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16 Mar
Maxoptra

Maxoptra Case Study – Natures Menu

The Power of TomTom WEBLEET and Maxoptra Route Scheduling

Discover how one FLEETSense customer found a winning combination

Published: March 2018

This case study explains how the leading Tracking and Telematics system from TomTom has been integrated with a powerful and dynamic route scheduling software to create an uneatable combination. Find out how one FLEETSense client has benefited from smart technology.

About The Client – Natures Menu

Champions of Raw Feeding since 1981

Founded in 1981 as a small family business called Anglian Meat Products, Natures Menu began producing Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) for pets. Initially Natures Menu was selling a limited range to breeders, with products prepared and packed by hand.

Over time and with encouragement from existing clients, the product range gradually increased and the selection of meats sourced from local specialists encompassed Irish beef, Lincolnshire rabbit and Welsh lamb.

A Great British Brand

Today, Natures Menu is Europe’s leading expert on raw and natural dog and cat food offering a huge range of complete and balanced meals as well as the traditional minces that founded the business nearly forty years ago.

With sales of natural pet food growing by nearly 30% last year the Norfolk-based Crufts sponsor is about to open a brand new £14m manufacturing plant to deal with increasing demand and to deliver new innovation to the market.

Honesty is the Best Policy

Natures Menu believe in honesty – honest products, honest prices and honest services – which is why Natures Menu selects, purchases, processes, packs and transports all products using Natures Menu vehicles and Natures Menu people.

However, in 2012 the company was at a critical point in its growth. Operating between 15 and 20 vehicles from its headquarters in rural Norfolk the daily planning of deliveries was being done manually – using a map and pins.

The realisation dawned that if recent growth was to be sustainable and repeatable, automation of the daily delivery planning was essential. Having completed an extensive review of available routing and scheduling solutions Natures Menu concluded that Maxoptra was the best and most effective solution available.

“At the time we selected Maxoptra, it was technically the best and the most cost effective solution on offer, and, in our opinion, continues to be so,” Chris Warden, Operations Manager

Business Critical

Natures Menu has now been using the Maxoptra cloud-based delivery routing and scheduling solution for more than five years, during which time the company has grown exponentially and has seen a fourfold increase in the size of its delivery fleet.

The company now makes around 150,000 temperature controlled deliveries per-annum operating around 60 vehicles in the UK, from four different depots, making, on average, a delivery every minute.

Each day orders are automatically exported from the company’s Enterprise software into Maxoptra, where intelligent route planning and
optimisation features are used to auto-plan around 600 deliveries to retailers and consumers’ home addresses.

“The daily planning of B2B and B2C deliveries would be very difficult without Maxoptra.”

Taking Pride

Natures Menu takes pride in its delivery service with friendly drivers, an own branded temperature controlled fleet and vehicle to freezer service.

Underpinned by Maxoptra, customers are given a two-hour delivery window and can track the progress of their order by calling customer service and, now, via an online track and trace service.

Based on more than 3,000 Feefo (an independent online review system) customer reviews Natures Menu consistently score highly with recent ratings of 4.8 out of 5 and 97%.

Customer comments include:

“Delivery was excellent and prompt.”

“Quick, efficient with good communication/updates.”

“Fantastic, great products and fast delivery!”

“Marvellous food – Superb prompt home delivery.”

“Easy ordering, able to pick a date – and been given a two hour window for the delivery.”

“Fast, simple, delivery on time.”

“I love the fact I have a delivery slot time.”

“Maxoptra has really benefitted our operational efficiency in the supply chain and without it we would definitely need additional planning staff and more vehicles.”

About Maxoptra –

Easy to use, affordable and highly customisable, the Maxoptra routing and scheduling system helps companies to do more business with the same resources at a lower operational cost. Having an open API makes it an ideal complement to any telematics, WMS and CRM solution.

As a subscription-based SaaS solution, Maxoptra is accessible 24/7 from any web browser worldwide; meaning every new release of functionality is immediately available to subscribers with no additional charge or upgrade cost.

Your Next Step –

Could this approach benefit your business? Are you looking to scale up your operations? Want to streamline your systems and processes?

If you’re looking for a solution that gives control, flexibility and ease of use, let’s talk about your business and how we can help.

As independent specialists we work closely with our carefully selected partners and clients to recommend solutions that we are confident will make a tangible difference.

Read more about Maxtoptra and watch a short video HERE.

Call us on 0345 459 4998, or email [email protected]

 

 

Re-published with kind permission from our Partners at Maxoptra. All rights acknowledged – 2018

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8 Mar
Corporate Logistics Solutions

FLEETSense Customer Unlocks Instant Fuel Savings

Integrated fuelcard and telematics solution helps cut fuel costs by more than eight per cent

Discover how one FLEETSense customer unlocked instant fuel savings…

An innovative fuel and driver management solution from TomTom Telematics and BP has helped specialists Corporate Solutions Logistics cut fuel costs by 8.1 per cent.

FLEETSense began working with Corporate Solutions Logistics  in 2014 introducing TomTom Telematics and Tracking. Working closely with the Birmingham-based company, which provides bespoke temperature controlled and ambient distribution services, FLEETSense then introduced BP FleetMove Pro across its 100-strong HGV fleet in June 2017.

In parallel FLEETSense has also helped to implement Maxoptra from Magenta Technologies, as well as Vehicle Cameras, helping the client to benefit from improved Insurance Policies resulting from closer monitoring and development of Driver Behaviour.

The new integrated system combines BP fuel card information with vehicle location, fuel consumption, driver behaviour and vehicle maintenance data from WEBFLEET, TomTom Telematics’ fleet management solution.

This provides full visibility and control over how fuel is being used across the entire fleet in one, easy-to-use interface.

Instead of checking thousands of individual fuel card transactions manually every year, the company now receives fuelcard exception reports. These highlight at a glance if there is an anomaly that might indicate fraudulent card use, such as when a fuel card transaction and vehicle location do not match.

WEBFLEET’s integral OptiDrive 360 functionality meanwhile – which gives drivers in-cab feedback and advice on a number of key indicators affecting fuel efficiency, including speeding, idling, sudden braking and harsh steering – has helped improve fleet mpg by 9.2 per cent.

In addition, weekly fuel consumption reports have highlighted a clear correlation between fuel wastage due to idling and number of accidents, triggering targeted driver training.

Corporate Logistics Solutions‘We’re delighted with the results,’ says Stuart Payne, Commercial Director at Corporate Solutions Logistics. ‘Combining different streams of data in this way makes everyone’s life easier, helping us to save time and reduce operating costs.’

Further benefits to the company include WEBFLEET alerts from the vehicle’s four-camera CCTV system, helping to plug any evidence gaps for future insurance claims.

Scheduled integration with the incumbent routing and scheduling system means the company will soon be able to send drivers directions to the most appropriate BP stations on each route to help them get the best fuel deals.

If your transport business could benefit from direct bottom-line saving on fuel, contact us today to find out how we can help this happen.

Call FLEETSense, specialists in maximising Fleet efficiency and profits.

Tel. 0345 489 4998

Or email [email protected]

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16 Feb
Dudman Group TomTom AOM

Dudman Group Case Study

Construction Firm Embraces Technology

The Dudman Group Finds £44,000 of Savings

TomTom Telematics Combined with AllOnMobile EPOD

Originating as a haulage business, the Dudman Group of Companies has grown and adapted with the industry into a large, independent group that is an owner/operator of quarries, wharves, recycling centres and a large truck operator supplying and serving the construction industry in the South of England.

Working across the South coast with a haulage fleet of 45 vehicles including rigid & artic tippers, concrete mixers and road sweepers; the company operates out of depots across Sussex and Hampshire. The Dudman Group of Companies prides itself on being an independent aggregate producer, concrete supplier and bulk haulier that offers the widest range of products possible, catering for any development or construction venture.

The Dudman Group of Companies has installed the TomTom Telematics fleet management solution into 25 of the 45 vehicle fleet. All of the equipped vehicles are also using the ruggedised TomTom PRO 8275 7″ driver terminal, which on top of standard TomTom features allows for third-party apps to be developed to add functionality.

In addition to the ability to install third party apps on the PRO 8275 driver terminal, it comes equipped with a truck specific map, ensuring all routes are HGV suitable. TomTom Traffic data means drivers can avoid traffic delays and increase productivity. The device is ruggedised for use in harsh conditions.

The third party software chose is supplied by AllOnMobile (AOM) which allows for the reduction of paper based processes through development of online forms and includes daily vehicle checks, job scheduling and signature capture. Loading times at all company sites are less, allowing the driver to leave once checked and there is no longer the need to wait for a paper ticket to be produced.

The new AOM e-ticket software has ensured that all loads delivered conform to the Weights & Measures & QSRMC standards and provides customers with a digital copy of the signed ticket by email or text. This system is linked to the Dudman Group of Companies website which customers can use to access information of their ticket.

Since implementing the TomTom Telematics solution and AOM application, the Dudman Group of Companies has calculated an outstanding saving of £44K per year on employee and operational efficiency and paper form administration.

Based on this level of savings, the capital expenditure required to purchase and install the solution will be repaid within the first 18 months of operation.

Read the Full Case Study Here

If you operate a vehicle fleet within the Construction industry, now could be the right time to take a close look at how effective technology can drive real savings.

For a free initial conversation, guidance and recommendations on the best solutions contact us today.

Call the FLEETSense Team on 0345 459 4998

Dudman Group TomTom AllOnMobile

 

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