AGM Telematics, the Corby-based vehicle tracking and fleet management specialists introduce their cloud-based modular system which, says the company, is set to become an industry standard for efficient planning, dispatch and tracking for most delivery fleets.
routeMASTER, which is described by AGM Telematics as 'the end-to-end logistics, back office solution' is already bringing benefits to operators such as Meatlink.
Based in Market Harborough, Meatlink, a meat products wholesaler, has equipped its van fleet with the unique routing and scheduling system which, says the company, has brought immediate savings and revolutionised the planning and logistics of its multi-drop delivery service throughout central England.
routeMASTER's Dispatch module automatically converts orders into their optimum routes, sends the manifest to the driver and calculates arrival times and distances for the whole delivery route. Thus, the time-consuming task of manual route planning is removed and drivers are able to provide customers with an accurate ETA for each delivery. Furthermore, the overall journey time and distance travelled are reduced and in turn, significant fleet efficiencies are achieved.
Meatlink Director Mike Newing said: "We have been in business for many years and have a good deal of routing and scheduling experience. Even so, as soon as we fitted the routeMaster Dispatch system, we saw immediate benefits and now can't see how we ever got on without it. In just a few short months we could see the bottom line savings and certainly our work is now less stressful. It's a great way to get more out of the vehicle fleet and to make sure our customers are well looked after."
Using 'cloud'-based architecture, routeMaster Dispatch enables everyone in the Meatlink team to work from the same plan and to view, in real-time, the progress of every individual order. Should a sudden change be required, new instructions can be added to the existing manifest in the traffic office and automatically updated on the drivers' screen.
"The vehicle tracking is a very useful tool," said Mike. "We have complete visibility of the fleet and can check each job status at a glance. Also, by using the reporting suite we can look at individual driver activity and review planned deliveries versus actual, which helps to improve overall performance."
According to Meatlink, the new system has also enabled the company to open up new areas which before were not easy to incorporate in a given delivery route. Now, with an average of 12 to 20 drops per vehicle each day, Meatlink can confidently add new orders and destinations without compromising the overall delivery schedule.
"It's all about efficiency," added Mike. "We saw the benefits from day one. It's a very simple system to fit and operate, but even so, the AGM Telematics team are always on hand if we need any advice or technical assistance. Most importantly, it's easily affordable and soon adds up to fewer road miles, less fuel and also puts a tick in the box for the environment."
AGM Telematics is a long-established designer and supplier of fleet management systems. The company is well known for its commercial vehicle transport expertise and 'hands-on' customer service. Director George Weston is upbeat about the routeMASTER system.
He said: "Our reputation is built on supplying no-nonsense and competitively priced fleet management solutions which are easy to install, simple to use and guaranteed to provide a fast and significant return on investment. The routeMASTER solution lives up to these qualities and complements our wide range of vehicle tracking, scheduling and monitoring systems. We believe it is set to become the standard for multi- drop fleet efficiency across a range of industry sectors."