Haulier Roger Warnes Transport has teamed up with farmer-owned cooperative Openfield to integrate two computer systems – saving growers money in the process.
It means Roger Warnes Transport can use its own driver tracking app to provide Openfield with live and accurate logistics data. Openfield then uses this key information to update its loading schedules and Track My Truck tool – increasing efficiencies for both companies.
Roger Warnes operations director Ian Barclay said: “The benefits of this integration couldn’t be better. All this is powered by TDi Software and the data transfer just happens which has removed many duplications and eliminated data transfer errors.
“Our drivers and offices don’t see what’s happening as everything is integrated. We no longer receive emails with typos or handwritten faxes which risk human error. It removes transport reference number inaccuracies and saves time and costs.”
Openfield head of IT Michael Goodyear said: “We have our own haulage tracking app for both our own fleet and a number of third-party hauliers – however, Roger Warnes Transport were looking to use their own app to process our work and create efficiencies.
“We combined our resources to automatically load our fixings into their systems and create data exchanges which deliver the same Track My Truck benefits to any Openfield farmer where grain collections are being carried out in this way.
“The real time data exchange includes all weighbridge information and images removing delays and costs created through old fashioned paper documents. Another benefit for us is that we’re able to process their invoices more quickly, due to everything being automated.”
Openfield is now working on some further enhancements too – including price alerts and a fertiliser selector tool. It is also working to identify more third-party hauliers who could benefit from similar system integration opportunities.