Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Road Haulage Outfits Will Benefit from New System Booking Container Freight Shipments

DP World Install VBS Premium in Southampton
Shipping News Feature

UK – DP World Southampton has announced a new vehicle booking system (VBS) which, the terminal operator says, will benefit road haulage operators across Britain and further enhance supply chain efficiencies for customers collecting and delivering freight. The introduction of the new system, called VBS Premium, follows a record-breaking year for productivity at the port. A trial of the VBS Premium with 13 of the shipping terminal’s largest hauliers has been described by the container port as an ‘overwhelming success’ to date. Steve McCrindle, Head of Operations, said:

“The aim of VBS Premium is to make the back-office management of containers and bookings easier, making the transport booking process even more productive. Having pioneered VBS in 2005, we are industry leaders and have spent the past year developing this IT system in-house to further enhance supply chain efficiencies for customers. Built from the ground up, the feedback we have received from the port industry to date is that it has been an overwhelming success.

“Customers are reporting that they are saving time with our new booking system, what could take up a morning can now be done within just 30 minutes or so. VBS Premium will be available to all hauliers calling at the terminal from January 1st, 2013, and we will be listening carefully to how they feel the service is going.”

Advantages of VBS Premium include the ability to upload lists of containers into the system which are automatically tracked for booking status, one page to manage containers and one page for bookings, click and drop facility to combine containers and appointments, appointment availability shown in real time with automatic refresh, and expected location in terminal which allows users to combine import and export boxes in one transfer area.

DP World Southampton recently picked up an award for being the most reliable port for rail feed service of its kind in the UK and says that gate to gate turnaround times for hauliers at the Southampton terminal are the best in the UK with an average of less than 30 minutes.