Oldham-based warehouse and distribution company, TT Express (TTX), has implemented a fully integrated solution that links the company's transport management system, Mandata TMS, with its fleet maintenance and workshop management system, Freeway.
Not only does the solution provide full visibility into the status of each vehicle in the fleet, but it has also opened up a new revenue stream by enabling TTX to accept third party vehicles into its workshop for servicing and maintenance.
The Freeway-Mandata TMS link gives TTX much greater visibility into the availability of its resources. Freeway's "Traffic Light System" clearly indicates the operational status of every vehicle, and the system has enabled TTX to improve the overall efficiency and availability of its fleet.
"What really makes Freeway unique is its flexibility and its ability to integrate with Manpack3, our TMS solution," said Vlad Costache, General Manager, TTX. "We now have complete visibility of our entire fleet maintenance schedule from within our TMS, and, thanks to the easy to follow Traffic Light System, our Traffic Planners now know which vehicles and trailers are available to use, which are due for servicing and when. This allows them to plan ahead and ensure that vehicles/trailers are available in our Workshop in time for the scheduled services. Our Operator's Licence is our most valuable asset, and the Freeway system helps us protect it and fulfil all our fleet maintenance obligations as a Transport Operator.
"It has also eliminated all communication barriers between the Traffic Operations department and the Workshop. For instance, instead of relying on Workshop staff to send email reminders about when services are due, Freeway automatically updates vehicle statuses in our TMS system and offers our Traffic Planners full visibility."
In addition to this, purchasing the Freeway system enabled TTX to take advantage of another revenue stream that was previously impractical. The new system automatically generates an invoice from the job cards and updates the accounting software, all at the click of a button. This means that TTX can accept third party vehicles into its workshop for servicing, maintenance and MOT testing, with vehicle history, workshop jobs and costing charged directly to the customer's account.
"Freeway has fully transformed the way we operate and maintain our fleet, and we are looking forward to expanding our commercial vehicle servicing and repair side of the business," added Costache.