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Imperial Commercials drives efficiencies with moDel-VM

Commercial vehicle dealer group, Imperial Commercials, has reported gains in operating efficiencies after introducing Ebbon-Dacs’ standalone moDel-VM vehicle delivery and collection solution.

Imperial Commercials' group corporate sales manager, Rachael Helliwell
Imperial Commercials’ group corporate sales manager, Rachael Helliwell

Launched at the end of 2015, moDel-VM complements the original moDel system which is used by contract hire and leasing companies, who are also users of Ebbon-Dacs’ Leaselink e-procurement platform.

MoDel-VM provides the same level of functionality for companies which are responsible for large movements of vehicles, but which are not necessarily members of the Leaselink trading community, including logistics companies, daily rental suppliers and auction houses.

Imperial operates from 39 dealer locations in the UK with seven van franchises – Volkswagen, Mercedes, Ford, Nissan, Isuzu, Fiat and LDV – and five truck franchises – DAF, Mercedes, MAN, Isuzu, and Renault.

The company has used moDel for its Leaselink customers for some time as it is part of their Service Level Agreements, but this marks the first time the company has trialled the stand-alone version for non-Leaselink users. Reported benefits include improvements in efficiency due to using electronic delivery notes and accurate recording of vehicle collections using the system’s camera. It also helps speed up the pre-payment process.

Group corporate sales manager, Rachael Helliwell, commented: “We delivered around 1,100 fleet vehicles last year and will probably deliver in the region of 2,000 vehicles this year. With that volume, we will now be considering using moDel-VM for all our non-Leaselink corporate customers going forward.”

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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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