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4 Sep
Corporate Solutions Logistics - Cutting Fuel Costs with FLEETSense

FLEETSense Customer Cuts 8.1% Fuel Costs

How We Helped Corporate Solutions Cut 8.1% On Fuel Costs

FLEETSense delivers real results with partners TomTom Telematics and BP

 

Published: September 2018

 

 

An innovative fuel and driver management solution from TomTom Telematics and BP delivered by FLEETSense has helped logistics specialists Corporate Solutions to cut fuel costs by 8.1%.

The Company

Bespoke warehousing and distribution services Birmingham-based logistics specialists Corporate Solutions provide bespoke warehousing and distribution services for some of the UK’s largest retailers, including Smurfit Kappa, Lidl and Vax.

corporate solutions logistics fuel saving with TomTom from FLEETSenseThe company runs a fleet of 100 44 tonne HGVs, fulfilling 60,000 temperature controlled and ambient deliveries and travelling 10 million miles every year – with less than 4% empty running.

‘We are passionate about technology at Corporate Solutions,’ says Stuart Payne, Commercial Director. ‘It lies at the heart of our client offering, allowing us to reduce distribution costs and carbon footprint while improving service.’

The Challenge

Our client presented a key issue they wanted to tackle, cutting costs and reducing admin workflow. Painstaking and laborious; checking the validity of fuel card activity was proving very time-consuming and both accuracy and effectiveness were limited.

‘Before we moved to the integrated solution, the accounts and operations team had to literally check thousands of individual fuel card transactions manually every year for accuracy,’ explains Stuart. ‘It was a painstaking and laborious process and one still prone to human error, despite the effort involved.’

The Solution

FLEETSense installed the TomTom Telematics WEBFLEET solution across the fleet in 2014, the company decided to enhance the service by introducing BP FleetMove Pro.

The new integrated approach combines vehicle location, fuel consumption, driver behaviour and vehicle maintenance data from TomTom WEBFLEET, with BP fuel card information to give full visibility of how fuel is being used across the entire fleet in one, easy-to-use interface.

Data is updated every 15 minutes and delivered via one convenient single software interface, with no need to download any spreadsheets.
Putting a stop to fraud As the software shows fuel levels alongside vehicle location and transactions, it helps to identify potential fuel card misuse or fraud.

‘Now we automatically get fuel card exception reports which highlight at a glance if there is an anomaly which might indicate fraudulent card use,’ says Stuart.

This could be an employee filling up with fuel in excess of their vehicle fuel tank’s capacity, topping up before the corresponding mileage has been driven or using their card to buy fuel when the relevant vehicle is at a different location. In each case, Stuart’s team will get an alert via email or text and it will appear as an anomaly case in the reporting.

MPG up by 9.2%, cutting fuel costs by 8.1%

Driving behaviour scores are calculated by WEBFLEET’s integral OptiDrive 360 functionality, 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.

Together with mpg figures, the score forms the foundation for the company’s driver bonus scheme, with drivers rewarded for safer and more efficient performance on the road.

The company’s commitment to improving driving style has reaped notable rewards. The average OptiDrive score has improved from 8.2 to 9.1 over 2 years, helping to push mpg performance across the fleet up by 9.2% and to cut fuel costs by 8.1%.

Powerful insights into why and how fuel is being used Being able to compare how employees are driving with how they are using their fuel card is also highlighting the reasons behind fuel usage patterns. A low mpg, for example, might be attributable to journeys in built-up locations, or it might be caused by harsh, inefficient, driving which needs addressing through the company’s ongoing driver training programme.

WEBFLEET alerts will also notify Stuart when any of the dashcam cameras are no longer working, helping to plug any evidence gaps for insurance claims.

Taking control of where drivers fill up Integration with the incumbent routing and scheduling system means that, as well as sending order and route instructions to each driver terminal, Stuart will soon be able send his drivers directions to the most appropriate BP stations on each route to help them get the best fuel deals.

‘Once again we’re able to prove, with cast-iron stats, that by deploying the right technology in the right way, we can help our clients make tangible savings, in terms of real-time operating costs and admin tasks’ said Tom Dickerson, MD of FLEETSense.

 

FLEETSense is an independent Fleet Management specialist, as well as Gold Partner of TomTom Business and Telematics Division. If you’re looking for ways to drive your business talk with us.

 

Your Next Step –

 Are you looking to reduce risks and costs? Wasting fuel and drowning in paperwork but struggling to find a way to reduce this?

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.

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

 

 

Published in association with our Partners at TomTom Telematics. All rights acknowledged – 2018

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30 Aug
Zip Water - saving fleet insurance costs with fleetsense

FLEETSense Customer Saves £30k on Insurance Costs

Focus on Risk Management helps Zip Water UK cut fleet insurance costs

Discover how this FLEETSense customer found a way to reduce accidents and fleet insurance costs

 

Published: August 2018

 

FLEETSense customer Zip Water UK has revealed how driving performance data has helped the company manage fleet risk and cut annual fleet insurance costs by more than £30,000.

Reducing essential costs on obligatory spending, such as vehicle insurance premiums, is an easy way to reduce wasted profit.

That’s why Zip Water UK trusted FLEETSense to find appropriate and effective solutions to address this. With a mixed vehicle fleet of 120 operating costs are not insignificant and only likely to rise over time.

FLEETSense worked closely with the client to deploy TomTom’s WEBFLEET, a Software-as-a-Service fleet management telematics system.

WEBFLEET and the integral OptiDrive 360 solution scores drivers based on key performance indicators and provides them with real-time feedback and advice.

This solution meant that Zip Water has witnessed a significant reduction in road traffic collisions.

Zip Water UK reduce fleet insurance costs with WEBFLEET‘Having the tools in place to promote a safer driving style among our van and car drivers has led to a much-improved fleet risk profile, a 15 per cent reduction in insurance premiums thanks to reduced claims, and a welcome fillip to our employee duty of care,’ said Graham Short, Fleet Manager, Zip Water UK.

‘Furthermore, we have seen a demonstrable improvement in fleet mpg, along with a sizeable reduction in our vehicle maintenance bills, including tyres and brake wear.’

This technology also means that Zip Water drivers are now also using the WEBFLEET Logbook app on their smartphones to keep accurate journey logs, rather than having to complete manual mileage sheets at the end of each day.

The drivers simply validate their journey information and select whether the trips they have made are for business or private purposes.

Short added: “The value and efficiency gains that the telematics system has delivered to our business have been considerable. These have been recognised across our entire workforce – from the field to the back office.”

This live customer experience demonstrates that significant savings are to be had for the smart Fleet Manager looking to achieve positive ROI.

“It’s just one more example of why we encourage Transport Operators and those running any kind of commercial fleet to get smart, get FLEETSense” says Tom Dickerson, MD

“We’ve proven, time and again, that current technology can save time, reduce risks and add profits on the bottom line. That’s what our customers want and as a business owner I know why that’s important to them”.

FLEETSense is an independent Fleet Management specialist, as well as Gold Partner of TomTom Business and Telematics Division. If you’re looking for ways to drive your business talk with us.

 

Your Next Step –

 Are you looking to reduce risks and costs? Paying too much for your Fleet Insurance but struggling to find a way to reduce this?

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.

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

 

 

Published in association with our Partners at TomTom Telematics. All rights acknowledged – 2018

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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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24 Jan
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Is your Telematics System an unused gym membership?

Is your Telematics System an unused gym membership?

Getting more from your Tracking and Telematics could be easier than you think

 

Republished from TomTom Telematics – Matthew Vass – All rights acknowledged

 

Exercise is great for our health so it should be easy just to go out and do some…. right?

Yet I’m one of the countless Brits who waste a combined £5.8bn every year on unused fitness equipment – everything from gym memberships to my spotlessly clean mountain bike.

Last year I stopped jumping from one fad to another, sat down and really thought about what I was doing.

I wanted to maintain my weight under 100kg, increase my upper body strength and build my cardio fitness. The real shocker though, was realising why I had failed. I don’t like exercising alone, I get bored with repetition, I bought a top gym package which I didn’t need and I haven’t a clue how to lift weights properly.

Finally awake, I began researching and started CrossFit. The workouts are in groups, every day is different, qualified coaches attend every session and regular classes fit around work. The result is that I began to enjoy exercise and started seeing the benefits.

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So why is this relevant to your telematics system?

A survey in the US conducted by FleetAnswers.com asked 103 fleet professionals about the telematics system they use. When it came to the question of return on investment (ROI), 31 per cent said they didn’t have any and 34 per cent didn’t know.

So how has this situation arisen? Well, despite the obvious business benefits that can be achieved with the help of telematics, simply investing in a system isn’t enough. Like fitness programmes, you can end up wasting significant sums of money if you don’t give serious thought to what your business actually needs and how that system will help you achieve your goals.

This means it is important to outline your priorities before investing in a system and identify what issues affect your business.

If fuel usage is perceived as being high then it would make sense to find a system that allows driver behaviour to be monitored and assessed, providing clear KPIs for improvement. If productivity is an issue, it may be worth looking at a telematics platform that integrates with routing and scheduling software to allow the creation of smarter schedules, helping to optimise routes and get drivers to jobs on time.

Data holds the key to improvement

However, choosing the appropriate system is only the first step.

Even if the data provided by a telematics system is appropriate to need, change can only be achieved through proper use of that data.

This means it is important to speak to providers up front to determine what data is provided by each system and how that data might be used to help achieve the necessary improvements within your fleet.

If a plan isn’t laid out in advance, it is possible businesses may simply become overfaced by the variety and detail of the data provided by the system and will end up using none of it.

If your organisation employs a large number of drivers, do you have the necessary resource to process and analyse the available data? Even if such resource is scarce, data can be made more manageable if the telematics system is able to segment it into different reports.

For example, some systems can provide high-level, colour-coded charts to highlight general trends within your fleet, allowing you to quickly identify the overriding issues and then delve deeper into the data in order to identify root cause, perhaps in the performance of individual drivers.

Equally, smart software integrations can use telematics data to help enhance existing processes, such as routing and scheduling, without creating a greater administrative burden. Automated processes can help to cut down on the need for paperwork and manual record-keeping.

Whatever the challenges, it is a case of business leaders being 100 per cent clear and transparent on current and future needs, and setting a clear plan of action for use of a telematics system.

For their part, providers must be clear about what their products offer and provide the kind of ongoing support that is necessary to help customers get the most out of the technology.

Discover objective advice on how to improve fleet performance by speaking to an approved Partner of TomTom Telematics to find out how you could be getting more.

 

What Next?

Contact us now to find out more and find out how we can help you squeeze the best from Telematics for your fleet management.

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20 Sep
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Automate your Routes Schedules with PLANND’IT

Automatic Your Route Planning for only £5 per month

One of the smartest ideas to hit the Fleet Management this year

We love it when our partners come up with new and innovative ways to make our solutions work even better.

The clever people at Magenta Technology (who created Maxoptra) have just launched a great new software application that makes route scheduling even quicker and easier.

Seriously, this is a game changer and we think all our customers currently using TomTom PRO devices will want to take a serious look at this.

Even better, the really good news is you can dive in with a completely FREE TRIAL and see how this works for yourself.

TomTom PRO devices lead the way in fleet management, giving you a powerful tool to keep your vehicles in the right place at the right time.

Getting all your routes scheduled still takes time before you can begin to benefit from TomTom. Now with PLANND’IT you can automate this step of the process and get your fleet management working even quicker than before.

So how does it work?

 

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Why You Need To Take A Look –

Quite simply, we think this new application will help Fleet Managers and Transport Operators speed up the daily task of scheduling your drivers’ routes.

If you’ve already invested in TomTom PRO devices for your vehicles, or seriously considering it, this smart bit of software will help save time, reduce errors and make running your business much easier.

The great news is that as Official Partners with Magenta Technologies we’ve been given the opportunity to promote a new free trial of this system.

You can start your 14-Day Free Trial any time and after that continue to use the system for only £5 per vehicle per month.

 

What Next?

Contact us now to find out more and check suitability. Book a free online demo, where we’ll show you exactly how you’ll benefit

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