Trucking dominates overland shipping in Europe and Canada, carrying more than 70% of their freight. Industry forecasts predict that successful transport operators will need flexible, cost-effective resources that can scale to meet demand as Europe’s and Canada’s economies grow.
Trailer rental and leasing is a popular solution for transport managers who don’t want to tie up capital on trailer purchases. Netherlands-based TIP Trailer Services wants to be the trusted advisor and provider for logistics operators and retailers seeking alternatives to owning and maintaining fleets. The company operates one of the largest and most diverse trailer, tanker, intermodal, and truck fleets in the world. In addition to 66,000 vehicles, TIP Trailer Services offers maintenance and repair services from 86 workshops and more than 179 mobile units.
Competition is driving companies like TIP Trailers Services to seek efficiencies through technology, such as telematics, freight exchange platforms, and fleet management systems. In 2017, TIP Trailer Services invested more than €3 million to develop and deploy core business applications in the cloud and roll out tablet-based technologies in its branches and workshops.
“We started our company-wide digitization project at the end of 2017. It focuses on improving our workshop productivity and on strengthening our role as a strategic advisor to our customers,” says Anna Nevskaja, Project Manager for Change Management & Training, TIP Trailer Services Management BV. “Our objectives include improved customer service, increased sales, higher productivity and efficiency, and greater business agility.”