A sustainable way to reduce the carbon footprint of your Field Workers

A sustainable way to reduce the carbon footprint of your Field Workers

With last mile success being 40% of the cost of a worker in the field, it’s more important now than ever to ensure first time delivery, inspection and visit rates! Reducing CO2 Footprint and Sustainability is also critical in our approach to improving climate change.

8 Simple Ways XY Locate can help optimise your workforce operating costs include:

Route Optimisation

XY Locate leverages the best in breed route optimisation partners such as PTV Group (www.ptvgroup.com) and HERE Technologies (https://www.here.com/). These vendors allow us to reduce field operating costs by up to 21% by producing the most efficient route and sequence for field jobs. This is turn is significantly reduces the amount of travel and fuel consumed completing field workforce tasks. It’s better for the environment by reducing CO2 emissions. This improved efficiency means field workers can complete more jobs having saved time on travel and planning. Route optimisation is a digital process, so takes away the headache of manual planning!

Digital Processes

By making your processes digital, you are creating a digital audit trail in our platform which we store in Microsoft Azure (https://azure.microsoft.com/) for 15 Years. There is no more paper. Field workforce inspections and deliveries and completed via our mobile app and synchronise almost immediately with our Cloud Web Platform. You no longer need to purchase, store and maintain paper documents. These digital documents are instant and available whenever to you and your customers!

Digital Automation

Our System has open API Documentation, simply meaning, we can connect data flows between your existing systems. We can configure our API connectivity to seamlessly pull your data into our system for execution in the field at the click of a button. Not only that, our route optimisation takes between 10-15 seconds to run, so you are taking hours out of manual route planning by simply clicking another button! All tasks are digitally sent down to our mobile device automatically so field workers cannot deviate from the tasks at hand and must answer the flow of questions prompted within the app. You can customise these data capturing questions making steps mandatory where necessary. The app automatically pushes data back and forth between our web platform to ensure you have real time data at your fingertips.

Real time visibility

Our system provides a real time location of your employee within the dashboard. We update this location every 30 seconds, so you know exactly where your field worker is as well as know when they started, how far they’ve travelled and how long they’ve got left to travel in their day! By having this real time visibility, you can check they are a following the optimised route and sequence as well as being able to provide real time ETA’s to customers expecting your field worker. Another way to make sure your employees are contributing to reducing their CO2 Footprint is using our Refurbished Mobile Device Partner, Greenmarket. (www.greenmarket.eco)

Navigation

We don’t claim to be navigation experts, so we pass the data over to Google Maps (https://www.google.co.uk/maps). This way, your field worker is getting the most accurate travel directions to their destination. This will help avoid traffic and congestion to ensure your ETA’s are met as well as providing the field worker visibility of their journey ahead within an app they are familiar with.

Enhanced Customer Visibility

Our platform has the ability to send tracking links, be it email or SMS messages. These customised messaging options allow customers to get real time visibility of their field worker along with an automatically updating ETA. This helps ensure that the end user contact is going to be at the site for the visit / delivery. It also reduces the impact on your support desk as the customer is able to track the visibility without needing to call in or bug you to their whereabouts!

Co-ordinate Accuracy

Making the visit, inspection or delivery first time is essential to help reduce costs and repeat visits. Our Co-ordinates are based around typical XY Co-ordinates as well as incorporating new services such as what3words (https://what3words.com/). We show a variance in any field workforce tasks to ensure you have visibility of where transactions are actually taking place. Improving accuracy is king in a world where first time success is a must! Our system has self cleansing co-ordinates too! Any tasks completed on a regular occurrence outside of the stored system co-ordinates will result in them being updated in our database automatically to the actual location the transactions have been taking place!

Notifications

Digital notifications to customer, field workers and operation managers mean nobody in the cycle misses a beat. Real time visibility, rejected tasks, unsuccessful deliveries, tracking links and SMS ETA windows means everyone is kept in the loop meaning there is no surprises or delays.

Want to see it in action and reduce your operating costs? Book a demo today.

https://calendly.com/xylocate/30min?month=2022-06


8 Ways to reduce your Workforce Operating Costs

With last mile success being 40% of the cost of a worker in the field, it's more important now than ever to ensure first time delivery, inspection and visit rates!

8 Simple Ways XY Locate can help optimise your workforce operating costs include:

Route Optimisation

XY Locate leverages the best in breed route optimisation partners such as PTV Group (www.ptvgroup.com) and HERE Technologies (https://www.here.com/). These vendors allow us to reduce field operating costs by up to 21% by producing the most efficient route and sequence for field jobs. This is turn is significantly reduces the amount of travel and fuel consumed completing field workforce tasks. It's better for the environment by reducing CO2 emissions. This improved efficiency means field workers can complete more jobs having saved time on travel and planning. Route optimisation is a digital process, so takes away the headache of manual planning!

Digital Processes

By making your processes digital, you are creating a digital audit trail in our platform which we store in Microsoft Azure (https://azure.microsoft.com/) for 15 Years. There is no more paper. Field workforce inspections and deliveries and completed via our mobile app and synchronise almost immediately with our Cloud Web Platform. You no longer need to purchase, store and maintain paper documents. These digital documents are instant and available whenever to you and your customers!

Digital Automation

Our System has open API Documentation, simply meaning, we can connect data flows between your existing systems. We can configure our API connectivity to seamlessly pull your data into our system for execution in the field at the click of a button. Not only that, our route optimisation takes between 10-15 seconds to run, so you are taking hours out of manual route planning by simply clicking another button! All tasks are digitally sent down to our mobile device automatically so field workers cannot deviate from the tasks at hand and must answer the flow of questions prompted within the app. You can customise these data capturing questions making steps mandatory where necessary. The app automatically pushes data back and forth between our web platform to ensure you have real time data at your fingertips.

Real time visibility

Our system provides a real time location of your employee within the dashboard. We update this location every 30 seconds, so you know exactly where your field worker is as well as know when they started, how far they've travelled and how long they've got left to travel in their day! By having this real time visibility, you can check they are a following the optimised route and sequence as well as being able to provide real time ETA's to customers expecting your field worker.

Navigation

We don't claim to be navigation experts, so we pass the data over to Google Maps (https://www.google.co.uk/maps). This way, your field worker is getting the most accurate travel directions to their destination. This will help avoid traffic and congestion to ensure your ETA's are met as well as providing the field worker visibility of their journey ahead within an app they are familiar with.

Enhanced Customer Visibility

Our platform has the ability to send tracking links, be it email or SMS messages. These customised messaging options allow customers to get real time visibility of their field worker along with an automatically updating ETA. This helps ensure that the end user contact is going to be at the site for the visit / delivery. It also reduces the impact on your support desk as the customer is able to track the visibility without needing to call in or bug you to their whereabouts!

Co-ordinate Accuracy

Making the visit, inspection or delivery first time is essential to help reduce costs and repeat visits. Our Co-ordinates are based around typical XY Co-ordinates as well as incorporating new services such as what3words (https://what3words.com/). We show a variance in any field workforce tasks to ensure you have visibility of where transactions are actually taking place. Improving accuracy is king in a world where first time success is a must! Our system has self cleansing co-ordinates too! Any tasks completed on a regular occurrence outside of the stored system co-ordinates will result in them being updated in our database automatically to the actual location the transactions have been taking place!

Notifications

Digital notifications to customer, field workers and operation managers mean nobody in the cycle misses a beat. Real time visibility, rejected tasks, unsuccessful deliveries, tracking links and SMS ETA windows means everyone is kept in the loop meaning there is no surprises or delays.

Want to see it in action and reduce your operating costs? Book a demo today.

https://calendly.com/xylocate/30min?month=2022-06

 


Bike Week – How XY's Lee Morgan ditched the car and hasn’t looked back!

With bike week upon us, there is no better time to discuss how our MD has made the switch from driving to cycling to the office, to not only better the environment but better his self-development!

We asked Lee what his thinking was behind the switch.

“I’ve always been an avid cyclist, having competed in some endurance events including Ironman triathlons, that said, I’ve always been an avid motorist driving my short 6km journey to work daily and enjoying the warmth, comfort and music within a car.

I first decided to cycle in due to school traffic congestion on my drive. The 6km journey was at times taking 20mins to get door to door. One day I got so frustrated I decided to see if I could channel my anger and do it quicker on my bike. Low and behold, almost an identical time from door to door but much more exhilarating. I enjoyed it, but have to admit, getting a full sized road bike in and out of the office with cleat shoes on etc was also a bit challenging considering how short the ride was.

I’ve always marvelled at the ingenious engineering of a Brompton bicycle, a folding bike so compact it slides under a desk. With the money I was saving by not driving decided to treat myself.

The benefits of commuting with a bike are vast. I’ve been able to trim up, loose weight and extend the rides as part of my training. I am reducing my carbon footprint by powering my transport with my legs as well keeping the air cleaner and less polluted (not sure my sweat particles count). I’ve been able to explore more around me and take in what’s there. One of the biggest benefits for me is the mental health side. It’s just me on my bicycle with my thoughts. I’ve started listening to self-development podcasts with my Shokz jawbone headphones and have begun really utilizing that time on the bike to better my mental state.  The money I’ve saved has been tremendous and the ride really gets the blood pumping for my arrival at my desk. To anyone who hasn’t tried it, just try it once! I promise you wont look back!”


Capture only the data you need from the field!

XY Mobile Application
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About XY Mobility

XY Mobility takes you to the next level of visibility, allowing every step of the journey to be tracked, actioned  and reported on. Our XY Mobile App is customisable to meet your unique business requirements.

Let XY Mobility change your business at a click of button!

Get ahead, by moving into a paperless environment today. Automate your clients communication and billing and reduce admin time and costs, moving into an exciting new digital world.

Driver Application

Simplifying the way your driver’s operate is key to creating an efficient distribution process and your fully customised version of the XY mobile app allows your driver to maximise his efficiency as he interacts in real time with the Customer and Operations . Everything he does throughout the day is actionable through the mobile application, reducing time wasting tasks by automating data capturing, providing clear concise communication and direct incident alerts. The result: drive efficiencies up and costs down.

Customer Interaction

XY Mobility takes your customer experience to the next level! With a seamless flow of real-time information from the driver feeding instantly to your customers mobile device, your customers know exactly the current status of their delivery. By maximising your customer’s visibility you will enhance their satisfaction. Happy customers mean more business.

Operational Control Room

XY Mobility seamlessly tracks the present, guided by the past and constantly predicting the future. Valuable data gathered in the servicing process is centralised and reported on, creating an environment where future decision making is driven by intelligent data. XY Mobility gives the operating room the power to manage on exception, with automated incident and on-time tracking, your business can make real time decisions to get the most out of your resources.


Barry Colman CEO XY Locate

Interview with our CEO Barry Colman - Redefining the way we capture field data

In your opinion, what is the highlight of your offering?

XY Locate redefines route planning and optimisation for fleets, allowing dynamic provisioning based on real time data . XY Locate makes the invisible visible. The XY Platform provides a new level of functionality and flexibility to anyone running a fleet or mobile workforce of any sort , as our XY Mobility App seamlessly manages customer interaction in real time . The XY platform and products have been extensively field tested in various geographies and are now rapidly expanding into Europe .

What is the story behind XY Locate’s genesis? Can you introduce us to XY Locate and the 3PL solutions you offer?

Our Planning and Mobility software heritage goes back more than 20 Years, where our initial focus was helping companies make intelligent operational and workforce decisions using location and GPS data, it quickly evolved in complexity as we developed a suite of products for various industry verticals , and this necessitated our  rebrand and relaunch as XY Locate in 2019 .

Our extensive experience in driving mobility solutions , combined with formidable cloud technologies as taken our solutions to the next level. Our  “XY Locate" solution provides real time, deep insights into key business processes and functions, driving efficiencies and cost optimisation. The XY platform is more than just a track and trace product, it’s an end-to-end visibility solution, with the ability to track, manage and monitor any asset in any environment in real time. XY doesn’t just focus on the last mile, it covers the whole journey, from planning to execution backed up with analytics.

Could you mention some of the current trends in 3PL technology, and how has XY Locate translated those technology trends into its solutions and offerings?

Our growth is driven by us offering a flexible robust solution that can be fully operational in the shortest possible time and rapidly scalable. We move quickly as  logistics environments  today are complex and fast moving.  Our planning, optimising and executing of tasks in the field has helped transform the final mile. Operations Managers need to make data-driven, smart decisions on the fly , quickly . First time delivery success rates are a must and to achieve this a solution needs provide real time analytics and reporting.

We pride ourselves on speed & accuracy , so any coordinates added to the XY System will have accuracy to the nearest 1 metre , and supported by our address cleansing functionality we can ensure  unrivalled delivery success rates!

Optimising assets is key to driving efficiencies and costs down for any organisation.  Real time dashboards and reporting tools are essential to ensure these efficiencies are met and monitored. XY Locate provide these tools, whilst being flexible enough to tailor our solution to meet our customers specific needs. Our “Planned vs Actual” reporting is a powerful management tool to look back and review success rates. System integrations is a hot topic , with management wanting a “single integrated view” of their world. Our system API’s are fully documented so we can help our customers seamlessly move data between systems, which again is a huge benefit to addressing complexities within their  logistics environment .

I see that you offer analytics, locate, control, and mobility solutions. Can you kindly take us through how does that help your clients strengthen their 3PL strategies?

No one customer is the same , as they all have different needs & expectations , and we excel in delivering to bespoke requirements , quickly . The XY Locate system  architecture allows us to finely tune & customise our system to ensure our solution is an 100% fit for our customers needs. We have an “off the shelf offering” with Enterprise Features as a standard,  but our strengths truly lie in ensuring a customer is getting all the finer details and requirements to fulfil their business needs.

Considering no two companies are the same, what are the strategies employed by XY Locate to thwart the market competition and what according to you are the distinct features/differentiating factors of XY Locate that give it a competitive edge?

XY Locate has three USP’s as a Company. These are our flexibility, knowledge and elicitation. We have been building extremely flexible and customisable mobility platforms for over 20 Years, so our knowledge and desire to understand and deliver customer requirements is vital in our approach to success. We like to listen to these requirements, understand them, implement them, tweak them, improve them and support them. With our three USP’s partnered with dedicated support, continuous improvement & development, we see ourselves as an extension to a customer’s IT Department as opposed to a supplier!

To bring out the story, share one or two case studies with us wherein your organization has helped clients overcome their challenges in the 3PL arena and attain desired outcomes?

Ecolab , a Global food safety company that specialise in water treatment, purification, cleaning and hygiene in a wide variety of applications are one of our customers. The solutions they reviewed before XY didn’t give them the flexibility to adapt to changing dynamics  based on their business needs. A bespoke mobile application was key to their requirements. Our fully customised Mobile App templates gave XY the edge in this project from inception. Our solution was tailored to Ecolab’s specific needs. Their fleet is an integral part of their daily operation and XY has given them the ability to know where their vehicles are at all times , and where the driver is scheduled to be next, massively  improving customer service and satisfaction. Our  real live time tracking and geo locating functionality , incorporated with dynamic ETA’s , our sign on glass electronic POD & barcode scanning functionality has given Ecolab the ability to seamlessly support customer enquiries. Ecolab are able to use the system reporting to prove the success with solid data! The XY Locate Platform also collects driver feedback from Ecolab customers as well as sending live tracking details directly via email, all branded for Ecolab.

Would you like to highlight any other interesting insight for the story that we might have missed out in the questionnaire?

We are keen technologists at XY Locate. Our Cloud Based SaaS Platform is ever evolving, and we consider ourselves at the forefront of technology. Our industry vertical expands beyond logistics, where we are using our flexible XY Platform to deliver solutions based around IOT Devices. We are actively working on projects such as providing real time updates on waste levels within a refuse container,  to the exact location of seaweed beds for ocean farming!

 


Ten crucial FAQ about route optimization software

https://blog.ptvgroup.com/en/transport-logistics/ten-crucial-faq-about-route-optimization-software/


XY Locate - Presence in Turkey

XY Locate - Presence in Turkey

We are delighted to announce XY Locate have entered into an exclusive partnership with Logiwiser to represent us in Turkey.

Turkey’s location, bridging continental Europe with Asia and the Middle East makes it the perfect logistics hub for companies operating on a global scale. This factor in tandem with the significant economic growth the country has experienced over the past decade make it an attractive market for our product offering.

Logiwiser have a plethora of experience in assisting organisations across an array of industries to enhance their logistics and supply chain operations. As a company that have a detailed understanding of the Turkish logistics market, we are excited for the opportunities that XY Locate and Logiwiser work on together.

Soner Türker - Founder of Logiwiser


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Covid-19 has permanently changed the way customers purchase goods

Covid-19 has permanently changed the way customers purchase goods. Online shopping was already on the rise pre-pandemic, but has now surged to record levels in a very short timespan.

However, businesses big and small are struggling to manage the critical 'last mile' of delivery, which is constantly evolving to meet increasing customer expectations and demands. So how are retailers adapting to overcome last-mile challenges?

More: https://bit.ly/3tV0sCe


Happy Earth Day to all our followers!

Happy Earth Day to all our followers!

Our route optimisation and sequencing is helping to reduce our clients carbon footprint.

Protecting the environment is part of every modern day organisation's responsibility to society. At XY Locate we are proud to have green initiatives ingrained into our platform.

#environment #sustainability #climatechange #sustainable #circulareconomy #ecofriendly #sustainabledevelopment #recycling #innovation #green #society


Barry Colman CEO XY Locate

Our CEO and Shareholder Barry Colman - "Redefining operational and workforce decision making"

Headquartered in Buckinghamshire UK, XY Locate is driven by the simple yet powerful mission of redefining operational and workforce decisions for fleet managers. XY Locate believes in making the invisible visible by allowing dynamic provisioning based on real-time data. “Our Planning and Mobility software heritage goes back more than 20 Years, where our initial focus was helping companies make intelligent operational decisions using location and GPS data.

We have developed a suite of mobility products for various industry verticals, and have recently rebranded and relaunched as XY Locate in 2019” says Barry Colman, CEO, XY Locate.

Today, XY Locate’s extensive experience in driving mobility solutions, combined with formidable cloud technologies, has taken its solutions to the next level. “Our “XY Locate Cloud Based SaaS Platform” provides real time, deep insights into key business processes and functions, driving efficiencies and cost optimization,” Colman mentions.

The XY platform is more than just a track and trace product—it’s an end-to end visibility solution, with the ability to track, manage and monitor any asset in any environment in real-time. XY doesn’t just focus on the final mile; it covers the whole journey, from planning to execution backed by analytics.

XY Locate’s growth is driven by offering a flexible, robust solution that can be fully operational and customizable whilst being built to rapidly scale. “We move quickly as logistics environments today are complex and fast moving. Our planning, optimizing and executing of tasks in the field has helped transform the final mile,” mentions Colman. “We pride ourselves on speed and accuracy, so any coordinates added to the XY System will have an accuracy to the nearest 2-3 meters, and supported by our address cleansing functionality, we can ensure unrivalled delivery success rates!”

Furthermore, XY Locate provides realtime dashboards and reporting tools that are essential to ensure that assets are optimized, and efficiencies are met and monitored.

In addition, XY Locate provides “Planned vs. Actual” reporting, which is a powerful management tool to look back and review success rates. The system API’s are fully documented so that customers can seamlessly move data between systems, which again is a huge benefit to addressing complexities within their logistics environment.

“The XY Locate system architecture allows us to finely tune and customize our system and ensure the solution is a 100 percent fit for our customer’s needs.

We have an “off the shelf offering” with Enterprise Features as a standard, but our strengths truly lie in ensuring a customer is getting all the finer details and requirements to fulfill their business needs,” says Colman.

What keeps XY Locate a notch above the rest is its flexibility, knowledge and elicitation. With these three USPs forged with dedicated support, continuous improvement and development, the company sees itself as an extension to a customer’s IT Department as opposed to a supplier. “Our Cloud Based SaaS

Platform is ever evolving, and we consider ourselves at the forefront of technology. Our industry vertical expands beyond logistics, where we are using our flexible XY Mobility Platform to deliver solutions based around IOT Devices,” informs Colman. “We are actively working on projects such as providing real time updates on waste levels within a refuse container, to the exact location of seaweed beds for ocean farming. This is an exciting time for XY Locate as we expand our European presence”.