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Scot JCB finds perfect planning software partner in PODFather


Scot JCB, supplier of agricultural and construction machinery in Scotland and the North of England has selected PODFather’s field engineer management system for roll out across its complex service management operation. With over 150 engineers, 17 depots and 1,000+ daily visits that involve a varied mix of routine repairs, emergency SLA dependent call outs, and multi engineer jobs, Scot JCB has struggled to find a solution capable of handling the intricacies of its operation. With PODFather’s job management, route scheduling and electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) software now rolling out the Scot JCB team is confident it has found the right supplier capable of handling the nuances of its operation. PODFather will replace Scot JCB’s incumbent technology with an intuitive planning system and smart phone app for improved visibility and control across its operation.

“Our operation deals with so much more than routine repair visits,” comments Scott Spowage, Group IT Manager at Scot JCB. “The jobs our engineers are handling are usually complex, multi point inspections that vary depending on manufacturer instructions and client needs. This has been a problem for solution providers we’ve worked with in the past, but not for PODFather.”

The Scot JCB group consists of five companies operating from a network of 17 depots across Scotland and the North of England supplying and servicing construction, agricultural and industry machinery. With PODFather successfully implemented at its Glasgow-HQ, the Scot JCB team is now embarking on a swift roll out plan across its entire operation. Having struggled to find good fit technology for its busy operation, Scot JCB reviewed what the market had to offer and picked PODFather as its solution of choice. The PODFather solution is being used to plan engineer schedules, track vehicle movements and capture photographs, service and maintenance records, and signatures against each completed job. With strict customer SLAs in place it is imperative that Scot JCB has a sophisticated solution to ensure engineers are sufficiently utilised, and that customer service promises are adhered to, in the most efficient way.

“With PODFather we get the system flexibility, and reliable results, that we’ve been looking for from a software supplier. We have been able to configure the system to meet the specific needs of our service engineer visits. This was a huge plus point and something we’ve struggled with in the past,” adds Spowage. “We are using PODFather to plan engineer routes, that includes both routine servicing, multi engineer visits and emergency call outs for which we must adhere to our strict service level agreement promises and we can now make informed decisions quickly which is great for our customers and our business.”

With PODFather, Scot JCB can capture onsite information relating to each specific job. Historically engineers captured photos on a digital camera; this is now all captured via the PODFather smartphone app. Engineers can log what work has been completed and what repairs or part replacements will be required in the future. They can also use the app’s dictation tool to capture their spoken notes, as opposed to having to type out written notes for every job. “We are at the start of our PODFather journey and we look forward to seeing the system’s proven benefits become a reality across our operation,” concludes Jamieson.

“We are delighted to be helping the team at Scot JCB tackle the challenge of planning and managing its complex service management operation,” adds Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather. “The selection and roll out of PODFather is testament to just how flexible, configurable and intuitive our award-winning field service technology really is.”

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Trimline sees the real time benefit of planning with PODFather


Trimline, the leading supplier of tiling products and solutions is seeing the real time benefits of introducing PODFather’s route optimisation and electronic proof of delivery software to its UK distribution operation. Known for its company commitment to exceptional customer care, the Trimline team wanted a software solution that would help them deliver greater access to quality tile products and quicker response time for customers, whatever the project scale. With PODFather now in place the Trimline team is seeing the benefit of having real time fleet visibility and performance reporting. As a result of the data that PODFather collects, Trimline has been able to dramatically increase its On Time in Full (OTIF) delivery performance by over 12%.

“One of the biggest benefits of introducing PODFather is that we now have real time visibility of what’s going on out on the road,” comments Dave Fletcher, Operations Manager. “With the PODFather system in place we can optimise the routes we are running, track progress in real time, and capture electronic proof of delivery information without having to rely on the use of paper tickets. As a result of changing our working practices we’ve saved a huge amount of admin time and seen our On Time in Full performance improve by over 12%.”

Trimline use the PODFather system to plan delivery routes, collect vehicle check data and send job information to drivers. All drivers have access to the PODFather Driver App, which runs on even the most basic of smartphones. The app allows drivers to collect and log all vehicle check information before their jobs for the day are uploaded and they head out onto the road. “The driver app is really simple yet very effective,” adds Fletcher. “In fact, the whole PODFather system, from the job management screens through to the end of day reports are user friendly and informative; it was one of the big plus points for me when I first saw the solution.”

End of day reporting has allowed Trimline to improve efficiency across its operation. With vehicle tracking and driver performance data being fed back to the transport team, via the PODFather app, Trimline is able to make decisions and refine planning parameters based on real life data, something that wasn’t possible with the previous, paper based process.

“Trimline is an excellent example of how the benefits of using PODFather influences may different aspect of our clients’ businesses,” adds Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather. “Distribution operators are familiar with the concepts of route optimisation, vehicle checks and driver tracking but in this case it’s been the collection and collation of real life business data that has led to Trimline improving efficiency across its operation, with some impressive results.”

PODFather Ltd – so much more than ePOD

Our software is helping businesses within the logistics, construction, field service and healthcare industries to streamline processes, improve operational and financial efficiency, and eradicate paper. Our cloud-based delivery management software encompasses a range of features and functionality including; job management, route planning and optimization, vehicle checks, proof of delivery, driver and vehicle tracking, as well as invoicing and reporting modules. PODFather allows businesses to be better informed about the jobs they are managing, highlighting problems before they occur, making users proactive rather than reactive. Our customer base includes well-known names such as Tarmac, NHS, Bidfresh, Oxfam and Igloo, as well as a many independent logistics and construction service operators. To find out more visit www.podfather.com.

Please direct all media request to: Jane Geary, Marketing Manager
Tel: 07590 376099, jgeary@podfather.com
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My Learning provides free online learning and its school planning toolkit to any school affected by Corona Virus


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With the continuing rise in school closures set to increase, My Learning UK have created a school closure planning toolkit. Packed with best-practice and relevant advice, the toolkit assists every aspect of a school’s operational need. Schools affected by The Corona Virus will benefit from a range of advice as this toolkit assembles everything into a single place.

Their online learning platform (“Fusion”) is now available free to any school affected by Corona Virus. The Fusion VLE/LMS allows schools to issue homework, share content and operate live broadcasts. It also keeps parents connected with the free Fusion APP. The product operates in over 110 languages, is available on any device and can be deployed within 24 hours.

Alan Sawyers, CEO of My Learning UK announced that:

Education should not be limited by physical barriers in this connected world. Fusion allows teachers and students to benefit from continuing education, even during times of interruption”.

My Learning has seen increased demand from schools worldwide since January. They have added further capacity to their video conferencing systems to allow schools to hold live online lessons and share content to students at home. Fusion is fully compatible with Google and Microsoft Office 365, providing a huge range of teaching and communication tools.

Mr. Sawyers went on to explain “Our free school closure planning toolkit can be downloaded by anyone. We wanted to give something practical and timely to educators. This is also why we are providing our online platform at no charge too.”

About My Learning (UK) Ltd
My Learning has been supplying services to a diverse range of schools internationally for over 10 years. Clients range from nursery settings in the UK to Universities in Indonesia. They are experienced in creating student-friendly and multi-lingual online learning environments known as VLE/LMS.

About Fusion VLE (Product)
Fusion VLE is an online service (VLE/LMS) which operates from ages 4 to 18 on any device in over 110 languages. It provides teaching tools, content, communications and conferencing services for education. Fusion integrates with Google, Office, YouTube and supports over 150 content publishers. The product connects parents, staff and teachers into a single platform allowing seamless communication of messages, information and reports.

For further information about My Learning UK, contact Abbey Simkiss (Marketing Manager)

Tel: +44 5603 666419 or email marketing@mylearningltd.com

Further information is available online at https://www.fusionvle.com/24hours

 

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Meet Lyfetymes, the All-In-One Digital Party Planning Platform shaking up the $400B Events Market


LYFETYMES, a party planning platform which makes it easier for anyone to plan and host a party- from family gatherings to VIP parties – is here to disrupt the multi-billion dollar party planning industry and puts it on the cutting edge of the digital platform.

“Our goal is to make Millions of Memories. LYFETYMES is your All-In-One Digital Party and Celebration Planner; you can plan all your celebrations in one experience and end-to-end,” says Katie Cunningham, founder and CEO of LYFETYMES. “It’s great for Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Holiday’s, Graduation Parties, or Any Occasion. We take the stress out of planning, allowing you to spend more time celebrating and making memories. You can start planning a party or collaborating with Co-Hosts in 30 seconds from your couch in your pajamas.”

Deciding to step away from her career as Vice President in Mortgage Finance for several Fortune 100 Companies, Katie Cunningham was inspired to develop a business that empowers the people and families that she loves the most with a party planning platform.

After a decade of spending time in Mortgage Finance at Citi and a few other Fortune 100 Companies – Katie found it difficult to balance the responsibilities of the Corporate World and being a mother who could be there to celebrate all the memories and life events of her loved ones. The time she had at home when she wasn’t being whisked away from city to city, she was in charge of planning many life events for her family and friends, from Birthdays, Baby Showers to Funerals. Frustrated at the lack of tools and options to help her manage the chaos after trying service and app that was available – she decided to leave the Corporate World and build something she knew could change the lives of millions of people experiencing the same frustrations as her.

“Our users can create a sharable Party Website in a click via Text, Email, Facebook to share details with guests in a click, get instant RSVPs, verify who’s attending, venue mapping and even send a note back to the host and even personalize your URL We also are the only planning site where you can personalize your party website with photo AND video now.” says Katie.

Every pain point and frustration that she felt over the years being Planner-in-Chief of dozens of events, she’s built as a solution into LYFETYMES. Rather than being exclusive to any one type of party or celebration, LYFETYMES aims to be inclusive of all different types of events spreading across all cultures by building tools that empower planners to easily plan, invite, collaborate, and share memories.

“LYFETYMES takes the stress out of planning, allowing you to spend more time celebrating and making memories” – as Katie puts it.

LYFETYMES has experienced massive early traction and engagement. Thousands of people have signed up on their platform, and have invited tens of thousands of guests over the last 30 days, with an unheard of 60% engagement rate on the platform.

Clearly many people resonate with the message of LYFETYMES and what it aims to do to help people plan events more easily.

Katie announced that she is fundraising for LYFETYMES through Wefunder – an online fundraising and investment platform that crowdsources funding starting November 10, 2019. She intends on expanding the platform’s features and functionality and to skyrocket growth based on the early traction she’s received.

“LYFETYMES has been very successful on Pinterest, where people go to begin ideation of parties has 15MM impressions and 350K engagements in the last 90 days with no marketing spend,” says Katie. “Now that we’ve validated our business model and demand, we’re ready to scale to the next level”

People who are interested in learning more about LYFETYMES fundraising should visit Wefunder where you can invest as little as $100 to be a part of their journey.  This story was produced by Content Engine, the Content Marketing Automation Platform that
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