Tesco cashes in on trailer efficiency with Microlise10 November 2016

Tesco has expanded its deployment of Microlise telematics solutions to 940 of its trailers in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic.

The retailer has implemented Journey Management and Trailer Tracking modules as part of its new strategy to centralise journey planning across central Europe. The telematics products integrate fully with the Ortec planning optimisation software in place.

Journey Management gives insight and visibility to debrief drivers by exception against route and schedule adherence to reduce mileage.

It will also help the Tesco team to monitor the status of trips against schedule in real time, and enable improvements through ‘planned vs actual’ route comparison. The ultimate aim is lower mileage, higher efficiency and improved environmental impact.

The Microlise Trailer Tracking module allows trailer location and identity to be monitored at all times, even when not connected to a tractor. The software also gives notification of unauthorised movement, along with location and activity reports.

Tesco’s latest deployment of Microlise for central Europe follows its adoption of the technology last year in the UK and Ireland across 19 depots.

“Being able to track journeys and identify how the routes we have scheduled are unfolding, compared with how we planned them, is fundamental to our adoption of Microlise in central Europe,” says John Steventon, Tesco’s primary operations manager Europe.

“The technology will enable us to understand how to improve our logistics efficiency and ultimately provide the best service for our customers, while keeping our assets safe.”

Tesco’s sub-contractors in central Europe will also be using the pay-as-you-go Microlise SmartPOD Proof of Delivery solution, downloadable free from the Google Play Store.

Laura Cork

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