Carlsberg UK rolls out new telematics for its lorries

Carlsberg UK has signed a deal with Microlise for a telematic system for its fleet, as part of plans to drive down its logistics costs.

The brewer has confirmed it will roll-out Microlise fleet and distribution transport management systems for its 300-strong fleet in Britain, in order to cut fuel use and CO2 emissions.

Between 2009 and 2010 the firm said it had trimmed its logistics bill by £3.5m, but Mark Groves, national distribution director at Carlsberg UK has been given the task of streamlining transport costs further.

He claims the latest telematics investment will help the business to plan routes better, and improve its monitoring and analysis of driver behaviour.

Groves says: "It is very important that we continue to innovate and improve our distribution network, especially as Carlsberg UK are the only national brewer that still delivers direct to customers."

Carlsberg UK operates as both an own-account and hire and reward operator.



Operators look to manufacturers to finance truck deals

Availability of finance, high rates of return and providing secure guarantees top the list of operator concerns when it comes to acquiring trucks.

The cost of finance is a major factor with some sub-prime lenders charging extremely high rates to operators with a less than perfect credit rating. Rael Winetroube, MAN’s TopUsed sales director, says: “The length of term is a concern for operators plus the level of security required with some operators being asked to provide directors’ guarantees,” he says.

Operators worry about entering long-term finance agreements without their customers committing to long term contracts with them. Wider funding options remain thin on the ground as finance houses and banks continue to see road transport as high risk.

“In addition we are seeing many operators further stretched by banks increasing the cost of overdraft facilities while reducing limits at the same time,” he says.

Before discussing price, operators tend to enquire about the availability of MAN’s finance. “We finance 50% of the trucks that we sell retail through our in house finance arm MAN Financial Services.

”Hire purchase or finance lease remain popular but more customers are opting for operating lease on newer trucks because of lower monthly rentals and the VAT being spread over the period.”