TO mark National Lorry Week in September a Northamptonshire pallet network officially launched its new pallet scanning app.
Fortec Distribution Network, whose headquarters are near Watford Gap, launched its bespoke Track-IT app, designed to give its members the facility to scan pallets at every stage of the delivery journey and provide customers with more visibility of their goods as they move through the network.
Adrian Bradley, Managing Director of Fortec, said: "The haulage industry is the lifeblood of the country, and we want to make sure that everyone in the country knows it too, so it's fitting that our Track-IT system was officially launched during RHA's National Lorry Week.
"This system is just one of the many IT projects scheduled for the coming months and is a key development across our track and trace facility. The same technology will be replicated within our hub shortly."
This year saw the Road Haulage Association's (RHA) fifth National Lorry Week.
Adrian added: "We have been an RHA member for many years, so are pleased to join forces with RHA to celebrate the haulage industry and to promote driving and logistics as a career option."
Fortec members said:
"Track-IT gives us a peace of mind and saves us time. It's simple to use and you can upload a real-time image of the pallet as soon as you scan it into our depot." - Yinka Lawal, Fortec Co-ordinator, Karl King Transport
Steve Todd, Pallet Network Manager, Eurovision Logistics Limited, said: "It's really easy to use and saves time. A simple scan of a bar code allows us to debrief a consignment correctly and the scanning reduces the potential of errors from a mistyped letter or number of a consignment."
Nick Vallance, MD, W L Vallance Ltd added: "Fortec's new system has been an excellent development and a positive enhancement to our multi-drop pallet service in the south west. It has sped up processing in the mornings and offered instant freight traceability for everyone concerned."
Dave Webster, MD at Brocklehurst Transport: "Despatching vehicles is easier at the busiest times. Training is excellent, and the system cuts our loading and scanning time by at least 50 per cent."
National Lorry Week is designed to promote and celebrate the excellent work of logistics firms in the UK and to highlight the benefits of a career in haulage.