Getting Vertical

Kansas City Cleaner Taps Sprint for Fleet Efficiency

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor  |  September 03, 2013

Hangers Cleaners is known in Kansas City, Mo., for its commitment to quality of service, sensitivity to the environment, and convenient free pick-up and delivery of laundry.

So when Joe Runyan, owner of Hangers Cleaners, wanted to improve how dry cleaning was transported in the region through company vans, he turned to Sprint (News - Alert) Nextel Corp.

Sprint’s Sprint Connected Fleet service leverages GPS, telematics and other wireless technology to clean up logistics for delivery.

It also uses Geotab, a large telematics supplier to enterprise fleets. Geotab offers customers the GO6, a proprietary device that connects via a J-BUS adaptor and can be used with Garmin (News - Alert) navigation, Iridium satellite, sensors, and an expander cable called the IOX. The plug-and-play solutions from Geotab, which insert into a vehicle's OBD-II port, increase a fleet’s productivity and safety, and are economical, according to the companies.

Web-based tools and reporting methods let businesses follow the location of vehicles and know what they are doing. Management can review driving behavior on any driver, improve dispatch and routing, and issue maintenance reminders and alerts.

"We've stopped needless idling of some of the vans in the parking lot each morning," Runyan said. "We take pride in being the most eco-friendly dry cleaner in the Kansas City area."

Edited by Stefania Viscusi