Winner of our Multimodal 2017 competition.

Congratulations to Amit Karia from ATL Haulage for winning two tickets to the British Grand Prix for this July.

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition.

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New TOPS Container Control Tool completes the puzzle of container lifecycle management

The new TOPS container control module for Fargo Systems Ltd’s (FSL) leading transport operations management software TOPS is a game changer. This tool makes managing off-dock container storage easier, giving TOPS users complete visibility of the whole container management lifecycle. Available from April 2017, this new stock management feature in conjunction with TOPS existing detention, demurrage and equipment positioning management capabilities, ensures Logistics Managers have complete control of their container movements and the associated costs involved.

Featuring a free time demurrage and detention calculator on the traffic sheet, TOPS container control allows users to pinpoint the optimum time to move a container in order to avoid unnecessary charges. Clear reporting of what costs have been incurred to-date, and intelligent projections of future costs, enable TOPS customers to make informed decisions about what containers to move and when to move them.

In addition to the real-time visibility of off-dock storage, the new container control tool automates the difficult task of managing the movements and storage fees of high numbers of containers. As well as saving money by avoiding unnecessary fees, the TOPS container control module reduces time spent on data entry and paper handling, which eliminates human error and improves efficiency. The automation of stock management allows staff to spend their time on non-administrative tasks, increasing productivity.

TOPS container control boasts intelligent filters which enable the user to make container specific searches within the TOPS system saving time and increasing the accuracy of container specific reporting. With in-gate and out-gate dates coming directly from the container depots, TOPS on the go… and TOPS ePOD, Logistics Managers always know where the container is and what it is costing them.

Jim Slade, Product Consultant at FSL comments; “The container control module, is the missing piece of the puzzle for the TOPS system in terms of container lifecycle management. This feature means that TOPS can offer 100 per cent stock management visibility. Container storage management is a complex task and keeping track of what is where and what it is costing can be a time-consuming task for Logistics Managers. Our container control tool automates this process which not only saves time, but will also prevent money being spent on unnecessary detention and demurrage charges by ensuring containers are moved to off-dock storage or returned in a timely manner.”

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Win tickets to the British Grand Prix at the Fargo Systems stand, #4002

Fargo Systems Ltd (FSL), the UK’s leading provider of logistics software to the container haulage industry, will be giving away two tickets to the 2017 British Grand Prix at this year’s Multimodal exhibition.  Be sure to visit the FSL stand situated in its usual spot next to the entrance (number 4002) to be in with a chance to win.  Entrants must complete a short survey to be entered into the prize draw to win two tickets to the British Grand Prix which takes place on the 6 July 2017 at Silverstone.

Not registered?  There’s still time, register with our VIP code for VIP registration benefits including; fast-track check-in, reserved VIP seating at all seminars and private VIP lounge facilities.

Check out the link below to register using the code ‘VIPFAR’:http://www.eventdata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=Mul47Visitor&PageNo=20&TrackingCode=VIPFAR

Fargo Systems Ltd provides transport, fleet and logistics software solutions to over 80 per cent of all major container transport providers and has customers in over 18 countries spanning four continents.  Its unique “TOPS” software manages an estimated four million container moves each year. The FSL product range encompasses both highly flexible off-the-shelf solutions along with bespoke modules to meet individual business requirements.

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Electronic POD solutions are creating a buzz


Since its unveiling at last year’s Multimodal show, Fargo Systems Ltd’s (FSL) newest product offering TOPS ePOD has been successfully implemented with a number of customers, subcontractors and drivers.  Interest in the electronic proof of delivery (POD) solution has been extremely high with TOPS ePOD transforming how proof of delivery and status updates are dealt with.

One such customer is Maze Logistic Solutions. Now in its sixth year of trading, Maze Logistic Solutions is a specialist container haulier that operates from all UK ports and inland container yards.  After a successful trial, Maze is now implementing TOPS ePOD and is benefitting greatly from the ability to send transport instructions and receive POD updates.  Maze will be rolling out TOPS ePOD to all customers and drivers throughout the first quarter of 2017.

Ryan Jiggens for Maze Logistic Solutions comments; “The TOPS ePOD trial has been a great success for us, the provision of real-time status and event information enables us to stay one step ahead throughout the entire delivery process.  It makes pre-job planning and post-job reporting simpler and supports our drivers’ location accuracy through the view location option. We are very impressed by how easy it was to implement.  It required very little pre-use setup or training, enabling us to seamlessly introduce the procedure into our operation from day one. The use of TOPS ePOD has become part of our standard operating procedure, and will continue to support Maze with its growth strategy for 2017.”

Maze Logistic Solutions is a supplier to leading logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel Ltd.  For freight forwarders such as Kuehne + Nagel, the availability of up to the minute status information and live POD information provides complete real-time visibility throughout the supply chain, improving efficiency and customer service. Marc Wynne, UK Intermodal Manager for Kuehne + Nagel comments; “We actively encourage our suppliers to take on TOPS ePOD.  It fills the gap between hauliers who don’t have vehicle telematics and those that do with the added benefit of live POD information.  It is a cost-effective and easy way of implementing real-time POD information and facilitates the immediate transfer of POD information which is invaluable to us.”

TOPS ePOD is more than just a proof of delivery tool, it provides a simple, secure and efficient way of getting the full transport order instructions to the driver. The system provides a real-time method of receiving an electronic POD from your driver or subcontractor as well as making it possible to receive live job status information, including actual arrival and departure times, ETA warnings and an electronic POD.  Drivers can use the camera on their devices to send additional documents to the office, from photographic evidence of damage, or to capture paper PODs.  The system is plug and play and can be used on any mobile device with a data connection, with no training necessary.  The system requires zero administration, no device setup and has no upfront costs; these benefits combined with the fact that it is maintenance-free, make it the perfect POD solution.

Steve Collins, General Manager of Fargo Systems Ltd adds; “More and more customers are looking for real-time visibility and those that have seen TOPS ePOD are excited by the possibilities it can give them.  The real beauty of the system lies in its simplicity for transport planners, drivers and suppliers.”

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The ePOD has landed!

The ePOD has landed!

The new TOPS ePOD system which provides for obtaining proof-of-deliveries in real-time is the main talking point on the Fargo Systems stand at the Multimodal show this year.

The solution provides truck companies, freight forwarders and shipping lines with a zero-administration route to receiving proofs of deliveries from subcontracted suppliers in addition to their own drivers.

With the exhibition now in its ninth year, Fargo Systems have been at Multimodal every year since it began and each time they endeavour to show something new and innovative. This year is no different and they are particularly excited to be demonstrating TOPS ePOD to some 700 existing customers and users.

TOPS ePOD is not just about the proof-of-delivery. It provides a new and very efficient way of getting the full transport order instructions to the driver with the benefit of no EDI link being required – the only requirement on their side being a smartphone or other mobile device such as a tablet or laptop with a data-connection.

It caters for real-time status updates capturing times at each location and allows the driver to view the locations on a map and update ETAs. Once the proof-of-delivery is received it is immediately visible to the transport planning team and automatically sent to the signatory/pre-specified email address.

As General Manager Steve Collins observes “We think every driver has a smartphone these days and the real beauty of the system lies in its simplicity – not just for the transport planner but for the driver or supplier also. Trials of other solutions often fail due to a lack of time to dedicate to them and the on-going challenge of keeping on top of changes of equipment or suppliers. However once the TOPS ePOD system has been initially configured there is literally no further setup or on-going maintenance required.” He’s right – the solution is indeed very simple. There is no need to worry about who has what device as is often the case for telematics solutions and for drivers it seems no training is required. Combined with no upfront costs TOPS ePOD would appear to tick every box.

Fargo Systems will be on Stand 878 at the Multimodal Show at the NEC, Birmingham between 10th and 12th may 2016.

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Transport Logistics Exhibition, 2015

Fargo Systems Ltd, the UKs leading provider of logistics software for the container haulage industry, will exhibit at the Transport Logistic Show, in Munich (Messe Munchen), Germany. (5th-8th May, Hall B2, Stand 325)

In their 13 years as a company, Fargo Systems Ltd (FSL) have grown rapidly to accommodate the vast market share of the UK container haulage sector, with a further estimated growth of 20% within the European market expected in the coming year. They provide transport, fleet and logistics software solutions to customers in over 16 countries spanning 3 continents, and their unique “TOPS” software is currently managing over 3million container moves each year.

With Transport Logistic exhibiting in Europe only once every other year, 2015 will be the 15th time the show comes to Munich. Transport Logistic is the world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management, with over 2,000 exhibiters from all over the world expected to attend. However, that figure dwindles in comparison to the 50,000 trade visitors that Transport Logistic routinely welcomes, making this a business orientated networking opportunity that you clearly don’t want to miss.

This year’s show however, brings particular excitement to the Fargo team as they are able to demonstrate their innovative new product, TOPS.WEBTOPS.WEB is an internet portal designed to bring a wealth of benefits to its users. For example, TOBS.WEB will allow consignee/consignors to view live job information; subcontractors to retrieve job orders and provide updates; and global customer service teams or intermodal users to easily view job information, job updates and even service capacity levels before taking new bookings.

In 2011, FSL launched ‘TOPS…on the go’, a handheld mobile device which allows for information and updates to flow seamlessly between drivers and transport operators, through services such as GPS tracking, job order despatch (with automatic status updates back from drivers) and electronic proof of deliveries. TOPS.WEB takes this visibility even further, by providing customers and consignees with live, real-time job updates and subcontractors with a portal to download collection and delivery notes, update job times, statuses and upload PODs.
This technology enables an openness of real-time information sharing with all those who need  it and will help reduce costs and improve service quality both at the same time.

Steve Collins, General Manager of FSL said, “TOPS.WEB offers something completely innovative in that it allows, for the first time, not just subcontractors, customers and consignees but also customs agents, inland terminals and other parties to access total live visibility to the whole supply chain; all of this using one, singular platform. With this in mind, TOPS.WEB is set to revolutionise the way that suppliers and customers do business. It’s truly a game changer for the freight transport industry.”

He continues, “The release of TOPS.WEB has been long awaited, and the FSL team are very excited to be able to demonstrate its groundbreaking advantages at the up and coming Transport Logistic Exhibition.”

Every year, Transport Logistics’ massive business and supply chain event, sees cargo owners, manufactures, wholesalers, retailers, suppliers and shippers come together under one roof to network, promote their brand and discover new ways to run a more efficient supply chain.

With FSL’s new and existing software specialising in logistics and transport efficiency, the company is expertly positioned to provide software solutions to customers who need to find better ways of optimising their supply chain and transportation movements.

As well as the introduction of our state of the art TOPS.WEB system, the team will also be giving interactive demonstrations of their unique TOPS platform and the ‘TOPS…on the go’ Smartphone extension for drivers and subcontractors.

Purchase your tickets on the Transport Logistic website (www.transportlogistic.de), and make sure to visit the Fargo team in Hall B2, Stand 325, to find out how TOBS.WEB could change the way you do business, no matter what your position in the logistics and transport industry.
(5th-8th May 2015, in Munich [Messe Munchen], Germany)

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St Patrick’s Day Competition (CLOSED)

Fancy harnessing the luck of the Irish this St Patrick’s Day? We’re giving away a year’s subscription to GQ Magazine or Cosmopolitan to one lucky member of our loyal Twitter following. To enter, simply follow @fargosystems and retweet the following message:
“Go further with ‘TOPS…on the go’ transport software from Fargo Systems Ltd @FargoSystems http://ow.ly/K0RcB”
The competition will run until 5pm on the 24th of March, and you have all week to retweet as much you like!

Please see our terms and conditions below:
1. The competition is only open to those over 18 years of age.
2. The prize can only be delivered to addresses within the UK.
3. The competition opens on Tuesday 17th March at 09:30GMT and closes at 17:00GMT on Tuesday 24th March 2015.
4. The prize is a year’s subscription to either GQ Magazine or Cosmopolitan Magazine.
5. To enter, entrants must follow the Twitter username @fargosystems and retweet the following message: “Go further with ‘TOPS…on the go’ transport software from Fargo Systems Ltd @FargoSystems http://ow.ly/K0RcB”.
6. The winner will be drawn at random from all complete retweets & followers logged during the promotional period.
7. Entries are only valid if the entry is completed correctly in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
8. The winners will be chosen on completion of the competition, Tuesday 24th April 2013 at 17:00GMT.
9. The prize winner will be notified via Twitter on Friday the 27th of March.
10. Fargo Systems will require the successful entrant’s telephone number, home address and email address.
11. The prize will be forfeited after 30 days if no details have been given.
12. The prize will be posted within 20 days of receipt of prize winner’s details.
13. By entering, participants are bound by these terms and conditions.
14. Losing entries will not receive any notification.
15. Fargo Systems accepts no responsibility for entries undelivered.
16. Prizes are non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged for cash.
17. The prize draw decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
18. This competition is in no way sponsored by endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.
19. Fargo Systems reserves the right to disqualify entrants if they are inappropriate. Any entries which are found to be computer generated by script or bot will not be counted.

Good luck!

 

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Fargo to unveil new “game changing” product

Fargo to unveil new “game changing” product at their eighth consecutive Multimodal exhibit.

2015 sees the eighth consecutive year that Fargo Systems Ltd, the leading multimodal logistics software provider, will exhibit at the Multimodal Show, at the NEC Birmingham. (28th-30th April, Stand no. 268)

With last year’s show attracting more than 7,000 visitors, Multimodal is the UK and Ireland’s leading freight transport and logistics exhibition, and Fargo Systems Ltd (FSL) has exhibited every year since its launch in 2008. However, this year brings particular excitement to the team as they are able to demonstrate their innovative new product, TOPS.WEB.

TOPS.WEB is an internet portal designed to bring a wealth of benefits to its users. For example, TOBS.WEB will allow consignee/consignors to view live job information; subcontractors to retrieve job orders and provide updates; and global customer service teams or intermodal users to easily view job information, job updates and even service capacity levels before taking new bookings.

In 2011, FSL launched ‘TOPS…on the go’, a handheld mobile device which allows for information and updates to flow seamlessly between drivers and transport operators, through services such as GPS tracking, job order despatch (with automatic status updates back from drivers) and electronic proof of deliveries. TOPS.WEB takes this visibility even further, by providing customers and consignees with live, real-time job updates and subcontractors with a portal to download collection and delivery notes, update job times, statuses and upload PODs.
This technology enables an openness of real-time information sharing with all those who need it and will help reduce costs and improve service quality both at the same time.

Steve Collins, General Manager of FSL said, “TOPS.WEB offers something completely innovative in that it allows, for the first time, not just subcontractors, customers and consignees but also customs agents, inland terminals and other parties to access total live visibility to the whole supply chain; all of this using of one, singular platform. With this in mind, TOPS.WEB is set to revolutionise the way that suppliers and customers do business. It’s truly a game changer for the freight transport industry.”

He continues, “The release of TOPS.WEB has been long awaited, and the FSL team are very excited to be able to demonstrate its groundbreaking advantages at the up and coming Multimodal Show.”

Every year, Multimodal’s massive logistics and supply chain event, sees cargo owners, manufactures, wholesalers, retailers, suppliers and shippers come together under one roof to network, promote their brand and discover new ways to run a more efficient supply chain.

With FSL’s new and existing software specialising in transport and logistics efficiency, the company is expertly positioned to provide software solutions to customers who need to find better ways of optimising their supply chain and transportation movements.

As well as the introduction of their state of the art TOPS.WEB system, the team will also be giving interactive demonstrations of their unique TOPS platform and the ‘TOPS…on the go’ Smartphone extension for drivers and subcontractors.

Register for free on the Multimodal website (www.multimodal.org.uk), and make sure to visit the Fargo Systems Ltd Team on stand 268 to find out how TOBS.WEB could change the way to do business, no matter what your position in the logistics and transport industry.
(28th-30th April 2015 at The NEC)

 

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Fargo Systems Ltd expands their Felixstowe team.

Fargo Sytems Ltd further expands their Felixstowe based team.

Logistics software experts, Fargo Systems Ltd, have expanded their project team in Suffolk with the introduction of new Senior Analyst, Dan Falvey….

In their 13 years as a company, Fargo Systems Ltd (FSL) have grown rapidly to become the leading provider of logistics software within the container transport industry, with an estimated 70% market share of the UK container haulage sector.

With an estimated growth of 20% in the coming year, FSL decided to expand their Felixstowe based team to continue to provide the level of service expected from their clients.

Dan’s role will be to discuss product functionality with customers, helping them to constantly achieve the most out of FSL products. This will continue to ensure that FSL have the resources available to work closely with users of their unique products such as TOPS (Transport Operations and Processing System), whether in the office or on client site, so that they can continue to meet the needs of individual businesses, and the industry as a whole.

Steve Collins, General Manager at FSL, says “There’s no question that Dan is a great requisition for Fargo Systems. He brings with him not only an in depth knowledge of the logistics and transport industry but also specific knowledge of our IT requirements as a company. It’s very rare to find someone with such a strong background in both these vital fields.”

With fifteen years experience in developing logistics software, previously working for recognised industry leaders, Dan says he “hopes to bridge the gap between the ‘technical’ and the ‘customer’”.

He continues, “I joined Fargo because of my experience in creating traffic management and mobile solutions. With my systems background in the haulage sector, it seemed like the perfect fit.”

With Dan on board, Fargo Systems Ltd certainly seem equipped for a productive 2015, with the whole team stating that they are excited for a great year ahead.

 

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FSL at the heart of Maritime Transport’s ‘joined-up’ approach

Maritime Transport places Fargo Systems at the heart of its
‘joined-up’ approach to doing business

The decision to implement Fargo Systems’ TOPS system back in 2004 was a turning point in the way the UK’s largest container transport company, Maritime Transport, approached its IT business model. Fast forward ten years and Fargo Systems’ technology yields benefits across almost all aspects of Maritime’s business.

Tim Goddard, IT director at Maritime Transport takes up the story: “I was initially brought in by Maritime to oversee the introduction of TOPS. The decision to invest in this new ‘off the shelf’ technology was made to replace an outdated an inflexible system currently in operation and to equip the business for growth.

“From the outset, what was appealing about working with Fargo Systems was the team’s understanding of our business; a result of their logistics background, and their commitment to work with us and further develop their systems to meet our evolving needs.”

Managing over 10,000 shipments a week, an impressive 90% of Maritime’s work is now received via EDI directly into TOPS from customers, forwarders and shipping lines’ systems. TOPS helps to efficiently meet customers reporting requirements by sending automated job acknowledgements, status updates and PODs back to the originating systems, and where required can also provide electronic invoice transactions via EDI, which speeds up the process of issuing invoices and of invoices being approved.

Interfaces to Maritime’s telematics system, assists the traffic planners by sending job details direct to the drivers in the cabs, receiving automated job updates which are processed in real time into TOPS and by retrieving vehicle positioning data for use on the traffic sheet. This data is also of huge benefit to the fleet department. Creating an electronic process for defect reporting is vital for a fleet of over 3,400 truck/trailer assets. Defects captured by the telematics are processed into TOPS, where fleet appointments can be scheduled and purchase orders raised.

The partnership between the two companies has strengthened over the last decade and today Fargo Systems works closely with Maritime Transport to develop systems which link together administrative IT functions across the business. Integration is the key to a successful use of technology and TOPS is integrated into Maritime’s accounting system, with plans to use data in other areas such as purchase order processing as well as the payroll and HR systems.

Tim continues: “The size of our operation today, which includes over 350 desktop users, 17 depots, 1,400 vehicles and 2,000 plus trailers, means it is vital that our IT systems maximise every piece of data.

Whilst reaping the benefits TOPS provides, Maritime was keen that its blue chip customers should also share the real time information as it relates to the progress of their shipments. Unique to Maritime, MTLTOPS Lite enables customers to make bookings and provides real-time management information and reports, as well as the ability to retrieve PODs online.

Tim adds: “Customisation for each client was crucial as the information a shipping line requires is very different to that of a retailer. It also enables customers who use a number of shipping lines to access a consolidated overview of their logistics operation in real-time.

“The benefits MTLTOPS Lite provides go far beyond customers being able to view the status of their shipments. Immediately after the service was deployed we saw a reduction of calls into our customer service centre, as many of the day-to-day queries received were being resolved by the client accessing the information they needed on MTLTOPS Lite; freeing up our customer service agents to respond to clients more pressing anomalies.”

As pioneers of ‘joined up’ IT systems in the logistics industry, Maritime will be taking its integrated IT approach one stage further, when it launches a fleet vendor web portal shortly.

Tim continues, “It’s important that we don’t treat any aspect of our business in isolation. Our fleet and our employees are assets and it’s vital that all are achieving their maximum potential. An example of the integration of the new system will bring is when a driver reports a tyre blow out, the repair company will be notified immediately and will then receive instant approval to attend the breakdown and undertake the repair. The system will pre-advise the driver of the ETA of the repair van and simultaneously raise a purchase order for the repair company to invoice against.”

Looking ahead to the next ten years, Tim believes Fargo Systems CYMAN (Container Yard Management) will play an increasingly important role in the company’s IT portfolio. “Our acquisition of Roadways in August this year has provided us with the impetus to investigate how best to utilise CYMAN in our rail operations at Tamworth, but also through within our other Intermodal facilities. Again, it’s all about joined up thinking – this time with our train and planning functionality.”

When asked about the longevity of the relationship between the two companies, Tim is quick to respond: “Fargo Systems’ understanding of our industry has always played a crucial role in the success of our relationship. I also believe there are instances when working with the ‘not such big guys’ brings real benefit. Although both far bigger operations than back in

2004, I believe Fargo Systems’ size is still a key strength as they are able to deliver what we require whilst maintaining the personal touch, something that the larger enterprises miss. And finally, they’re agile, listening to our needs and delivering innovative solutions expediently and to our timeframes. Fargo Systems definitely has a role to play in the future development of our IT strategies.”

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