partnership with Samsara, we were able to improve the company’s hardware by consolidating our previous AOBRD (Automatic On-Board Recording Device) and GPS tracking platforms. This all-in-one solution provides KeHE’s drivers with a system to log hours, track routes and deliveries and message with our distribution centers’ dispatch. By augmenting KeHE’s communication between the driver and retail stores, we’ve improved our customer satisfaction.”

Leveraging Samsara’s Al and real-time tracking, KeHE gained insights on obstacles that previously impacted a driver’s on-time delivery, such as unexpected traffic. The intuitive tools enabled KeHE to serve its customers with delivery notifications and increased efficiency: saving hundreds of hours annually. Through KeHE’s partnership with Samsara, the distributor implemented live sharing links, GPS tracking and high-quality on-demand cam footage.

Additionally, the tool offered KeHE with high-quality dash cam footage, used to protect and improve driver safety. Utilizing the on-demand footage allowed KeHE to build out a coaching program for drivers to improve safety, which resulted in an 18 percent reduction in accidents in just a year.

“We are always looking for development opportunities for our employees. This not only ensures our employees are safe, a priority at KeHE, but also allows our team to give continuous development feedback to KeHE’s drivers,” said Greg Sikorski, director of transportation safety and compliance.

KeHE provides natural and organic, specialty and fresh products to chain and independent grocery and natural food stores and other specialty product retailers throughout North America. KeHE is an employee-owned, B Corporation certified, company with over 5,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada.

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