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COVID-19 resources for drivers and companies that rely on driving

by Eleonora Malacarne on May 13, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Covid-19 resources for drivers and companies that rely on driving

The COVID-19 pandemic is obviously impacting on drivers and companies that rely on driving and different organisations have launched initiatives to help operators going through this difficult time throughout UK and Ireland.

Starting from the UK, FTA has recently launched a COVID-19 advice hub that is focusing on supporting the logistics and transport industry during the pandemic. Having recognised the difficulties some members are facing, FTA has also launched the Logistics Efficiency Network Service (LENS), an exchange portal that companies could use to share and discuss availability of their fleet during the COVID-19 period or to post their requirements of additional vehicles or personnel to transport goods during this period.

In Ireland, FTAI released this "Stay safe" video particularly dedicated to drivers. You can find further information on their website at ftai.ie:

 

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport inaugurated the COVID-19 National Logistics Forum on 16th April 2020. The Forum is collecting data to create an open database that will advertise what capacity is available in the sector, in order for it to be utilised to keep supply lines open. You can contribute filling out their form or contact the COVID-19 National Logistics Forum at nationallogisticsforum@cilt.ie.

 

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Distracted driving and breakdowns among post-lockdown risks for fleets

by Eleonora Malacarne on May 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Distracted driving and breakdowns among post-lockdown risks for fleets
 
As the lockdown starts to ease in Europe, fleet managers have now to cope with possible issues that might appear after the pause.

Breakdowns are very likely to happen if vehicles are parked for extended periods of time, used just for very short trips and not taken care of. According to the AA, battery breakdowns are probably going to increase right after the isolation period, as it generally happens after Christmas, when vehicles are generally left inactive for some time.

In order not to get caught by surprise, here is a small list of items you should pay attention to during lockdown:

  • Vehicle battery. Vehicles with batteries in good conditions shouldn't have any issues if they are not used during 2 weeks, but a good routine to avoid breakdowns would be starting them once a week.
  • Brakes. If you park your vehicle for a long time with the parking brake on, brakes can seize. In order to avoid this, release the brake and drive a short distance back and forth.
  • Fuel. In order to avoid condensation, top up vehicles with fuel.
  • Tyres. Make sure tyre pressure is adequate as deflated tyres might put more pressure on the sidewall or cause damages.
  • Cleaning your vehicle. Vehicles should be washed regularly to avoid contaminants or possible damages to the paint. The inside of the vehicle should always be left without empties and ventilated regularly.
According to Fleet News, another potential issue that might appear after lockdown is distracted driving. This might happen as people in general and drivers now tend to rely on digital communication and could tempted to do so behind the wheel, or also because some of them will start to drive again after weeks of inactivity.

If you are starting your activity again, please take note of these possible issues and of the best practices we shared about Covid-19 checks for drivers: contact our team if you want to know more or make them digital via our walkaround checks app.
 
 
 
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Transpoco listed on the Crown Commercial Service website (CCS)

by Eleonora Malacarne on Apr 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Transpoco listed on the Crown Commercial Service website (CCS)

 

Transpoco is again listed on the Crown Commercial Service website, the biggest public sector procurement organisation in the UK. The CCS acts as an executive agency, sponsored by the Cabinet Office of the UK Government, that brings together policy, advice and direct buying, providing commercial services to the public sector and saving money for the taxpayer.

The CCS helps in fact public sector companies focusing on reliable suppliers while providing the experience of a much simpler and fully compliant procurement process, so they get real value for money. Working as a reference, the CCS provides their expertise to help government buyers getting the best commercial deals from the best providers.

The CCS reviews suppliers on a regular basis and evaluates their performance in terms of value and service provided to ensure contractors follow the desired standards required by public sector procurement.

The demand for the provision of services focusing on minimising operational costs is certainly not new for the public sector, that has largely and since long understood how the implementation of telematics can help providing the best experiences to citizens while controlling budget and with an eye on the environment.

Transpoco is the telematics provider of reference in the public sector in Ireland and is consolidating their presence in the public sector in the UK.

 

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COVID-19 driver's checklist: what you need to know before you go

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

COVID-19 drivers checklist what you need to know before you go

At such uncertain times for the world and with everyone taking extraordinary measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, drivers still work delivering food, medicines and essentials to help us fight against the virus.

As a company working with those who rely on driving, we would like to share a list of best practices we use to ensure the safety of both drivers, customers and general public, aimed at avoiding the spread of the virus.

#1 - Basic protective measures against Covid-19
The typical symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Seek for immediate medical advice if you are displaying any of these symptoms. You should not drive/work if you feel sick. In order to help containment and not spread the virus or get sick:

  • wash your hands frequently with water and soap or make sure you have an alcohol-based gel with you
  • maintain at least 1 meter/3 feet distance between yourself and anyone else
  • avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: hands touch many surfaces and can pick up the virus
  • cough or sneeze in your bent elbow or in a disposable paper tissue you will throw away immediately afterwards
  • follow the advise of your healthcare provider and your local authorities

#2 - Before driving
Before driving, add the following checks to your usual walkaround checks/pre-trip checklist:

  • Check you have enough hygiene supplies to work: face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer
  • clean the outside of the vehicle, concentrating on points that can be touched by either passengers, co-workers or other people such as door handles
  • clean the main points of contact inside your vehicle, like the steering wheel, the seat and the dashboard, handles, radio device if any, and don't forget about your mobile phone

#3 - While driving

  • If you sneeze or cough, cover nose and mouth with your bent elbow or help yourself with a paper tissue that has to be disposed afterwards
  • open the windows to improve ventilation if possible
  • ask coworkers, passengers and people to maintain the safety distance
  • if you are going to have passengers, prepare your vehicle in advance for that purpose, assigning seats in an adequate way in order to keep the distance - ask your company to provide posters or reminders to be displayed in the vehicle

#4 - Contactless delivery

  • if you are a delivery driver, ask your company to implement contactless/deliver at door tools to avoid contact as much as possible
  • agree the point of delivery with your customer and communicate in advance

 

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European Green Deal among the Transport Manager 2020 topics

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 18, 2020 9:00:00 AM

European Green Deal among the Transport Manager 2020 topics

The annual Transport Manager Seminar, organised by the Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) will as usual host representatives from the logistics industry to share best practices on sustainable transport operations.

This year's edition is scheduled for 25 March 2020 at the Johnstown Estate Hotel in Enfield, County Meath, and will focus on the landmark European Green Deal, recently passed through the European Parliament.

During a one-day programme, the seminar will also include an update from Secretary General of the Department of Transport, Tourism &Sport, Graham Doyle, on the work the Department is undertaking to help industry transition to more sustainable operations. The event is sponsored by Brigade Electronics, Bridgestone, The Harris Group, Enprova and EMO Oil with Fleet Transport magazine is once again as official media partner.  

Bookings for the event are now open to both FTAI and non FTAI members. If you wish to learn more on the event, call 01 8447516, contact info@ftai.ie or check the website at http://ftai.ie/events/.

 

 

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Transpoco to bring its GSE telematics solution to the Dubai Airshow

by Eleonora Malacarne on Nov 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Transpoco attending the Dubai Airshow 2019_1


As part of the expansion of the activity in the aviation sector, Transpoco is visiting the Dubai Airshow 2019 event next week. Transpoco will take part to the international aviation show as part of an Enterprise Ireland Trade & Investment Mission to Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, led by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D.

With the Middle East seeing a boom in the aviation sector, the programme represents a unique opportunity for Transpoco to generate further business and enter into commercial relations with both airlines and ground handlers. Transpoco will be discussing its GSE telematics solution in Dubai and work with Enterprise Ireland to organize business meetings and to be involved in networking events together with potential partners, with the opportunity of developing business and targeting new customers.

The Dubai Airshow 2019 is probably going to be the biggest aerospace event in the Middle East, Asia & Africa. It will count on 1,300 exhibitors, media representation from every corner of the globe, 165 aircraft on display and feature areas. The 2019 edition will in fact see a number of dedicated spaces and conferences return to the show along with new additions: the one-day conference Airline CXO Summit, Airport Solutions Dubai, where the airport community will discuss the disruptors of the industry like AI, IoT and Big Data, the Cargo Connect event, Global Air Traffic Management and Space Pavilion and tech talks.

Commercial and general aviation, defence, space and cargo will be all involved in what will be an event dedicated to industry players making connections - with 80% of the world's population located within 8 hours from the event.

 

 

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Transpoco at the 21st annual Ground Handling International Conference

by Eleonora Malacarne on Oct 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Transpoco at the 21st annual Ground Handling International Conference-1

There is one more inspiring event planned for Transpoco for this 2019. Transpoco telematics is going to exhibit at the Ground Handling International Conference, which will take place in Amsterdam from 4th to 7th November, hosted in the Rai Convention Centre, an incredible venue located 12 minutes from the city centre and 8 minutes from Schiphol international airport, the ideal place to connect the key players in the handling sector.

The GHI Annual Conference brings unparalleled networking opportunities with 750+ decision makers from the world’s aviation industry. Transpoco will have the opportunity to talk business with major airline buyers as 180+ airline ground operations and procurement managers are expected.

The event will also help pick up best practice ideas: ground handlers, aviation companies and suppliers will be able to attend keynote conference presentations on managing margin squeeze; contract negotiation techniques; the non-IATA SGHA; embedding a high safety culture and developing a PRM strategy. Transpoco at the 21st annual Ground Handling International Conference2

We are just days away from this prominent event: Transpoco will exhibit at the stand number E26A. Contact us if you wish to book a demonstration of our system or to discuss your requirements with us.

Photo Credit: https://annual.groundhandling.com/

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Successful trade show for Transpoco at the Inter Airport Europe 2019

by Eleonora Malacarne on Oct 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Successful trade show for Transpoco at the Inter Airport Europe 2019 event
 
For manufacturers and suppliers of airport equipment, technology, design and services, the annual appointment with the Inter Airport Europe event provides the opportunity to meet specialists from airports, airlines, air cargo carriers as well as aviation support from all over the world looking to invest in future-oriented, modern solutions for the interconnected airport.
 
The Inter Airport Europe, which occurs every 2 years, is renowned for being the world’s leading airport exhibition as it covers the most comprehensive range of products and services for the entire airport: technology and services for ground handling, airport equipment, terminal operations, airport IT solutions and airport design... and obviously GSE fleets.
 
Transpoco were delighted to exhibit for the first time at the Inter Airport show in Munich last week. The event was very well attended and brought together all the key players in the industry. It was great to meet up with customers, partners and prospective clients and we had some really great conversations that will only help to strengthen our relationships and further improve the services that we offer.

By far the best part of the event for us was the celebration of the results achieved with Iberia, that will adopt our SynX technology on up to 1400 motorised assets across Spanish airports. It was particularly great for the Transpoco team to meet up with David Uclés, Ground Equipment Manager of Iberia at Inter Airport in Munich, following the award of the contract by Iberia to implement our complete fleet management solution throughout Spain:

 
Successful trade show for Transpoco at the Inter Airport Europe 2019_
 
In the picture, from left to right, Vincent O'Kane, Operations Manager at Transpoco, John Harrington, Sales and Marketing Director at Transpoco, David Uclés, Ground Equipment Manager at Iberia and Phillip Davis, Enterprise Account Executive at Transpoco.
 
Another highlight of the show was certainly Mallaghan's new bus launch and the great hospitality that they put on for everyone that visited their stand during the entire event.
 
 
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Free FTA UK Brexit preparation workshops for hauliers

by Eleonora Malacarne on Oct 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Free FTA Brexit preparation workshops for hauliers start this month


With the UK and EU yet to reach an agreement on their future trading relationship, at least at the time of writing, it is vital that vehicle goods operators are as prepared as possible for a No-Deal Brexit, even if MPs have backed a bill aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit on 31st October. According to the bill, if Boris Johnson fails to secure an agreement with Brussels by 19th October, he will be forced to ask for another delay.

To guide hauliers through this challenging time, FTA UK has launched a series of free half-day workshops. The first ones took place in September but the events are continuing until the 31st October deadline.

In the event of a No-Deal Brexit, new border procedures and haulier responsibilities will come into effect immediately. Hauliers must ensure they fully understand the new road haulage procedures, documentation requirements and responsibilities that will arise after 31 October 2019; otherwise they risk their operations coming to a standstill.

The workshops will cover the following topics:

  • Brexit update.
  • Overview of No-Deal Brexit impact on international haulage.
  • New border procedures and haulier responsibilities to maintain business continuity.
  • Practical considerations for a No-Deal Brexit and a step-by-step guide for hauliers to prepare.
  • Overview of new documentation requirements for goods vehicle operators.
  • Overview of documentation for goods vehicle drivers.
  • Overview of documents for goods vehicles and trailers.
  • Other haulage business no-deal planning considerations.
  • End to end process.

You can checkout the extended programme of the workshops on the FTA website, where you can also book your seat.

 

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Iberia to implement Transpoco complete fleet management solution throughout Spain

by Eleonora Malacarne on Oct 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Transpoco supplies Iberia with GSE telematics solution SynX at Spanish stations

Leading telematics and fleet management software provider, Transpoco, has announced that it has enabled Iberia to achieve significant operational savings by implementing its advanced fleet management solution on its ground support equipment in numerous airports across the airline’s Spanish network.

Following a rigorous tender process, Transpoco was selected for a proof of concept in Madrid and Barcelona on up to 200 motorised assets. As a result of proven savings and return on investment Iberia will roll out the technology on up to 1400 motorised assets across further stations throughout Spain.

The Transpoco solution will help Iberia Airport Services to manage its fleet more efficiently and reduce any misuse from daily operations.

Iberia will benefit from Transpoco’s product functionality that includes tracking and controlling motorised equipment at the various airport ramps. The system also has the potential to integrate with many other platforms within the organisation including sharing data with airport authorities to update them with live location of the Iberia fleet.

Ángel Marcos, Iberia Chief Airport Services Officer, commented, “At Iberia we are constantly striving to find new ways of innovation, maximising efficiency and providing a punctual, safe and reliable service to our customers. By integrating the Transpoco fleet management software across multiple stations in Spain we have helped to achieve this”. Ángel Marcos added, “The solution from Transpoco allows us to increase safety and performance on the ramp, being more environmentally friendly while reducing operational costs. The Transpoco system and team have been very flexible and agile in reaching the business specifications of our requirements”.

Andrew Fleury, Transpoco CEO, commented, “We are delighted to be working with a world class airline in Iberia as we have been developing our system for many years with clients now in over 60 different countries. Our specialism in the aviation industry has been recognised internationally by some of the largest companies in the world and we continue to make internal investment to expand our international client base”.

 

Iberia Airport Services roster of more than 170 airline clients at 29 airports in Spain. In 2018 the handling unit attended some 350.000 aircraft and more than 96 million passengers. Iberia Airport Services is distinguished by its versatility in serving all types of airlines in all types of operations, and its human and material capacity for resolving every kind of contingency.

Some 40% of Iberia’s handing unit’s ground vehicles are now 100% electric and thus emissions-free, and the substitution of older vehicles continues. The unit is certified by Spain’s AENOR standards bureau for its quality assurance and environmental protection systems, under ISO 9,001 and ISO 14,001 standards.

 

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