Co-op rolls out telematics to manage its truck fleet

By Rick Pendrous

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 The Co-op’s new fleet performance software is being used for 1,344 HGVs
The Co-op’s new fleet performance software is being used for 1,344 HGVs

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The Co-operative has implemented a new telematics system for managing its transport fleet to support its plans to open 120 new shops in 2016.

The Fleet Performance system from Microlise forms part of the Co-op’s ambition to increase technology integration and drive a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and fuel usage. It covers 1,344 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and extends the long-term nine year partnership between the two companies.

The use of this technology encourages drivers to adopt a fuel efficient driving style. It includes a journey management module features a Schedule Execution Board, which gives the insight and visibility to debrief drivers by exception against route and schedule adherence.

The Co-op is also rolling out Microlise’s electronic proof of delivery module to manage delivery and collection processes electronically.  

Fleet Performance

Trials of the Fleet Performance product were carried out at selected depots to establish if improvements in driving style could deliver tangible business benefits. After realising improved safety and significant savings in fuel consumption, carbon dioxide emissions and a reduction of accidents, the decision was made to undertake a full-scale roll-out across its entire fleet.

The system also includes temperature monitoring of trailers and uses technology for two-way messaging, vehicle checks, integrated satellite navigation appropriate for HGVs and manifest management.

“We needed a technology refresh and had a clear objective to realise further reductions on our environmental footprint by reducing fuel consumption yet further,” ​said Jon Paul Brown, the Co-op Group’s national transport manager. “We also wanted to ensure greater integration across our fleet.”

Vehicle utilisation

During the trial the Co-op also realised improvements in vehicle utilisation and gained benefit from having full visibility of its fleet against schedule and real-time arrival and departure displays.

The solution is integrated with Paragon routing and scheduling with Manhattan warehouse management software to ensure the vehicle routes are optimised and the proof of delivery application has the trip and manifest information available to the driver.

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Posted by Neal Bradford,

These systems that our being introduced are welcomed and applauded that the Co-op are investing in fleet performance at the depots, but it is still the Lgv drivers skills that actually gets the vehicle to the store and unloads the goods into the store,in this department there is underfunding in the drivers, we are relying on outsourcing, which gives the driver no sense of belonging, we are piggy in the middle, now just a name and number,5/over 7 days to work with only 1 week-end off a month, management wouldnt put up with no week-ends have now said they do not see thereselves as a logistics company, so that does prove to me we have lost the right men at the top, we are run by bean counters without a care for the good work the men and woman do for the co-op in keeping the stores full and on the shelves for the customers, we use to have the slogan.the caring sharing co-op.......but not anymore.The Rochdale Pioneers would be so proud how far this companyhas come, but would be ashamed at the principles we have lost on the way.....

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