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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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15 May
fleetsense recruiting

Recruiting Now – Mobile Auto Electrician

Mobile Auto Electrician / Service Engineer – Vehicle CCTV & Telematics

Salary of £25-30k pa* + Overtime Pay + Company Van with Fuel Card + Company Mobile + Laptop

**Great opportunity for an experienced Auto Electrician / Field Service Engineer looking for a permanent position with immediate start, excellent benefits package and opportunities for progression!

FLEETSense is an independent Transport Specialist, Gold Partners with TomTom Telematics, and over a decade of experience in serving clients across the UK.

We specialise in Cost and Risk Reduction, Efficiency and Growth, as well as Legal Compliance and Workflow Management across the UK Transport Industry.

With continuous growth over the past few years we are now seeking a new member of our team to deliver the remote/on-site installation of tracking and telematics systems, as well as Vehicle CCTV, etc.

We are looking for talented individuals in a selection of roles to join our successful and rapidly expanding company. We provide a dynamic, positive working environment which allows people to develop and enhance their skills, as well as earning opportunities.

If you’re looking for more than just another job and have the skills, drive and ambition, join the FLEETSense team and be part of our continued success.

FLEETSense is an equal opportunities employer. All job applicants and employees receive equal treatment regardless of age, sex, race, religion, marital status, origin, sexual orientation or disability.

The Role

Ideally, based in Norfolk, you will be field-based Auto Electrician and responsible for carrying out installation, service and maintenance of our Vehicle Telematics and CCTV systems into various types of commercial vehicles for some of the largest UK fleets.

Hands-on experience with HGVs, light commercials and other specialist vehicles is a must. Travel will be required for some project-based work, with company vehicle and fuel card provided.

The role is highly rewarding, and requires someone who is focused and driven. You’ll need to be able to self-manage time and meet schedules and responsibilities.

You’ll be reporting to the Directors and other Senior Team members. You’ll also be representing our company and brand, working in customer-facing situations, so good interpersonal skills are also needed.

The successful candidate will be rewarded with a great opportunity to develop skills within a dynamic, ambitious and rapidly growing business.

Salary is negotiable for the right candidate with huge potential for overtime earnings. Full training provided, work with the best and on the very latest vehicle technology.

Personal Qualities/Skills

  • Automotive electrical experience of both 12VDC and 24VDC systems is a must
  • Experience with working with a wide range of commercial vehicles advantage (waste, construction, commercial haulage, bus & coach, emergency response etc.)
  • Installation of telematics
  • Experience with analysing and connecting to FMS & Tachograph for CANBUS and Squarell trained would be an advantage
  • Good customer services skills are essential with daily client interaction
  • Good logical and fault-finding techniques
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team and to timelines
  • Experienced in the use of electrical automotive testing/installation equipment
  • Good practical skills for using a range of tools and electronic instruments
  • Relevant auto electrician qualification advantage (NVQ, City and Guilds etc.)
  • The ability to read electrical wiring diagrams
  • IT/PC Literate
  • Conscientious professional who is organised and dedicated
  • Must have a full driving license (clean preferred)
  • An awareness of health and safety
  • To be good with your hands, and physically fit to cope with lifting, bending and working on commercial vehicles

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Traveling to various client sites / liaising with clients on site
  • Flexible working hours and opportunity to work overtime
  • Installation of vehicle camera / vehicle CCTV equipment
  • Installation of blind-spot detection systems (warning alarms, blind-spot / parking sensors)
  • Attending service calls to fault diagnosis and repair where necessary
  • To take responsibility for personal health and safety

Locations –

  • Engineers are required to work locally, regionally and occasionally nationally

How to Apply –

In the first instance please send your CV, with covering letter explaining why you feel you’re right for the role and our Team.
Applicants who pass the initial review stage will be invited for interview. If you’ve got more questions please call us.

Email – [email protected]

Call – 0345 459 4998

NB. We answer all applications!

*Salary offer for this position to be based on experience.

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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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