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Online benchmarking goes live

Published:  29 May, 2009

UK: After its successful pilot in the primary distribution and aggregates sectors, On Line Benchmarking (OLB) is now being made available …

across all sectors within the freight transport industry through the Freight Best Practice programme.

OLB is seen as the next generation in benchmarking and is designed to allow operators to compare their performance with that of similar operators, instantly and anonymously for free.

By benchmarking performance, operators gain a thorough understanding of how they are performing against best-in-class, are able to identify areas for improvement and improve the efficiency of their operation.

Participants in the pilot were full of praise for this  system. Mike MacDougall, manager for PS Transport based in Grimsby, took part in the pilot and said: "The benchmarking process has helped us to identify where we are as a business across a wide range of hauliers and identify areas for us to focus on in the future, particularly with regards to fuel interventions – for example, regular wheel alignment."

Positive feedback was also received from Eddie Green, managing director of Norfolkline, who said: "We have been using OLB since the pilot launched, and have found it to be a very useful tool, particularly for validating our fleet's MPG performance against our existing procedures.

"The system has allowed us to compare our operational performance on an external basis with other comparable operators. We are committed to using the system across more depots and continuing to assist in the future development of OLB."

Transport operators within merchant companies interested in taking part in this pilot programme should visit the website.  


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