Rhenus Trucks Equipped with Trimble Computers and Scanners

Transport and logistics provider Rhenus has equipped its French fleet with Trimble’s CarCube embedded on-board computing systems. Using the CarCube, the company is optimizing its operations and billing process by improving the efficiency of its mobile workforce and flow of technical data. With over 26.000 employees and operating on more than 500 sites worldwide, Rhenus provides contract logistics, freight logistics, port logistics and public transport.

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About a hundred industrial vehicles belonging to the Alsatian branch of the group are being deployed as well as six light commercial vehicles. The trucks are using the CarCube solution with a large touchscreen display in the cab. The remaining vehicles are equipped with Truck4U on-board computers without a display.

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Billing the Effective Trips

Benoît Haumant, Transport Director at Rhenus Logistics France, explains the optimization strategy of his company. “Our first objective is to enable data transmission from the vehicles to our transport management software (TMS). This was not possible with our previous embedded computing system. In particular, we will code all of our recipients GPS coordinates in the TMS and have the completed assignements automatically calculated in real-time. A portion of our vehicles are dedicated to fleet services and are at the disposal of our customers.”

In order to bill our fleet services accurately, over the course of the process and to avoid any invoice disputes, it is necessary to compare the theoretical schedule with the trips actually executed. This will allow us to realize considerable savings on administrative time and to increase our accuracy.

Benoît Haumant
Benoît Haumant
Transport Director, Rhenus Logistics France

Making Social Management More Reliable

The Trimble embedded computing also facilitates real-time workforce management: “The driving time registration is now reliable,” says Haumant. “The data is automatically transmitted from the Trimble on-board computers connected to the tachograph, to our social management software Solid, which is the leading archiving application in our business. It’s the same information system used by legal authorities.”

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Solid is used by the 2,000 inspectors at the Ministry of Labour. Trimble acquired Solid in 2015 and the connection between the two applications is particularly fluid.

Here again, our purpose is to improve reliability and save time when it comes to payroll and travel expenses administration. Overall, we believe we can save at least 20 percent in time spent on administrative tasks.

Benoît Haumant
Benoît Haumant
Transport Director, Rhenus Logistics France

Streamlining Proof-of-Delivery

In order to ensure a smooth digital exchange of transport documents, Rhenus will also install embedded Trimble scanners.

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At first, we will purchase scanners for the long-haul vehicles, which we need to send proof-of-delivery. With the automated document returns, we will save valuable time and improve our responsiveness towards our industrial customers. In addition, the entire fleet will be fit out with cables for connecting scanners to the CarCubes. This will simplify changes in vehicle use.

Benoît Haumant
Benoît Haumant
Transport Director, Rhenus Logistics France

Accessing to Real-time

Haumant also appreciates the quality of the Trimble service as well as the back-office application.

At first, we will purchase scanners for the long-haul vehicles, which we need to send proof-of-delivery. With the automated document returns, we will save valuable time and improve our responsiveness towards our industrial customers. In addition, the entire fleet will be fit out with cables for connecting scanners to the CarCubes. This will simplify changes in vehicle use.

Benoît Haumant
Benoît Haumant
Transport Director, Rhenus Logistics France
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About Rhenus Logistics France

Rhenus Logistics France is an international logistics service provider with an annual turnover of 4.2 billion euros in 2014. With over 26.000 employees, it operates on more than 500 sites worldwide. Covering areas such as contract logistics, freight logistics, port logistics and public transport, the company is able to manage complex supply and distribution chains and to provide innovative services with a high added value.

Overview references

Number of employees

Over 26.000

Activities

Contractual logistics, freight logistics, port logistics and public transport.

Operating Area

International

Application

CarCube

Truck4U

Integration

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