Finding your way through top 10 of the most congested cities

Finding your way through top 10 of the most congested cities

One of the challenges of economic growth is that, whilst it generates new business opportunities for road transport companies, it attracts more people and vehicles to cities. These factors contribute to greater congestion in some cities your trailer fleet may navigate to and also highlight the importance of keeping your trailers in top condition.

Congestion and effective route planning

Delivering to customers in congested towns is part of being a successful road transport company. Having prior knowledge of congestion levels in such towns can help your drivers to take the most efficient route-planning decisions.

Top 10 Europe’s most congested cities

INRIX, experts in connected car services and transportation analytics, researched 628 European cities for its INRIX 2016 Traffic Scorecard and found that Moscow is the most congested city in Europe. Drivers spent 91 hours in traffic congestion at peak hours and over 25% of their total drive time (including peak and non-peak hours) in congestion. London is the second most congested city in Europe with 73 hours (12.7% of total drive time in congestion), followed by Paris with 65 hours (11.4%), and Istanbul 59 hours (18.6%). Ranked no 5 is the Russian town of Krasnodar, where drivers spent 56 peak hours in congestion and 24.3% of their total driving time in congestion.

Russian cities dominated the top 10 with 5 entries including Moscow, Krasnodar, Saint Petersburg, Sochi and Nizhny Novgorod. Zurich and Munich were the other two members of the European top 10, placed in 6th and 9th positions respectively.

The results of another congestion survey conducted in 2016, by navigation company TomTom, over a smaller sample of 380 European cities, also featured Istanbul, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, London and Paris in its top 10 most congested European cities. However, it differed in some of its findings. According to TomTom, Bucharest in Romania is the most congested city in Europe including also Marseille, Rome, Brussels and Manchester in the top 10. [source: Business Insider]

Congestion and trailer maintenance

A combination of driving slowly or idling in heavy traffic through congested areas, and cruising at sensible speeds on the motorways exerts different pressures on your trailers. You also want to avoid unexpected trailer repairs, particularly in congested urban areas. These are among the many reasons to consider having trailer maintenance and repair programme in place.

TIP trailer maintenance services

Consider outsourcing the maintenance and repair management programme to reliable, well-qualified experts such as TIP Trailer Services.

TIP provides a regular scheduled trailer maintenance programme. This will help you anticipate technical issues, keep costs under control and ensure that all trailers are fit for the road in the summer and throughout all the other seasons. This also enables you to keep your trailers and trucks in prime condition without having the overheads of employing your own in-house technicians.

The services provided by TIP’s trailer maintenance programme include servicing, repair, regulatory compliance such as MOT, compulsory tests and periodic equipment tests.

The programme also covers tyre maintenance services and access to our Europe-wide roadside assistance services solution 24/7, 365 days per year. We can manage repairs through our fixed price damage repair process. TIP can also take responsibility for much of the non-core and time-consuming elements of your fleet administration.

Benefit from the TIP maintenance experience

TIP has been providing trailer maintenance services for over 45 years. TIP has a large pool of highly-qualified technicians available to carry out the maintenance of your trailers. They have experienced every aspect of trailer maintenance and repair and are well-equipped to handle every situation. Outsourcing your trailer maintenance and repairs offers you and your drivers peace of mind as they drive across the congested cities and/or the motorways of Europe.

If you don’t want to get stuck in the traffic jam with an unexpected breakdown, contact TIP for a trailermade maintenance contract.

TIP’s innovative charge into electric vehicles

TIP’s innovative charge into electric vehicles

To ensure that its customers have access to the best trailer and trucks to meet the urban logistics challenges of the future, TIP Trailer Services continues its tradition for innovation with research into electric vehicles. This includes a trial of electric vans by TIP in France.

Urban logistics of the future

Electric vehicles will be at the heart of the solutions for urban logistics issues that industry, politicians, town-planners and analysts are forecasting. The UN believes that by 2030 there will be 41 mega cities worldwide. A mega city is a metropolitan area with a population in excess of 10m people. These mega cities include Moscow, London, Paris and the Rhine-Ruhr area in Europe. [source: UN]

In a 2015 report, analysts Frost & Sullivan predicted that by 2025, 3 out of 5 people will be living in cities or mega cities. The mega cities, in particular, will require tailor-made logistics planning. With a significant increase in consumers purchasing online, the analysts expect there to be 500 million individual deliveries per day. This will necessitate a move towards building supply chains with warehouses and delivery spokes closer to city centres to cope with increased pressure on “last mile” deliveries as shipments in cities become more frequent. Logistics companies will introduce hybrid or fully electric vehicle fleets to respond to increasing environmental concerns and will benefit from economic incentives from governments to provide sustainable freight deliveries.

Reducing CO2 emissions

The rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the concerns about the potentially harmful effects of nitrogen oxide in diesel fuel and carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from defective exhaust emissions are major issues for Europe. Among several initiatives that the European Commission has launched to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is the FREVUE project. FREVUE supports the introduction of electric freight vehicles to demonstrate and evaluate innovative urban logistics solutions in eight of Europe’s largest cities including Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Oslo, Rotterdam and Stockholm. It aims to achieve “essentially CO2 free city logistics in major urban centres by 2030” and argues that achieving this throughelectric vehicles (EVs) will simultaneously eliminate other harmful pollutants in city centres.

France: European electric vehicle pioneer

In 2016, France recorded the highest number of sales of 100% electric vehicles in Europe with 27,307 vehicles sold. [Source: Avere-France] France is also by far the largest market for electric vans in the EU and makes up nearly half the EU total. The success of electric van sales owes much to a French government-sponsored purchase incentive scheme, which French companies have embraced. [Source: transportenvironment.org]

TIP and eLCVs

With France pioneering the adoption of eLCVs, it was natural for TIP Trailer Services in France to conduct research into eLCVs. TIP discovered that electric vehicles are relatively simple mechanically with their motors consisting of less than 10 moving parts compared to a few thousand for combustion vehicles.

TIP evaluated the BD Auto, the only eLCV panel van currently available on the market. BD Auto is manufacturing electric LCV’s in the 3.5t-4.5t category, using a Ducato-platform from Fiat which delivers a maximum speed of 90 km/h. It promises a range of 200km per full battery charge, with the charge taking anything from 45 minutes to 8 hours depending on the power of the charging unit. The BD Auto eLCV panel van is available in 3.5 tonne or 4.25 tonne gross vehicle weight versions with a load volume of 11 ranging from 11m3 to 17 m3 with payloads of up to 1500 kg.

First TIP customer eLCV test

In March 2017, TIP Trailer Services tested the BD Auto eLCV over two weeks in Orléans, a town 111 km southwest of Paris, with DPD France, a long established customer. DPD drove an average of 40km per day in the city centre and was delighted with the test.

TIP view on eLCVs

As Mr. Didier Felice, Vice President Mediterranean Region at TIP Trailer Services, told Supply Chain magazine in March 2017: “Many of our clients have already expressed their interest for this type of vehicle. Indeed, the more demanding anti-pollution measures, the energy transition laws, the government initiatives in favour of sustainable logistics … are all factors which will force transporters to use environmentally-friendly vehicles. Parcel and express delivery companies are already preparing themselves. This is why, as a provider of commercial transport solutions, we need to have an offer that corresponds to this evolution in the market. We believe that our electric vehicle is a real alternative for driving freely in the city centre and making last-mile deliveries without constraints.”

TIP looks forward to providing its customer fleets with eLCVs available with different financing options including leasing and rental as well as a range of maintenance and repair programmes.

Are you ready for an eLCV from TIP?

To find out more about TIP and eLCVs, please contact your local TIP Trailer Services manager using this form.

Breakdown? TIP European Roadside Assistance is here to help!

Breakdown? TIP European Roadside Assistance is here to help!

Unexpected trailer breakdown occurs more often than we would like it to. Understandably, in a highly competitive market, few commercial transport companies share their data on breakdown frequency. However, roadside assistance for an unexpected breakdown is costly and time-consuming if you have not prepared for it. TIP Trailer Services combines multiple services and companies to create a unique network that delivers Pan European Roadside Assistance service.

TIP provides this service through its own network of workshops plus those of its preferred local partners in 16 countries across Europe round the clock and 365 days per year. This network consists of over 5,000 workshops including mobile service vans.

Top 5 causes of breakdown

Martijn Stokman, European Services Operations Leader at TIP Trailer Services is responsible for its European Roadside Assistance programme. In his experience, the Top 5 reasons customers, drivers and fleet managers call TIP European Roadside Assistance are:

  • Tyres
  • Brakes
  • Air supply and suspension
  • Reefer engines
  • Tail lifts

Why prepare?

It is costly to have an unexpected breakdown. A broken-down trailer stuck on the side of a road is vulnerable to accidents. A one-off invoice for emergency towing and repairs will be expensive. A delay in delivering your customer’s freight can cause practical issues if you are, for example, transporting perishable goods and reputational issues if you fail to meet your customer’s just in time delivery expectations. It is better and more cost-effective to join a roadside assistance programme as a preventative measure.

TIP Roadside Assistance

TIP offers a pan European breakdown service for your trailers 24/7, 365 days per year. TIP provides support in 18 languages and has roadside assistance contact numbers in 16 European countries including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Back on the road asap

With TIP European Road Assistance, you enjoy access to our extensive network of partners and technicians who will get your drivers back on the road as soon as possible. Our service is provided by our network of workshops or by mobile service vans.

In the UK, and illustrative of our approach more broadly across Europe, in addition to our workshops, we run a nationwide fleet of close to 100 Renault Master vans that are equipped and ready to respond to call-outs for roadside assistance. They carry an impressive selection of internal workshop equipment, power supplies and tools as well as spare parts to cover most occuring breakdown including curtainsider and minor bodywork repairs. These vehicles are kitted out with the technology to handle complex trailer check diagnostics such as trailer brake testing and electrical fault detecting.

Pan-European mobile service for trailers

Our technicians use these vans not only for emergency repairs but also for conducting regular servicing and maintenance on customer sites. TIP sends these vans out with one or two technicians to do maintenance and small repairs at customer sites so that TIP customers don’t lose time driving to TIP workshops.

The customer will constantly be informed about developments on breakdown repairs, a process that can also be monitored online through the TIP Roadside Portal.

Sign me up to TIP European Roadside Assistance now!

In order to benefit from the TIP European Roadside Assistance programme, the only thing you need to do is sign up! There is no subscription fee required. You only pay for the repairs and the call handling management when you make use of this service.

There are several ways in which fleet managers can access the European Roadside Assistance programme:

  1. You can register solely for a European Roadside Assistance contract, which enables you to be prepared for any breakdown.
  2. If you rent a trailer or tanker from TIP, European Roadside Assistance is always included.
  3. If you lease a trailer from TIP, you can choose different maintenance contracts including a European Roadside Assistance pack and choose the style of roadside assistance that you want, tailored to your specific needs in specific countries.

Peace of mind

Enjoy peace of mind with the TIP European Roadside Assistance programme! If you want to be prepared for the unexpected, contact TIP and sign up as a new customer.

More about TIP

Flexibility through trailer rental

Trailer rental is a powerful and flexible solution that enables truck fleet owners to take advantage of fluctuating demand. Trailer rental can give you access to the best trailers and latest trailer technology without the high investment costs and overheads of ownership.

Customers choosing to rent trailers through TIP Trailer Services can take advantage of preferential rental terms within lease contracts to take on more trailers or reduce the number as demand requires.

All types of trailers

TIP hires out trailers for every task including curtainsiders/tilt, moving/walking floor, flat, reefer, tanker, chemical, tipping powder, powder waste and many other types of trailers as well as trucks.

Trailer maintenance and repair – outsource them

As part of a trailer rental contract, TIP Trailer Services takes the weight off your shoulders by providing you with maintenance and repair management services. Whilst we look after the maintenance and repair of your rental trailers, we supply you with alternatives to ensure that your business continues to operate as usual.

Should one of the trailers in your rental fleet require roadside assistance on the way to Rotterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid or any other European destinations, you can count on our Europe-wide breakdown recovery service 24/7 365 days per year.

First major proposal EU on Heavy Duty Vehicles environmental impact

 

The European Union (EU) plans to regulate the environmental impact of Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDV) such as trucks, buses and coaches to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

Background

This initiative forms part of the EU’s commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement (COP21). The EU aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from its 1990 levels by 2030 and continue with the objective of an 80-95% reduction by 2050¹.

Why regulate HDVs?

The EU, through the European Commission (Commission, wants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from Heavy Duty Vehicles because they currently represent over 25% of road transport CO2 emissions. Unlike the US, China, Japan and Canada, Europe does not have fuel efficiency standards for rating Heavy Duty Vehicles nor systems to monitor their CO2 emissions.

EU road freight and hence HDV CO2 emissions have risen since 1990. EU executives estimate that CO2 truck emissions will remain at a similar level until 2050.

In 2015 the UK, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Belgium and, separately, Germany urged the Commission to propose binding C02 limits at a European level.

Key initiatives

The Commission’s ‘European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility’ in July 2016 and the 2017 Commission Work Programme REFIT Scoreboard address these issues. Legislation is proposed in three areas:

  1. Certifying CO2 emissions from HDV,
  2. Monitoring HDV fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to provide emissions and fuel consumption data for truck purchasers, and
  3. Setting fuel efficiency standards

Actions taken so far²

Until now, the Commission has not wanted to establish any legally-binding measures to reduce C02 emissions by Heavy Duty Vehicles. It has preferred a period of consultation with users, HDV industry groups such as the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (“ACEA”) whose members include Volvo, Iveco and Daimler and NGOs such as the International Council on Clean Transportation.

The issues have included debates between politicians, industry and environmental campaigners on the need for a legally binding emissions limit; whether a technology solution like cleaner fuels or electric vehicles could suffice; over current levels of HDV fuel efficiency and what they could become in the future.

The Commission is helping truck manufacturers develop the new Vehicle Energy Consumption Calculation Tool (VECTO) system to measure C02 emissions and fuel consumption from Heavy Duty Vehicles based on information including overall truck mass, tyre dimensions and engine type.

First major proposal

In April 2017, Reuters reported that the Commission will propose making cars, trucks, buses and vans pay higher road toll charges according to CO2 emitted. The ACEA said “It supported differentiating road charging according to C02 emissions as long as it promoted low emissions in real conditions of use and provided fair competition between types of vehicles.” However, the initiative is in its infancy as the full proposal will be published on 31 May 2017 and will require the approval of the European Parliament and member states.

Other possible solutions

In the long term, technology developments are expected to play a major role in reducing truck emissions. The Commission has been very pro-electric vehicles as they do not emit tailpipe exhaust. All the truck manufacturers are looking at developing electric and hybrid electric trucks. The Commission is also touting ‘intelligent road transport systems’ (ITS) that communicate between vehicles and road infrastructure. ITS technology enables drivers to obtain information on finding parking spots, the most effective travel routes and pay tolls. Adopting this technology could result in less traffic congestion and less C02 emissions.

Another technological avenue the Commission is exploring which could reduce CO2 emissions is truck platooning.

Binding EU HDV CO2 limiting legislation – still some way to go

Action needs to be taken for environmental, economic and political reasons to reduce CO2 emissions by Heavy Duty Vehicles. However, it will be some time before the Commission imposes legally binding measures.

FREVUE project

The rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the concerns about the potentially harmful effects of nitrogen oxide in diesel fuel and carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from defective exhaust emissions are major issues for Europe. Among several initiatives that the European Commission has launched to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is the FREVUE project. FREVUE supports the introduction of electric freight vehicles to demonstrate and evaluate innovative urban logistics solutions in eight of Europe’s largest cities including Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Oslo, Rotterdam and Stockholm. It aims to achieve “essentially CO2 free city logistics in major urban centres by 2030” and argues that achieving this throughelectric vehicles (EVs) will simultaneously eliminate other harmful pollutants in city centres.

France: European electric vehicle pioneer

In 2016, France recorded the highest number of sales of 100% electric vehicles in Europe with 27,307 vehicles sold. [Source: Avere-France] France is also by far the largest market for electric vans in the EU and makes up nearly half the EU total. With France pioneering the adoption of eLCVs, it was natural for TIP Trailer Services in France to conduct research into eLCVs.

Sign up for our newsletter if you want to read more in the near future how TIP is charging electric vehicles.

 

¹Source: “Towards low-emission EU mobility” Briefing March 2017 by the European Parliament

²Source: EURACTIV.com – “What is the EU doing about truck CO2 emissions?”   Apr 7, 2016 (updated: Nov 21, 2016)

Is your trailer ready for the summer?

Is your trailer ready for the summer?

The arrival of summer means different things to different fleet managers. With all the schools across Europe on summer holiday, how will this impact traffic flow and your ability to deliver freight on time by road? Does your trailer maintenance programme ensure that your trailers are ready and robust in the event of being stuck in holiday traffic jams? And when will you, your drivers and trailer maintenance technicians be able to take a summer holiday?

How long is a European summer holiday?

The length of the school summer holiday varies considerably across Europe. It starts anytime between the end of May and the second half of July and ends in late August or early September. In some countries, the school holidays vary according the level of education. So primary school children in Bulgaria enjoy the longest summer holidays of 15 weeks. In Italy, children have 14 weeks off whilst 13 weeks is the norm in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and Turkey. Possibly not feeling quite so lucky are children in several German Länder, the Netherlands and the UK who typically have a 6 week summer break. [source: EU]

Summer holiday traffic flow

As summer begins, traffic flow increases to areas that are popular holiday destinations. In parallel, with schools temporarily closed, urban roads become less congested at peak times How do these factors affect route planning for your trailers and deliveries?

“Autoroute du Soleil”

An illustration of holiday routes to avoid is the slow traffic jam on the notorious A7 “Autoroute du Soleil”. This road goes from Lyon through the Rhone valley to Orange and then heads east to the Cote d’Azur. Steer clear of this route, particularly in a south-bound direction from early July when all French schools close and in a northerly direction at the end of August. Otherwise, long delays on the motorway await. Solutions include taking the longer but less congested route over the Alps from Grenoble or travelling at less family-friendly times such as at night.

Trailer Maintenance ahead of peak summer traffic

If your trailers are caught up in peak summer traffic jams, having a trailer maintenance programme in place will minimise the likelihood of experiencing an unexpected trailer breakdown.

A trailer needs constant care and attention. Consider outsourcing the maintenance and repair management programme to reliable, well-qualified experts such as TIP Trailer Services.

TIP proposes a regular scheduled trailer maintenance programme. This will help you anticipate technical issues, keep costs under control and ensure that all trailers are fit for the road in the summer and throughout all the other seasons.

Key trailer maintenance services

The services provided by TIP’s trailer maintenance programme include servicing, repair, regulatory compliance such as MOT, compulsory tests and periodic equipment tests.

The programme also covers tyre maintenance services and access to our Europe-wide roadside assistance services solution 24/7, 365 days per year. We can manage repairs through our fixed price damage repair process. TIP can also take responsibility for much of the non-core and time-consuming elements of your fleet administration.

Are you ready for the summer?

Through its trailer maintenance programme, TIP has a large pool of highly-qualified technicians available to conduct the maintenance of your trailers offering you peace of mind as you plan your staff holidays and prepare your trailer fleet for business over the summer.

Are you ready for the summer?

 

To find out more about TIP’s Trailer Maintenance and Repair Management services, please contact TIP using this form.

TIP UK&I continued charity support

Last month, TIP sponsored a team of 42 riders from key industry customers and suppliers throughout the UK and Ireland for an Italian cycling challenge. With an average age approaching 50 years old our team flew into Bergamo to tackle a 3 day, 320km cycle to Venice.

Day One circumnavigated Lake Garda with a testing jaunt up Monte Baldo for the very brave!  Day 2 was the longest day at 140kms with some ‘cheeky’ hills en route from Sirmione to Vicenza. The final day’s stretch from Vicenza to Venice in really hot weather required true grit and fully deserved a few beers in celebration at the finish.

We have successfully beaten our original target and currently exceed £54,000 in donations.. This is an amazing achievement and a great reflection of everyone’s effort.. Moreover, our industry has once more demonstrated it’s fantastic support for two worthy charities..

Thanks to all the FBB&Gs for taking the time to compete, our amazing sponsors for their wonderful support and all our friends, family and colleagues who gave selflessly to help achieve our goals.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TIPFBBTheItalianJob

Fast fashion demands scalable trailer flexibility

Fast fashion demands scalable trailer flexibility

Scalable trailer capacity for spikes in fashion industry demand

Fashion is a significant and growing industry which should be on the radar screens of every transport company fleet manager looking for new business opportunities. Management consultants McKinsey in their December 2016 “The state of fashion” report estimate that the worldwide market is worth $2.4 trillion dollars with an annual growth rate of 5.5% over the previous decade.

There are several reasons why fleet managers should be investigating trailer flexibility to enable them to increase load-carrying during spikes in fashion industry demand.

Seasonality

The fashion industry is well-known for seasonality and fluctuations in supply and demand. Traditionally, the sales cycle was very regimented with two major seasons Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. The high fashion designers would launch their new collections at catwalk shows in Paris, Milan, London or New York in February for their autumn/winter wear and in June for their spring/summer collections with the clothes for sale in stores four to five months later.

A changing sales cycle

However, this cycle has changed with the rise in popularity of “fast fashion” retailers like Zara who are delivering new clothes collections constantly and introduce clothes whose design has been inspired by high fashion items soonafter they have appeared on the catwalks. In addition, social media is providing an alternative to the catwalks for promoting fashion. Consequently, high fashion brands such as Burberry and Tom Ford are now making their clothes available immediately after their fashion shows. Some fashion houses have also been moving away from the bi-annual launches to presenting “capsule collections” to arrive in stores during the quiet months between summer and winter. This has created new challenges for designers, manufacturers and retailers as they redesign their supply chains. All these changes including more frequent and fluctuating deliveries is leading to new opportunities for those transport companies that can provide trailer flexibility.

The rise of “fast fashion”

The explosion of “fast fashion” practiced by companies including Inditex, owner of Zara, the world’s largest fashion company, H&M, Uniqlo and Primark has changed the rules of the fashion game. Fast fashion demands supply chain elasticity and trailer flexibility to quickly deliver not only low-cost clothes collections, influenced by the catwalks as well as their own “value-for-money” collections throughout the year. [Source: Fortune magazine]

Fast lead-times

Clara Lu of Tradegecko attributes Inditex’s success to controlling a greater part of its manufacturing and supply chain than its competitors. This enables it to take a clothes design from drawing to store in two weeks [Source: Tradegecko blog]. This is in stark contrast to the “up to six months” needed by a “traditional clothing manufacturer” like GAP [Source: Business Insider].

Repatriating manufacturing to Europe

Some fashion companies are repatriating their production to Europe. In March 2017, a Reuters article reported H&M’s decreased quarterly profits and mentioned that H&M’s supply chain lead-times were around double those at Inditex. H&M put its decrease in profits down to manufacturing too much of its clothing in low-cost Asia. This meant frequent delays in getting products into its stores and too much inventory. Its solution is to bring back more of its manufacturing to Europe, enabling it to supply its large base of European customers more quickly, flexibly and efficiently. With other fashion manufacturers likely to follow H&M’s lead, this could be another opportunity for transporters with trailer flexibility.

 

To capitalise on the new business opportunities in the fashion industry through trailer flexibility and scalable load-carrying capacity, please contact TIP Trailer Services via this form.

 

TIP Trailer Services collection

Flexibility through trailer rental

Trailer rental is a powerful and flexible solution that enables truck fleet owners to take advantage of fluctuating demand. Trailer rental can give you access to the best trailers and latest trailer technology without the high investment costs and overheads of ownership.

Customers choosing to rent trailers through TIP Trailer Services can take advantage of preferential rental terms within lease contracts to take on more trailers or reduce the number as demand requires.

All types of trailers

TIP hires out trailers for every task including curtainsiders/tilt, moving/walking floor, flat, reefer, tanker, chemical, tipping powder, powder waste and many other types of trailers as well as trucks.

Trailer maintenance and repair – outsource them

As part of a trailer rental contract, TIP Trailer Services takes the weight off your shoulders by providing you with maintenance and repair management services. Whilst we look after the maintenance and repair of your rental trailers, we supply you with alternatives to ensure that your business continues to operate as usual.

Should one of the trailers in your rental fleet require roadside assistance on the way to Rotterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid or any other European destinations, you can count on our Europe-wide breakdown recovery service 24/7 365 days per year.

 

 

 

Twenty years with TIP – meet Anne-Louise Krüger

Lifelong employment is not very common these days. There are not a lot of people that can say that they celebrate a 20 year anniversary at their workplace. At TIP, we are lucky to have colleagues that do, and one of them is Anne-Louise Krüger. In the below interview, she explains her TIP story:

Describe your current job role? My role is Contract Administration Manager for the Nordic Region

What do you think is important for a company to be aware of, if they want to keep qualified employees? I guess this is unique for everyone, but what is very important for me is to feel appreciated and involved and that I receive opportunities to improve my skills and continuously develop myself.

TIP really is a positive, honest and above all, fun working environment! On top of that TIP supports training and education; I have just recently followed a law school course to support me in my daily activities as a contract administration manager.

What I also really like about TIP is that it is flexible in terms of work schedule, which allows me to benefit from a good work-life balance. I believe every organization needs to think about these types of things if you want to have the commitment and engagement from its employees. For me, company values matter too, like integrity and social responsibility and to have a good strong company culture.

Why do you like working for TIP?

There are many reasons. First of all, I really enjoy and appreciate that I work in a large company that allows me to work with people from different parts of Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.

Secondly, the diversity that we have in our company makes every day more interesting.

I also like the dynamic environment, the energy and the company culture we have; that we have expertise, professionalism and commitment and that we have an open and respectful working climate. I have always been offered plenty of opportunities, so my work has always been interesting and rewarding to me, as I keep learning new things. In addition to that, I have good personal and professional relationships and feel lucky to be working with engaged and talented people in a fun and informal work environment. On top of that, I just really like what I do!

What is the funniest/ strangest thing you have experienced at TIP?

TIP is a really fun place to work and I have many good stories. It is always fun when the Nordic region meet up for the yearly get-together, we definitely know how to have a good time. One good memory is when we the Danish team recorded a music video – Band Aid, “Do they know it’s Christmas time” as a greeting for our customers together with a donation, that was great fun for us and the customers receiving it. But for me it is really just having high-spirited colleagues around me in the everyday life that makes the difference. One thing I find very nice is that many people who have left the company for new opportunities eventually come back to us. If you stay here long enough, like I have, you have the pleasure of working with them again in the future.. I don’t know what it is but it seems like TIP is a hard company to get past and leave behind.

If you should put 3 words on TIP’s journey from when you started until now – what would they be?

Full speed ahead

How do you stay motivated?

I involve myself in new business initiatives and people, seize opportunities and challenges that can improve my skills and develop my role in the company. The engagement and positivity of others also motivates me. Even though we work hard and are busy, we joke around, make fun and are interested in each other’s lives that can be very inspiring too.

In short, I have felt at home from the first day I started at TIP and I think the main reason for that is because everyone here is quite special in his or her own way. Normality is challenged here – and I love that. The people and the possibilities – that is what motivates me the most!

Trend update: have autonomous trucks really arrived?

Trend update: have autonomous trucks really arrived?

Over the last year, the media has been trumpeting the arrival of “self-driving trucks” at high volumes more typically associated with brass bands at Munich’s Oktoberfest. Delving beyond the headlines, where is the autonomous truck in terms of its evolution and what is its likely impact on truck drivers?

Autonomous trucks in the headlines

Recent examples of autonomous trucks making headlines include Volvo testing a self-driving truck in an underground mine last September. In January 2017, Volkswagen’s Scania signed a deal with the Singaporean government to trial autonomous truck platooning — in which a group of trucks, assisted by the latest sensor technology, travel in convoy, automatically, safely and a short distance apart – to carry cargo between Singapore’s ports on public roads (source 1.) The E.U’s European Platooning Challenge in April 2016 saw semi-autonomous trucks with drivers travel in platoons from various starting points across Europe to Rotterdam. (source 2.)

In the US, Silicon Valley start-up Peloton is developing two-truck, driver-assistive platooning. Another start-up, Otto, which has been bought by Uber, is creating technology that will convert existing trucks into self-driving ones. (source 1.)

Status of autonomous truck technology

Despite the red hot glow of interest in autonomous, self-driving trucks, the technology is still in its infancy in terms of transforming the concept to reality.

New advanced technology systems known as “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems” (“ADAS”) contribute to make truck driving safer and less stressful today. These include traction control; ABS brakes; electronic stability control; adaptive cruise control; telematics; sensors that detect obstacles and automatically activate brakes on a vehicle ahead of a possible collision.

Truck platooning will generate many benefits. However, before platooning becomes a day-to day-reality, there remain major technological and non-technological issues including regulatory, safety, infrastructure and political issues to be overcome. The problems faced by truck platooning are similar to those faced by autonomous trucks.

Autonomous trucks – still a long way to go

Torbjörn Holmström sums up the technological and infrastructure issues that are holding back autonomous trucks in a recent interview in Trucks.com. He was responsible for the development of autonomous trucks at Volvo from 1979 until recently and is now a senior advisor to the company. Holmström states that autonomous trucks won’t be realized until the end of the next decade i.e. 2030. He says “The software in the trucks still needs to be more powerful in terms of gathering data, analyzing it and making decisions. But beyond the trucks, there are infrastructure issues that need to be addressed, such as the design of roads and exit ramps, and the robustness of wireless networks.”

Impact on truck drivers

How will this impact on truck drivers? Truck drivers will remain central to truck driving for the foreseeable future even if their roles change over time.

Holmström continues “If you think we will not have truck drivers in the future, well, that is very, very far away. It’s important that we take cautious steps. Society and the greater population must feel very safe about it.”

Steven E. Shladover, head of the California PATH (Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology) research and development programme at the University of California, Berkeley believes that we are decades away from driverless trucks, citing security as a key challenge that will take time to overcome in an Atelier.net article.

Daimler’s top self-driving truck engineer Derek Rotz, who is in his early forties, told the Financial Times in March 2017 that he doesn’t expect fully autonomous trucks — the kind with no driver at all – within his lifetime.

Technology benefits truck drivers today

Thanks to ADAS systems and the slow adoption of technology for autonomous and semi-autonomous trucks, the truck driver can and will be able to drive more safely and with less stress over long journeys. The technologies will enable greater efficiency not only in terms of keeping trucks and trailers roadworthy, free of unexpected breakdowns but also in terms of more effective management of cargo delivery. The role of the driver will naturally evolve. For career success, the driver will need more knowledge of technology.

Flexible trailer capacity, trailers equipped with the latest technology – the keys to success

Whether or not the world is ready for semi-autonomous or autonomous trucks, there will always be demand for transporters to carry large volumes of products in their trailers. Having flexible trailer capacity with trailers that are equipped with the latest trailer technology are the keys to playing a successful part in the transport industry.

Ask TIP how you can benefit from our 50.000+ trailer fleet by contacting us via this form.

 

Sources

http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/7/11383392/self-driving-truck-platooning-europe

Retailers and the ongoing demand for more trailers

Retailers and the ongoing demand for more trailers

Despite mixed headlines about the state of Europe’s economy, retailers are growing at a healthy rate and are looking to use every delivery method available to get their products to the consumer as quickly as she or he has requested. This is fuelling increased demand for trailers from fleet managers who want to benefit from these additional opportunities.

Growth at top European supply chain organisations

Information technology research and advisory firm Gartner sounded a very optimistic note when it announced the ranking of the Top European Supply Chain Organizations for 2016. Ranked on a range of attributes including return on assets, inventory turns, revenue growth and sustainability, all the Top 15 in Europe for 2016 generated a solid return on assets and most displayed revenue growth. For example, Unilever, which ranked at no 1 overall, grew at 3.6%; H&M, which ranked 2nd increased its revenue by 16.3% and third placed Inditex expanded by 11.2%. Good news for those transporters participating in their supply chains.

Accelerating the speed of delivery

Accelerating the speed of delivery to a sub-one or -two-hour delivery window is the current Holy Grail in customer service. Retailers are seeking new and better ways of delivering their products and services to customers either directly or through customer collection at bricks and mortar stores.

New approaches

Some companies are experimenting at the limits of today’s technology to find future solutions. Amazon continues to make a name for itself with its innovative research including the trial use of drones for last mile delivery in the UK and the filing of a patent for a mobile 3-D printing delivery truck that would print out a product in a truck based nearest to the customer. These innovations remain experimental and in their infancy.

In the UK you can already find on-demand delivery apps from retailers such John Lewis and Asda. Asda’s Asdatoyou app enables customers of Asda’s retail partners to collect goods more quickly from an Asda store. In France, sports retail giant Decathlon has a facility where you can check the availability of an item at a specific store and, if available, buy it online and the retailer will respond with a message within one hour to confirm that the product is ready for collection from the store.

Innovative, quick fulfilment is a great source of competitive advantage, revenue and customer loyalty. However, execution can be brittle, particularly at the level of the last mile delivery, with the smallest breakdown in the supply chain having the potential to be costly and cause significant reputational damage.

Managing last mile delivery risk

Writing in February’s Supply Chain Digital, journalist Dale Benton says that the industry is proposing different ways of managing risk in the last mile delivery phase including:

  • Offering customers a smartphone app that links them to an in-store beacon. A signal between the phone and the beacon tells the retailer’s staff that the customer has arrived in the store and their order is swiftly and seamlessly dispatched to the delivery counter for immediate collection.
  • Ensuring that the in-store collection of online orders does not interfere negatively with the on-going bricks and mortar shopping experience.
  • Providing a great customer experience by training staff to excel in a wider variety of tasks in addition to classic shop sales and advisory roles. Tasks will include the fulfilment of online orders by finding and packing the right products to match orders and adjusting order management systems.

Flexible trailer capacity – the key to success

No matter how innovative the supply chain is or will become, there will always be demand for transporters to carry large volumes of products in their trailers. Having flexible trailer capacity is key in playing a successful part in the supply chains of today and the future. Ask TIP how you can benefit from our 50.000+ trailer fleet by contacting us via this form.