Interstate Distributor Customizes Maintenance Training With CarriersEdge

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After converting to CarriersEdge for driver training, diversified transportation services provider Interstate Distributor enables the online safety and compliance platform for maintenance training

Interstate Distributors utilizes CarriersEdge for maintenance technician training

CarriersEdge content and its adult learning focus is clearly superior to the program we used in the past.

CarriersEdge, providers of online safety and compliance training tools for the North American transportation industry, today announced that Interstate Distributor is using its platform to provide customized maintenance training. Driver and maintenance training needs at the company are being managed on the CarriersEdge system, and an integration with the carrier’s Human Resources operation is being used to distribute training materials and company policies, and to track compliance.

“We moved our entire maintenance training program to the CarriersEdge platform and used their expertise to review and adjust those materials so they are presented in a learning format designed for adults,” said Scott Manthey CDS, VP – safety and compliance at Interstate Distributor. “We also integrated CarriersEdge with our Human Resources system so we can use it to deliver new policies and company updates, and track that training is being completed. CarriersEdge has become a huge part of our organization because it is convenient, user-friendly and a product that fits many of our needs.”

Interstate Distributor, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, is one of five operating groups within the Saltchuk organization. The company is a provider of regional and trans-continental, dedicated, expedited, specialized, refrigerated and intermodal transportation services with a network of terminal and yard facilities in major markets throughout the U.S., western Canada and along the Mexican border.

Online training for about 120 technicians at Interstate Distributor is used as an advancement program. Technician training courses on the CarriersEdge platform include everything from basic service to in-depth repair and component replacement, as well as shop safety topics.

Converting from another supplier, Interstate Distributor utilizes CarriersEdge training for about 1,700 drivers. The training library covering among other topics defensive driving, HOS, cargo securement and hazardous materials, is also used for re-training following a regulatory or company policy violation.

“CarriersEdge content and its adult learning focus is clearly superior to the program we used in the past,” Manthey stated. “We also polled our drivers and they like the ability to complete training online without having to come into a terminal, and that has a positive impact on productivity.

“Tracking compliance is much better and simpler with CarriersEdge,“ Manthey continued. “Before, it was hard for fleet managers to monitor a driver’s progress. With CarriersEdge, we have better accountability because the system automatically sends updates and notifications.”

“The CarriersEdge approach is to provide training without impacting operations and to present complex topics in an interactive context,” said Jane Jazrawy, CEO at CarriersEdge. “We are pleased that Interstate Distributor has adopted our library of safety and compliance courses, and has also realized the benefits of our approach for maintenance training, as well as our ability to help manage compliance more effectively.”

About CarriersEdge
CarriersEdge, headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a leading provider of online driver training for the North American trucking industry. More than 400 large and small fleets are incorporating the comprehensive CarriersEdge library of safety and compliance courses into their driver training programs. Endorsed by a growing number of industry leaders, CarriersEdge management tools and reporting functions are used to train drivers without impacting operations. Founded in 2005, CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association. For more information, visit http://www.carriersedge.com

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