Ten years of TOPS at ATL Haulage
Ten years since adopting Fargo Systems’ TOPS (Transport Operations & Processing Systems) software, leading UK hauliers, ATL Haulage confirms the technology has been a game changer for its business.
As one of the UK’s leading logistics providers, ATL Haulage is hard pushed to imagine life before TOPS. Ash Karia, director of ATL Haulage, says: “In the decade we’ve been using the technology, the marketplace has changed exponentially, and real-time information is a pre-requisite of all our clients. Enabling us to give ETA and ATA data, we believe TOPS has revolutionised the logistics industry.
“But the benefits are not all client facing. From ATL’s perspective, user-friendly TOPS brings a host of efficiencies and cost-saving to our traffic operators, who are based at London Gateway and our Southampton depot, and the business overall. With the ability to capture all costs relating to our 200 plus fleet, literally, nothing gets overlooked from asset depreciation to mobile phone charges. Also, crucially our profit and loss is available at the touch of a button.
Steve Collins, director of Fargo Systems, says of the system that has become ubiquitous across the industry: “The sophistication and complexities of the global marketplace we live in demands real-time information. However, it’s not just the logistics company’s client that is requesting precise data, but the end user too – whether that’s a shipping line, manufacturer or blue-chip retailer. The more detailed real-time data you’re able to provide a client, the greater your competitive advantage and this is where TOPS has the edge.”
Ash continues: “Since moving our operations to our purpose-built depot in London Gateway last July, we’re in the enviable position of doubling our business, and we’ve always believed TOPS has played a significant role in the growth of ATL, as it enables us to work smart 24/7. Ten years since the partnership was formed, it’s great that we have evolved together and we’re both at the top of our game.”
Founded in 2009 ATL Haulage is marking its decade long anniversary by partnering with Yang Ming (UK) Ltd in supporting children’s charity, Over The Wall. The UK charity provides residential summer camps for children and their families coping with serious illness and conditions, and together ATL Haulage and Yang Ming provide their logistics services to transport the camping equipment across the UK.