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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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