When my grandfather enlisted in World War II, his father bought him a watch. The Massachusetts farmer couldn’t afford the gift, but he believed in investing in the best tools. My grandfather wore that watch every day of his life. In contrast, I have purchased 3-4 watches over the course of my 30 years. All of the watches were relatively cheap. They worked for a time, but they ultimately got wet, broke, or just stopped working. Where my great-grandfather made one investment in a quality product, I went for affordable, and in the end will spend more money on watches than my grandfather.
With the recent changes to the FMCSA, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions about Electronic Logging Devices. As your trusted Risk Managers, we do not officially endorse any ELD Manufacturers, as we don’t endorse any Truck Manufacturers, Tire Dealers, or Shoe Brands. Each of these decisions is unique for your individual business.
- Where is the Best Bang for Your Buck? – Does the product only provide the bare minimum required by the mandate or can it expand? Can you add GPS, cameras, or sensors? Will this product help grow your operation or does it simply keep you in compliance?
- What is the Total Cost of Ownership? – This includes installation, maintenance, repairs, ease of training, and ease of use for your drivers.
- Who is the Manufacturer? – A lot of new companies enter emerging markets, but how many have staying power? New businesses have a high failure rate. Therefore if your manufacturer goes under, you won’t be able to service, repair, or upgrade the product, and will have to start the purchasing process all over again. Name recognition and industry experience is a great indicator of future success.
At Dawson Transportation Services, we are advocates for Quality. Like my grandfather’s watch, we believe in adding value over the long term. We are not striving to be the cheapest or the most expensive, and we don’t blanket support one ELD system. We are pursuing the best fit for your specific company. We are happy to help you in researching any products or services that can help your business grow, thrive, and prosper.