UPN, a leading pallet network operator, has made a major investment in Belgravium mobile scanning equipment as it seeks out new ways to improve visibility and further reduce the use of paper across its network. New Boston 8550 mobile computers will be installed across nearly 70 locations in the UK, where they will be used to scan every pallet into and out of each depot.
Over the last six months, the system has been fully tested in a live depot environment. This has allowed UPN to fine tune the software and check out how the equipment operates in a busy depot environment. Using the new system, every pallet is scanned in and out of the depot and the handheld scanning equipment updates central web-based systems in real time.
The new system will be rolled out across all UPN depots over a six month period and UPN expects it to be fully operational by the middle of next year. Once it has been fully implemented, UPN customers will have online access to more detailed information about their freight and can track it through the network, from point of collection to delivery point.
Gary Flockhart, IT Manager at UPN, explains, We partnered with Belgravium in the past, when we relocated our hub and implemented a new hub scanning system. Our experience was positive, so it makes sense to look at how else their systems could benefit our business. Following the pilot scheme, it is become clear that this new mobile technology will drive out errors and help us maintain our quality levels, whilst removing more and more paper from the network. Belgravium provide the equipment and the 24/7 support that our depots require in the field. We operate mission critical systems, so it is vital that our partners deliver the levels of support we will require."
Mark Hardy, Managing Director at Belgravium, adds, "I am delighted that UPN has chosen to work with us on these new systems. The pilot scheme ran very well and has allowed UPN and its depot to prove the value the new systems, before making the investment decision. Our success in the pallet network sector has been underlined with the award of this contract. Our knowledge of the sector is growing and we have now gained a tangible track record. We look forward to working more with UPN and helping them to manage business growth. The palletised freight sector is very buoyant and the networking sector is growing fast, so it is an attractive sector for us to work in."
Belgravium is part of the Belgravium Technologies Group of companies and has been supplying mobile computing solutions to the logistics sector for over two decades. Specialising in the design and supply of rugged mobile devices, its solutions include sophisticated software tools designed for a wide variety of warehouse and supply chain applications. It has a global base of over 50,000 terminals and its systems are used by many UK manufacturing and distribution companies. Other group companies are focused upon the provision of mobile computing solutions for the fuel, retail, airline, waste management and field service sectors.