Mc Burney cuts fuel costs using Portland Analytics 05 April 2012

Ballymena, Northern Ireland-based McBurney Transport says it has been making major savings by working with Portland Analytics to manage its fuel costs.

The haulage company has not only slashed its fuel bill, but has also cut its carbon footprint.

McBurney Transport director Carolyn Carmichael explains that Portland reviewed the company's previous diesel purchasing arrangements and highlighted opportunities for savings.

"We buy [large] volumes of diesel annually in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and the information Portland was able to come up with on margins and handling fees meant that a far more attractive deal could be negotiated with suppliers," she says.

"Before we spoke to Portland we used to buy fuel on an ad hoc basis and we had no real idea of the sort of margins suppliers worked on," continues Carmichael.

"Having a fuller understanding of the margin they enjoy means you've got a valuable negotiating tool in your armoury," she adds.

John Challen

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