Unipart Group, one of Europe’s leading manufacturing, logistics and consulting businesses, has brought its fleet operations in-house and deployed Microlise Fleet Performance and Journey Management for maximum efficiency, safety and to manage fuel and maintenance costs.
The telematics solution will be used across Unipart’s heavy goods vehicles and vans to understand in real time where its fleet is, how the fleet is being utilised, and how economically and safely the vehicles are being driven.
Real-time data will also show how the fleet is performing against its scheduled routes, alerting the team to any potential missed time-slots before they’ve happened, enabling proactive customer contact and alternative arrangements to be made.
Having diversified significantly since its management buyout in 1987, Unipart Group now operates across logistics, manufacturing and consultancy. Customers include Sky, Centrica, Jaguar Land Rover and Waterstones.
With Microlise, Unipart’s UK transport operations team will benefit from a full suite of reports giving an understanding of where tractors, trailers and other assets are and allowing for them to be filtered by group, location, vehicle type and time.
Driver performance will also be monitored with graded feedback on a number of metrics including acceleration, braking, cornering, idling and coasting – together combining to provide an overall grade. Training can then be targeted to achieve better performance and ultimately reduce fuel costs and minimise vehicle wear and tear.
“We have a commitment to prioritise exceptional customer service by driving quality up and cost down through digital innovation and the application of The Unipart Way,” said David Atkinson – Head of Unipart Logistics’ 3PL Transport. “Microlise’s approach to logistics and telematics, and its digital investment, make it an excellent fit for us as we establish our own in-house fleet operations.”
Microlise, which is one of Europe’s largest telematics companies, has more than 450,000 active connections worldwide and works with 13 of the UK’s 15 largest retailers.
“Unipart is an exciting brand and one which is well respected for its strong ethos, history and approach,” said Microlise Chief Executive Officer, Nadeem Raza. “We are pleased to be supporting Unipart as it brings its fleet operations in-house – delivering the tools to manage, monitor and affect a highly efficient operation.”
For further information about Microlise products, visit www.microlise.com/fleet-management.
Microlise telematics, journey management and proof of delivery products help its customers reduce costs and the environmental impact of their fleet operations. This is achieved by maximising vehicle utilisation, increasing operational efficiency and improving economy and safety; whilst helping to deliver the very best customer experience by providing real-time visibility of the fleet against schedule.
An award-winning privately owned business based in Nottingham in the UK, Microlise invests significantly in research and development annually to ensure its solutions continue to be underpinned by market-leading technology. In 2018 Microlise won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade.
About Unipart Group
Unipart Group is a leading UK manufacturer, full service logistics provider and consultant in operational excellence. Operating across a range of market sectors, including automotive, manufacturing, mobile telecoms, rail, retail and technology, Unipart offers a breadth of services from third party logistics to expert consultancy. The company, which has its headquarters in Oxford, provides services to a growing range of blue chip clients including Jaguar Land Rover, Vodafone, Sky, and many other household names. Unipart has a number of accolades including recently for winning the ‘Fujitsu Award for Responsible Business in the Digital Age’ at the 2017 Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards. Last year, the company also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Safety at the International Safety Awards in recognition that they are the only organisation in the world to have achieved the Sword and Globe of Honour awards for five consecutive years.