Groupe Bourrat: protecting and growing the profit margin with Transics’ fleet management solution

French carrier Groupe Bourrat relies on the fleet management solutions of Transics to monitor its activities and enhance decision-making, thus raising its profitability. CEO Alexandre Planques explains his choices and reveals his strategy.

Located in Moulins, in the French Allier department (Auvergne region), Groupe Bourrat offers a wide range of transport services, including the transport of industrial products, palletised goods (as a member of the Flo network) and the localisation of vehicles. The group recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. Since 2006, its fleet has been equipped with Transics’ fleet management solutions. “In 2005, we contacted the major providers of telematics solutions,” recalls Alexandre Planques, CEO of Groupe Bourrat. “Transics emerged as the best solution, on account of its reliability and ease of implementation – two benefits that have been proven in the meantime. Both the drivers and the freight dispatchers find the solution easy to use. Moreover, by choosing a hosting formula, we can easily access all data via web services. This approach means that we don’t have to bother about software or updates: everything is automatically kept up to data.”

Day-to-day monitoring

All 220 vehicles of Bourrat’s fleet feature either Transics’ Quattro Plus or TX-MAX on-board computers. In 15 of its trucks, Groupe Bourrat will soon introduce the new, tablet-style TX-SKY on-board computer. Transics’ solutions are scalable and have proven their worth at all levels of the organisation. “Transics’ fleet management solution allows us to easily send messages and receive details like the addresses we need for the assignments, without any risk of errors,” says Jean-Luc Rabre, driver and instructor at Transports Bourrat. “It’s also easy to adhere to our driving and resting times, as we have all the details in front of us, on the display. That helps a lot.”

CEO Alexandre Planques confirms: “The people in the back office have ready access to plenty of real-time information on the drivers on the road. In this way, they can monitor the work hours and the routes travelled, day in day out, and check if the drivers follow all the instructions. Moreover, as soon as we had installed the on-board computers, we noticed how the number of kilometres driven dropped. And that reduction keeps growing year on year. I dare say that this driver follow-up has helped us optimise our operations so much that we have easily compensated for the higher toll rates, over the last four years.”

High-quality customer services

The Transics solution helps Groupe Bourrat achieve both quantitative and qualitative benefits. With always that one, single objective in mind: raise the level of customer services. “Thanks to Transics, we managed to control the unproductive times of our drivers, i.e. mainly the time they are waiting at our customers’ sites to load or deliver their goods. Since 2006, we have reduced the amount of unproductive hours from 25% to 22% of the total duty times. Given that we have 220 drivers, this is a huge saving.”

Jorge de Oliveira, operations manager at Transports Bourrat, illustrates the operational benefits: “If a driver has been waiting for over an hour at a customer’s site, we get an alert message. We then get in touch with the customer and the driver concerned to speed things up. Thanks to Transics, we also easily comply with Europe’s social security legislation, as the system helps us monitor our drivers’ working, driving and service times, every day.”

In today’s challenging transport and logistics market, Bourrat distinguishes itself through its punctuality and ability to share information with its customers. “We can, for example, inform our customers of the waiting times in each of their retail outlets. Or better still, we provide some of them with direct access to relevant information on their assignments, via Transics’ collaborative, web-based platform.” The TX-CONNECT back office platform is an open system, which can work seamlessly together with any other IT solution. For Groupe Bourrat’s CEO, this is a key benefit: “Transics has given us this competitive advantage, which hardly any other competitor offers. The TX-CONNECT platform is really unique. It helps users dramatically improve efficiency, irrespective of the type of on-board computer it is coupled to.”

Raising or protecting margins

More than providing operational benefits, Transics’ software also supports the decision-making process at Groupe Bourrat. “We are currently thinking of expanding our activities by shipping cars. The rich, detailed information that the Transics solution provides, helps us verify whether that activity will be profitable or not. Transics helps us check the balance between our product offering, our costs and our selling price, to decide whether we should raise or keep our margins.”

Groupe Bourrat – www.transports-bourrat.fr

  • Headquarters: Moulins, France
  • Turnover in 2013: € 35m
  • Vehicle fleet: 220 trucks
  • Workforce: 320 employees
  • Activities: heavy goods transport and palletised shipments

About Transics

Transics International NV, a WABCO company, was established in 1991. Transics develops and commercialises fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sector. Due to many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience, Transics has become a European leader in its sector and is working on its global expansion. In addition to its headquarters in Ypres (Belgium), Transics is active throughout Europe. The company has been quoted on the stock exchange (NYSE Euronext Brussels: TRAN) since June 2007.

Refrigerated transport company Free Go Ouest relies on Transics’ fleet management solution to grow its business

The fleet management solution of industry expert Transics provides the French carrier Free Go Ouest with much better information on its haulage operations and delivery of goods. Barely two years after installing Transics’ telematics solution and the TX-ECO eco driving programme, Free Go Ouest could already expand its fleet with five refrigerated trucks, thanks to the achieved gains in productivity.

Established by two business partners in 2007, Free Go Ouest is an SME that provides frozen transport services in the French regions of the Great Western region and Brittany. While in the beginning, the two business partners themselves delivered all the goods, the company now employs 38 drivers and realises monthly sales of ca. EUR 300,000. The Free Go Ouest fleet includes 17 refrigerated trucks, which are on the road around the clock, 6 days a week. Each truck travels on average 200,000 kilometres per year.

From manual data processing to professional management thanks to telematics solution

Until 2012, Free Go Ouest did not use any fleet management solution. The management had to call their drivers to verify details like geographic location, fuel consumption, etc. The drivers, for their part, had to draft a report after each completed haulage assignment. More than this time-consuming driver follow-up, the poor management of packaging (transported pallets) too seriously hampered the efficiency at Free Go Ouest.

In search for a solution to put an end to the inefficient, time-consuming communication and the administrative hassle, Free Go Ouest contacted several suppliers of tracking solutions in 2012. Transics came out as the winner, as its solutions perfectly meet all the company’s fleet management needs: follow-up of the delivery status, geolocalisation of the fleet, overview of fuel consumption levels, insight into driver behaviour, etc. – all in real time.

Increased productivity, thus optimising the own operations as well as customer satisfaction

The installation of Transics’ solutions has led to improved productivity, thanks to substantial time savings: the management can now focus on developing the business, while the drivers are freed of administrative tasks. Moreover, the TX-ECO eco driving programme provides clear insight into the team’s driving behaviour and Free Go Ouest proudly highlights this green approach in commercial contacts with clients. Last but not least, Free Go Ouest can now perfectly manage all its packaging, from the moment it leaves the warehouse until it is delivered at the customer’s premises. In this way, the risk of losing pallets has been reduced to zero, while the geolocalisation features of the TX-MAX onboard computer enable Free Go Ouest to inform its customers of the real-time status of their goods.

Thanks to all the benefits of the Transics solution, Free Go Ouest was able to purchase five new refrigerated trucks, only one and a half years after choosing Transics.

“Without fleet management, we would still be wasting precious time contacting our 38 drivers to get information on the deliveries and they would still be making trip reports. The Return on Investment of Transics’ on-board computers and TX-CONNECT back office software was clear in no time,” says Gilles Ernoult, co-owner of Free Go Ouest. “The tracking solution and TX-ECO allow SMEs like our company to remain agile and flexible. Our drivers no longer have to come to the office to get their freight orders and provide transport information. Our customers, for their part, appreciate the real-time information about the status of their goods.”

“Our fleet management know-how is not only for big-name companies to benefit. We are just as proud and happy to help SMEs optimise their operations,” says Loïc Kervella, Commercial manager of Transics France. “More than offering tracking and eco driving features, the Transics fleet management solution helps boost our customers’ productivity and growth.”

About Transics

Transics International NV, a WABCO company, was established in 1991. Transics develops and commercialises fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sector. Due to many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience, Transics has become a European leader in its sector and is working on its global expansion. In addition to its headquarters in Ypres (Belgium), Transics is active throughout Europe. The company has been quoted on the stock exchange (NYSE Euronext Brussels: TRAN) since June 2007.

Mandatory takeover offer for all shares and warrants in Transics International NV to be followed by a squeeze-out bid

Transics International NV (Transics International) acknowledges that WABCO Europe BVBA (the Bidder) has notified the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (the FSMA) of its intention to launch a mandatory takeover offer in cash for all shares and warrants in Transics International which are not already held by the Bidder or its affiliated persons, to be followed by a squeeze-out bid (the Offer).

The board of directors of Transics International will review the Offer in accordance with its legal obligations in due course, including by way of its memorandum in reply (memorie van antwoord / mémoire en réponse).

A copy of the announcement by the FSMA, published in accordance with article 7 of the Belgian Royal Decree on public takeover offers, is included as an annex to this press release.

Annex: FSMA announcement dated 3 March 2014

Transics International NV, a WABCO company, was established in 1991. Transics develops and commercialises fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sector. Due to many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience, Transics has become a European leader in its sector and is working on its global expansion. In addition to its headquarters in Ypres (Belgium), Transics is active throughout Europe. The company has been quoted on the stock exchange (NYSE Euronext Brussels: TRAN) since June 2007.

VIVE TRANSPORT – viva transport!

20,000 jobs and 9 million of kilometres per year by a fleet of 55 trucks. To manage such a workload, effective management is key. Cooperation between VIVE Transport and Transics has allowed the transport company to achieve exemplary results!

VIVE Transport Sp. z o.o. is part of the VIVE Group, whose presence in Poland began with the arrival of a Dutch businessman, the former Ajax Amsterdam player, Bertus Servaas. Today, VIVE transport is a medium-sized privately owned company operating in the international road freight sector, with 55 vehicles and one of the largest fleets of nearly 500 swap body trailer chassis in Europe. The company is active in road transport between Poland and West Europe and serves Polish, German and Dutch customers. Every year, VIVE Transport accomplishes around 20,000 transport missions, while circa 9 million of kilometres are driven. Having to deal with such a workload, effective fleet management has become a key issue.

To meet this challenge and ensure top-quality service, the company decided to work with Transics, a leading provider of fleet management solutions. The solution was implemented in 2009, which was preceded by a pilot phase. In the first years, the company primarily made use of the standard features: positioning, driver communication and monitoring of fuel consumption. After a while, the company’s need to track the position of its swap trailers in the FMS solution became more and more pressing. The company did consider various systems, but it was Transics’ solution that was most appropriate to meet VIVE Transport’s needs – allowing to track trailers without having to install devices that require an external power supply.

“During our cooperation with Transics, the ability to integrate with other systems was very important to us“, says Artur Solnica, management board analyst, an engineer involved in the implementation of the Transics system. “Besides Transics’ FMS system, we also use the ERP Interlan Speed class system and MS Navision system. The interfacing abilities of Transics’ TX-CONNECT back office platform have allowed us to link these three systems, facilitating an efficient management of our business.” The next challenge, for which the Company Management Board had to look for a solution, was the remote read-out of driver cards and digital tachographs. With Transics’ solution, we have a structured overview of drivers’ driving, working and resting times from whatever the vehicle location.

The Transics solution consists of the TX-CONNECT back office application and TX-MAX on-board computers installed in the trucks. The entire solution is adapted to the needs of VIVE Transport. Some of the features that convinced us, were remote management of driver time and activities, forwarding of jobs and all the other required information to the driver and dispatcher, management of routes and reporting on key parameters. On top, making use of the data registered by the on-board computer allows the dispatcher to control the fuel consumption and monitor the driving style of every individual driver. This results in less fleet costs and optimised company operations. Since the implementation of Transics’ solution, VIVE Transport estimates that fuel consumption fell by 3 litres per 100 km and mileage increased by approximately 20%.

Moreover, not only the drivers and freight planners benefit from the TX-CONNECT system at VIVE. Transics’ solutions facilitate the functioning of all departments of the transport company, from shortcuts at the accounting department to strategic planning at top management level. Registering the working time from the tachograph simplifies the wage calculations at the HR department. Additionally, invoices can be instantaneously drawn up, as a copy of the shipping note is immediately sent by the driver via Transics’ on-board document scanner. What’s more? All the data collected via the TX-CONNECT platform are used to generate detailed reports and analyses, based on which the company can precisely pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of its activities at any moment, which is crucial for making strategic decisions. The reports contain amongst others:

  • Digital logbook of the vehicle
  • Analysis of fuel consumption, driving style and driver behaviour, boosting economical and eco-friendly driving
  • Overview of driver efficiency
  • Analysis of empty / loaded kilometres for comparison purposes

“The requirements for the restructuring of the company were mainly related to cost control and vehicle efficiency improvements”, says Grzegorz S. Woelke, President of the Management Board. “While this restructuring took place, I increasingly relied on the data from Transics’ reporting module, prepared by the Management Board analyst. I gradually became a user of the system as well, using in particular the trend reports that are most valuable to me”, he added.

The primary advantages of the dedicated Transics system for VIVE:

  • Online fleet monitoring
  • Monitoring of swap containers
  • Monitoring of drivers’ working time and activities
  • Text-based driver communication (savings on telecommunications)
  • Operational data from the CAN bus
  • Improved efficiency in the office
  • Alarms and reports on deviations from the planning
  • Effective route management (fuel savings)

Transics International NV, a WABCO company, was established in 1991. Transics develops and commercialises fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sector. Due to many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience, Transics has become a European leader in its sector and is working on its global expansion. In addition to its headquarters in Ypres (Belgium), Transics is active throughout Europe. The company has been quoted on the stock exchange (NYSE Euronext Brussels: TRAN) since June 2007.