Chiltern Cold Storage Group is to implement a new hi-tech transport management system from Proteo across its 40 strong fleet to improve operational efficiency and reduce the company’s fuel costs.
Chiltern Cold Storage, based in Peterborough, manages all aspects of the temperature controlled supply chain and currently operates a fleet of 40 vehicles. Proteo’s system, known as Haulier Enterprise, will help to reduce the company’s fuel bills and drive down costs at the specialist haulier by managing everything from workflow to insurance claims.
Haulier Enterprise is a transport management system designed for mid to large-size haulage businesses. It manages every aspect of contract logistics from allowing customers to directly enter orders on to the system to tracking the vehicle and generating the paperwork, helping hauliers to reduce costs and work more efficiently.
Haulier Enterprise’s unique feature is its integration with Proteo’s vehicle telematics system – FleetMetrik – which allows the real-time vehicle location to be tracked and messages from vehicles to automatically drive workflow in the back office. The Proteo system provides time/place vehicle data and reports vehicle movements, providing a complete fleet overview enabling Chiltern to locate and assign their vehicles to the appropriate loads. The system also simplifies transport processes from planning, traceability and vehicle telemetry.
Having vehicle location history data in the same place as order information also supports a new level of accuracy in analysis and reporting and is useful when dealing with insurance claims and premium increases.
Paul Jackson, MD of Chiltern Cold Storage commented: "Using this system will enable us to ensure that our customers benefit from all the service advantages of working with a highly efficient, high-tech haulier.
"It’s a one stop solution that satisfies all of our requirements. The system provides us with even more detailed online tracking of vehicles and loads, reports on driver and vehicle performance as well as vital business information to help us maintain our controls and efficiencies. It manages every aspect of our business, including directly entering orders on to the system and generating the paperwork, helping us to work more efficiently."
Alistair Atkinson, Sales Director at Proteo said: "Rising fuel prices and pressure on margins means that hauliers can benefit from technology systems which drive efficiency and help them to deliver the service levels that their clients demand. We are delighted to be working with Chiltern helping them to improve the efficiency of their fleet by enabling them to monitor fuel consumption rates and make informed decisions about vehicle load fill, reducing empty running."
Established in 2003, Proteo has clients from a range of sectors including manufacturing, the NHS, local government and retail in addition to transport and logistics. The company employs 30 staff at its Norwich office.