Based in the heart of the Scottish Borders, Glenrath Farms is one of the UK’s leading egg production and marketing companies, producing over one million eggs a day.
Road transport plays a central role in the company’s logistics operations and comes under scrutiny in terms of costs, energy consumption, and environmental impact.
In 2016, Glenrath decided to upgrade their fuel management systems which included the implementation of Merridale FuelWorks – a market-leading web-based fuel management service.
“The set-up uses internet connectivity to provide online fuel management. All deliveries and fuelling transactions are tracked and we can access the current status from any computer. As well as reconciling fuel purchased, the Merridale service provides scheduled reports of fleet fuel consumption by vehicle ID, including fuelling dates and MPG economy performance.” Explained Sandra Dall of Glenrath Farms.
The company operates a mixed fleet of around 30 vehicles, comprising articulated and rigid delivery lorries. Smaller vans are used for local requirements and collection from outlying production units.
Sandra continued “Currently the fleet consumes around 15,000 litres a month. We are operating in a highly competitive sector, so we must have absolute control over our fuel costs. Most vehicles travel within the range of their fuel tanks, so there is no requirement for external fuelling.”
“By purchasing fuel in bulk, we can negotiate the best prices. Merridale FuelWorks gives us far greater visibility of our usage and current stock levels. This is an important benefit enabling us to take advantage of daily spot prices.”
The software has been designed in-house by Merridale to be as user-friendly as possible, without sacrificing any functionality. Merridale also offers unrivaled levels of support and training, with initial training being available remotely, and a helpdesk on hand to offer ongoing support.
Other features include secure encrypted https connections, multiple users across multiple sites, real-time capabilities, a range of reporting features (including fuel, cost, vehicle and driver performance, and environmental impact), tank stock reconciliation and costing, stock low prediction, and email alerts.
“We can also monitor vehicle economy performance more accurately and we can achieve potential savings by making better-informed decisions on load configurations. Any savings we achieve will help, not only financially but also in our on-going commitment to managing our carbon footprint and the impact of our operations on the environment.”
To find out how Merridale FuelWorks could benefit your company, contact Merridale on 01902 350 700 or visit www.merridale.co.uk.