The Australian company constantly tries to make its services better. Using Dynafleet – Volvo Trucks fleet management system – it improved driver performance and at the same time its cash flow.
BLU Logistics has been transporting milk in Queensland for over 30 years. It has always been a progressive company that looks to implement new improvements, and recently it put a lot of effort into growing the business. In 2011 it started using Dynafleet, making it a standard in all its Volvo trucks –with good results.
How important is efficient fleet management?
It’s the backbone of our business. Every wasted kilometre or hour is negative to our bottom line – even an extra five kilometres can have an effect. It’s therefore important to use the right truck for each assignment.
How do you use Dynafleet?
Our drivers use Dynafleet to evaluate how they drive. We are actually running internal competitions based on the Dynafleet scores. We then present awards to the best performing drivers. When we started, average scores were 60-70 out of 100. Now, the average is around 80 points and some of our best drivers are as high as 95.
What benefits have you seen from using Dynafleet?
It has a very positive effect on cash flow. We ask our drivers to just focus on keeping their scores within the green, and the savings flow on from that. Operating within the green limits reduces fuel consumption by 10-12 per cent, and on top of that we save on tyres, brakes and other wear and tear.
What do your drivers think of Dynafleet?
At first there was some resistance, especially from the older experienced drivers who felt there was nothing left for them to learn. But even they have found that Dynafleet has helped them to become better drivers. And we also get a lot of positive feedback from people who have seen our trucks out on the road and have commented on how smartly and efficiently they’re being driven.
Head office: Gympie, Queensland
History: Founded in 1969, originally as Jurss Transport. Merged with Wastell Transport in 2009 and renamed BLU Logistics in 2013.
Fleet: 42 trucks, 40 of which are Volvos and all equipped with Dynafleet.
Assignments: Predominately milk transportation.