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Route planning

As well as fully-automated building of optimised routes, TranSend’s integrated route planning and dynamic route builder gives you the option to manually create and amend routes from order details at any time prior to delivery.

Orders passed through from  your order management system are held in the Route Builder order well. Routes can be built by dragging and dropping orders onto a new or existing route which can either be viewed as a list or in map view.

Dynamic Route Planning

 

  • Planners can visualise allocated and un-routed orders for a given date range, including details of location, time-windows and make planning decisions based on vehicle location and available capacity.
  • Whether routes have been created in TranSend or have been imported from and external system, this also allows orders to be moved from one route to another, or simply removed from a route and put back in the order well for future planning.
  • Routes can be modified with new orders for deliveries or collections while the driver is out on the road, where updated stops and instructions are automatically pushed to the driver’s device.

Route Management   Download datasheet: TranSend Route Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They say that ‘knowledge is power’ and, with a growing requirement for immediate, on-demand information across the whole supply chain – delivery and in-transit information needs to be accurate and shared across all operational areas.

ERP, order management and warehouse systems provide visibility of orders and stock to the point of despatch and then . . .  you need to wait for the driver’s paperwork to be returned in order to close the supply chain loop.

In the meantime, do you know what’s happening with your deliveries, collections and returns ?

  • What deliveries are on which vehicle – and is it the right vehicle?
  • Has the delivery left the building?
  • When is it due to be delivered?
  • Is it on time?
  • Can you automatically update the customer on the ETA?
  • Was it delivered and when?
  • Were there any issues at the point of delivery?
  • Do you know what stock is being returned and why?
  • Is the customer happy?
  • Do you have accurate information for immediate invoicing, credit or replacement?

TranSend ePOD is more than just electronic proof of delivery.

The ePOD app and back-office management system provides full-process supply chain delivery intelligence integrated with your operational systems to show the status of all stock, deliveries and collections, even in transit.

TranSend’s data capture workflow is based on products, individual customers, specific contracts and job types with user-defined visit checks and notes, presented as easy-to-use, step-by-step instructions via the driver’s device.

Here are just a few customer implementation examples of supply chain delivery management solutions incorporating integrated electronic proof of delivery and route planning:

Canute logistics ePOD

 

 

 

Canute Logistics have multiple customer contracts and use TranSend ePOD to monitor real-time activity and service levels against the route plan.

The back-office dashboard enables us, and our clients, to monitor real time delivery activity and service levels against the route plan, which gives us improved customer service reporting using live information’.

 

Henderson Group

 

 

 

Henderson Group use the TranSend ePOD workflow to handle variable customer delivery requirements such as Drop & Go, Drop & Lock and Cash-On-Delivery for Foodservice and Wholesale.

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.’ 

 

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High street retailer Perfect Home use TranSend ePOD and integrated route planning for store and home delivery & collection and provide automated text alerts to store and customer when the delivery vehicle is a pre-defined distance away.

‘TranSend will enable us to better plan, manage and monitor our store and customer deliveries and provide a more efficient and proactive service.’

 

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Commercial office furniture distributor Woodstock Leabank use TranSend ePOD and integrated route planning to build and optimise routes dependent on availability of stock and vehicles – based on weight and volume, including installation time.

The system is easy to use for both drivers and office staff and will streamline the process from taking orders, through to getting them scheduled and delivered.’

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Delivery Intelligence - ePOD

If only all deliveries went 100% to plan without any exceptions, rejections or returns and credit handling  . . .

​The cost, time and effort needed to handle delivery exceptions manually makes it a slow process, but delivery accuracy and how you handle rejected or returned items has a direct impact on your business costs, your ROI and, not least, the perceived level of customer service that you provide.

Find out more at our seminar on 15th March at IntraLogisteX #ILX17, Ricoh Arena.

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With the latest version of TranSend, companies such as Palmer and Harvey, Wincanton and Perfect Home use sophisticated scanning, dynamic route planning, intelligent ePOD and smart returns management to ensure that products are delivered according to customer’s specific requirements and, using data captured at the point of delivery and back at the warehouse or depot, speed up customer refunds or replacements and ensure that as many items as possible are shown back in stock for resale – a win-win solution to reduce business costs and improve customer satisfaction:

  • Load scan-on, using the route manifest, ensures that the right goods are on the right vehicle for each route, identifying any missing items before departure
  • Dynamic route planning produces optimised routes with clearly identified delivery times which can be messaged to the customer the day before the delivery
  • Accurate ETA’s with in-journey updates of ETA’s (using live traffic) with updated arrival notifications and jeopardy alerts
  • Intelligent ePOD uses customised workflow by customer, contract and product including split cases, temperature monitoring and cash processing
  • Real-time proof of delivery and exception data enables accurate invoicing or cash collection
  • Smart returns management shows items for receipt back at depot for reverse scanning back into stock, remedial action or disposal

The TranSend ePOD app provides simple step-by-step instructions via the PDA, removing the need for detailed paperwork and saving driver time.  Much more than ‘sign on glass’, the app manages the driver’s entire day including vehicle checks, trailer management, fuel recording and incident reporting.

You can see TranSend in action and hear more on our customer case studies at IntraLogistex, 15-16 March 2017

 

IntraLogisteX 2017

IntraLogisteX 2017 is for logistics professionals who are looking for solutions to current and future challenges and promises to be bigger than ever, offering visitors the opportunity to see how all the latest cutting-edge technology can transform their operations so they stay one step ahead of the competition.

Visitor passes are FREE and give you full access to all the cutting-edge solutions on display, live demonstrations and the informative, inspiring sessions within the Technical Seminar Theatre (See TranSend on Day 1, 15th March at 12.15).

Opening Times:

09:30 until 16:00 on Wednesday, 15th March 2017
09:30 until 15:30 on Thursday, 16th March 2017

Visit the TranSend Solutions team on stand 110 to see:

  • How the TranSend ePOD app provides simple step-by-step instructions via the PDA, removing the need for detailed paperwork and saving driver time.  Much more than ‘sign on glass’, the proof of delivery app manages the driver’s entire day including vehicle checks, trailer management, fuel recording and incident reporting.
  • The route planning options within TranSend for amending and building route plans, range from simple manual route building (using drop and drag), through to the automated building of optimised routes taking into account each order’s requirements and constraints – including weight and volume, location, time-window, vehicle size.

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More information on the IntraLogisteX event website 

IntraLogisteX 2017

food and drink delivery

To meet the demands of food & drink retailers, restricted delivery time-windows are often the norm and the need for accurate deliveries and control of returned goods are critical in minimising shrinkage and speeding up the payment process for deliveries.

Here are some of the TranSend system features used by our food and drinks clients:

  • Integrated route optimisation and electronic proof of delivery (ePOD)
  • Cash collection handling
  • Asset management of delivery cages
  • Handling of delivery assets – e.g. keys required for delivery to certain sites
  • Tracking to SKU level, handling different units of measure
  • Driver prompts specific to drop and to individual items at each drop, e.g. temperature-controlled items
  • Returns handling – non-deliveries and collections
  • Load validation before leaving the depot.

Our food and drink clients include:

Penta Foods, an Indian food manufacturer and distributor to restaurants and specialist food outlets with 2 UK depots.

Brindisa Foods, who deliver fine Spanish food to the UK market from their London base .

Harveys Brewery, deliver to their 47 pubs and free trade premises in London and the South East.

Hildon Water, deliver their natural spring water to their prestigious client base.

Hendersons Foodservice supply Spar stores in Ireland.

Palmer and Harvey, the UK’s number one delivered wholesaler serving multiple, convenience, forecourt and CTN retail outlets.

Read more about TranSend ePOD at Palmer and Harvey

Caulfield Transport ePOD

Caulfield Transport has selected TranSend electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) and integrated route planning to automate their delivery operation, remove paper processes, plan routes more efficiently, manage tasks, track activity and provide real-time visibility of deliveries in progress.

Caulfield Transport specialise in the distribution of white goods in Ireland, delivering to wholesalers and consumers for leading manufacturers, including BSH, Dimpco, Expert, Electrolux, Euronics, Fisher & Paykel, Hoover Candy, Indesit, KAL, Miele, Origo, Shomar, Whirlpool, Walker and Waterford Stanley.

In order to improve operational efficiency and to enable more accurate and timely invoicing, Caulfield has chosen TranSend to replace its paper docket process with accurate, real-time data that eliminates the need for duplication, manual sorting of orders into routes and document scanning.

TranSend are supplying delivery tracking, electronic proof of delivery (ePOD), route planning, optimisation and compliance for a fleet of 70 vehicles operating from Caulfield’s depots in Dublin and Cork. The system includes a supplier portal to provide manufacturers with online access to POD information and planned delivery dates, as well as a custom POD report to include supplier-specific information and terminology with the optional capture of ‘customer own paperwork’.

With TranSend, Caulfield Transport will benefit from:

  • Dynamic Route Builder, which provides a graphical view of the planning process and order allocation with the ability to drag and drop orders onto any route.
  • A flexible, user-friendly ePOD app provides route information and step-by-step instructions for each stop, capturing all data and events, including signatures and photos.
  • Customer pre-delivery notification by email and SMS, reducing time wasted on cancelled deliveries and improving customer service.
  • Apps for enhanced vehicle checks compliance and incident recording ensure that detailed data is captured and acted upon.
  • Integration with Blue Tree telematics will enable driver behaviour information to be viewed in the TranSend back office system.

Fintan Caulfield, Managing Director at Caulfield Transport, comments:

“Our business is founded on the quality of our delivery service and our response to customers. With TranSend we have a system that will optimise routes and the utilisation of our fleet, reduce admin costs and enable us to invoice more accurately. We can now offer white goods suppliers and their customers a more efficient and transparent delivery service – all of which helps us to confidently compete for new delivery contracts.”

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www.caulfieldtransport.com

TranSend ePOD V3 electronic proof of deliveryThe The UK Logistics Confidence Index H1 2016, by Barclays and Moore Stephens*, indicates that industry confidence is at a four-year low, although the industry is investing in technology and value added services to cope with customer pressure for lower prices while competition and costs rise – as reported by Logistics Manager.

One interesting statistic cited is that the main source (62%) of new business in the past six months has been as a result of new customers switching from other service providers. See full report.

This highlights the need for delivery operations to be as competitive as possible to both win new business and retain existing clients.

The report also points out that, according to respondents:

  • Pressure from customers to cut prices has overtaken driver and skills shortages as the key challenge in the next six months.
  • New technologies, automation and supply chain innovations are seen as critical to help logistics operators work smarter and improve margins.

The key for successful delivery operators is to be able to offer the right mix of flexibility and customer service at the lowest cost.

* The UK Logistics Confidence Index H1 2016, by Barclays and Moore Stephens

ProCam vehicles ePOD and route planning

ProCam ePODProCam has selected TranSend integrated route planning and electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) deployed on Android devices to remove paperwork, plan the most efficient routes, automate the delivery management process and provide ProCam with real-time visibility of their customer deliveries.

ProCam is a national agricultural chemical distribution and agronomy group comprising a network of 16 regional businesses that provide the UK’s top producers with crop protection products and advises farmers on how to get the most out of their crops through better production management methods. ProCam’s business has seasonal peaks and regional variations in supply as well as specific delivery compliance requirements for hazardous products. In addition to managing routes and deliveries more efficiently, ProCam needed an ePOD system that could manage the driver’s day from a single device, including ad-hoc deliveries, vehicle checks and incident reporting.

TranSend are supplying tracking, electronic proof of delivery (ePOD), route planning, optimisation and compliance for their fleet of 80 vehicles operating from their regional sites.

Orders are generated from their IFS order management system and from then on TranSend handles the route building, planning and optimisation, taking into account any specific customer delivery instructions and time-windows.

Deployed on Android smartphone devices, the TranSend ePOD app will present drivers with their route for the day with step-by-step instructions for each stop, including site-specific delivery instructions, signature capture and recording of any events or exceptions as they arise.

Once out on the road, data captured by the TranSend app will provide the back office with complete, real-time visibility of each route, highlighting any exceptions as they occur, so that ProCam can respond quickly to any customer queries.

Importantly for ProCam, from a health and safety perspective, the TranSend app enables comprehensive, configurable vehicle safety checks, plus detailed incident and accident reporting.

TranSend are providing us with a fully integrated route planning and ePOD solution which will enable us to plan the most efficient routes for deliveries and provide a more efficient and proactive service, with a real-time view of the progress of each route and driver. The additional benefit of vehicle checks and incident reporting on the TranSend app means that we can easily and cost-effectively manage the drivers’ day on a single mobile device.

comments Nathan Sheppard, Group ICT Director at ProCam

www.procam.co.uk

 

Perfect Home retailer

Perfect Home

PerfectHome has selected TranSend ePOD and integrated route planning to provide an automated delivery management system that will replace paper processes, optimise the use of their drivers and vehicles, provide real-time visibility of the delivery operation and enable pro-active communication with stores and customers.

PerfectHome is a household goods retailer offering quality products to customers through weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment options with 70 stores in high streets and shopping locations across the UK.

They needed a system to plan and track deliveries at order detail level, including key data such as customer details, locations, product information, special instructions and time-windows – as well as any product-specific attributes.

TranSend are supplying tracking, electronic proof of delivery (ePOD), route planning, optimisation and compliance for their fleet of 45 vehicles operating from their national and local warehouses.

Individual orders will be passed from their Open-Retail ERP system and TranSend will handle the route building, planning and optimisation. In addition, route compliance, will monitor the actual route against plan for assessment and driver debrief.

The TranSend ePOD app will be deployed on Android smartphone devices and will provide drivers with their route for the day with step-by-step instructions for each stop, including signature capture and recording of any events or exceptions as they arise. Deliveries will be GPS-tracked with the system highlighting any delays. Pre-delivery text alerts are to be sent to the customer or store automatically when the vehicle is a pre-defined distance away.

Once out on the road, data captured by the TranSend app will provide the back office with complete, real-time visibility of each route, highlighting any events and exceptions as they occur, which means that PerfectHome can respond quickly.

Jeannette Davies, New Business and Logistics Director at PerfectHome, comments:

“We have selected TranSend to enable us to better plan, manage and monitor our store and customer deliveries and provide a more efficient and proactive service. TranSend offers us an integrated route planning and proof of delivery system with the flexibility to support business growth and handle any changes required in the delivery process workflow”

 

About PerfectHome:

PerfectHome is a household goods retailer offering quality products and choice to customers through weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment options. Established in 2006, PerfectHome has opened 70 stores in high streets and shopping locations across the country. PerfectHome was proud to achieve formal accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation in September 2014. As a member of the Retail Leadership Group of the Prince’s Trust, PerfectHome has provided work placements within its stores for young people and makes a regular donation to support its work.

www.perfecthome.co.uk

 

IntraLogistex 2016 ILX16

Visit IntraLogisteX at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 16th & 17th March to see TranSend ePOD and Route Planning in action:

  • Seminar 

    on 16th March at 11.30:  Intelligent ePOD addresses the challenge of providing a tailored customer experience vs. driver shortages

Customer-specific stop details

Using client case studies, you will learn how companies such as Palmer and Harvey, Wincanton, Brighthouse and Tardis Environmental have transformed their delivery operation using the TranSend proof of delivery (ePOD) app and back office system, using customised workflows for each stop – by customer, by contract, by product.

The TranSend ePOD workflow can be customised for each stop by customer, by contract and by product. It removes the need for any driver to follow detailed paperwork and ensures that products and services are delivered according to specific requirements, with all activity tracked in real time.

The latest TranSend ePOD app includes comprehensive functionality to manage the driver’s day, including vehicle checks, trailer management, 2-way messaging, predictive ETAs using live traffic, delivery jeopardy alerts and an incident recording app; all of which ensures driver compliance with the requirements for each job, with a duty of care.

Register for IntraLogistex:  We look forward to meeting you there

IntraLogistex 2016 ILX16

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