All AWI tractors have on-board computers that track all movements and locations of the tractor while on a trip. Trip information is downloaded at the time of dispatch on a driver electronic key to transfer to the on-board computer in the tractor. Information from the trip is then transferred back to the master computer in Transportation on the return of the driver by the same process. In addition, if there is a need to determine a location of a truck, the truck can be "pinged" to determine the location. The location of a successful "ping" is illustrated on a map showing the exact location of the truck at that time.
AWI offers static trips, trips assigned by day to all stores receiving a delivery that day. Stores have assigned delivery schedules that remain in place from week to week unless there is a need for change. Holiday delivery schedules are published six weeks in advance of a holiday week.
Retailer orders billed each day flow down into the Load Building section of our Warehouse Management System (Triceps) and attach to their respective loads. Transportation analysts review this information to make sure the cube and weight are appropriate for the loads. At times, loads are too large and have to have product overflowed to other loads that are most likely in the same area of the stores in excess of what will fit on a load. This re-routing process takes place at the Transportation Center before the orders are released for selection and loading at the Distribution Center.
Over 30% of our returning trips return with product, or "backhauls". AWI has been very successful offsetting Transportation expenses by hauling our own inbound product for distribution.
AWI is very proud of our drivers and their commendable safe driving record. You will find AWI drivers to be extremely professional and helpful in the delivery process. They are very conscientious and professional in dealing with the vastly different retail locations serviced by AWI.