Software company enhances Tarmac’s logistics capabilities with innovative digital delivery tracking solution
Tarmac are working with Edinburgh-based PODFather to deploy a logistics planning and live customer delivery tracking solution across their 1,800-strong vehicle fleet (and extensive subcontractor network), which will deliver improved efficiency and boost customer service.
The fleet, which operates from more than 400 UK sites, now has complete track-and-trace monitoring functionality of customer deliveries, giving Solihull-headquartered Tarmac real-time visibility of all orders throughout the day, to their planning teams and despatch locations located across the country.
The PODFather system is being deployed on both Android and Apple devices, making it easy for Tarmac’s subcontractor network to deploy it on mobile devices. Enhancing the traceability of deliveries allows Tarmac to boost productivity and efficiency, as the company’s weighbridges and logistics teams can better manage the vehicle fleet, closely monitor the availability of resources and react more quickly in the event of any unexpected delays or urgent customer needs.
Colin McCreadie, managing director of PODFather, is delighted to add such a prominent and distinguished UK construction materials giant to the software firm’s growing roster of ‘blue chip’ users.
‘We have been working closely with Tarmac for four years and have collaboratively developed a logistics-planning system which is used to plan the distribution of customer orders,’ he commented.
‘This system connects to drivers through our smartphone app to communicate details of their current and next jobs. The app relays live GPS tracking information and captures real-time data which allows Tarmac to rapidly respond to any unforeseen changes to the delivery schedule.’
Mr McCreadie added: ‘The PODFather system is generating tracking emails and SMS messages to inform customers when the delivery will arrive at their site. This may not be a new development in the home delivery sector, but it is a considerable innovation for the construction industry.’
The implementation of the new technology forms part of Tarmac’s wider ePOD (electronic proof of delivery) project, which will see all drivers working with Tarmac use their tablets or smartphones to digitally record proof of deliveries, eliminating the need for paper tickets and ensuring these are issued to the customer and haulier instantly.
Mark Wood, managing director, materials - south at Tarmac and national sponsor of the project, said: ‘The new ‘track-and-trace’ technology has immediately improved the experience for everyone involved in our delivery process. By giving access to the same real-time information, we are revolutionizing the way customers’ access delivery information, providing additional convenience and reassurance to further improve the way we communicate.
‘Enhancing the traceability of our deliveries equally enables us to boost productivity and efficiency, as our weighbridges and logistics teams can better manage their drivers, closely monitor availability and react more quickly in the event of any unexpected delays.’
At Hillhead 2018, PODFather will be showcasing their ePOD system on stand PB43 to allow the quarrying, construction and mining sectors to evaluate the real-time benefits of time and cost savings, streamlined efficiency and optimized operations.