How fuel logistics systems help legal compliance

How fuel logistics systems help legal compliance

13 November 2020

Ensuring a fuel logistics operation is working within the boundaries of compliance, and storing the data to prove it, can take up an inordinate portion of a fleet manager’s time. Relying on a logistics optimisation solution to simplify things not only enables a streamlining of these various forms of compliance, but provides robust digital back up of compliance in action, readily exportable for auditing purposes. Read More >>

Where would the UK be without fuel logistics?

Where would the UK be without fuel logistics?

29 October 2020

This year has been anything but predictable. Alongside most of the world, the UK has faced a set of unique challenges in 2020, not least new extremes of supply and demand for the many logistics operations that keep the nation going. How many critical industries rely on bulk fuel delivery? This blog takes a look at just a few. Read More >>

The vital process of fleet preparation

The vital process of fleet preparation

20 October 2020

It’s up to fleet managers to ensure their drivers and vehicles are ready for the road in every aspect possible, from legal compliance and health and safety, to fuel management and vehicle maintenance and inspection.There’s a lot to consider, even before a single vehicle leaves HQ. Furthermore, the prolonged nature of the global pandemic means operators need to be even more aware than usual of current and future fuel logistics industry requirements, and therefore ready to deal with unexpected fluctuations in demand. Read More >>

Bulk logistics optimisation today and tomorrow

Bulk logistics optimisation today and tomorrow

02 October 2020

Here at Touchstar, people are our biggest asset. We strive to find the brightest minds in data capture, logistics optimisation and mobile computing; people who can support our bulk logistics clients in implementing enterprise-ready solutions for greater operational performance. This includes our Business Development Director, Gordon Hyland. With decades of industry experience and specialising in mobile EPOS / EPOD solutions, Gordon brings a keen technical perspective to our bulk logistics division. As our management systems continue to evolve, Gordon shares his thoughts on the latest developments at Touchstar and the wider bulk logistics market.  Read More >>

Is your bulk logistics firm digitally fit?

Is your bulk logistics firm digitally fit?

25 August 2020

What does it mean to be ‘digitally fit’? For bulk logistics firms, digital fitness means embracing the technologies that enable them to optimise their services and the ways in which they deliver them. These technologies include the software and hardware that support the planning, optimisation and delivery of bulk logistics operations. This blog looks at some of the most significant benefits digital fitness can create for the bulk logistics industry. Read More >>

Is hydrogen the fuel of the future?

Is hydrogen the fuel of the future?

31 July 2020

Earlier this year, a major deal was struck for a bulk gas distributor to transport hydrogen to the capital, where Transport for London (TfL) will use it to power 20 hydrogen-fuelled double decker buses from September. It’s a move seen as a big step for the UK’s hydrogen infrastructure and eventual plans for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Could hydrogen fuel cells become the driving force behind the bulk logistics sector? This blog weighs up the viability of hydrogen as a fuel for bulk logistics operations. Read More >>

COVID-19

COVID-19's impact on the logistics industry

08 July 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been a uniquely challenging time for the logistics sector. Never have the world’s supply chains faced such a universally seismic set of circumstances, nor one that is likely to have such far-reaching consequences. Yet the challenges of COVID-19 have been, and continue to be, somewhat different for the logistics industry than that of other areas of business. Read More >>

COVID-19: Logistics industry workers are

COVID-19: Logistics industry workers are 'key'

26 March 2020

Many logistics workers in the UK are now considered ‘key workers’ in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This means that, rather than staying at home, healthy logistics workers can continue to keep the nation’s supply chains moving, carrying out essential duties that ensure we all have what we need during this period of uncertainty.  Read More >>

How to keep fleet insurance costs under control

How to keep fleet insurance costs under control

24 February 2020

Fleet insurance for bulk logistics, or courier business insurance, enables a bulk logistics business to cover all of its vehicles on a single policy, with one renewal date and one expenditure to manage. It’s obviously a compulsory expense, but this can mean it’s a cost that fleet managers don’t really think about or look to limit, until there’s a sharp hike in their premium.  Read More >>

New year, new bulk logistics management system?

New year, new bulk logistics management system?

12 February 2020

A new optimisation solution is a considerable investment and, if your business has a functioning bulk logistics system in place, you may feel that it’s worth putting up with the odd feature that doesn’t do exactly what you need it to. But there will come a time when your current system’s shortcomings start to add up, resulting in a situation in which not upgrading could cost you more in the long run than making the switch.  Read More >>

Solving emissions in logistics

Solving emissions in logistics

28 January 2020

According to the green campaigners Business for Social Responsibility, freight makes up around 15% of the world’s energy demand. It’s therefore easy to see why it’s under pressure to do its part to meet targets to reduce emissions and fossil fuel consumption. The Paris Agreement is of course stimulating change and there are numerous initiatives, existing and new, aimed at reducing the dependency on fossil fuels. There is some focus on cutting emissions through efficiency – streamlined lorries, speed limiters, and using technology for more efficient route planning are just a few of the options that are more common-place for road transport and logistics. But while these all have merit, campaigners say that going further on less fuel is not going to solve the problem globally, which covers road, air, rail and sea. Instead it requires a more radical approach to reach carbon neutrality, i.e. renewable cleaner energy, biodiesel fuels and electric vehicles.  Read More >>

Slow adoption of technology within Logistics

Slow adoption of technology within Logistics

26 November 2019

A recent comprehensive review on the future of the transport and logistics industry by PWC explored the key themes that will impact on the sector and the strategic drivers that will affect the industry in the next decade. The paper made clear the considerable advantages and efficiencies these developments will bring. However, research from Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Statista pours cold water on the idea of enthusiastic moves to a technology-enabled delivery industry. Read More >>

The importance of ATEX

The importance of ATEX

31 October 2019

Sadly, you don’t have to look far to find proof of how vital ATEX regulations are to modern-day industry. As the two European Directives that govern the management of explosive atmospheres, ATEX covers the minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of workers, as well as the equipment and protective systems used in such environments.  Read More >>

The big fleet challenges and how to overcome them

The big fleet challenges and how to overcome them

02 October 2019

Whether a fleet consists of five vehicles or 500 plus, certain management issues are universal. Challenges change as impacting factors shift, but any firm that relies on a commercial fleet, including bulk logistics companies, must find ways to address and work around them. Read More >>

What’s next in bulk logistics digitisation?

What’s next in bulk logistics digitisation?

26 September 2019

Managing a bulk logistics operation digitally, as well as leveraging the data that a digital solution collects and generates, is becoming more vital by the day. According to PwC, more industry experts name transport and logistics (T&L) as the sector to which data and analytics will be most impactful. Despite this, only 28 percent of T&L companies rate themselves as ‘advanced’ on digitisation. Technology’s impact on industry shows no sign of slowing, and there’s never been a better time to make the switch from paper-based management to a digitised bulk logistics system. Read More >>

What to look for in a digital logistics solution

What to look for in a digital logistics solution

18 July 2019

Going digital has the power to revolutionise a bulk logistics organisation from top to bottom. With benefits that go far beyond simply reducing paperwork, managing operations digitally can help a business boost efficiency, save money and generate invaluable business data insight. But, if you’re in the market for a digital optimisation system for your bulk logistics firm, what’s the best way to compare your options?  Read More >>

Securing buy-in for bulk logistics digitisation

Securing buy-in for bulk logistics digitisation

08 July 2019

Implementing operational change can be a tall order in any organisation. However, companies in the logistics industry may resist change more than most, especially when it comes to digitisation. Despite relatively widespread awareness of the benefits of digitisation across the logistics industry, a recent survey of 98 middle- and senior-level supply chain managers found that cultural resistance is the biggest roadblock to digital transformation. We’ve taken a closer look at the pain points bulk logistics companies might come up against when looking to implement a logistics optimisation solution, and some of the ways you can overcome these to secure executive and driver buy-in.  Read More >>

Technology Trends (4): Next generation wireless

Technology Trends (4): Next generation wireless

08 May 2019

Next generation wireless technology is just around the corner, with major 5G network deployments expected to be rolled out by 2020 promising faster and more reliable connections. 5G technology will dramatically enhance connectivity across networks, and also have a significant impact on the subject of one of our earlier Technology Trends: The Internet of Things (IoT) Read More >>

Mike

Mike's toughest challenge yet?

16 April 2019

Many of you will remember the 'Iron Man' exploits of Touchstar's own Mike Smith (head of our Bulk Logistics team) from a few years ago. Well time marches on … and so does the intrepid Mr Smith. His challenge this time it is a 50km hike over 24 hours through the challenging peaks of Arran Read More >>

How going ‘paperless’ impacts the environment

How going ‘paperless’ impacts the environment

08 April 2019

Touchstar are a leading provider of Electronic Proof of Delivery (EPOD) systems which are purposefully designed to digitise the paper trail … but can we even begin to establish a clear argument for environmental impact? We think we can!  Read More >>

Technology Trends (3): The Internet of Things

Technology Trends (3): The Internet of Things

05 April 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that can be difficult to define, perhaps because the technology sounds too futuristic, or its applications too hypothetical. Bu the reality is that IoT is here now, and it has been for many years. In fact, most people and business use the IoT on a daily basis - even if they are unaware of it at the time. In bulk logistics, IoT is a real gamer-changer. Read More >>

Vehicle telematics in bulk logistics

Vehicle telematics in bulk logistics

22 February 2019

Much like a black box on a car, telematics devices for bulk logistics fleets work by recording information about the way each vehicle is driven and reporting it back to fleet managers back at base through mobile connectivity.  Read More >>

BREXIT and IT: To invest or not to invest?

BREXIT and IT: To invest or not to invest?

22 February 2019

According to respected market analysts Gartner, Global IT spending is set to increase despite Brexit, recession and tariff rumours. Gartner predicts global IT spending will reach $3.8 trillion in 2019, an increase of 3.2% from 2018. If the ‘gloom and doom’ predictions prove correct and Brexit helps to trigger another recessionary period, notably for the UK, why on earth would business organisations contemplate spending increases? This article explains why IT spending in a recessionary period can be critical to survival. Read More >>

Technology Trends (1): Bulk logistics and Big Data

Technology Trends (1): Bulk logistics and Big Data

15 January 2019

Big Data is a term that is used to describe huge volumes of data that can be analysed in order to discover patterns and trends. This can help organisations review and improve almost any aspect of their business in order to make better decisions in the future. Bulk logistics produces large amounts of often unstructured data, and Big Data solutions can take that data and allow smarter strategic thinking around how to improve processes, increase efficiency and create new opportunities.  Read More >>

Fleet management problems and how to avoid them

Fleet management problems and how to avoid them

06 December 2018

Monitoring the progress of bulk logistics delivery is not without its challenges. Short of accompanying each and every one of your drivers on their drops, can you really keep on top of every snag, blind spot and pressure point that can affect the efficiency of your service? Not without a logistics optimisation solution capable of addressing some of the most common bulk delivery fleet management problems. We’ve taken a closer look.  Read More >>

Can route planning tools help customer service?

Can route planning tools help customer service?

16 November 2018

When it comes to bulk logistics, customers want their shipments delivered accurately, with less lead time than ever before, and to kept aware of its progress in real-time. The immediacy of digital commerce means customers are becoming more demanding all the time, and less forgiving when things go wrong. When exceeding your customers’ demands means providing the highest possible standards of operational performance and then some, there’s really no room for error.  Read More >>

Five trends in the bulk logistics industry

08 October 2018

Like any other industry, the bulk logistics sector is subject to a huge variety of ever-changing factors and influences, ranging from the technological to the social, the economic to the geopolitical. While focusing on your own operational performance is key to success, no commercial organisation can afford to only look inwards. Here are the bulk logistics industry trends that should be on your business radar.  Read More >>

The future of bulk logistics distribution

the future of bulk logistics distribution

28 September 2018

Stacks of paperwork don’t often add up to operational efficiency. And for bulk suppliers responsible for transporting their precious cargo across miles of open road, inefficient processes prevent them from being able to react and respond with professional agility. The nature of the business may be mobile, but arduous working practices can slow even the most pioneering bulk distributor. Read More >>

What does Brexit mean for the logistics industry?

What does Brexit mean for the logistics industry?

26 July 2018

It’s been over two years since the vote on Brexit, yet many still remain divided over the best plan to take UK forward following its scheduled departure from the European Union on March 29, 2019. In the logistics sector, just as among the general public, opinion is split. But one thing for sure is that there will be an enormous effect for logistics players on both sides of the English Channel no matter the final deal. Read More >>

The true value of fleet data

The true value of fleet data

11 May 2018

Data is crucial for most businesses these days, but some types of information are more valuable than others. For fleet managers, vehicle movement data is perhaps the most useful; when utilised properly, it can lead to better decisions, improved safety and some impressive cost reductions.  Read More >>

What does GDPR mean for fleet managers?

What does GDPR mean for fleet managers?

28 March 2018

On May 25 this year, the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into force, marking the biggest change to UK data protection legislation in two decades. The update will impact businesses and workers across all sectors, including fleet managers. Today, to manage a fleet of vehicles and drivers effectively, you need data, and much of it comes under the ‘personal’ category. And, seeing as GDPR compliance will be a statutory requirement, it’s crucial you understand what actions to take.  Read More >>

Supply chain optimisation in the fuel sector

02 October 2017

The global fuel industry, while still colossal in size, has endured a challenging few years of weak demand and low prices. Understandably, most oil and gas businesses are looking for ways to boost revenue and market share while reducing overall costs. Read More >>

Hands-free control: Making drivers’ lives easier

Hands-free control: Making drivers’ lives easier

25 July 2017

Today’s delivery drivers have a lot to think about while they’re on their rounds: multiple mobile devices, confusing paperwork, navigation systems and more. It needn’t be the case, however. Technologies like those provided by TouchStar can be used to bring everything together, reducing the risk of human error and boosting overall productivity.  Read More >>

The evolution of logistics

The evolution of logistics

22 June 2017

As consumers and businesses evolve, so too must the logistics industry that supports them; the sector may have existed for centuries, but it has always transformed to keep up with its users’ needs and expectations. This article runs through some of the major steps forward the industry has taken.  Read More >>

Using Fuelstar for bottled products

Using Fuelstar for bottled products

12 June 2017

Fuelstar streamlines your fuel distribution process by recording both bottled and metered deliveries to your customers in a single order, cutting down on paperwork and adapting to the type of delivery in hand.  Read More >>

5 steps to reduce fleet expenses

5 steps to reduce fleet expenses

09 June 2017

There’s no doubt about it, being a fleet manager is one of the toughest jobs going when it comes to spinning the multiple plates of managing time, costs and people.   Fleet managers are always exceptionally busy, but sometimes even when they are fully on top of their duties there still may be opportunities to improve their business. But these opportunities are often hard to identify or, in some cases, hidden completely Read More >>

Big Data and Fleet Technology

Big Data and Fleet Technology

09 June 2017

Vehicles and new technology are often thought of as having a close relationship. The latest models are usually stocked full of new gadgets, designed to improve safety, offer more entertainment or help with navigation.   But the truth is that vehicle manufacturers have lagged behind the IT industry for some time. The latest advancements in in-car technology are usually improvements that have previously been offered through mobile devices and other forms of tech.    Read More >>

The Consequences of Fuel Contamination

The Consequences of Fuel Contamination

30 May 2017

Fuel contamination within a large commercial tanker can be costly error, reducing the quality of the product and damaging a business reputation. New technology systems such as the Electronic Proof of Delivery system can reduce the risk of contamination by logging movement of produce at all times.  Read More >>

Defect reports: Saving time and boosting productivity

Defect reports: Saving time and boosting productivity

19 May 2017

Our innovative vehicle inspection system is designed to help drivers stay compliant and even improve productivity with minimal fuss, allowing defect reports, to be submitted at any time so problems get fixed quickly and easily.  Read More >>

Improving the vehicle checklist

Improving the vehicle checklist

20 April 2017

Technology’s impact on the logistics sector has been huge to say the least, but it will only continue to help businesses if it’s always evolving to meet their changing needs. That’s exactly why TouchStar is – and always will be - committed to improving its products. Here is how.  Read More >>

Do you know about the DVSA earned recognition scheme?

Do you know about the DVSA earned recognition scheme?

20 April 2017

Logistics businesses generate huge volumes of data. Now, the DVSA want your information and by so you’ll be part of their earned recognition scheme. Find out more.  Read More >>

Regular vehicle checks you need to be carrying out

Regular vehicle checks you need to be carrying out

13 April 2017

Adequate maintenance of your fleet of vehicles can cut your business’s running costs and streamline spending. By maintaining your vehicles properly – whether they’re HGVs, vans or cars – you stand to make significant savings in the long run. Read More >>

Is Your Vehicle Compliant?

Is Your Vehicle Compliant?

03 April 2017

Fuel tankers are large delivery vehicles carrying dangerous materials and so require a high-level of care to ensure that they are working to optimum standard. The law requires drivers of such vehicles to carry out daily walkaround checks, inspecting various aspects of the vehicle to ensure everything is working as it should be. This daily walkaround check must be recorded, a task which is often seen as onerous and filled with paperwork. Frequently, issues arise with regards to poor handwriting preventing some of the information being read or paperwork getting lost or damaged in the cab. As such, companies are looking to new technology to find ways to improve this process.  Read More >>

Confidence Grows in UK Logistics

Confidence Grows in UK Logistics

10 February 2017

A recent report looking at the logistics sector in the UK has shown a slight rise in confidence among businesses. Following four successive reports of a fall in confidence levels, this rise is seen as significant, although the level still remains lower than the highs of 2014 and 2015. Read More >>

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