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17 July 2014

Isle of Man delivery company sharpens competitiveness with Calidus


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Trade Distribution Limited, which claims to the largest transport and logistics company on the Isle of Man, says it has been able to sharpen its competitive edge in the home delivery market by introducing a software suite from OBS Logistics, including the Calidus TMS with Calidus ePOD system.

Better known as TDL, the company has a central UK hub in Lancashire and two depots on the Isle of Man, employing more than a hundred staff and operating 120 trailers and 50 vehicles.

Managing director Steve Pickett says: "Home drop delivery is one of the key areas of growth across the industry that we operate in. To be competitive in this marketplace is essential to our growth, and in order to achieve this we had to find solutions that would eliminate all paperwork from the daily working process."

First TDL tried another transport management system, but says this was not satisfactory. Then DPS International, the routing and scheduling specialist and an OBS software partner, introduced the company to the Calidus suite.

"We put our faith in new technology early in 2013," Picket reports, "and within six months it paid us back with dividends, bringing us new efficiencies, eliminating our paper trail, securing our data and giving our customers a better service.

"Within a week the system was fully operational with all staff on board and firmly in favour of the new daily working practices. Our drivers in particular found the POD handheld scanning to be beneficial, not only to their speed of operation but also to actually logging PODs on to the TDL network and customer systems in real time.

"One of the real value adds of this is that we have had zero reporting of non-deliveries."

 

 

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