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Microlise telematics to make visible difference for Hunts Foodservice

23 March 2015

Telematics platform provider Microlise has been awarded a contract by Hunts Foodservice to deliver a telematics solution which will provide fleet visibility for the first time in the company’s 60 year history.

The distributor of ambient, chilled and frozen foods previously had no visibility of its 80-strong fleet, so engaged in a detailed process of due diligence on telematics providers. Following this process, Hunts contracted Microlise, due to the experience of the business and the quality of the products available, to install a telematics solution comprising temperature monitoring and journey management, with implementation to complete by April 2015 in time for the peak summer food season.

The solution will also include the Microlise Proof of Delivery product, a paperless system that will allow Hunts to improve accuracy and efficiency around delivery processes.

Hunts reported a need for improved technology to provide traceability and accountability across its fleet, having already experienced the benefits of installing a new intelligent picking system in its warehouse. The management team spent time out on the road with drivers, experiencing the challenges they faced and combined this knowledge with the needs of the business to develop a telematics wish list.

Microlise met the brief by recommending a solution which could be specifically tailored to Hunts’ requirements and ensuring the data collected could be easily downloaded and analysed by its transport team.

Thomas Hunt, Operations Director, Hunts Foodservice, said: “Microlise came highly recommended and the telematics solution we’ve agreed has the potential to transform our business operations. Having the system installed in time for the summer will give us a valuable insight into the efficiency of our fleet during one of our busiest seasons and we’re looking forward to reviewing the data gathered to see how we can improve the running of our business.”

The telematics solution to be installed by Microlise will allow Hunts’ transport management team to plan daily schedules, have complete visibility of the whereabouts of all vehicles at all times, be aware of delays, any alternative routes taken and gain a clear overall picture of how efficiently the fleet is running. It will also report on-board temperatures, crucial for the safe transportation of perishable goods.

Using Microlise’s unique DriveTab ruggedised tablet, Hunts will manage drivers’ daily vehicle checks, and issues encountered during their route. Proof of delivery to customers will be reported directly back to transport managers.

Nadeem Raza, Managing Director, Microlise, added: “When a company, such as Hunts, has a telematics solution installed for the first time, the data analysis can be quite eye opening.  Hunts will find that having complete visibility of its fleet, alongside the other modules which are being installed, will make a notable different to its operational efficiencies and help them to be a more profitable business.”

Microlise designs, develops and manufactures all of its products in the UK. On average, Microlise saves its customers over £172m per year in fuel costs and a recorded reduction in CO2 output of 333,000 metric tonnes per year.

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