North Down Grain milks the benefits with MiX Telematics
MiX Telematics Fleet Manager solution is helping Northern Ireland milk collection specialist North Down Grain achieve savings of up to 12 percent on its annual fuel expenditure. Implemented across the Newtonards-based company's fleet of 29,000-litre milk tankers, which operate throughout the Province's demanding terrain, average mpg has increased from 5.8 mpg to 6.5 mpg, and in some cases up to 7 mpg.
As North Down Grain Director Philip Davidson points out, the savings have been realised and sustained over the long term as the result of a comprehensive operational analysis by MiX Telematics: "We are now into our second contract with MiX Telematics and have become very satisfied users of the system," says Philip. "However, we did have some concerns in the early days that led us to question the return on investment value. Upon expressing my concerns, we were assigned a MiX Telematics fleet consultant who worked closely with us to achieve our goals."
This saw MiX Telematics Senior Fleet Consultant Dron Kyle visit North Down Grain where he worked closely with Transport Manager Brendan Given in order to understand the firm's business requirements. After detailed analysis, it was clear that setting up fuel targets was a key aspect in generating the information for which they were looking.
"I now have a full set of reports that I run on a weekly basis," says Philip Davidson. "Using these reports, I have access to information on fuel usage, driver performance and vehicle performance. This information provides me with the overview I need and allows me to make strategic business decisions. Overall, we are now very happy with the MiX Telematics system and the support has been excellent."
One of the techniques used by North Down Grain to obtain fuel savings is to rotate its drivers on different routes with different vehicles over specific time periods. This allows the company to identify its best drivers, its most fuel-efficient vehicles and its toughest routes – all very valuable information that helps save on fuel costs.
Aside from fuel savings, the system has also helped in protecting North Down Grain against false claims. Since installation, there have been two occasions where other road users made a formal complaint against its trucks. In both cases, and by using the historical tracking function, the company was able to prove that its vehicles were not present at the time and place specified.
"The MiX system is an invaluable tool. I have the mobile app installed on my iPhone and it's the first thing I check when I wake up in the morning. It allows me to run a smooth and efficient business operation and offers peace of mind when I'm away from the office. I couldn't imagine trying to work without it," concludes Brendan Given.
Each year North Down Grain collects an impressive 130 million litres of milk from up to 160 farms across the Province. On average its tankers cover over a 100 mile radius and visit 20 to 30 different farms each day.