Onboarding of the subcontractor fleet
Around 5,000 subcontractor assets are used throughout Europe to transport the food portfolio of the discount retailer. So far, the assets of the more than 40 fixed transport service providers with more than 30 different telematics systems have been connected to NIC-place and prepared for data sharing in compliance with data protection regulations. In addition to already existing interfaces, the implementation of new interfaces to necessary telematics providers takes place continuously as part of the company-wide project rollout, for example with regard to the additional visualization of non-food transports. Once the subcontractor assets are activated, they provide the food retailer with relevant position and temperature data for transport, using secure data sharing processes by NIC‑place.
Efficiency in daily business
With the growing number of subcontractors, a software solution that clearly displays the 4,500 daily distribution tours across Europe in one application and at the same time reliably monitors them became essential. NIC-place enables the automated transfer of tours from the leading transport management system, ensures monitoring during the actual transport according to desired criteria and escalates deviations to desired recipients. Since the automated process was implemented, all tours are planned in the leading TMS system and live telematics data is matched to the shipments. By eliminating several telematics portals that were previously used for manual monitoring, the daily work of the dispatching staff is greatly simplified. At the same time, the automated assignment of defined monitoring criteria by NIC-place ensures monitoring in consistent quality. Individual input errors as well as forgetting settings or not activating alarm profiles can be completely avoided.
The monitoring and data transfer of subcontractor assets or transports starts and ends location-based. During transport, NIC-place monitors and escalates temperatures, reefer status, alarm codes, setpoints and GPS positions to ensure a high quality of goods at their destination. In addition, the calculation of estimated arrival times (ETA) helps to plan unloading processes at the stores as efficiently as possible. Thus, unloading only takes place if there is a continuous documentation of the transport process, including temperatures, at the store. NIC-place automatically generates a report when entering the destination POI and makes the PDF available to the defined responsible person at the ramp via email. Manual download processes or workarounds with the help of subcontractor contacts are eliminated, saving valuable time.
NIC-place provides software solutions to the transport and logistics industry in full alignment with today’s transportation visibility requirements. NIC-place’s Data Control Center delivers an unique and totally new approach to data sharing. It is enabling customers to take part in the interconnected logistics ecosystem while still keeping control of their own private carrier network. NIC-place is the market-leader in temperature controlled and high value transports as well as in rail logistics and is well-known for its deep and solid telematic knowledge. It was launched in January 2018 but its roots go back to the founding of kasasi GmbH in 2009.
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