Mobile Services, a UK-based finished vehicle provider, has adopted a transport management system (TMS) designed by Vehnet, the transport and yard management IT provider. Mobile Services moves approximately 2,500 vehicles a week for customers including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and car supermarket Motor Point.
The Vehnet Advance TMS has now been put into action on Mobile Services contract with Jaguar Land Rover and will be rolled out on all contracts by April 1 this year.
“We’ve experienced a period of strong growth and realised that along with expanding our premises and recruiting more staff, we needed a more robust and flexible IT system to cope with increased service demands,” said Dave Williams, CEO of Mobile Services.
He explained that the company worked closely with Vehnet to configure the system, which provides planning and routing tools, as well as providing better control and visibility of maintenance schedules amongst other functions.
“We looked at a few different systems, but Vehnet’s Advance TMS was the only one we found that had been purpose-designed for our sector,” said Williams. “We didn’t want the stress or costs of having to adapt a system to try and make it fit our business, so Vehnet was the clear choice for us.”
Mobile Services had the opportunity of an additional month to build on functional development and staff training ahead of the roll out, thanks to an early go live date that was pushed back.
“Designing and creating any new product is exciting and challenging, so it is brilliant to see how well our software has been accepted at Mobile Services, said Steve Jones, managing director of Vehnet. “Our experience of the automotive marketplace in the last 15 years has really helped us develop the special features which are only to be found in the automotive sector, which generic transport systems do not offer.”
Examples of this that the Vehnet system offers include support for trunking, vehicle damage surveys (including photographs), document scanning, electronic proof of delivery and vehicle specific data.
“We are looking forward to working with Mobile Services and implementing further advanced features such as load and route optimisation during 2014,” said Jones.