Thursday 27th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Benefits of real-time visibility

Instarmac, the manufacturer of highway maintenance, concrete repair and tile adhesives and grout products, has implemented Paragon Fleet Controller.

The company has been using the single depot version of Paragon to push up fleet utilisation, saving some 12 per cent in transport costs. It reckons that the real-time fleet visibility provided by Fleet Controller is resulting in a broad range of efficiency gains.

Connected through a standard interface with Navman’s Online AVL tracking system, Fleet Controller has enabled collections to be introduced into routes for the first time as planners can see and divert the vehicle nearest to newly available stock.

Customers automatically receive text or email alerts when their deliveries are approaching. Warehouse staff can also see when a vehicle is on its way back and prepare the next load, improving operating efficiency, smoothing workloads and making the most of vehicle and driver time.

Instarmac’s operations director Graham Stafford, says: “What we now have is a seamless system which gives us invaluable knowledge about planned versus actual vehicle performance, both in real-time and in the form of end-of-day reports. What this means is that I can quickly and easily see where problems, such as excess mileage or customer delays, have occurred and drill down to the source of these problems.”