Staffordshire-based Simon Clowes Transport has moved to use HaulTech’s Transport Management System to “streamline their transportation business to drive a competitive edge”
Founded in 1988, Simon Clowes Transport has an ever growing fleet of 13 vehicles including bulk artic tipper and blower units that deliver nationally. The company specialise in moving animal feed, pulses, biomass fuel, aggregates, sand, gravel and bulk blown or tipped products. Following the organisation’s success, HaulTech’s bulk haulage transport software solution is allowing Simon Clowes to replace their previous paper and excel based transport administration processes with a simple to use tech-based alternative.
“Job data duplication reduced by ~80%. Administration process time reduced by ~40%”.
With proven results for bulk hauliers and muck shifters, HaulTech’s Transport Management System consolidates an organisations’ existing processes, removes duplication and drives efficiency throughout the transport operation. Prior to HaulTech’s implementation the Simon Clowes team used paper sheets and paper transport diaries to record and plan their work. Paper tickets were generated via Microsoft Word (or hand written by drivers) before being signed off by their customer and/or the recipient of the goods. Every Monday the Proof of Delivery (POD) / Proof of Collection (POC), weighbridge tickets and any supporting documents were checked against the driver’s paper manifest before being scanned and saved. Jobs were price sanity checked by the team before then being manually typed into Sage before invoices were printed and/or emailed to customers.
Since the introduction of HaulTech’s Bulk Haulage Software System labour intensive duplication has now disappeared and the company is seeing workload processed far faster. As job detail and pricing is now centrally held and managed by the HaulTech TMS, simple and more complex KPI reporting enables Simon Clowes Transport to quickly access performance statistics to help them to better manage the effectiveness of their operation.
As a progressive family company, and through the use of HaulTech’s Bulk Haulage Software, Simon Clowes Transport are now creating and driving an even greater competitive edge within their business where they provide expert transport services to the animal feed industry. As time moves forward Simon Clowes wants to see its customers benefit from a more connected IT experience too. With access to HaulTech’s intuitive online customer access portal and API stack, Clowes’ customers will be able to see and access the real-time status of each and every job that the Clowes team are facilitating for them.
This company is going places
The Clowes operation has seen the feed recovery side of their business triple within a matter of months which in turn has resulted in a changing landscape for this Staffordshire based operation.
Ben Clowes, Transport Manager at Simon Clowes, said “The time is right for us to now leave behind our paper-based systems. With workload increasing so was the amount of paperwork and data entry. For us to maintain control and grow (without additional headcount) we needed to open our eyes to a fresh and new way of working. We needed to find a means of facilitating the day to day transport administration. We needed to reduce the amount of double entry as a job transitioned from one stage to the next. We needed to get faster access to be able to identify what we are doing well and where improvements can be made – and we needed to do that in as simpler means as possible. With the help of HaulTech and their bulk haulier technology we’re creating ourselves a real competitive advantage that will help our organisation to deliver even better and sharper performance. As part of our investment in technology we wanted to ensure that all stakeholders can benefit from real-time connectivity too.” Ben continues “HaulTech’s Bulk TMS provides us with ample scope to fulfil demand across the UK and is already having a positive impact adding to our organisation’s strength”.
Are you a bulk haulier or muck shifter? Does your job booking to invoice process take hours/days each week to administer? If you think your business may benefit (like Simon Clowes Transport has) contact us here to take your first steps towards a more efficient transport operation and admin process.