Arla Foods uses fleet management tool to create fuel savings
Fleet Size: 1300Previous System: ExcelProduct: RoadBASEDate Installed: September 2000
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Arla Foods UK plc is home to some of the UK's leading dairy brands, including Cravendale, Anchor and Lurpak. The company supplies a range of fresh products to major retailers and foodservice customers – making 4,000 deliveries to stores and regional distribution centres every day.
Arla's business requirement was simple: the company wished to improve the efficiency of its fleet, to help it to reduce fuel costs and save money throughout its delivery chain.
To achieve this, the company planned to implement a powerful system that could help it make more informed, process-related decisions and implement the best lean management methods.
Much of Arla’s fleet travels within the London congestion zone and needs to be registered with the London Congestion Charging Scheme – or risk incurring high penalties. As such, Arla specified that the new system should send alerts when vehicles’ registrations expired.
To meet Arla’s fleet management requirements, Chevin provided RoadBASE: a solution that would enable the company to control and report on all aspects of its fleet operation.
The software combined user-definable reports and screen layouts – all of which let the company use its own terminology and adapt the system as it wished.
RoadBASE generated weekly costing reports for each depot, to help Arla to operate in a leaner and more controlled manner.
The system provided an accurate overview of all of Arla’s vehicle locations. Knowing the exact location of its fleet helped the company to prioritise compliance and legal operations.
The system provided data quickly and accurately, which was particularly useful when Arla had to compile the Motor Insurance Database to comply with the EU 4th Directive. In fact, the report was ready to run long before the deadline was due.
RoadBASE was also set up to warn when registrations expired for the London Congestion Charging scheme. This function is estimated to have significantly reduced the risk of failing to comply with the scheme, along with associated financial costs.