TransLogix Software has announced that Busselton Freight Services (BFS) Metro & Regional Logistics has chosen the TransLogix Sapphire Transport Management Suite to provide an integrated logistics system for managing all BFS’s mobile assets (trucks) and employees in real time.
Busselton Freight Services (BFS) is a transport and retail business that uses its 34 trailers, 21 prime movers, four rigids and five ancillary light vehicles to deliver grocery products in Western Australia.
The TransLogix Sapphire software's GPS and Mapping software enables BFS to use PDA technology and make decisions about how to best organise deliveries and minimise costs via a single screen. This has helped them to streamline operations, maximise efficiency and enable all involved to observe the chain of events in real time.
The benefits of a fully mobile solution mean that BFS is now able to:
- View all jobs and driver locations, enabling jobs to be allocated more effectively and efficiently
- Map all vehicle locations including their contents, status and load capacity
- Select a run or manifest and accurately estimate the time and kilometres involved
- Accurately calculate all trip distance details and times
- Record all in and out delivery times and map these for increased fleet efficiency
- Provide proof of demurrage and delivery
The Sapphire system is on a PDA in every truck, enabling the driver to see what they need to do and by when. This puts each driver in charge of their load and able to record all the information needed in real time, resulting in much less paperwork.
“The TransLogix Sapphire Mobility system and technical people impressed us from the start. Once we had seen the system in action we realised that clearly this was the best system on the market for what we needed to do,” Allan Price, General Manager, BFS Metro & Regional Logistics, said. “Mobility is a very important part of our business and our fleet management. It gives us information in real time, which allows smart decisions to be acted out in a prompt manner. It also allows transparency of our business to be viewed by clients, thus providing value for money in the service we offer.”
Cost savings can be made by better management across the whole delivery system. For example, delivery requirements and patterns can now be analysed, in many cases making it possible to deliver the same volume of items in fewer deliveries. TransLogix has helped BFS increase its revenue per hour by over 16 percent in the first three months.
“We have exceeded our initial objectives and met some very ambitious on-delivery on-time goals,” said Allan Price. “We have a created an accurate and efficient freight delivery system, so everyone benefits. “The new system has helped cement a long term relationship with IGA>D and Metcash and we are now in a very strong position to tender for more business as the opportunities arise,” he added.