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BAKO North Western rolls out PODFather across its UK operation

BAKO North Western (Group) Limited, the leading nationwide supplier of bakery products and ingredients, is seeing significant savings having rolled out PODFather’s fleet management and electronic proof of delivery software.  BAKO’s multi temperature vehicles deliver to the thousands of customers nationally and BAKO needed a system that could rise to the planning challenge presented by its high-volume operation.  Having been impressed by the PODFather system’s breadth of functionality, flexibility and ease of integration, BAKO were able to roll out delivery tracking, vehicle check, customer notification and electronic proof of delivery technology in a matter of weeks.  Paper tickets are now a thing of the past and the increased visibility and efficiency that PODFather brings has resulted in cost savings, efficiency improvements and improved customer service.

“The introduction of PODFather completely changed the way we work,” comments Richard Hodson, IT Manager at Bako North Western (Group) Limited.  “We used to manage everything using paper tickets which, with thousands of products and customers, was a hugely time intensive task.  We have now eradicated paper tickets from two of our three locations and look forward to doing this again at our third and final site early next year.

BAKO North Western (Group) process orders at each of its locations and with PODFather seamlessly integrated into its ERP solution, job information automatically flows between the two systems.  PODFather’s cloud-based back office system pushes job information out to an app on each drivers’ smartphone device.  At the start of each shift drivers log all vehicle check information via the PODFather app before heading out on the road.  Each customer receives a full list of delivery items.  Substituted or unavailable items are clearly highlighted for the customer to see.

“With PODFather our customers have so much more visibility of their orders.  In the past, if there was a substitute or out of stock item our customer would not know until our driver arrived on site, which was not ideal”, adds Hodson.  “Now, with PODFather, we can tell customers exactly what they will be receiving in their delivery, and if items are rejected or returned our drivers can log this using the PODFather App while on site with the customer, giving us complete real time visibility of what’s going on out on the road.

Real time visibility across the operation has also helped to streamline and speed up invoicing processes.

“We have built PODFather to be a system capable of tackling the big challenges that distribution operators, such as BAKO, have to face on a daily basis including high volumes and item substitutions,” comments Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather.  “To see the BAKO operation roll out so quickly, and with such great results, is testament to our commitment to developing and delivering an easy to use software solution with robust integration capability, that bring real business benefits to today’s fleet operators.

PODFather Ltd – so much more than ePO

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

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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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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Simply Serve keeps track of its healthcare assets with PODFather


Simply Serve, the wholly owned subsidiary of Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, relies on PODFather’s healthcare asset tracking solution to monitor the movement of items across its growing delivery and collection network. With an in-house logistics team moving patient notes, post, medical samples, surgical equipment and medication between more than 70 sites consisting of: hospitals, doctor surgeries, pharmacies and laboratories, Simply Serve needed a solution it could rely on to help track and monitor asset movements. Since the introduction of PODFather, Simply Serve has been able to move away from the manually planned process of old and eradicate paper from its operation for good.

“Here at Simply Serve we’re handling a wide range of items going to a large number of destinations so it’s essential that assets are carefully tracked to ensure everything gets to the right place at the right time,” comments Gary Starrs, Facilities Manager at Simply Serve. “With PODFather we are confident that all our healthcare assets are carefully monitored and tracked. There are cost implications to mislaying notes or an item as it moves across our network but for the patients in our NHS Foundation’s care the implications of a mislaid batch of notes, or sample results, could be far more serious.”

The PODFather system is used to track the movement of assets as they move across the company’s network. All items are given a barcode which the Simply Serve drivers scan using the PODFather driver app as items are loaded onto a vehicle. Once the driver reaches the destination the items are scanned off the vehicle and signatures and proof of delivery photos are captured and submitted back to the management office in real time.

“With PODFather we have peace of mind as we have a complete audit trail of how assets are moving across our network,” adds Starrs. “The app is very easy to use, drivers scan items onto their vehicles and off at the point of delivery. The ability to capture photos and delivery confirmation information, such as electronic signatures, is of great benefit to us, especially if there is a discrepancy or query against a particular delivery.”

Simply Serve is at the beginning of its PODFather journey. Having introduced automated vehicle checks, asset tracking and electronic proof of delivery the Simply Serve team is now looking to bring in automated customer notifications, and use the system’s routing capabilities to review and enhance its existing network of fixed route runs. “We see great potential with PODFather,” concludes Starrs. “As our business grows PODFather will help us to maximise the use of our own assets, our drivers and vehicles, to ensure that we continue to deliver a premium service in the most cost-effective way.”

“We have a long history of working with the amazing organisation that is the NHS,” comments Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather. “Keeping track of what assets are where is no mean feat but with PODFather, like we’ve shown here at Simply Serve, asset loss can become a thing of the past. By switching to PODFather companies working within the healthcare sector can plan vehicle routes, capture vehicle checks, capture asset movement and electronic proof of delivery information all with our easy to use cloud-based system.”

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
https://www.linkedin.com/in/janegeary/

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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
https://www.linkedin.com/in/janegeary/

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Braehead Foods saves over £80,000 a year with PODFather


Braehead Foods, one of Scotland’s largest independent food wholesalers, is working with PODFather to optimise routes and streamline proof of delivery processes across its UK wide operation. With a fleet of 20 vehicles, and over 1,300 hotel and restaurant customers to serve, Braehead Foods needed a solution that could help modernise its manual transport planning process. PODFather is now used daily to plan driver routes, track vehicle movements, and capture electronic proof of delivery in real time. As a result, the Braehead Foods team is seeing huge benefit – in the form of significant reductions in mileage, driving time and fuel – which equate to a financial saving of over £80,000 a year.

“PODFather is a fantastic system. When we first introduced it there was some hesitancy across the business, from both management and drivers, but as our savings show its introduction has had a huge impact on the way we run our growing business,” comments Andy Clark, Director at Braehead Foods. “We now rely on it every day to create optimised routes for our drivers. This has made a significant difference as the system automatically handles customer delivery windows, opening times and access constraints which makes all our lives a lot easier.”

Each of Braehead Food’s drivers has been issued with a basic Android smartphone on which to run the PODFather app. Once installed the app allows the Braehead planning team to send job information to each driver with all the relevant details relating to specific delivery drop locations; drivers can also gather and log all vehicle check information. Once a drop is complete the driver can collect customer proof of delivery – photo and signature – and submit this back to the transport office in real time. “The PODFather driver app is so intuitive that even our most non-technical drivers have gotten to grips with it really quickly,” adds Clark. “It makes a big difference to how our drivers work; it’s definitely a much easier and more reliable delivery tracking process than the manual, paper-based one we had before.”

The improvements PODFather is delivering are being felt beyond the transport team within Braehead Foods, with customer services and accounts departments seeing the immediate benefit of real time visibility of driver drops and completed PODs. Customer service calls have reduced and time to invoice has been slashed as PODFather facilitates the fast flow of real time information across the whole business. “The admin around planning and executing deliveries has been dramatically reduced. For starters we are no longer having to call drivers to check where they are, and what time they think they are going to arrive at a customer site. PODFather tells us everything we need to know when we need to know it,” concludes Clark.

“Braehead Foods is an excellent example of how the PODFather solution can transform how a business operates,” adds Colin McCreadie, Managing Director of PODFather. “Our functionality rich, yet easy to use, system ensures that a wide range of business units – from transport through to customer service and accounts – can benefit from the introduction of our cloud-based optimisation and delivery management solution. To be able to report a saving of £80,000, which has been realized in a matter of months, is a huge achievement for the Braehead Foods team and we’re delighted be able to support them as they continue to develop their use of the PODFather solution.”

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
https://www.linkedin.com/in/janegeary/

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Aggrecom rolls out PODFather across its construction materials business


Aggrecom Ltd, the East Midlands based supplier of construction materials, has selected PODFather as its system of choice for the planning and management of its earthworks and aggregates operations. With a fleet of 27 tipper lorries, road sweepers and earthmoving vehicles, Aggrecom needed a software solution that could help eradicate paperwork and improve visibility across its growing business. Having started by rolling PODFather out across a section of its fleet, Aggrecom quickly saw the time and efficiency saving benefits that PODFather brings. As a result, a full scale PODFather roll out operation is now underway.

“As an organisation, we pride ourselves on delivering a first-class service to our customers. Irrespective of whether we’re moving 20 or 200,000 tonnes of material, we want to be able to accommodate and adapt to any situation,” comments Rob Fox, Managing Director, Aggrecom Group Holdings Ltd. “With PODFather rolling out across our earthworks and aggregates operations we feel we have the right solution in place to help us to maximise efficiency, streamline our processes and improve visibility across our business.”

With PODFather in place, Aggrecom will benefit from a number of construction specific software features including bespoke job booking, load planning and allocation management. PODFather’s robust software offering provides an easy to use, intuitive solution, to the complex problem of planning and managing the movement of a wide variety of earthworks and aggregate loads. In addition, Aggrecom drivers will all have access to the PODFather smart phone app. Running on even the most basic of smartphones, the app enables the Aggrecomm management team to share work with drivers, allocate progress and log proof of delivery information in real time.

“With the introduction of PODFather we are saving up to five hours of admin time every day by not relying on paper tickets; time that can be used elsewhere within the business,” adds Fox. “In addition, with real time proof of delivery collection we can immediately see what work we’ve completed, deal with discrepancies, and invoice accordingly. As far as we are concerned it’s a real game changer in terms of improving how we carry out our day to day business.”

“Here at PODFather we pride ourselves on delivering solutions that meet the real needs of today’s construction operators,” adds Colin McCreadie, PODFather’s Managing Director. “With Aggrecom we’ve quickly been able to demonstrate just how instrumental our system can be in streamlining processes, driving improvements and improving visibility for companies dealing with the complex challenge of managing material movements in the construction industry.”

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
https://www.linkedin.com/in/janegeary/

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Reach Food Service delivers dramatic business growth with PODFather


Reach Food Service, the London based premium foodservice operator, has implemented delivery management, route optimisation and electronic proof of delivery technology from PODFather. With the Reach business experiencing a fourfold expansion in order volumes and customer deliveries, the management team needed a software system that was both easy to use and could offer unparalleled functionality, fast. As a result, the Reach team turned to PODFather, the UK’s leading supplier of advanced cloud-based route planning, vehicle tracking and ePOD services.

“At a time of accelerated growth, when we are moving from 250 to 1,500 daily deliveries, we needed a solution that we knew we could trust. That’s why we contacted PODFather,” commented Abbas Lalljee, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Reach Food Service Limited. “We’ve worked with the PODFather team in the past and have found them to be professional and reliable. The system is both advanced, yet easy to use so when we needed a solution PODFather was our only port of call and we were up and running within five working days of signing which is incredible.”

PODFather is now used daily to plan and manage the movement of Reach’s recently expanded vehicle fleet. “With PODFather we’ve made the initial leap of going from 250 deliveries a day to 800 and having the system in place has made the significant jump in volume so much easier to handle,” comments Geoff Charles, Reach’s Transport & Logistics Manager. “With PODFather my team and I can be confident that our deliveries are optimised, our vehicles are tracked, our customers are receiving timely notifications via text and email, and that we, as a transport team are collecting all our proof of delivery notifications with ease.”

The decision to introduce PODFather comes during what is an unprecedented period of challenge and change. “When the UK Government made the decision to shut down cafes, pubs and restaurants to slow the spread of COVID-19 I knew we needed to adapt quickly,” adds Lalljee. “Having a talented and entrepreneurial team, we have swiftly pivoted the business to maintain employment and remain fully operational six days a week, with day and night shifts. PODFather has had a significant role to play in helping us achieve this.”

As part of its change in focus Reach Food Service is involved in two new initiatives. The first, ‘REACH My Kitchen’ will see Reach rolling out a gourmet home delivery service of high-end seafood, meat and poultry boxes. With service now commencing within the M25 region Reach has rapid expansion plans that will see a fast rollout across the UK. In addition the Reach team has partnered up with Côte Brasserie on the new ‘Côte at Home’ initiative that enables people to stock up with chilled bistro meals, created by Côte Brasserie chefs, that are delivered to homes nationwide, ready to cook, chill or freeze.

“These are trying times for us all but the example shown by Reach proves that with drive, determination and entrepreneurial flair you can diversify operations, as shown in this case with the introduction of two new home delivery focused initiatives,” comments Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather. “We are proud to be helping Reach Food Service and many other food and drinks companies, keeping supply chains moving, and homes stocked, at this most difficult of times.”

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
https://www.linkedin.com/in/janegeary/

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Ashvale Haulage eradicates paper tickets with PODFather


Ashvale Haulage, part of the M O’Brien plant hire group, is using PODFather to plan and manage the movement of its 70 tipper trucks carrying out a range of haulage, transport and earthworks services across its portfolio of construction customer projects. Working with the UK’s biggest infrastructure solution companies it was imperative that Ashvale Haulage had the right technology in place to meet stringent guidelines for electronic waste and material tracking. PODFather’s experience of doing just that, for some of the UK’s biggest operators, made it the obvious choice for the Ashvale Haulage team.

“With PODFather we can look forward to running an efficient and paperless operation,” comments Jack Dowd, Transport Manager at Ashvale Haulage. “To remain competitive in today’s infrastructure construction industry you need PODFather in place so that you can meet the project stipulation that all transport services be paperless. It’s a massive step forward for us, and our industry, and I see nothing but huge benefits by using PODFather to plan and manage our operation.”

Ashvale Haulage historically relied on a diary booking system to log customer work. Jobs were called in and written down before they were passed to the planning team to organise routes and loads for the following day. Now with PODFather, and the easy to use driver app in place, things are beginning to change. Vehicle loads and movements can be planned using the system’s drag and drop interface and once completed jobs can be issued to drivers through the PODFather app which also allows drivers to collect and log all their vehicle check information prior to leaving the depot.

“Once our tippers are out on the road, we can use PODFather to keep track of who and what is moving where. This real time visibility makes it so much easier when we need to move loads between vehicles or make sudden alterations to our schedules,” adds Dowd. “We can make changes without having to spend hours on the phone or churning through piles of paper tickets. It will speed up invoicing too as jobs are completed, and proof of delivery recorded instantly.”

“For so many construction hauliers the transition to a paperless operation seems like an insurmountable challenge but here at PODFather we are able to prove time and time again that it’s not,” adds Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather. “We offer an intuitive, easy to use solution to the age-old problem of relying on paper tickets to run a business. Operations such as Ashvale Haulage show that with the proper planning, and the right technology in place, you can modernise your working practices for the good of your business.”

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
https://www.linkedin.com/in/janegeary/

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AF Biomass ignites huge savings with PODFather


As an integral part of the wider AF Group, AF Biomass are straw merchants responsible for fueling three of the four straw fired power stations in the UK. In addition, they provide essential supplies to the agricultural sector in general, such as bedding and feed to farmers across the country, straw for mushroom compost and covering vegetable crops. They are seeing significant savings having introduced PODFather’s route planning and delivery management system into its operation. With over 500 farmers producing in excess of 110,000 tonnes of power station straw every year, AF Biomass needed a software solution capable of streamlining what was previously a very manual, and paper-intensive, process. PODFather is now used daily to plan straw collections from farms, and deliveries to power stations and a complex variety of customers within the food and energy supply chain. Within a matter of weeks of go live AF Biomass is reporting significant savings in the form of increased drops per vehicle, a 10% reduction in empty running and a per load saving of over £50.

“Before introducing PODFather we ran a paper-based process which was neither cost effective or time efficient,” comments Jon Wilson-Read, Logistics Administrator at AF Biomass. “With PODFather we have been able to revolutionise how we plan and manage our vehicle movements. It’s easy to use live route optimisation feature, and the level of visibility and flexibility it gives me, enabled us to quickly increase the number of loads on our vehicles from 1.5 to over 2. This has had a massive impact on the efficiency of our fleet and the cost to our business as we are now saving over £50 on every load, every day which is unprecedented.”

AF Biomass is now using PODFather every day and is gradually phasing out the old paper-based processes. Drivers have access to the PODFather smartphone app which enables the transport team to track movements, reallocate work on the fly, and share job information with drivers quickly and easily. Being able to track vehicle movements ensures farmers are kept informed about, and be ready for, straw collections and drivers have visibility of their power station ETAs. Power station deliveries can be monitored and logged in real time, helping AF Biomass keep active track of what is being moved, and delivered to where.

The movement of straw is inherently tricky as we need certain types of vehicles and specially trained drivers,” adds Wilson-Read. “With PODFather we now have visibility of what’s going on in real time and we’re being able to phase out our reliance on the movement of paper tickets around our business which is going to speed up all our processes, and ultimately maximise efficiency across our entire operation.”

“Paper tickets are the bane of so many transport operators lives yet so many still rely on them every day to run their businesses,” comments Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather. “With PODFather we are able to prove, time and time again, that you can eradicate paper for good with smart, intuitive technology that is both easy to use and effective in streamlining the flow of data across an organisation. We welcome anyone struggling with the inefficiencies of a paper-based operation to give us a call.”

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 many independent logistics and construction service operators. To find out more visit www.podfather.com.

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