The 75-year-old Van Wieren Special has been using ICS on-board computers since 1991, acquired by Punch Telematix, which is now part of Trimble. That is one of the reasons why the experts in exceptional and special transport have succeeded in simplifying and speeding up their administrative processes. They can also monitor the drivers’ performance more closely. Operational director Harm van Wieren: “We can now invoice much earlier.”
Together with his brother Maarten, Harm van Wieren has focused on special and exceptional transport. Van Wieren Special has a fleet of 36 vehicles, 6 of which are stationed in Germany.
For as long as Harm can remember, Van Wieren Special has relied on the CarCube, Trimble’s on-board computer. This year they have renewed their contract again.
An important step forward was connecting the CarCube to a document scanner in the truck cabin last year. Immediately after a shipment has been delivered, the consignment note is scanned, digitised and forwarded to the office in Emmeloord via the on-board computer.
We started off with a black and white scanner, but are now moving to a full-color scanner for even better quality. By scanning them, we now have much faster access to the CMRs, including those from Germany. We add this to the file in the TMS, and we can invoice immediately.
The planners can transfer the transport orders from the TMS directly to the on-board computer of the designated driver. They have all the necessary information at hand, including the loading and unloading address. As soon as the transport order has been completed, we receive the feedback, including the scanned CMR.
Van Wieren Special also uses FleetHours for wage and expense calculation. By integrating CarCube with FleetHours, Van Wieren can guarantee that all drivers are paid correctly. We don’t need to check the time sheets manually for this.
How much fuel the company has saved by using the Performance Portal, Van Wieren does not dare to say.
In the future, Van Wieren Special hopes to take further steps in the direction of digitisation. Van Wieren mentions the consignment note as an example.
About Van Wieren Special
In 1945, just after the war, Jan and Lukas van Wieren decided to be one of the first people in the Noordoostpolder to set up their own transport company. Three quarters of a century later, their life’s work still shines brightly, the last 10 years under the leadership of Managing Director Richard de Graaf. Van Wieren Special focuses on special and exceptional transport and therefore has an extensive fleet of flatbed trailers and crane trucks. In Emmeloord, the company has its own storage and transhipment capacity, garage and washing area and they also have a branch in Germany (Konz). Besides special transport, the company also offers a multitude of extra and additional services, including project forwarding and construction and dismantling of cranes.