Europe is Plagued by Empty Trucks

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A reduction on empty truck miles across the UK and Europe is the aim of the TISYS platform launched in the UK by Transporeon.

The company, based in Ulm, Germany, recently opened a UK office in Manchester and appointed Brian Kilshaw as Key Account Manager UK.

Explained Mr Kilshaw, "The TISYS platform for communication between shippers and carriers enables a significant reduction in the number of miles that trucks drive empty. This offers the chance to reduce CO2 emissions and wear on roads. Companies gain financially because costs are reduced both through the increased proportion of revenue earning journeys and the avoidance of present and future financial penalties for irresponsible pollution. The fact is that one in four of the trucks travelling on Europe's roads is empty a waste of money and a blot on the environment."

A survey conducted by Transporeon amongst its shipper customers shows that the introduction of, TISYS can cut 13 per cent of empty miles.  At the end of 2007, Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office, published a report on average loads, distances and the problem of empty trips for goods carried by road.  "While figures produced by Eurostat show that 23 per cent of trucks on UK roads are empty, compared with 25 per cent in France and 28 per cent in the Netherlands, it has to be remembered that trucks in the UK carry the smallest loads of any in Europe," continued Mr Kilshaw. "Each UK truck contains an average of only 9.1 tonnes, almost one third below the European average of 13.1 tonnes."

A recent study, carried out in Germany by the Federal Ministry of Transport (BAG), recognises the importance of models such as the one set up by Transporeon. The study focuses on the impact of the new German taxes, introduced in January 2005, based on the distances covered by the trucks. The German BAG emphasises the usefulness of the Internet-based logistics solutions for transport placement. It underlines that these companies have experienced strong growth and that, "The results speak for themselves: there has already been a decrease in the miles that trucks drive around empty."  German transport minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, has reported a general decrease of 9 per cent in the empty miles travelled on German roads. Transporeon is the leader in this market for communication solutions between shippers and carriers. One in five freight loads in Germany is placed through the TISYS e-logistics communication platform.

Each day, almost 8,000 freight loads, totalling 2.6 million miles covered, are executed through TISYS  in Germany. With the TISYS e-logistics platform and its TICAP freight order placement module, a predefined circle of carriers has access simultaneously to all of a shipper's bids.

"Each carrier can tender for those lanes that best fit his transport planning, taking into account the possibilities for making return journeys," said Mr Kilshaw.
 "With this tool, better use is made of fleets of vehicles. Fewer empty miles also mean less unnecessary pollution and wear and tear on the infrastructure. The system developed by Transporeon brings together economic and ecological interests," he added.

About Transporeon

Transporeon was founded in Germany in 2000. It has rapidly established itself as the e-logistics market leader in direct-linking freight shippers and carriers. Many customers across Europe work with TISYS system modules. Transporeon offers its logistics solutions and services to companies in every business activity, among them Goodyear, Stora Enso, and Knauf. Its main aim is to increase efficiency and competitiveness, while cutting costs and simplifying logistics processes. Transporeon is based in Ulm and employs 100 people.

TISYS comprises the following modules:-

TICAP optimises the assignment of freight orders by establishing a closed exchange. This platform enables the company ordering freight to inform all its affiliated carrier partners of the transport to be carried out. This is done via the Internet, with complete transparency, quickly, securely and for less cost.

TIFLOW automatically communicates the freight orders to the carriers on the basis of pre-established criteria (post code, type of transport, etc). The carrier receives all the important data and confirms the acceptance with a single mouse click.

TISLOT minimises the waiting time at the loading or unloading bays by allowing the carriers to book time slots. This increases the efficiency of logistics and reduces waiting time for the trucks.

TITRAC enables the user to keep up-to-date with the delivery status, even for the loaders operating with many carriers.

In Germany last June, Transporeon was nominated among the top three "rising stars" at the awards ceremony for the "Deutscher Grnderpreis 2007" (German Start-Up Award 2007). The company was recognised for having increased significantly its turnover and achieving a leading position in its market, while taking into account environmental protection. Thanks to TISYS, Transporeon has helped to bring about a major reduction in heavy goods vehicle traffic on Europe's roads and cut the emission of so-called greenhouse gases.

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