PeopleNet and TMW Recognize Customers with 2017 Innovator of the Year Awards at in.sight User Conference


PeopleNet® (, a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and leading provider of fleet mobility technology, and Trimble Transportation (,  a Trimble Company and leading provider of transportation management software, today announced the winners of their 2017 Innovator of the Year awards.

The recipients were announced at the 2017 in.sight user conference + expo in Nashville, jointly hosted by PeopleNet and Trimble Transportation. The awards recognize customers of each company that have best leveraged technology through innovations in integration, custom-tailored applications, process implementation, training methods and more.

“It’s always an honor to recognize the PeopleNet and TMW customers that are helping us drive innovation forward in the transportation industry,” said Rick Ochsendorf, Executive Vice President – Customer for PeopleNet. “The recipients of this year’s awards have uniquely harnessed the power of technology to make incredible strides in their organization when it comes to performance and safety.”

In addition to recognizing PeopleNet and TMW-specific winners, a joint award was presented to Star Transport. Deploying technology solutions from both companies, Star Transport has migrated to an automatic billing process, reducing annual labor costs by more than $260,000 and providing better real-time information for its clients.

“The customers recognized at in.sight this year have achieved measurable business value through the use of TMW and/or PeopleNet solutions,” said Timothy Leonard, Executive Vice President, Operations and Technology for TMW. “They’re making real world improvements to not only run efficient, more profitable businesses, but also to foster a better culture, deliver better value and service for their clients, and create safer roads.”

Following customer nominations and testimonials, winners were selected in the following categories:


  • Tier 1 (Less than 100 vehicles):  Star Transport, LLC

Using PeopleNet, TMW and document imaging, Star Transport was able to create an automated billing system that saved the company more than $260,000 in annual labor costs, and offered real-time order information to their clients.

  • Tier 2 (100 to 500 vehicles):  Heniff Transportation Systems, LLC

Over the past seven years, Heniff has doubled in size, increasing fuel economy by more than 20 percent, realizing an ROI from new technologies that totals in the millions of dollars, cutting maintenance expenses, reducing turnover rates, and streamlining order entry, planning, dispatch and billing processes.

  • Tier 3 (More than 500 vehicles):  Estes Express Lines

Estes used PeopleNet’s geotracking breadcrumb data to create more efficient routes and reduction in dock time, reduce trucks on the road and shorten delivery times for customers. Estes estimates a reduction of five million miles per year by 2020, saving on fuel, maintenance and decreasing the company’s carbon footprint.

  • Canadian Fleets:  Vitesse Transport Corporation

Vitesse has developed three solutions that directly leverage PeopleNet’s technology to improve visibility into asset utilization and revenue per mile and to simplify the in-cab communication process between dispatchers and drivers. Each of the solutions has resulted in direct revenue gains in excess of $175,000 in the past year.


Trimble Transportation:

  • Asset Lite/Brokerage:  TRAFFIX

TRAFFIX has a fully integrated 80-person logistics team, a fleet of 40 to 50 trucks and 10 accountants – all leveraging TMW’s TruckMate software to its maximum potential. The team has been an active provider of feedback in the development of TruckMate 2017.

  • Less-Than-Truckload, Intermodal and Specialty:  Armour Transportation Systems

Armour utilized TMW’s ConnectedDock™ app to give their operations and customer service teams full visibility of less-than-truckload (LTL) freight moving through their system. The implementation of TruckMate also allowed Armour to automate their billing process to reduce overhead and provide customers with accurate, timely billing.

  • Energy:  Crestwood Transportation, LLC

The use of TMW software provided increased visibility to key performance indicators (KPIs) promoting efficiency and enabling Crestwood to reduce variable costs in fuel, labor and other operational expenses.

  • Maintenance:  Western Refining, Inc.

The use of TMW software gave Western better visibility to invoice charges, avoiding about $460,000 in expenses in 2016. Additionally, Western was able to reduce discrepancies in billable maintenance hours by more than $500,000, reduce maintenance costs by approximately $1.4 million, reduce the workforce in their dispatch office by 66 percent and save more than $382,000 with efficiencies in drivers’ dispatch routes.

  • Private Fleet:  Ginsberg’s Foods

Ginsberg’s Foods harnessed Appian software to improve their distribution efficiency, providing an estimated savings of more than $140,000 annually per route.

  • Truckload:  Trans-System, Inc.

Trans-System has used TMW’s Suite Operations to create a sophisticated notification system that routes the right messages to the right decision makers. This has resulted in efficiencies on the road, and reduced cargo claims by 75 percent in the past year.

  • Business Intelligence:  Trimac Transportation Services Inc.

Trimac augmented TMW Data Warehousing to provide executives with robust dashboards and KPIs. This approach allows for data access anytime, anywhere and visibility into important data from other parts of Trimac’s business.

Innovator of the Year winners are also participating in panel discussions at in.sight, giving attendees an opportunity to learn more about how to better deploy technology to increase efficiencies, lower costs and improve safety. For more information about in.sight, visit:


About PeopleNet

PeopleNet provides solutions to help fleets improve safety and compliance and reduce costs. PeopleNet’s network communications, mobility and analytics products are used by more than 2,000 truckload, LTL, private, and energy services fleets throughout North America. PeopleNet was established in 1994 and is headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with an office in Ontario, Canada. PeopleNet is a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division. To learn more about PeopleNet and its products, visit or call (888) 346-3486.


About Trimble Transportation

TMW is a leading transportation software provider to commercial and private fleets, brokerage and 3PL organizations. Founded in 1983, TMW has focused on providing enterprise software to the transportation industry, including asset-based and non-asset-based operations as well as heavy-duty vehicle service centers. With offices in Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, and Vancouver, the company serves over 2,000 customers, including many of the largest, most sophisticated and complex transportation service companies in North America. TMW is a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB) and part of the international Transportation and Logistics Division.