TranSend proof of delivery (ePOD) app and route planning – TC55

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The Henderson Group has deployed TranSend electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) on 120 Zebra TC55 Android devices across its Wholesale and Foodservice businesses.

The new delivery management solution provides The Henderson Group with a centralised delivery portal across the entire delivery operation and is integrated with their WMS and route planning systems to provide a single view of all delivery data, which means that Control Centre staff no longer need to navigate multiple systems and screens.

The TranSend app allows The Henderson Group to manage the entire driver’s day from log-on and depot departure through to depot return and driver debrief.  This includes:

  • Login checks to verify drivers against routes
  • Workflow to handle variable customer delivery requirements such as Drop & Go, Drop & Lock, COD, etc.
  • Dynamic updates with new driver tasks/deliveries throughout the day.
  • Recording uplifts, handling credits and split-cases.
  • Two-way messaging between the driver and back office.
  • Recording of notes and photographs against each delivery, available in real time to the back office for immediate debrief and to speed up any credit due.
  • Vehicle checks and defect reporting.
  • Delivery asset tracking and balance management for cages, milk crate dollies, etc.

The Henderson Group are committed to ensuring that their customer supply chains is as efficient and cost-effective as possible. TranSend ePOD has been implemented to support this aim with comprehensive, real-time visibility and tracking of deliveries.

With the new TranSend ePOD system, The Henderson Group are already seeing operational benefits:

  • A configurable, real-time back office dashboard view, tracking all vehicles and deliveries at any time.
  • ETAs, updated in real time.
  • Real-time exception alerts for proactive management of the delivery process, including temperature tolerance.
  • Accurate credit calculation for exceptions and returns, including catch weight foods and split cases for cash-on-delivery or immediate invoicing.
  • Enhanced vehicle checks, with intelligent walk-round sequence and full defect reporting.

Pat McGarry, Logistics Director at The Henderson Group, explains how TranSend ePOD supports their plans for service excellence:

We wanted an ‘out-of-the-box’ solution that was simple and intuitive to use for our own and any agency drivers, with the depth of workflow functionality to manage customer-specific requirements at each stop and down to product detail level for variables such as temperature and weights. TranSend enables us to provide a more flexible and efficient delivery service across both our Wholesale and Foodservice businesses with real-time information that enables us to pro-actively manage our delivery process.

Henderson Group

 

 

 

About The Henderson Group:  

  • Henderson Group is a local business and run by Martin and Geoffrey Agnew achieving 91st place on the latest 2016 Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 league table of the U.K’s private companies.
  • Henderson Group is ranked 6th in the Ulster Business Top 100 Companies 2016.
  • The Group owns the SPAR, EUROSPAR, VIVO, VIVOXTRA and VIVO Essentials franchises in Northern     Ireland.
  • Four companies make up the Group – Henderson Wholesale, Henderson Retail, Henderson Group Property and Henderson Foodservice.
  • Henderson Wholesale has been distributing food and grocery-related products to the convenience retail sector for over 100 years and is the largest operator of its kind in the country, supplying 422 stores.
  • The Group is committed to sourcing local fresh foods from farmers, growers and suppliers, with over 75% of fresh products sourced on the island of Ireland.
  • Henderson Retail owns and operates 79 SPAR and EUROSPAR stores in Northern Ireland.
  • Henderson Foodservice is a market leading supplier to the catering industry, providing a vast range of products to hotels, schools, restaurants etc. across Ireland.
  • Operating out of its head office in Mallusk, the Group employs 3,017 employees across Northern Ireland.
  • Multi award winning Henderson Group claimed Belfast Telegraph ‘Company of the Year’ 2016 ; Henderson Retail, Retail Industry Awards ‘Community Retailer of the Year’; Henderson Wholesale, Ulster Grocer Best Marketing Campaign, and Business in the Community ‘Community Impact Champion 2016’, for its defibrillator campaign; Henderson Foodservice, Deloitte Best Managed Company and Investors in People Silver accreditation, to name a few.

www.henderson-group.com

pharmaceutical products

A growing business, with a turnover in excess of £140 million, Ethigen Limited has established itself as one of the leading pharmaceutical distributors in the UK with a head office depot in Glasgow and many other depots across the UK.

EthigenEthigen has implemented the TranSend proof of delivery (ePOD) app on Zebra TC55 Android Touch devices to manage their deliveries to pharmacies across the UK using their own fleet of 60 vehicles, supplying retail pharmacies with a twice daily delivery and collection service in Scotland and a daily delivery and collection service to the rest of the UK.

Challenge

Ethigen supplies pharmacies with a wide range of generic and branded over the counter (OTC) and prescription medicines, including controlled drugs.

Ethigen prides itself on the service levels and reliability it offers to pharmacies, including meeting any specified delivery time-windows.

When loading vehicles for the route each day, their drivers had no way of validating that all the correct boxes were loaded, which meant boxes being missed or going out with the wrong driver.

All delivery and collection processes were manual which meant drivers having to handle paperwork for proof of delivery, returns and collections. In addition, for drops that include controlled drugs, those specific boxes have to be validated by the pharmacist.

In order to deal with any customer queries or changes to a route, the back office would have to call the driver to check his location and details of the delivery status.

Ethigen pharmacyFor regulatory control, Ethigen needed a proof of delivery (ePOD) system that would provide secure tracking of products, including controlled drugs, from loading onto vehicles to the point of delivery to the Pharmacies, ensuring that the right products would reach the right person at the right time and to provide instant feedback on any delivery issues as they arise.

 

 

Solution

TranSend ePOD has replaced all paper-based processes from vehicle loading to signature capture at the point of delivery to the pharmacist, feeding real-time data into the back office system, confirming recipient ID with time and date stamp.

Drivers use the TranSend app to scan boxes onto their vehicle, sign for any controlled drugs on the load and to confirm their load prior to departure.

Martin McKean, IT Manager at Ethigen, explains how TranSend ePOD load-scanning has transformed the loading process:

The system removes loading errors and saves drivers vast amounts of time if they are missing a box on a load. Rather than having to unload to check what is missing, load scanning with the PDA reconciles with the route plan. The driver is alerted to any missing boxes, the order type and where to locate in the warehouse.

At each stop, the TranSend ePOD app provides the driver with the necessary prompts based on product type to confirm relevant delivery checks and any validation required from the pharmacist.

Martin, continues:

Our drivers receive detailed instructions specific to each drop via the PDA, including the procedure for validating receipt of controlled drugs. This makes the delivery process straightforward and means that any driver can take up a route and follow the drop sequence – particularly useful for new and temporary drivers.

Ad-hoc collections can be allocated to drivers via their PDA during the day with their route adjusted from the back office. The system also manages returns by capturing release authorisation from the pharmacist and tracking items through to acceptance back at the depot, providing a complete and visible audit trail.

For managers and customer service staff, the TranSend web-based back office system provides complete visibility of all deliveries and collections using GPS tracking from the driver’s device, capturing any events and exceptions as they occur along the route.

Martin explains:

The accuracy of delivery information in real time has speeded up our customer service response. Our team can immediately see where drivers are and deal with customer queries on ETAs.

Results

With TranSend ePOD, Ethigen benefits from:

  • Managing the driver’s day using a single device
  • Time saving in accurate vehicle loading
  • Time and cost-savings by the removal of paper processes
  • Increased customer satisfaction in meeting time delivery windows, handling queries and providing updates on ETA
  • A validated audit trail of all deliveries and collections
  • Improved process management for controlled drugs
  • Back office alerts to any delivery issues for quick resolution
  • Accurate delivery information has speeded up invoicing and reduced payment queries
  • An intuitive proof of delivery app that can be used by any driver, including agency drivers

Martin comments on the overall project:

TranSend were able to provide us with the depth of functionality we need to manage our controlled deliveries and collections with complete visibility of goods in transit. As a growing business, TranSend enables us to better manage our delivery performance and provide a more efficient service to our customers. The TranSend project management team were meticulous in keeping our project on track to achieve the right solution first time.

www.ethigen.co.uk