Travis Perkins extends Masternaut award-winning fleet management technology to an additional 1000 vehicles
Leading builders’ merchant and home improvement retailer Travis Perkins has confirmed that it is to roll out Masternaut’s award-winning fleet management system to a further 1,000 vehicles. This takes the total number of Masternaut optimised vehicles in the Travis Perkins commercial vehicle fleet to around 3000. The expanded use of the system follows last year’s acquisition by Travis Perkins’ of plumbing and heating company BSS Group.
“We have taken the opportunity to not only renew our Masternaut contract but to also expand the system to the rest of the fleet. For this extension, we have selected the latest mobile collection units and contactless interfaces to link each vehicle’s onboard systems to Masternaut. This will provide accurate monitoring, and highly detailed Business Analyser Optimark reports on vehicle use and activity, enhancing the quality of information we get from the live vehicle tracking system,” says Graham Bellman, Group Head of Transport, Travis Perkins.
“We are now able to see how driving styles affect vehicle efficiency so we can proactively manage driver safety as the system shows driving behaviour, even down to whether a seat belt is being worn. The reports show in fine detail a wide range of important information such as heavy braking, accelerating, speeding and excessive idling. With this additional investment we shall be able to extend the Travis Perkins Driver of the Year programme to other commercial vehicle drivers within the group; the system is a key tool in identifying the best driver in the fleet.”
Real-time vehicle tracking is part of Travis Perkins’ integrated transport solution. The real-time data feeds into the company’s Paragon routing and scheduling optimisation system, allowing planners to compare live activity against the plan. It also links to the company’s in-house developed PDA-based delivery management system.
The Travis Perkins group is the UK’s largest builders’ merchant and home improvement retailer, and includes leading brands including Travis Perkins, Wickes, BSS Industrial, PTS Plumbing Trade Supplies, Keyline, City Plumbing Supplies, CCF, Benchmarx, Tile Giant and Toolstation (Travis Perkins owns 30 per cent of the company). The company has more than 1,800 outlets nationwide.