Dairy Crest milks the benefits of IT

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Leading dairy foods company Dairy Crest is boosting the efficiency of its massive vehicle fleet with the help of Sheffield-based software developer R2c.

Dairy Crest has one of the UK’s largest commercial vehicle fleets and delivers milk and other products to 1.3 million homes each week.

The Surrey-based business has opted for Europa Link-based R2c’s independent fleet maintenance and compliance system for its national distribution centre in Nuneaton.

R2c’s system is claimed to be the world’s first interactive platform for managing commercial vehicle fleet compliance and maintenance. It holds all the information about a company’s fleet and maintenance records electronically, so that it can be instantly updated, collated or downloaded.

Dairy Crest’s transport compliance manager Jim Whitmore, said: “The R2c system has improved fleet performance, costs and visibility across all our tracked assets.

“A paperless system has improved record retrieval along with online reporting to establish vehicle maintenance, defects and attributed costs. It’s been so successful that we have now established our key maintenance suppliers within the process to eliminate the timely process of waiting for service inspection sheets.”

Nick Walls managing director of R2c, which was founded in 2003, said: “Dairy Crest is another significant customer to join the R2c Online platform and we are delighted to be working with one of the UK’s largest and most forward thinking operators.

“Driven by customers’ moves to become more efficient and prove they are meeting increasingly stringent regulations, our service is fast becoming the industry standard for managing fleet maintenance and compliance records.”