TX-DASHBOARDS helps Belgian carrier Greg Transports S.A. increase productivity and profitability

Fleet management expert Transics notes how a growing number of logistics firms are choosing TX-DASHBOARDS to optimise their existing Transics solution. The assessment platform helps them define their strategic goals and benchmark these against the fleet performance, to then identify improvement opportunities. Walloon carrier Greg Transports, a Transics customer since 2005, has discovered the advantages of TX-DASHBOARDS. The assessment platform, launched by Transics last year, provides Greg Transports with a 360° view on its performance, which boosts both its productivity and profitability.

Greg Transports is a major player in Belgium’s logistics landscape. An ambitious player, too, which invests heavily to drive its growth. Proof of that ambition are the offices and the 5,000 m² warehouse, including a rail link, that are arising on a 14 ha site alongside the river Maas in Flémalle. A second 5,000 m2 warehouse will be built at a later stage. All the Greg Transports buildings feature the most advanced technology. As does the fleet: since 2005, Greg Transports has been using Transics’ fleet management solutions to support both its drivers and the personnel working in the back office.

The power of data

The on-board computers help the staff in the offices and in the operational centre smoothly communicate with the drivers, monitor their positions and keep track of driving and resting times. TX-CONNECT, Transics’ back office platform, takes care of data collection and consolidation and provides a real-time overview of the fleet data, from the moment the trucks leave the premises through to their arrival. As TX-CONNECT is seamlessly integrated into other logistics solutions, freight planning, billing and wage calculations go smoothly and quickly. At the end of 2013, Greg Transports decided to lift its collaboration with Transics to a higher level. “We strongly believe in the principle of “measuring is knowing”,” says managing director, Gavrilo Radanovic. “Transics helps us monitor data like, for example, fuel consumption. Yet, we wanted to take it a stage further and convert other fleet data into strategic information, by comparing the figures on different periods and visualising the results rapidly and clearly, etc. In short, we needed a kind of Business Intelligence functionality.”

Drive the ROI

Fully integrated into Transics’ TX-CONNECT back office platform, the TX-DASHBOARDS assessment platform allows Greg Transports to measure its performance, immediately visualise it in dashboards and trend reports and benchmark these against the corporate objectives. Performance criteria include the vehicle and driver performance, fuel consumption and customer services. Greg Transport can, for example, chart the drive/stop ratio, the distance travelled and the number of empty kilometres driven per day, for each vehicle. On top of that, the carrier knows, for each driver, the average service times per day and the number of driving and resting time infringements. Equally interesting are the details on fuel consumption and the duration of each driver’s stops, among many other data.

“We have been convinced for a long time that there is room for improvement, in all aspects. TX-DASHBOARDS – which is, by the way, a very user-friendly tool – helps us pinpoint weaknesses, extrapolate patterns and trends, compare vehicle and driver groups and identify improvement opportunities. In this way, we can significantly raise our Return on Investment (ROI), which is crucial for further growth.”

Established in 1976, Greg Transports specialises in national and international transport, airline trucking from Liège airport and combined rail / road transport. The company mainly focuses on intra-site transport for the industry in the region of Liège, as well as other regional transport.

Transics International NV, a WABCO company, was established in 1991 and develops and commercialises fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sector. Transics is a global full solution provider of truck, driver, trailer, cargo and subcontractor management. Our solutions are the result of many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience. Transics, headquartered in Ypres (Belgium), has become a European leader in its sector and is active worldwide.

Dutch distributor Aloys Roemaat Transport combines its fixed on-board computers with smartphones

Fleet management expert Transics recently launched TX-SMART FOR TX-GO: a combination of its TX-SMART smartphone application with the fixed TX-GO on-board computer. TX-SMART FOR TX-GO is the ideal solution to support delivery truck drivers, who have to process a lot of data outside their cab. While TX-SMART supports driver communications and the daily out-of-cabin activities, TX-GO ensures a constant transfer of vehicle and driver data. Both information flows are integrated and visualised on one, single screen in the TX-CONNECT back office platform.

The ART in Transport

An international carrier employing 130 persons, Aloys Roemaat Transport ships goods throughout the Netherlands as well as abroad. All 70 vehicles in its fleet feature a Transics on-board computer. “We like to call ourselves suppliers of “The ART in Transport”,” says Eric Huinink, General Manager. “Reliability, flexibility, punctuality and accuracy are pivotal in our services.” In line with that commitment, Aloys Roemaat Transport recently integrated the TX-SMART FOR TX-GO combo to optimise its distribution activities.

Information flows from mobile and fixed on-board computers on one, single platform

The TX-GO on-board computer, which is neatly installed behind the dashboard of the van or truck, ensures a permanent transfer of vehicle and driver information like position details, tachograph and CAN bus data, etc. to the back office. By combining the device with the TX-SMART smartphone app, drivers stay in constant touch with the freight planners and can easily exchange text messages, details on planning or driver activities, barcode scans, etc. “More than the possibility to exchange text messages on the freight schedule, addresses, etc., we also lacked a way to log data outside the cab. It is very useful for our back office staff to be in constant touch with our drivers and get pictures from them, in the case of damage, or receive digital signatures or pallet data,” Huinink continued. The TX-SMART smartphone app now supports the Aloys Roemaat team in these mobile activities. Just like the data registered by the TX-GO computer, the information that TX-SMART collects is seamlessly integrated into the TX-CONNECT back office platform. “Our freight planners see both data flows in one, single overview. The new solution has allowed them to monitor our drivers on the road even better than before, thus ensuring enhanced customer services,” Huinink concluded.

Aloys Roemaat Transport is an international carrier with its seat in Lichtenvoorde (the Netherlands). Incorporated in 1964, Aloys Roemaat Transport is now an all-round logistics services provider, offering distribution, line and courier services as well as warehousing and transhipments. Every day, Aloys Roemaat Transport ships the most diverse goods, both in the Netherlands and abroad. The company, which is constantly growing, currently employs 130 professionals. www.roemaat.nl

Transics International NV, a WABCO company, was established in 1991 and develops and commercialises fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sector. Transics is a global full solution provider of truck, trailer, driver, cargo and order management. Our solutions are the result of many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience. Transics, headquartered in Ypres (Belgium), has become a European leader in its sector and is active worldwide.

H.Essers fuels the efficiency of its distribution activities thanks to Transics’ TX-SMART smartphone app

Fleet management expert Transics has recently launched a new version of its successful TX-SMART smartphone app. TX-SMART was originally designed for information exchange with drivers of occasional subcontractors. The latest version, which is seamlessly integrated into the TX-CONNECT back office software, adds functionality tailored to the distribution sector. One of the first users of the new TX-SMART is the logistics group H.Essers. While its heavy goods vehicles feature fixed Transics on-board computers, the Belgium-based carrier has now introduced the new TX-SMART app for use in the distribution vehicles of its technical care department. Over the past few years, the family-run business H.Essers has won many awards and titles in recognition of its strong strategic vision, its rapid growth and its continuous quest for innovation. The company resolutely chooses advanced technology to support its activities and is a long-term Transics customer. Next to its range of fixed on-board computers, H.Essers started using TX-SMART in July 2013 to communicate with the drivers of its occasional subcontractors. More recently, the group introduced the new TX-SMART. The app is used by the circa 30 drivers who work in H.Essers’ high value technical care distribution department, which handles the warehousing and short-distance shipment of high-tech material and computer equipment.

Robust and user-friendly

The drivers of the distribution department highly appreciate the TX-SMART out-of-cabin solution, which runs on an industrial, robust Motorola PDA. Erwin Kelchtermans, Business Analist at H.Essers: “Customers increasingly want to trace their shipments. A few years ago, we introduced the Track-&-Trace portal to help them verify the status of their goods. Yet to have a truly real-time view on the goods, our drivers must be able to scan the packages upon charging or discharging them, record digital signatures, register possible customer comments, take pictures of damaged goods or scan documents. The combination of the user-friendly TX-SMART app and the robust, industrial Motorola smartphone was just what we needed to support these out-of-cabin activities.”

One, single platform for data from both fixed and mobile devices

“Another advantage of TX-SMART is that the planners can communicate with their drivers from within their familiar Transics TX-CONNECT back office platform, regardless whether the drivers use a fixed Transics on-board computer or a TX-SMART app. This makes the work of our freight planners much easier and, most importantly, much more efficient,” says Erwin Kelchtermans.

Founded in 1928, H.Essers is one of Europe’s leading logistical services providers for sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals and high-quality products. The company has experienced a solid expansion for the past 10 years, driven by organic growth and a number of strategic acquisitions. H.Essers employs over 3,900 persons across 34 offices in 11 countries in Western and Eastern Europe. In addition to its headquarters in Genk (Belgium), H.Essers also has a strong presence in Romania. With 880,000 m² of warehouse space, a fleet of 1,250 trucks and 2,500 trailers, the group turned over EUR 409 million in 2013. www.essers.com

Transics International NV, a WABCO company, was established in 1991 and develops and commercialises fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sector. Transics is a global full solution provider of truck, driver, trailer, cargo and subcontractor management. Our solutions are the result of many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience. Transics, headquartered in Ypres (Belgium), has become a European leader in its sector and is active worldwide. For more information, visit www.transics.com

WABCO Concludes 100 Percent Acquisition of Transics International, an Industry Leader in Fleet Management Solutions

WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), a leading global supplier of technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles, today announced that it has successfully acquired the remaining 3.16 percent of Transics International.

As announced on February 13, 2014, WABCO had acquired 96.84 percent of Transics International shares for a net consideration of EUR 95.8 million. WABCO subsequently made a public offer to acquire the remaining 3.16 percent of outstanding shares, consistent with Belgian takeover rules.

As a result of the successful takeover procedure completed recently, WABCO now owns 100 percent of the securities issued by Transics International NV. This means WABCO paid in net consideration a total amount of EUR 99.9 million for the 100 percent acquisition of Transics International.

“We are pleased to complete WABCO’s acquisition of Transics International as planned,” said Nick Rens, WABCO Executive Officer and Vice President, Trailer Systems, Aftermarket and Off-Highway. “We reiterate that the synergy of WABCO and Transics superbly aligns with a WABCO strategic objective to further grow business with fleets around the world as we expand our portfolio of innovative solutions tailored to the specific needs of our global customer base.”

As part of WABCO, Transics International will continue to operate under its own brand. Based in Ypres, Belgium, Transics International also has offices in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, and it manages a sales network across Europe.

About WABCO

WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability and transmission automation systems supplied to the world’s leading commercial truck, bus and trailer manufacturers. With sales of $2.7 billion in 2013, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com

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