What the Cluck? What 37,000 Pounds of Frozen Chickens Can Teach Us

On September 27th, 2014, an Idaho trucking company was missing a truck filled with 37,000 pounds of frozen chickens. The company’s 42-year-old driver, Christopher L. Hall, allegedly abandoned the truck after being refused more money from his employer. Unfortunately, by the time they located the truck at a Montana truck stop, the chicken had already gone south — rotting and oozing liquids.

The chicken: worth $80,000.

The lesson: priceless.

What could the trucking company have done to prevent this loss? One option would have been to give the driver more money and have a potential criminal on their payroll — not to mention someone with little respect for frozen chicken.

The other, wiser option would have been to secure their assets — including both the cargo and the truck. With a simple tracking solution, this chicken situation could have gone a very different way. We provide a robust tracking solution used by thousands of trucks across the country, which would have prevented this loss with simple alerts and reporting tools that cost pennies a day.

For example, management can set perimeters for drivers so that there’s no risk of them taking vehicles out of designated areas. And if they do, an alert is sent to the main office and the GPS-enabled solution will let you know exactly where the truck is. Likewise, if you need to locate a truck, simply pull it up on the map and you can see its location in near real-time.

Another smart option when transporting expensive cargo is Asset Tracking. A discreet GPS-enabled device can easily be hidden anywhere in the shipment, so if it’s lost or stolen you can see where it’s at immediately.

This sort of protection is imperative when you’re dealing with costly equipment and shipments. Not only do you run the risk of losing big money, but you can also damage relationships and ruin a reputation you’ve worked long and hard to establish.

If you’re ready to see what options there are to meet your needs, give us a call today. We’re waiting for you!

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The Advanced Aspects of GPS Tracking in Encore

The GPS Tracking feature in Encore is a multifaceted tool that uses advanced solutions such as Breadcrumb Trails, Traffic Overlay, and Geofences to provide companies with ways to save. Each of these aspects do this by working to increase efficiency and security even further for businesses that employ a mobile workforce.

Breadcrumb Trails

Past routes that mobile employees have taken to job sites are recorded and presented on Encore’s map through Breadcrumb Trails. Any time a driver travels to a location during working hours, their business vehicle’s position is picked up and archived in the system’s memory. Company supervisors can then go back and review trip histories to enhance accountability and verify job completion.

Traffic Overlay

At the beginning of each work day, administrators in a company’s home office can also use Traffic Overlay to see near real-time congestion patterns on roadways. By identifying the most traffic-heavy routes to job sites prior to travel, companies can help their mobile employees avoid excessive idling, save time and fuel, and reach customer locations faster.


Geofences help businesses improve fleet and asset security, employee accountability, and quality control, all at once. These are digital boundaries that can be custom constructed on Encore’s live view map around job sites in the field. Geofences are used in tandem with Alerts to electronically notify managers whenever an asset, employee, or vehicle enters or exits set perimeters, providing an extra layer of surveillance for their valuable equipment. In addition to better theft prevention, geofence monitoring helps organizations ensure that their workers are arriving to and leaving assignment destinations right on schedule.

These three aspects of GPS Tracking in Encore give companies like yours even more ways to save time and money. Through providing increased detail about your workforce’s daily routine, Breadcrumb Trails, Traffic Overlay, and Geofences can help you run a more effective operation.

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An Inside Job: The #1 Way to Curb Employee Theft

Billions of dollars are lost every year because of employee theft — and many times that theft goes unreported by business owners. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported that 75 percent of employees will steal from their company at some point, and many do it repeatedly, costing U.S. businesses about $50 billion annually.

Most companies, at some point, will lose at least 5 percent of their revenue to internal theft. The big question is: How do you prevent it from happening in the first place?

Since most employers have trouble reporting internal theft — many citing loyalty to their employees despite their crimes — the most effective way to make sure your workforce is not taking from the company till is to put barriers in place to dissuade employees.

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, keeping a “virtual eye” on employees could be one of the most effective and least intrusive measures. If your team knows your assets are inventoried, protected, and tracked by an external system, the incidents of theft decrease dramatically. By nipping theft in the bud, you’re avoiding hefty expenses associated with recovering your assets, prosecuting employees, and/or replacing assets that can’t be recovered.

What is the #1 way to prevent theft?
A popular choice for companies who have expensive equipment, such as heavy machinery, is to implement a system such as Actsoft’s Asset Tracking tool. This tool basically locates and manages assets around the clock, providing up-to-the-minute alerts you create. This GPS- and motion-based tracking system gives you the power to oversee deliveries, construction, and other out-of-office jobs efficiently and easily. Important features like alerts and reports eliminate the worry of not knowing where your high-value assets are. Trackers attached to your shipping cases and equipment immediately pinpoint their location — so you will receive real-time updates letting you know when assets are moved, doors are open, and other instances dictated by the custom parameters you set.

What customers are saying:
“The tracking unit told us immediately that the truck was stolen. Within hours it was found with minimal damage. All of our trucks have expensive tools locked on board. Thanks to the device, we recovered the vehicle before further damage was done.”
—Andy O’Kelley, vice president of operations, Brooks-Berry-Haynie & Associates

Don’t be a victim of theft. Call Actsoft today to find out how you can save money, time, and resources the budget-friendly and reliable way.

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