NZ Trucking article on iCOS LIVE

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As a transport operator have you ever pondered, just once, whether you are reaping all the benefits from your business? It’s surprising the number of owners who haven’t. Most small to medium-sized transport companies, many time-poor, resource-stretched with principals working in the business rather than on it, would be shocked at the level of leakage they have. It could all be captured if they digitalised their business with a real-time integrated solution such as iCOSLIVE.

iCOSLIVE is transforming the transport industry from a paper-based one to a paperless one. It is web-based so there are no user licences – transport operators can add on staff, drivers, customers and sub-contractors to their online account – basically anyone they wish to utilise the service.

With secure log-ins, iCOSLIVE enables transport operators’ customers to book online or send their job bookings via EDI from their internal ERP systems. This gives them an overview of their own despatches from job order, through dispatch to proof of delivery, all via a transparent online view of the status movements which confirm proof of delivery with signature capture – real-time track and trace, all without picking up the phone.

Testament to iCOSLIVE’s features is they are reaping significant results and rewards for the company’s customers. Auckland client Clinton Rolfe, managing director of Titus Transport, puts it succinctly: “Business has gone up; iCOSLIVE has most definitely contributed to it. We saving time, we’re saving money, and invoicing with XERO, it’s so easy. It saves a lot of time. We’re now handling 2,500 con-notes per week. We were doing 500 a week before we switched over to ICOSLIVE.”

Titus Transport began with three trucks. After introducing ICOSLIVE, its fleet is up to 16 and they’re contemplating buying a couple more.
“iCOSLIVE gained us our biggest contract and we’ve just gone nationwide with that company. The one regret I do have is not running iCOSLIVE from day dot. I had the chance but turned it down, and then a year and a half into it we switched to iCOSLIVE. It’s the best thing we did.”

“It gives me back time. My wife gets me home now and, if I have to, I can work from home. If something crops up I can just go online, anywhere – at home, overseas, wherever – and check things, touch base, check out despatch. We’ve now got 100% control and transparency in the business.”

The program has transformed other transport operators including across the Tasman. ScuzzTrans Container Transport, a Queensland client of iCOSLIVE, was rewarded for its operational improvements, winning the 2016 Queensland Supply Chain Management Award. Late last year it also received a ‘highly-commended’ at the Australian Supply Chain & Logistics awards. ScuzzTrans attributes its growth to iCOSLIVE.

iCOSLIVE’s Android App, specifically designed for tablets and smartphones, now means transport and delivery companies can manage jobs and shipments at driver-end, instantly knowing of delivery completion with real-time shipment tracking. It has the ability to link one transport company to another using ‘LiveLink’ so subcontractors can be seamlessly integrated.

The eco-digital system integrates with a range of partners, including Teletrac Navman, which provides GPS satellite fleet management positioning, eRoad RUC’s advanced technology platform delivering electronic road user charges and compliance, and it also interfaces with many accounting packages, but shines when integrated with XERO and MYOB’s online accounting services. And iCOSLIVE’s market-leading advantage? That users, both operators and customers, not only know where trucks and shipments are, but what freight is on-board, in real-time – a feature that is unique to iCOSLIVE.

iCOS LIVE helps transport and logistics companies be more effective with their operations and efficient with their time

Navman Case Study – Surgical Couriers

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Delivering surgical supplies just in time
If you’re booked in for hip replacement surgery you might be surprised to learn that the medical equipment needed isn’t necessarily sitting in storage in the hospital. The medical instruments are held by medical supply companies and arrive only a couple of days before the surgery takes place. And its companies like Surgical Couriers NZ Limited that get these deliveries done.

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Navman Case Study – AJ Tutill

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Moving forward with integrated technologies but keeping the human touch.
Striking a balance between hi-tech and the human touch, Auckland based cartage company, A.J. Tutill has embraced technology on its own terms. With a staff of 50 people, A.J. Tutill offers transport, storage & logistics services and operates 42 vehicles working across the greater Auckland area, as well as covering Tauranga and Hamilton. Their fleet includes a mix of crane trucks, 8 wheelers, curtain siders and flat decks.

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Navman Case Study – Scuzztrans

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Navman Wireless iCOS LIVE integration enables significant business growth for ScuzzTrans.
Real time track and trace provides transparency, control and effective systems management.ScuzzTrans is a small family-run Queensland-based transport company, loading containers in and around the Port of Brisbane. As specialists in container transport between the Northern Rivers and the Port of Brisbane, ScuzzTrans has a fleet of late model trucks and trailers servicing Northern New South Wales and Queensland. ScuzzTrans also has a container pack and unpack depot in Brisbane, as well as offering container storage in the city

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SCLAA Proudly Supports International Women’s Day – Wednesday, 8th…

SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA (SCLAA)
“Driving the Competitive Advantage in Supply Chain and Logistics”
Proudly Supports International Women’s Day
Wednesday, 8 March 2017

You may be surprised that women only make up 21.9% of the population involved within the Supply Chain and Logistics industries. That is why the SCLAA are proud to support and encourage International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March 2017. It is imperative we attract more women to the industry. Whether these women are involved at CEO, Senior Management Level; work in a warehouse or drive trucks the Supply Chain and Logistics Association would like to acknowledge their incredible contribution.

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on the progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Amanda O’Brien, the recently appointed first SCLAA Chairwomen in 56 years said “International Women’s Day is a perfect opportunity for everyone to help drive better outcomes and change for women, not only those involved in the Supply Chain and Logistics areas but for all women involved in business and the community. Our National Association encourages everyone to support this day”.

Amanda went on to say “that in 2014 only 9.2% of Chief Executive Officers in transport, postal and warehousing industry were women. Participation has decreased by 1.1% in this sector over the last ten years and this attrition rate is disturbing”.

“The inequality in gender dispersion is an immediate barrier to entry. In government and industry circles we need to first of all acknowledge openly that this issue exists and secondly offer the same opportunities to acquire skills and experience in this sector as those offered in more traditional roles”.

This year’s campaign theme is Be Bold For Change – #BeBoldForChange

To further acknowledge women in business, the SCLAA will be holding back by popular demand the successful Women in Logistics Lunch in the Member’s Dining room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday 19th May. Don’t miss out on this unique event! All men are encouraged to attend to show your support for the dynamic changes in industry. For further details, please call the SCLAA office on 1300 364 160 or visit www.sclaa.com.au to book online.

For further details, contact Anthony Trainor, Executive Officer, SCLAA on 0429 012380.

SCLAA and CILTA Jointly Support International Women’s Day – 8th March 2017