Culina selects Microlise to monitor its trailer fleet
<p>Following a comprehensive tender process, Culina has selected Microlise to supply its Safety Module, with Forward Facing Cameras and Trailer Tracking solutions. This is in addition to the currently deployed Microlise vehicle tracking and telematics products. Fitment and roll-out across the entire fleet commenced during June this year.<br />
Culina is the UK market leader in shared-user food and drink logistics, managing integrated, end-to-end supply chain solutions across the chilled and ambient temperature regimes. The culture at Culina is built around delivering the most efficient and sustainable solutions to customers and the wider industry. Investment in the latest technology and pioneering solutions offering sustainability for the future is key to the company's roadmap.<br />
In addition to the existing vehicle tracking, telematics and journey management package, Culina have opted for the Microlise Driver Safety module (with forward facing cameras) along with the Trailer Tracking solution.<br />
The Microlise products selected represent a significant investment by Culina and is in line with an IT strategy of consolidating systems across the business.<br />
The Microlise Driver Safety module will offer Culina continuous recording via the windscreen mounted camera system, which is connected to the existing Microlise manufactured telematics unit. In the event of an incident, managers are alerted and can access footage and detailed information through the enhanced health & safety reporting suite as part of the investigation process. Driver speeding can also be monitored through the contextual speeding alerts and reports provided.<br />
Tom Middlemiss, Operations Director for Projects at Culina said: “We are expecting to see a reduced number of incidents/accidents in general. However, where they do occur, the system will allow us to investigate and understand what has happened in much more detail.</p>
<p>"We will be able to easily identify if incidents are our own fault or the fault of the third party and to identify and contest any 'cash for crash' incidents. This will provide a level of protection for our drivers and will assist us in improved third party claim recovery. Both the forward facing cameras and contextual speeding reports will also help us reduce speeding incidents and to improve safety and fuel efficiency.”</p>
In addition, trailer tracking will provide Culina with greater visibility of its trailer fleet along with the ability to monitor the temperature of their chilled trailers and get alerted if a trailer drifts outside its set temperature tolerances.<br />
“Trailer Tracking will allow us to maximise the use of our assets, reducing the risk of lost trailers,” continues Tom, “and we expect it to significantly simplify the daily trailer tracking process which each site completes.”<br />
Chris Wallace, Sales Director at Microlise commented, “Having realised the significant benefits we offer, we are seeing more and more of our customers moving on to the next level of product. Culina have embraced the technology and are now taking advantage of the comprehensive suite of products on offer at Microlise.”<br />
Microlise is a leading Transport Management Systems provider. Its systems, underpinned by market leading telematics technology, enable customers to reduce operating costs and environmental impact by maximising the efficiency of their transportation. For more information, please visit <a href="//www.microlise.com">www.microlise.com</a>.<br />
Will Public Procurement Budgets Increase in 2021?
Procurement is more than just a private enterprise. COVID-19 reminded us that sourcing materials is an essential part of the government’s role. Throughout 2022, tiny departments sourced massive amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies, and emergency vaccines and testing kits. Even non-procurement professionals were pulled into the fray, as frantic timelines demanded nothing less.
According to Celeste Frye, co-founder and CEO of Public Works Partners, the crisis brought procurement to the attention of skilled employees who had never considered it. As non-procurement personnel stepped up to help their coworkers, many found that they’d stumbled upon a critical and rewarding job. “Existing public employees have seen the essential nature of the work”, Frye said. “[They’ve] gained some critical skills and possibly [grown] interested in pursuing procurement as a longer-term career”.
Small, Local Suppliers Take Charge
Frye, whose firm helps organisations engage stakeholders and develop long-term procurement strategies, thinks it well worth the effort to open one’s mind to new opportunities. Cooperative contracts, for instance, can help public departments and municipalities save money, time, and effort. By joining together with other towns or cities in the region, public procurement teams aggregate their purchasing power and can drive better deals.
These cooperative contracts have the added benefit of advancing equity. Smaller suppliers that struggle to compete with established firms for government contracts can act as subcontractors, helping big suppliers fulfil bits of the project. Once they get their foot in the door, small, local, and disadvantaged suppliers can then leverage that government relationship to take on additional projects.
Especially as governments start to pay attention to procurement resilience, public procurement departments must expand their requests for proposals (RFPs) to take into account innovative solutions and diverse suppliers. According to Frye, Public Works Partners—a certified female-owned firm—has benefitted from local and state requirements that specify diversity.
Post-Pandemic Funding Swells Procurement Budgets
And the pandemic won’t be the end of it. City governments need to build sustainable energy infrastructure such as solar panels, charging stations, and recycling plants, ensure that masks and medicines are never in short supply, and source new technologies to keep up with cloud and cybersecurity concerns.
Public procurement budgets will likely increase to match demand. As Peter Ware, Partner and Head of Government at Browne Jacobson, explained, “in a non-pandemic world, the [U.K.] government spends on average around £290 billion on outsourced services, goods, and works...anywhere between 10% and 14% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Post-pandemic, city procurement will only increase as national governments provide local divisions with emergency funding.
And in truth, government employees might jump at the opportunity. Frye noted that public procurement could give immediate feedback on new programmes: “[Procurement] is where new laws and policies ‘hit the road’ and are implemented”, she said. “Professionals in these fields get the satisfaction of creating real change and seeing quantifiable outcomes of their work”.