Naperville, IL—KeHE Distributors has been named a finalist for Samsara’s 2020 Top Fleet for Excellence in Performance, recognized for its improved customer service, fleet efficiency and safety. Incorporating a new AI solution from Samsara, KeHE has improved customer service by logging driver hours, tracking routes and deliveries, and messaging with distribution centers’ dispatch.

“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 in a press release. "Through our partnership with Samsara, we were able to improve the company’s hardware by consolidating our previous Automatic On-Board Recording Device and GPS tracking platforms."

Samsara, the San Francisco, CA based company, offers solutions in hardware, software, and cloud to bring real-time visibility, analytics, and AI to operations.

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Since onboarding with Samsara, KeHE gained insights on obstacles that previously impacted a driver’s on-time delivery, such as unexpected traffic, the press release explains. The intuitive tools enabled KeHE to serve its customers with delivery notifications and increased efficiency— the company saved 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.

With that dash cam footage, KeHE has built out a coaching program for drivers to improve safety, which resulted in an 18% reduction in accidents in just a year.

“We are always looking for development opportunities for our employees," said Greg Sikorski, Director of Transportation Safety and Compliance. "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.”