It is often said that a carpenter is only as good as the tools he has to work with. Conversely, it is said that a bad workman blames his tools. So which is it? We can understand both, and always find good reason for supporting both sayings. There was no calculator in the ‘olden’ days, and yet we were still able to calculate the most complex of equations.
Whatever we think, the computer is one of those tools we have come to rely on to recall data and calculate in lightning speed. It is, let’s face it, an essential necessity, as long as the workman doesn’t become that removed from the job lest he forgets how to do it without. So we need good workmen and the best tools available.
Investing in technology is vital, though it must be the right technology. The wrong system can cost time and money, which is why we have commissioned our own freight system, stage one of which will go live during the last half of 2015. The new system will streamline the process from start to finish. From potential client through marketing and quoting, through to job creation, consolidation, billing, financial analysis and market targeted down trader analysis, and the integration of our existing dangerous goods solution, the system is radically different than any other freight software solution of our knowledge.
Furthermore, direct integration from warehouse receipt in real time via fork truck-mounted tablets with matrix barcode readers will help maintain efficiency in all departments of our company.
As we have for many years specialised in the carriage of dangerous goods, our current dangerous goods software solution – appropriately called the HAZculator® – is an Excel-based solution which we use in-house. It collates all ADR, IMDG and Eurotunnel data, and presents all of the relevant data required to document and plan loads. It checks up to seven different UN number for compatibility, including foodstuffs and other nuances such as acid and alkali clashes within the same class.
It also stores against each UN number specific information which we have learned along the way, often the stuff that doesn’t come in a manual. Integrating this into our new software will make this more robust, quickly amendable for constant change in regulations, and future-proof it for more years to come.
The system is being built on a solid SQL platform and will go under the name FREIGHTsoft®. Once we have successfully tried and tested the system in our own environment, if we feel that it really does tick the boxes, we will consider placing the product to the market. So, as they say, watch this space.
At Ital Logistics we take the matter of transporting goods which are hazardous very seriously indeed, and do our utmost to ensure that they are carried in compliance with the rules of ADR & IMDG. Around 25% of our total business is made up of the transport of dangerous goods. Many companies shy away from […]