Harman Haulage improves job planning with new software


Harman Haulage says it has cut its invoicing and job planning time by more than a half after implementing a new cloud-based job management tool.

The new Mandata Now system has been designed for smaller haulage companies to help allocate jobs, vehicles and drivers.

Luke Saywell, Harman Haulage director, explained: “We needed a solution that would help organise our haulage company. One system that would allow us to book and price jobs, plan and allocate them to my vehicles and drivers with the ability to send them the work by email or phone – or even print them. When the work had been done, we wanted to be able to scan in the POD and save it in the same system so it could be emailed to the customer with the invoice as well as being stored and most importantly, remain organised.”

“Managing numerous customers and jobs is no longer a problem,” Saywell added.

“We can store all my customers in the system – including their individual invoicing requirements, as well as my regularly visited locations, so booking jobs in has never been easier or quicker. Invoicing used to take accounts at least half a day and tasks that used to take half an hour, now only take 5 minutes and the system does all the invoicing in seconds.”

The mixed fleet operates on general haulage, as well as homecare, furniture and retail returns in the Nottinghamshire area as well as additional work for customers throughout the UK. The new software system has apparently cut down on errors and reduced delays as well as making life a lot easier.

Volvo FH hits the spud for Braegate Produce


Braegate Produce has put its first Volvo into service, replacing a rival manufacturer on the potato supplier’s fleet.

The FH 500 6x2 with pusher axle was supplied by Crossroads Truck and Bus into the Tadcaster-based firm’s seven strong fleet of vehicles.

The purchase follows a successful trial with a demonstrator and will now be working six days a week covering up to 140,000km a year on long distance motorway work. The new Volvo with I-Shift gearbox and I-See predictive cruise control will also collect potatoes from farms in addition to supermarket deliveries and is said to be returning some impressive fuel consumption figures already.

“The main focus for us is fuel economy,” said Brian Whitaker, transport manager at Braegate Produce.

“If the FH can match, or better, the rival manufacturers we’ve got on the fleet then we will go back to Volvo again,” explained Whitaker.

“Obviously, it’s a brand-new truck and it still needs to be run-in, but we’re very happy with what we’ve seen so far. We’ve even had Volvo’s local Fuelwatch Manager visit to make sure our driver was getting the best possible performance from the vehicle. He used to have a Volvo before he joined us, so naturally he’s delighted to get back behind the wheel of a top-spec FH Globetrotter!”

“We spoke with the team at Crossroads Truck & Bus and gave them an idea of what they were up against to win the business. What they came back with hit the mark perfectly in terms of both the vehicle specification and the monthly rate,” Whitaker added.