Fargo Systems commits to 14th Multimodal Show 2021

Fargo Systems commits to 14th Multimodal Show 2021

13.7.2021 | Technology

Fargo Systems commits to 14th Multimodal Show 2021

Opportunity to exemplify the robustness of its logistics software and how it delivers visibility, reliability and confidence.

Fargo Systems is once again exhibiting at Multimodal, the must-attend trade show for the UK and Ireland’s transport and logistics sector, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, from 18 -21 October 2021.

This is Fargo’s fourteenth year at the freight, transport, logistics and supply-chain event, and the team is looking forward to meeting with existing customers, suppliers, and potential new customers.

“For Fargo Systems, Multimodal presents a great opportunity to join with our peers, nurture our customer relationships and develop new business opportunities.

“Multimodal also gives us the opportunity to exemplify the robustness of our technology and how it delivers visibility, reliability and confidence. Allowing logistics providers to operate sustainably, efficiently and pre-emptively is vital as we move on from the most challenging 18 months our industry has endured,” said Steve Collins, Fargo Systems Director.

The Fargo Systems team is looking forward to welcoming you to stand 7010, Hall 2, at Birmingham NEC to discuss the best-integrated software solutions for your intermodal operation.

For more information about Fargo Systems visit fargosystems.com 

Fargo Systems scoops Logistics Awards finalist nomination

Fargo Systems scoops Logistics Awards finalist nomination

24.2.2021 | Technology

Fargo Systems shortlisted in Logistics Awards

Teamwork has landed Fargo Systems and Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) a finalist nomination in the Technology Transformation category.

With the awards rescheduled for Wednesday, 3rd March due to Covid, Fargo Systems’ nomination recognises its pioneering work migrating three of its Genesee & Wyoming-owned clients (Freightliner Road Services, Pentalver Transport Ltd and Pentalver (Cannock) Ltd) on to a dedicated cloud-based platform.

Steve Collins, Director of Fargo Systems, says: “The project was a first of its kind for us, a fixed-term roll-out of our TOPS telematics software followed by a three-phase database implementation programme, involving three of our longstanding clients, all of which have been acquired by G&W.”

From the initial project planning stage in early 2019, G&W recognised Fargo Systems strengths; the quality of its logistics software solution product range, its reputation across the UK’s logistics industry, and the depth of relationships the company enjoys with all three of its acquired businesses.

TOPS TMS is now accessed by over 100 administration, and operational users across the three distinct businesses and TOPS…on the go has been rolled out across 500 plus trucks, enabling G&W to provide real-time information on deliveries and electronic PODs to its customer base. Plus, dedicated owner-operators benefit from TOPS ePOD, affording them the same level of delivery detail as their own-fleet counterparts.

Dave Malpass, Transport Manager of Pentalver Cannock, says: “The cloud TOPS platform is a gamechanger. We are now able to view our whole road operations in one place, which is already yielding efficiencies and cost savings, including improved vehicle utilisation, a significant reduction in empty running and reduced duplication of vehicle resource.”

Shaun Allen, G&W UK/Europe region’s Managing Director of road services and the driving force behind the whole project, says: “Our database and cloud platform now provides a dedicated and secure environment that is easy for the business to access, is scalable, and our entire data is stored in a safe environment. An added benefit is zero maintenance is required from our own internal IT guys.”

For more information about Fargo Systems visit fargosystems.com 

Fargo Systems invests in its IT expertise

Fargo Systems invests in its IT expertise

27.12.2020 | Technology

Fargo Systems invests in its IT expertise

Fargo Systems announces the appointment of Darren Quinton as Product Consultant effective immediately.

The sixth employee to join the transport management specialist during 2020 and the Covid pandemic, Darren’s responsibilities include working with clients to ensure they are optimising their product potential and developing new customer relationships.

Steve Collins, Director of Fargo Systems, says of Darren’s appointment: “Darren joining the business is a huge asset to Fargo Systems. His fourteen years’ experience as IT manager at Wincanton Container Logistics and twelve years at DHL as business systems development will prove invaluable as we grow and develop the company.”

Based in Fargo Systems’ Ipswich office, Darren brings his wealth of IT and logistics expertise to the company as part of the projects team.

Darren comments: “I have spent much of my career responsible for the development and implementation of logistics software solutions where supply chain collaboration and integration were critical. I am excited to now work with logistics firms, demonstrating the robustness of our technology and how it delivers transparency, reliability and confidence.”

Steve concludes: “Steve concludes: “During these challenging times, it’s vital companies keep agile and ready to tackle new challenges if they are to thrive. For us, this means not relying solely on just one of our six products but instead working hard to ensure the right mix of our solutions are deployed and integrated to meet our customers’ evolving needs. Darren’s appointment will help us achieve this goal.”

For more information about Fargo Systems visit fargosystems.com 

The 2020 Remote Revolution

The 2020 Remote Revolution

22.12.2020 | Technology

The 2020 Remote Revolution

It stands to reason that companies with robust technological capabilities are at an advantage now and in the future.

2020 has, without a doubt, been a year like no other. With remote working becoming the norm, the Office of National Statistics confirmed that in April this year 46.6% of people employed did some work at home and of these 86% did so as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.*

Often discouraged and considered an opportunity to ‘to take their foot off the pedal’ by companies, employers had no choice but to trust employees to work from home. Online meetings and catch-ups became the everyday way of communicating with customers and clients as COVID overnight changed how we did business.

Fargo Systems director, Steve Collins says: “Interestingly research from the BBC shows that 50 of the biggest UK employers have no plans to return all staff to the office full-time any time soon.** This is a situation that would have been unthinkable less than a year ago.

“However, the positive benefits of remote access working are the cornerstones of our TOPS technology. From our Cloud TOPS platform, which makes it easy for people to connect and work from wherever they are, from TOPS…on the go, TOPS ePOD to TOPS Anywhere. The TOPS Anywhere App provides a solution to the transport operator to easily view information on live jobs to service queries from a customer or a driver perspective.”

To help support the industry during the lockdown period, Fargo Systems decided to suspend TOPS ePOD billing for the quarter of April, May, and June. Steve says: “It was a small gesture to the industry, and we hope that it went some way to assisting companies in tricky times and helped in their transition to a safe and paper-free delivery process.”

He continues: “During these uncertain times what has become apparent is that companies are keener than ever to find smarter ways of working to help their business thrive. It stands to reason that logistics firms with robust technological capabilities, that allows them to move data around the supply chain seamlessly are at an advantage now and in the future.”

Grays based Evolution Connection is one such company. Having come on board as a Fargo Systems client in November 2020, Evolution Connection has invested in TOPS and TOPS…on the go. Ricky Fernando, managing director of Evolution Connection, says: “Covid reinforced our need to invest in a transport management system. Now, we can electronically send delivery instructions, receive status updates, track our vehicles, and seamlessly capture PODS by the camera capture or on-screen signature functionality, both of which upload back to TOPS. We are now the most efficient we’ve ever been.”

Fargo’s logistics software has also been instrumental in helping customers grow their business during these COVID times. TOPS’ user VKVP Haulage has recently expanded its use of Fargo’s technology from nine users to 14. Operations director Mark Bennett explains the advantages TOPS brings to his company: “Since using TOPS transport management system, our operational visibility and efficiency has allowed us to take our business to the next level.

Mark elaborates: “Since implementing TOPS in October 2017, we have been able to develop our fleet investment programme and steadily increase our organisation. We are now in the best position possible and fully prepared to meet industry challenges head-on, now and in the future.”

Steve Collins continues: “Of our long-standing clients, Macintyre Transport epitomises the benefits of remote access technologies and the efficiencies achieved through embracing TOPS.”

Having adopted TOPS 11 years ago, 2019 saw the company roll-out the latest version of TOPS… on the go across its 215 strong fleet. Piers Kilfoyle, operations manager of the Suffolk-based logistics company, explains. “Last year’s roll-out was a six-figure sum investment for us. Our aim was for TOPS…on the go to create a totally paperless process, from start to finish, and to work seamlessly across our five depots. A year on and the technology has exceeded our expectations on every level. We were hoping it was going to be gamechanger, but in today’s global marketplace, it’s a business essential.”

Steve continues: “COVID is going to change our everyday normal for some time to come but looking to the future we’re in a good position. With companies increasingly understanding that remote integration is a ubiquitous component of the logistics sector; our job is to reassure them of the robustness of the technology and how it delivers total transparency, reliability, and confidence to their customers.”

*Office for National Statistics https://bit.ly/3pcdb1A

** BBC News https://bbc.in/3eQ5PvP

For more information about Fargo Systems visit fargosystems.com 

Fargo Systems’ Jim Slade lifts Multimodal 30 under 30 accolade

Fargo Systems’ Jim Slade lifts Multimodal 30 under 30 accolade

04.11.2020 | Technology

Fargo Systems’ Jim Slade lifts Multimodal 30 under 30 accolade

 

Transport management system specialist, Fargo Systems, is delighted to announce that projects team manager, Jim Slade, has been selected as one of Multimodal’s prestigious 30 under 30 winners.

 

Jim, who is based in Fargo’s Ipswich office, says of his nomination: “Having recovered from my initial shock, it’s great to be recognised alongside so many of my peers, especially at a time when there are so many uncertainties in the industry. The logistics sector offers so much potential for those that want to achieve, and this competition highlights the breadth of opportunity available.”

Fargo Systems’ director, Steve Collins, says of Jim’s success: “Jim joined us back in 2013, and since then we’ve been telling him what a great job he does. But, to have his hard work and efforts publicly recognised is really special.”

A consummate professional with exemplary project management skills, Jim played a key role in the management the implementation of TOPS for Johannesburg-based APMT in 2017.

During this last year, he was also instrumental in Fargo Systems work with Maritime Transport, taking the lead on designing an optimised container yard solution.

Managing many of Fargo Systems key client projects, Jim oversaw the integration of Fargo’s logistics software into Argos, managed and executed the simultaneous launch of TOPS across six European countries for Schenker; and delivered CYMAN to iPort, the multimodal global rail freight facility based in Doncaster. 

More recently Jim has been supporting GB Railfreight’s TOPS expansion plans and overseeing another of Fargo’s key European projects – this time involving TOPS implementation in the UK, Finland, Russia, and the Netherlands.

Steve Collins concludes: “With a reputation for a ‘can-do’ attitude, Jim is respected by clients and colleagues alike. We’ve no doubt he’s destined for great things.”

For more information about Fargo Systems visit fargosystems.com