Valley Farms, based in Williamsport PA, is a part of the Upstate Niagara Cooperative, one of the largest dairy co-ops in the US.
“By using the coaching capabilities of True Fuel from Vnomics on his 300-mile daily delivery route, Larry Gardner raised his fuel efficiency score to 99.99% during the first eight months of this year,” said John Dunn, senior distribution manager at Upstate Niagara Cooperative. “The savings he has generated for Valley Farms averages 1,400 gallons annually, lowering our fuel cost by more than $4,000.”
A provider of fresh milk to customers in Pennsylvania and New York, Valley Farms operates 46 tractors, 56 refrigerated trailers and 10 refrigerated trucks. Gardner, who covers 300 miles daily, makes direct store deliveries in eastern Pennsylvania.
Valley Farms, along with other Upstate Niagara operations, uses True Fuel to identify and quantify a driver’s impact on fuel savings and coach them to change behaviors that waste fuel. The Vnomics True Fuel solution is also being used at Valley Farms to provide incentives to drivers based on their fuel savings, and to foster competition among drivers to save fuel.
With True Fuel in the entire Valley Farms fleet, which travels 1.3 million miles annually, overall savings of 10% to 12% in fuel use is being realized. Across the operation, the company reports that drivers are steadily improving efficiency scores, with others approaching Larry’s near-perfect performance. With those savings, Valley Farms realized a return on its investment in True Fuel in less than one year, Vnomics maintained.
The Vnomics True Fuel optimization solution calculates a truck’s potential fuel economy, given its route, load and other external factors, and identifies any fuel waste caused by inefficient driving practices. The system also coaches drivers where it matters most—in the cab, in real-time—and provides a fair assessment of their fuel efficiency performance after the trip.
“We are very pleased that Valley Farms is using True Fuel to reduce fuel consumption and cost by improving driver performance in real time,” said Ethan Sweeney, director of customer success at Vnomics. “With the support of Upstate Niagara and the efforts of drivers like Larry Gardner, they are achieving higher fuel efficiency scores and setting the standard for efficient transportation.”