Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Satellite tracking for pallets

Masternaut has won a £300,000 contract with pallet and container pooling company, Chep, to supply its satellite tracking service for a major pilot programme based in the UK.

There is potential to install 1000 articulated vehicles with mobile collection units, which will give Chep a real-time view of its European fleet using Masternaut’s web-based satellite tracking service.

Initially, Chep will track 175 of its articulated vehicles with the system, with the view to rolling out the service to cover a large percentage of the UK and European fleet later on.

The system helps the company identify and investigate turnaround times, find and resolve issues that cause delays, confirm true start and finish times for drivers, and notify customers of late running vehicles.

Eammon Casey, Chep’s logistics director for the UK and Ireland, says the programme helps it gain a clear picture of idling times, and the reasons behind them. “This will encourage drivers to reduce unnecessary vehicle emissions and cut fuel bills.”

The company is also trialling mobile computers for capturing signatures and sending proof-of-delivery instantly back to headquarters using Masternaut to reduce paper documentation.