Group H. Essers equips 2,000 trailers with Transics’ latest TX-MAGELLAN GEO solution

Trailer management optimisation boosts efficiency

The trailer management solutions that high-end telematics leader Transics International launched earlier this year, clearly meet a need in the transport market, so it appears: carriers are showing a keen interest in the new offering. Shortly after Transalliance (FR), Transics customer H. Essers, Belgium’s largest logistics services provider, also decided to equip its entire fleet with TX-MAGELLAN GEOs, in order to better track its trailers. Earlier this year, H. Essers had already installed TX-MAGELLAN COLD tracers to monitor the temperature in its reefers. Both TX-MAGELLAN solutions are perfectly integrated into Essers’ back office software. By adopting TX-MAGELLAN GEO, H. Essers wishes to optimise its trailer management, thus boosting its efficiency and customer services and strengthening its edge in the market.

Transport and logistics group H. Essers, located in the Belgian province of Limburg, has grown into one of Europe’s leading transport and logistics groups over the past ten years. The company considers its investments in flexibility and quality and its asset-based strategy as the keys to its success. Unlike many other carriers, H. Essers owns its own warehouses, trucks, trailers and IT systems, which allow it to optimally manage all its processes. By installing TX-MAGELLAN GEO, the group wishes to further optimise its trailer fleet management.

Smooth installation

TX-MAGELLAN GEO is part of Transics’ TX-MAGELLAN range. As the tracer is fed by its own battery – which has a lifespan of at least 4 years -, it can be mounted easily and discreetly, in next to no time (a few minutes only). The tracer, which is perfectly integrated into the back office software, pinpoints the exact location of all trailers and whether or not they are coupled to a truck. In this way, the staff in the back office can track the trailer’s location. As freight planners know exactly which trailers are on the road or left unused, they can deploy their fleet to the max.

Quick payback

“Competition is staggering in the transport market. Consequently, we are always on the lookout for solutions to increase our efficiency and cost-effectiveness,” said Ivo Marechal, CEO of the H. Essers Group. “Our trucks have been carrying a Transics on-board computer for many years now. More recently, we have equipped our reefers with TX-MAGELLAN COLD to monitor the temperature conditions. With TX-MAGELLAN GEO, we are able to track each trailer in detail. This will significantly enhance our planning. Moreover, drivers will gain time too, as they will immediately find the trailer they are looking for at the parking lots. These two benefits will ensure an immediate return on our investment.”

Setting the tone

“Until recently, Transics helped carriers improve their communications between trucks, drivers and the back office. Now, we also offer trailer management solutions. The keen interest that Group H. Essers – and many other players in the market – have shown in this new TX-MAGELLAN range proves that there is a need for such solutions that help companies gain an edge over the competition,” said Transics’ CEO Walter Mastelinck. “Group H. Essers has been setting the tone in the Belgian and European transport market for many years now. Transics is proud that it can support its continued growth efforts.”

Group H. Essers, which was founded in 1928, is Belgium’s largest family-owned transport and logistics company. The group offers personalised and integrated solutions throughout Europe. In addition to its headquarters in Genk, Group H. Essers has own offices in 12 European countries. The group has a total warehouse capacity of 700,000 m2; employs 2,600 people and has a fleet of 1,200 trucks and 1,780 trailers. In 2010, Essers generated a turnover of €325 million.

Established in 1991, Transics International NV develops and commercializes high-end fleet management solutions for the transport and logistic sectors. Thanks to many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience, Transics has become the leading European player in its market. Headquartered in Ypres (Belgium), Transics is active throughout Europe. The company has been quoted on the stock exchange (Euronext Brussels) since June 2007.