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Classic Fine Foods puts plans for a premium delivery service in place with PODFather


Classic Fine Foods puts plans for a premium delivery service in place with PODFather

Classic Fine Foods, the specialist fine food purveyor and distributor, has selected dynamic route planning, job tracking and electronic proof of delivery software from PODFather. With its fleet of temperature-controlled vehicles running a next day, six day a week delivery service to a network of over customers across the breadth of the country, Classic Fine Foods needed a premium planning solution that could ensure continuity, reliability and great service across its distribution operation. Having reviewed what systems the market had to offer PODFather’s proven results, ease of integration and wealth of experience in the foodservice and home delivery sectors made it the obvious choice for Classic Fine Foods.

“As a business, Classic Fine Foods is passionate about delivering both exceptional products and a first-class service, that’s why we needed a software supplier with the same company ethos as our own,” comments Philip Tucker, Operations Manager at Classic Fine Foods. “From our first meeting it was clear that PODFather could give us an easy to use solution to tackling the complex problem of getting our premium fresh produce to the right place, at the right time and in the most efficient manner.”

Classic Fine Foods deliver exceptional, unique gourmet products and seasonal offerings to restaurants, hotels, and customer homes across the UK. Prior to the introduction of PODFather, the business relied on a mix of software solutions and paper-based processes to organise and manage its distribution operation. Now with PODFather in place Classic Fine Foods can look forward to automating the paper-based processes of the past and reaping the proven benefits associated with the introduction of advanced, yet easy to use, route planning, delivery management and ePOD technology.

PODFather will deliver a range of functionality to the Classic Fine Foods operation, namely dynamic route optimisation, delivery tracking, customer ETA notifications and electronic proof of delivery. The PODFather driver app, which runs on even the most basic of Android or iOS smart phones, will enable Classic Fine Foods to collect vehicle check and defect information, provide directional details for drivers, capture real time delivery tracking and completion data including vehicle temperature information, and ultimately to have a real time electronic proof of delivery record, with photos, for every drop.

“There are huge customer service benefits to be had by introducing PODFather to our operation,” adds Tucker. “With PODFather our customers, and our customer service teams, will have real time visibility of exactly where each delivery is, and when it is scheduled to arrive. Also having electronic proof of delivery that’s captured and sent back to our transport team on order completion is going to have a hugely positive impact on how we run our business.”

“We are delighted to be working with the team at Classic Fine Foods, an organisation with the same passion for delivering quality products and exceptional service as we have here at PODFather,” adds Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather. “This implementation will see the roll out of our full suite of functionality which covers everything from job management and route planning, through to job tracking, driver communication and electronic proof of delivery, all delivered in one easy to use cloud-based system and driver app.”

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New free tool finally shows available delivery slots for all major UK supermarkets in one place


Delivery Slot Finder is a free chrome extension app that checks for supermarket delivery slots on your behalf. It supports all the major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsburys, ASDA, Morrisons, Iceland, Waitrose & the Co-op.

As you can see in the short overview video on the Delivery Slot Finder website, a rare Sainsbury’s delivery slot was found whilst demonstrating the app. These slots are very difficult to find without the use of the tool.

The public release of the tool comes at a time when home delivery slots are still frustratingly difficult to find in the UK. By the time you’ve finished clicking through each of the sites and decided on which slot would work best for you, it’s probably already been taken by someone else. Delivery Slot Finder checks the supermarkets at the same time and shows you one aggregated view in under 30 seconds.

Built by software developer Rick Blyth initially to help family and friends find delivery slots during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now freely available for the public to use. The tool will always be free but there will soon be a premium version that will give notifications when it finds delivery slots for your favourite supermarkets.

Finally, the tool will shortly support checking for “Click and Collect” slots for those supermarkets that support it. Click and Collect is becoming more popular due to the way it helps minimise time spent in close proximity to other shoppers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg6gCIjQiWA?feature=oembed

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The British Metals Recycling Association issues reminder: Do not place electrical items in the bin


The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), the trade association representing the metals recycling industry, has highlighted the risk of placing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in household waste wheelie bins or recycling boxes.

Whilst the majority of the country is staying at home in line with current Government COVID-19 guidance, workers in the waste sector will be working tirelessly to keep the streets clean and free from rubbish, vermin and related disease. They help ensure that general waste is safely disposed of and our home recyclables (tin cans, drinks cans, plastic packaging, paper etc) get back into the circular economy.

If, as householders, we dispose of waste electrical appliances in our general waste or home recycling box/bin, we risk exposing these workers to fire, explosion or electrocution. This is because household waste collections are not designed to handle electrical items, many of which may contain a lithium ion battery (even some items that have a plug such as DVD players, games consoles etc) that, when tampered with or crushed (for example by a rubbish truck’s compactor), can explode and/or cause a fire.

WEEE that ends up in the household waste collection and recycling centres (HWRC) can be extremely dangerous: many of the recent fires at waste sites can be attributed to WEEE, and specifically the presence of lithium ion batteries. In addition, harmful substances can leak out and cause soil and water pollution; harming wildlife and potentially human health.

James Kelly, CEO of the BMRA said: “WEEE or e-waste is one of the fastest growing ‘waste’ streams in the UK and requires specialist handling and treatment. When not dealt with correctly it poses a risk not only to the environment, but for the workers that handle it. Let’s not cause any additional risk to these workers at this already trying time.

“Ensuring that WEEE is recycled responsibly means that more material enters the circular economy, can be recycled and as much as possible avoids landfill.”

WEEE can include:
• large household appliances, e.g. fridges, ovens, and washing machines.
• small household appliances, e.g. kettles, food processors, toasters, and radios.
• IT and telecommunications equipment, e.g. tablets, mobile/smart phones and computers

Mr Kelly added: “We are encouraging people to follow the Government advice and stay at home, and to urge them to keep hold of their WEEE until such time the current restrictions on movement are relaxed or removed. Once this happens, householders will be able, once again, to take their old electrical items to a local HWRC or a BMRA member that can handle this type of material.”

Find a metal recycler near you: www.recyclemetals.org/recyclerdirectory. Call ahead to check the type of material taken.

About the BMRA and metals recycling:
The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) is the trade association representing the £7 billion UK Metal Recycling sector. The BMRA represents over 270 organisations that trade and process over 10 million tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals every year, including: steel, aluminium and copper.

It is made up of businesses of all sizes, including small family owned businesses and large international companies. Member activities include collecting, sorting, shearing, baling, shredding, media separation, as well as reuse, casting, and fabrication.

Members recycle a wide range of products, such as end-of-life vehicles, packaging, batteries, domestic appliances, building materials and electronic goods.

1. The UK metal recycling industry is so efficient at recovering metal from end-of-life products that more is recovered than can be consumed domestically. As a result, over 80 per cent of all ‘waste’ metal is now destined for export. This means we are competing against suppliers from the USA and Japan who are not required to characterise recycled metal as waste.

2. Every tonne of recycled steel saves: 1.5 tonnes of iron ore, 0.5 tonnes of coal, 70% of the energy, 40% of the water, 75% of CO2 emissions, and 0.97 tonnes of CO2.

3. Recycling of metals is also the major contributor to the UK’s achievement of targets under EU Directives such as end-of-life vehicles and packaging.

4. In 2017, the UK exported over 9 million tonnes of recovered ferrous (iron and steel) metal and approximately 800,000 thousand tonnes of non-ferrous metal (such as aluminium and copper).

Members of the public can use the BMRA website to find a metal recycler – www.recyclemetals.org/recyclerdirectory

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