Sharp Presents at the 33rd Annual Conference on Transportation Innovation and Cost Savings at the Hotel X, Toronto - September 19, 2019

The 33rd Annual Conference on Transportation Innovation and Cost Savings is the original, largest and most prestigious one day educational and networking event for shippers and supply chain practitioners in North America.

Over the past thirty years it has attracted manufacturers, carriers, intermediaries and distribution executives throughout North America to learn from each other as to the newest cutting edge innovations in logistics in the transportation community.  Attendees are updated on changing regulations in surface transport as well as freight forwarding.  The objective of the conference is to have each participant take away information which will assist them throughout the year in cost savings and connect with others to broaden their circle and influence.  Registration has grown to include many senior decision-makers within the logistics industry. The Quebec Bar awards six hours of credits towards professional development requirements for attending this conference. Similar credits are also awarded by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

We were pleased to attend this acclaimed event as one of the Speakers:

Kimberly Biback, Corporate Relations & PR Specialist, Sharp Transportation

Exposure to Trucking Companies Using Incorporated Drivers



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Fleet safety gains driven by telematics data

Today's Trucking

Posted: June 18, 2019 by John G. Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – The John Deere fleet already has an impressive safety record. Its trophy case includes no fewer than seven annual private fleet safety honors from the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC). But there’s always room to improve. The data doesn’t lie.

While the fleet operated by CPC Logistics Canada knew that speeding accounted for just 2% of overall travel time, a closer look at the numbers showed that the worst offenders were speeding around 10% of the time.

It’s why speeding became the first target for a fleet safety program anchored in telematics.

“We found that speeding was what we really wanted to frame this program around,” said Matthew Carr, CPC Logistics Canada’s senior director of safety and operations, during a data-related panel discussion at the PMTC’s annual meeting.

Rather than adopting an off-the-shelf telematics system, the fleet opted to develop a model of its own. The goal was not only to generate customized data, but to present it through an app that would engage drivers, offer consistent data for operations teams, and evaluate performance in real time. The underlying gamification would encourage truck drivers to monitor where they were sitting in any bids to secure quarterly safety bonuses.

The change was dramatic. Speeding incidents dropped 74.4%, down to a low 0.53% of driving time overall. It looked great. But, again, data doesn’t lie. Another challenge emerged.

“We were reducing our total time speeding, but what we weren’t doing was reducing our excessive speeding,” Carr said, referring to reports that flagged the number of actual traffic violations. Back into the numbers they went, and training efforts focused on the worst offenders.

As important as high speeds had become, the next focus was on sudden stops – the high-speed braking events that take place above 80 km/h. John Deere drivers were averaging 56 such stops over every 1,600 km after safety teams removed the outliers who recorded 100-200 high-speed braking events. Once the tracking and coaching were refocused, those at the wheel dropped to an average of 31 high-speed stops per 1,600 km.

Hard-braking has almost been eliminated as well, dropping from 24 events per 1,600 km down to a low 0.2.

But as valuable as the telematics data proved to be, there were also human factors to consider. One driver who recorded more than 250 hard braking events per 1,600 km was a good employee by other measures. The data led to questions that helped to determine he was a nervous driver.

“He was getting in the right lane and he wasn’t moving for nothing or anybody,” Carr said. In just a month, though, his number of hard braking events dropped to 100 thanks to a bit of coaching. “We changed his habits to feel comfortable getting in and out of a lane.”

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Brad Fletcher named PMTC chairman

June 13, 2019

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NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Brad Fletcher, a regional fleet manager with the Terrapure Enviromental waste management service, has been named chairman of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada ahead of the group’s annual conference.

Shari Lagala of Patene Building Supplies is first vice-chairwoman. Steve Lawn, fleet manager at Parkland Fuel Corporation, is second vice-chairwoman.

Directors for the group that represents private trucking fleets are:

  • Kimberly Biback, Sharp Transportation
  • John Bowen, Volvo Trucks Canada Inc
  • Phil Camp, Paccar Leasing Company
  • Mathew Carr, CPC Logistics Canada
  • Gerald Caroll, Wesbell Logistics
  • Jim Dimech, Praxair Canada Inc
  • Ted Dezsenyi, FedEx Ground Package Systems Ltd
  • Sanchia Duran, Blackberry Radar
  • Fred Hildebrand, Rush Truck Leasing
  • Jason Hinton, Burnbrae Farms Ltd
  • Marcus Mares, Trimble Canada
  • David Marvin, Tandet
  • Terry Maw, Trailer Wizards
  • Jon Ratnasamy, Wolseley Canada
  • Kim Richardson, TTSAO
  • Kevin Riley, Maple Leaf Foods
  • Dennis Shantz, Home Hardware Stores Ltd.
  • Michael Thomson, MEE/ISB Canada
  • Claudio VendittiPenske,  Truck Leasing Canada Inc
  • Andy Walker, Molson Coors
  • Donald Williams, Aviva Canada
  • Imre Zalan, Chemtrade Logistics

Watch for full coverage of the PMTC’s annual conference.

Sharp hosts onsite WTFC meeting with MPP's

Sharp hosts onsite Women's Trucking Federation of Canada meeting with MPP's 

March 8, 2019

In honour of International Women's Day, here at Sharp we kicked off the day by hosting a closed-session roundtable discussion with industry leaders and Kinga Surma MPP for Etobicoke and Nicholas Cunha, Policy Advisor at MTO. Also present was Lisa Overholt, Executive Assistant to Belinda Karahalios, MPP Cambridge.

Roundtable was led by Shelley Uvanile-Hesch, CEO of the Women's Trucking Federation of Canada (WTFC) who closed the meeting with a special announcement regarding the release of the Women's Trucking Federation of Canada Scholarship Program in partnership with Crossroads Ottawa.

All in all, a productive session and great way to observe the occasion.

Stay tuned for further developments pending from the meeting!


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