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

Robert Lee proof of delivery (ePOD)

Robert Lee DIstribtionBetter integrated and more efficient deliveries are in prospect at Robert Lee Distribution, the UK’s largest independent distributor of bathroom, kitchen and plumbing products, following the introduction of a comprehensive centralised scheduling and delivery management solution from Mapmechanics and TranSend.

TranSend are supplying tracking, electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) and route compliance; Mapmechanics are supplying Truckstops dynamic vehicle routing and scheduling.

Robert Lee distributes around 40,000 line items to retailers and merchants from a network of four national depots, using a fleet of more than 50 vehicles. Historically customers were allocated to specific depots, but the company was keen to balance deliveries more efficiently across the entire fleet, and to automate delivery planning and execution from day to day.

Robert Lee Distribution also wanted to manage deliveries in real time, replacing paper records with a more flexible, centralised ePOD system, and to be able to check route compliance and compare actual delivery performance against the plan.

With the new system in place, Truckstops will schedule deliveries across all Robert Lee depots automatically each day, taking account of delivery priorities, constraints and time windows as necessary. Using an “Output to TranSend” button within Truckstops, the company will then pass the schedules directly to the TranSend system.

TranSend is designed to manage all aspects of the delivery process, from driver log-on to customer delivery and collection and return to the depot, and has been configured precisely to Robert Lee requirements for data capture and exception reporting.

Drivers have been equipped with Zebra TC55 handheld terminals, and the Truckstops schedule is sent to these terminals each day. Drivers then use them to navigate to delivery points, capture signatures and note exceptions. The data is sent back to base wirelessly in real time for analysis, invoicing and archiving.

Deliveries are GPS-tracked via the handheld devices, and pre-delivery text alerts are sent to each customer automatically when the vehicle is a pre-set distance away. Delays or other issues are captured back at base as they occur, allowing staff to alert customers or take other appropriate action.

The record of actual routes, timings and drivers’ hours can be compared after the event with the Truckstops schedule, and parameters can be amended over time to improve the efficiency of the operation further.

Mapmechanics and TranSend have come up with an integrated package that promises to optimise use of our existing delivery fleet and provide customers with a more efficient and proactive service.

says Robert Lee Distribution operations director, Colin O’Reilly

 

 

pharmaceutical products

Ethigen

Ethigen will implement TranSend ePOD on Zebra TC55 Android  Touch devices to manage all deliveries to pharmacies through their own fleet of 40 vehicles in Scotland and Northern England.

 

With a turnover in excess of £140 million, Ethigen Limited has established itself as one of the leading pharmaceutical distributors in the United Kingdom, supplying retail pharmacies with a twice daily delivery service in Scotland and a daily delivery service to the rest of the UK.

For regulatory control, Ethigen needed a proof of delivery 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 reach the right person at the right time and to provide instant feedback on any delivery issues as they arise.

The new proof of delivery system will replace paper-based processes and enable load validation by the driver with signature capture on delivery to the pharmacist, feeding real-time data into the back office system, confirming recipient ID with time and date stamp.

Drivers will use the TranSend app to confirm their load prior to departure, sign for any controlled drugs on the load and confirm relevant delivery checks and validation from the pharmacist upon delivery.  The TranSend app provides the driver with necessary prompts based on product type.

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.

The TranSend web-based back office system will provide managers and customer service staff with complete visibility of all deliveries and collections using GPS tracking from the driver’s device, capturing any events and exceptions that have occurred along the route.

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. Being able to deploy the TranSend app on Standard Android smartphones as well as the Zebra TC55 Android devices, means that the same system can be used by our own drivers and subcontractors alike, which makes it a really flexible and cost-effective solution for our business

Martin McKean, IT Manager at Ethigen

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Tardis Environmental UK

TranSend  will enable Tardis to streamline its delivery and collection operation by building and optimising routes, recording job tickets and monitoring the progress of these routes and jobs in real time.  This includes electronic proof of delivery and collection, thereby eliminating lost job tickets and ensuring that drivers are carrying out jobs correctly. They will use the TranSend integrated route planning & job management application, running on Motorola TC55 Android devices with built-in scanners.

Tardis portable toiletsTardis operates 60 vehicles covering wet waste collection, portable toilet hire, drainage services, water bowsers, waste tanks and road sweepers.  They pride themselves on excellence in service and offer a nationwide service with a 24 hour call out.

TranSend will be used to build and optimise routes based on job details to reduce mileage and better utilise driver time.  Drivers will download their allocated route for the day on their handheld device and then follow the prescribed process for deliveries and collections, including any special instructions, such as signatures and photographic evidence.

The TranSend solution provides a web-based back office management portal that will provide Tardis with complete visibility of routes and jobs in progress. Using GPS tracking from the driver’s handheld device, TranSend captures any events and exceptions that occur during the day and also manages driver compliance against their allocated route and jobs.

TranSend Solutions are experienced in the waste water sector and their routing and job management system is an excellent fit for our business ‘out of the box’. By automating ticket validation we will have accurate, real-time data to prove that jobs have been completed correctly.”

“We will be able to create different processes, according to the type of job, to ensure that each job is carried out to our specified standards. It also gives us scope to cover other business areas in the future.”

“TranSend provides us with an integrated route planning and job management from one supplier, which means we have a single point of contact for software, hardware and support. The system is easy to use for both drivers and office staff and will enable us to schedule and complete jobs more efficiently, as well as respond more quickly to our customers."


Chris Boydon, managing director, at Tardis Environmental UK

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About Tardis Environmental UK:

Tardis offer a broad spectrum of services including tankered waste, portable toilet hire, high pressure jetting and CCTV drainage surveys, water bowser hire, waste tank hire and specialist plant and machinery haulage services.  www.tardishire.co.uk

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