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 uses 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 many different aspects of our client’s 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.”