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Fleet telematics app to help Cancer Research UK improve collection strategies

The charity runs a fleet of 41 vans to collect 4.25 million bags of donated clothing stock from individuals and corporate partners like TK Maxx and Tesco each year, delivering to 595 charity shops across the UK.

Replacing a previous paper-based workflow, the new solution links WEBFLEET to the CALIDUS VEhub app on the TomTom Telematics PRO 8275 driver terminal. Developed by TomTom Telematics .connect partner OBS Logistics, CALIDUS VEhub allows drivers to enter exactly how many bags they are collecting and delivering, together with location details selected from a drop down menu. 

“Fleet efficiency is key to overall profitability,” said Bina de Wilde, business development and innovation, retail for Cancer Research UK. “If someone donates a designer suit at one of our discount shops, moving it quickly and efficiently to one of our premium stores means that we can sell it for its full value, giving us more to fund vital research to help beat cancer sooner. 

“We were using a paper-based system before which, at best, only delivered 20% of the information we needed and was very prone to error. Now, we can see a much more accurate picture of stock levels required by different shops, how one shop may be supporting another with stock, and critically, how much more value we get from moving our stock from a low to a high value outlet.

“The data can help to improve profit ratios by helping us set more efficient local and national collection strategies. These could be around changing routes, diverting stock to the most profitable outlets or setting minimum bag quantities for pick-ups to ensure our costs are minimised.” 

The scheme has been managed by the Charity Fleetcare Alliance, which brings together leading fleet suppliers to help charities save money by improving fleet efficiency.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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