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Fuelstar Feature Focus: Mapping Console

Fuelstar Feature Focus: Mapping Console

07 May 2024

The Mapping Console matches the wealth of client and order information contained within FuelStar with GPS technology to provide accurate real-time data on the geographical positioning of vehicles and LOB (Load on Board) status. Read More >>

Are you ready for alternative fuels?

Are you ready for alternative fuels?

01 May 2024

Traditional oil and gas companies are increasingly venturing into the area of alternative fuels, exploring new opportunities and partnerships that align with this new reality. As they adapt and respond to these external pressures, the question remains - is the UK fuel sector prepared and ready to transition to alternative fuels?  Read More >>

Geofencing - what is it & how can you benefit?

Geofencing - what is it & how can you benefit?

04 March 2024

Did you know that FuelStar has full geofencing functionality, built in as standard? Geofencing involves using GPS technology to set virtual boundaries and enable systems to react to vehicles as they enter or leave the defined area. By tracking the transition in and out of an area, businesses have a transparent view of drivers and deliveries. This can be a very useful tool, helping to set and meet Customer expectations.  Read More >>

Strategy Update: Touchstar Fuel in the USA

Strategy Update: Touchstar Fuel in the USA

11 December 2023

Touchstar has embarked on a strategy to extend it's market penetration to North America and Canada. As a market-leading European supplier there is already huge interest within the US market as epitomised by the recent press coverage in two leading industry magazines. Read more in this blog.  Read More >>

Customer service: The Fuelstar approach

Customer service: The Fuelstar approach

01 November 2023

At Fuelstar we pride ourselves on our customer service and we are very proud of the team that works most closely with you, our customer. One of the key aspects of our customer service approach is that we don’t believe in waiting for issues to arise, instead we always seek to be proactive. This means that at Fuelstar customer service starts as soon as the project does. This blog explores our general approach to customer service and why we believe the 'human touch' is still the most vital component.  Read More >>

CALOR IRELAND – Major Fuelstar system upgrade

CALOR IRELAND – Major Fuelstar system upgrade

13 September 2023

Calor Ireland are the leading supplier and distributor of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Ireland, allowing customers who are located off the natural gas grid use LPG gas for power in their homes and businesses. The company is expert in LPG procurement and commissioning, bulk gas storage, cylinder filling and storage, LPG transport and delivery, installation and maintenance. Following an internal review, Calor Ireland identified a requirement to replace the legacy ePOD system. As a leading-edge technology developer, Touchstar already had many years of investment in offering Android-based mobile computing solutions as the natural successor to the Windows-based systems. Read about the implementation.  Read More >>

Integrating fuel meter data into wider IT systems

Integrating fuel meter data into wider IT systems

29 August 2023

Integrating real-time fuel meter data into wider business systems can provide valuable insights and enable more informed decision-making in various areas of fuel distribution and management. This blog highlights some key benefits and considerations for integrating real-time fuel meter data. Read More >>

The Future of Downstream

The Future of Downstream

04 August 2023

There are three topics that are being discussed a lot in our industry right now. They are decarbonisation, collaboration and digitalisation. But what does this mean for us, and how can you get involved? Read more to find out.  Read More >>

Drive productivity & reduce costs in oil & gas

Drive productivity & reduce costs in oil & gas

26 May 2023

To drive productivity, reduce costs, improve security, and streamline operations in the oil and gas sector, organisations can adopt several strategies and initiatives. This blog examines some key approaches to consider. Read More >>

Benefits of integrating real-time fuel meter data

Benefits of integrating real-time fuel meter data

24 May 2023

Integrating real-time fuel meter data into wider business systems can provide valuable insights and enable more informed decision-making in various areas of fuel distribution and management. This blog explores some key benefits and considerations for integrating real-time fuel meter data. Read More >>

DCC ENERGI MAKE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN FUELSTAR

DCC ENERGI MAKE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN FUELSTAR

09 May 2023

In total, the current DCC workforce comprises approximately 215 dedicated employees who, with strong local and international relations, supply private consumers, businesses and the public sector with a wide range of energy products. DCC Energi are also behind the Shell filling stations in Denmark and at the same time supply a large number of Danish airports with fuel. Flexibility lay at the heart of DCC Energi's decision to use TouchStar as their in-cab solution. Read the story in full.  Read More >>

Carnegie Fuels - upgrade to Touchstar Android

Carnegie Fuels - upgrade to Touchstar Android

25 April 2023

Carnegie began its relationship with TouchStar in 2017 when they were looking for an improvement to their paper ticketing system. Carnegie Fuels adopted software from Fuelsoft as their back-end administration package and utilised Touchstar’s Fuelstar app and Windows-based Hawk devices to provide a real-time data feed from the vehicle fleet. TouchStar has now been commissioned to upgrade the entire Carnegie fleet from the Windows operating system to Android.  Read More >>

Is the UK ready for hydrogen fuel?

Is the UK ready for hydrogen fuel?

21 March 2023

The commercial implications of the move towards hydrogen are significant. The shift from fossil fuels towards hydrogen will impact the infrastructure required to support this change, creating new business opportunities across sectors such as energy and transportation. In this article, we will explore the UK's readiness for hydrogen, with a focus on the commercial implications of the move. Read More >>

The impact of rising costs on fuel logistics

The impact of rising costs on fuel logistics

17 February 2023

The ongoing rising costs and inflation are unfortunately not new news, and with the UK inflation rate at 10.1% in January 2023, costs are unlikely to decrease in the coming months. It does not seem possible to put this rise in inflation down to one particular event and instead seems to have stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, UK political decisions and economic policies, as well as increasing energy prices and supply chain bottlenecks. Here, we look at how the various rising costs are impacting the fuel logistics industry and the considerations that come along with this. Read More >>

MANX PETROLEUM SELECT TOUCHSTAR ‘FUELSTAR’

MANX PETROLEUM SELECT TOUCHSTAR ‘FUELSTAR’

31 January 2023

Established nearly 100 years ago in 1926, Manx Petroleum is a privately owned Company operating in the Isle of Man. The Company continues to invest for the long term future of being a leading supplier of fuel products to a unique and diverse island. When evaluating any third party solution, the Manx Petroleum management are focused on systems that can complement and further enhance their existing business practices. A thorough evaluation of the Fuelstar software and Touchstar’s integration & support capabilities convinced the management team that the Manchester-based organisation were the natural choice. Read more about the system adoption. Read More >>

ATF - seamlessly upgrading to Fuelstar Android

ATF - seamlessly upgrading to Fuelstar Android

16 January 2023

Initially starting with a small number of mobile computers on the ground fuel side of the business, ATF Fuels were able to trial the FuelStar software and validate its effectiveness for their operation. Now, every vehicle in their fleet uses TouchStar technology as an integral part of their delivery processes. Orders and schedules are automatically uploaded from the back office to the drivers’ tablets through TouchStar technology, and the admin staff at the office receive automatic updates as each driver progresses through their deliveries. Click to read the full story. Read More >>

Suckling Transport select Touchstar ‘FuelStar’

Suckling Transport select Touchstar ‘FuelStar’

09 December 2022

Suckling Transport has been trading for more than 80 years, specialising in the provision of petroleum tanker haulage services. Suckling’s management team have recently decided to adopt the Touchstar ‘FuelStar’ EPOD system in order to digitize the drivers workflow for each day. Read More >>

"Touchstar planning for  world domination"

"Touchstar planning for world domination"

03 October 2022

In the September issue of 'Fuel Oil News' Liz Boardman chats to Gordon Hyland, Sales Director at Touchstar Technologies, about software solutions, world domination and why the fuel distribution industry is such a rewarding place to work. Read More >>

Is Europe adapting to demands of greener fuels?

Is Europe adapting to demands of greener fuels?

27 September 2022

The number of discussions about households, businesses, countries and continents becoming more environmentally friendly is increasing and becoming more important. Not only did COP26 shine a light on the need for the world to work together to tackle the rising carbon emissions, but it also highlighted the current irregular approaches taken globally. Europe and the European Union are trying to bring its member states back in line to work together toward their new targets of cutting carbon emissions. But what do the current and future plans for fuel look like within this mix?  Read More >>

Par Petroleum select Touchstar EPOD solution

Par Petroleum select Touchstar EPOD solution

08 September 2022

Par Petroleum are a leading UK fuel and specialist logistics provider. They serve a wide range of customers, from domestic, agricultural and commercial customers in their distribution business to bulk suppliers, fuel retailers and marine agents via their nationwide logistics network. Following a detailed selection process Par selected the 'Fuelstar' system from Touchstar Technologies.  Read More >>

WCF North East roll out Touchstar Android devices

WCF North East roll out Touchstar Android devices

27 July 2022

To tackle the challenge of reducing paperwork and streamlining WCF's processes, TouchStar began by using their comprehensive API integration and worked with the existing CODAS back office system to integrate processes seamlessly. As a result, the trucks and back-office systems seamlessly communicate with one other, providing a greater level of automation and reducing paperwork. Another significant benefit is the GPS technology which supports truck routing and scheduling teams, as well as receiving data directly from the devices in real-time. All of this provides a consistent and high level of customer service and reduces unnecessary mileage for WCF drivers. Read More >>

Donegal Oils select Touchstar Android Computers

Donegal Oils select Touchstar Android Computers

26 July 2022

Over many years Donegal Oils has grown as a financially sound and well managed business enabling the company in invest in systems and equipment in order to serve the needs of a growing client base. As the business has continued to grow, they were looking to introduce a technology-based solution that would replace the ever-increasing amount of paperwork and selected Touchstar.  Read More >>

James D Bilsland select Touchstar Technologies

James D Bilsland select Touchstar Technologies

25 July 2022

James D Bilsland is a family-driven fuel and lubricants distributor with a customer-focussed ethos at the heart of its operation. James D Bilsland was set up in 1964, operating just one lorry delivering tractor diesel and vaporising oil to local farmers. It has grown to become one of the leading operators in the oil and gas industry supplying fuels and lubricants to Scotland and the North of England. The company has recently invested in Touchstar mobile computing technology to optimise delivery and boost customer service.  Read More >>

How has digitalisation impacted the fuel industry?

How has digitalisation impacted the fuel industry?

13 July 2022

National and international businesses are continuously innovating, reviewing, and improving operations through harnessing the capabilities of digital technology. Whether this is to enhance operations, streamline processes or introduce business efficiencies, digital practices have, and continue to have a significant impact across all sectors, with the fuel industry at the forefront of digitalisation. Here, we look at the fuel sector and its leading role as a digitalisation front-runner.  Read More >>

BATA select FuelStar EPOD solution from Touchstar

BATA select FuelStar EPOD solution from Touchstar

23 May 2022

BATA's Fuel and LPG service offer a full range of energy products from fuel oil, LPG, bottled gas, industrial gases, lubricants and heating services. The company can serve domestic, industrial or agricultural needs whether they are small or large. With their reliable team of long-standing drivers and fleet of tankers BATA deliver to their local customers and supply LPG and fuel oil across North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire. BATA has selected FuelStar EPOD solution from Touchstar Technologies Read More >>

Allan Stobart Fuels select Fuelstar EPOD solution

Allan Stobart Fuels select Fuelstar EPOD solution

12 May 2022

Allan Stobart have been supplying householders, farmers and businesses with heating oil for over three decades and pride themselves in their outstanding customer service and keen prices. As the business has continued to grow and become more diversified, they were looking to introduce a technology-based solution that would replace the ever-increasing amount of paperwork. Click to read more about their adoption of FuelStar. Read More >>

“The best Expo I’ve attended in twenty-five years”

“The best Expo I’ve attended in twenty-five years”

03 May 2022

The UKIFDA show is regarded by those in the industry as the place to launch new products and services, meet clients and do business and Touchstar has been a regular exhibitor for several decades. Gordon Hyland, Touchstar’s Sales Director for the fuel division, is a well-seasoned business traveller having worked in the airline industry as well as general & fuel logistics. So what prompted him to make such a strong declaration regarding the attributes of UKFDA 2022? Click to read on.  Read More >>

New Mapping Console added to FuelStar

New Mapping Console added to FuelStar

25 April 2022

The rationale behind the creation of our new Mapping Console is identical to our wider development philosophy …. to maximise the amount of real-time information available within a single screen whilst ensuring that this data is accessible in a user-friendly format. The console operates as a powerful stand-alone module within Fuelstar, allowing the planning office to identify operational bottlenecks in real-time and to plan re-routes accordingly, without the need to reference other back-end software. Read More >>

Gordon is Globetrotting with a serious mission

Gordon is Globetrotting with a serious mission

07 March 2022

Touchstar Technologies Fuel Division is the clear market leader in the supply of Electronic Proof of Delivery systems to the UK fuel sector, with a market share in excess of 70%. The company’s current strategy is focused on expansion into new international territories. An integral component of the strategy has seen Gordon Hyland, Sales Director, attend many of the leading international trade shows in order to establish dialogue with both potential clients and technology partners. Read More >>

Fuelstar transforms WCF Fuels delivery operation

Fuelstar transforms WCF Fuels delivery operation

04 March 2022

WCF North West is one of four WCF Fuel Distributors and operates across the North of England, Cumbria and the Borders, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire. From our main depot in Carnforth and other satellite depots, WCF Fuels North West operate a number of tankers that supply a range of fuels to domestic, agricultural and commercial businesses. As the business continued to grow and become more diversified, WCF were looking to introduce a technology-based solution that would replace the ever-increasing amount of paperwork. Read about their experience with Touchstar. Read More >>

Windows to Android – an easy migration path

Windows to Android – an easy migration path

27 January 2022

Support for Windows CE 6.0 and Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 ended. With the withdrawal of support for the mobile platform by Microsoft, it became clear that change would be required. This article provides further detail on successful migration.  Read More >>

HMK Bilcon & TouchStar announce partnership

HMK Bilcon & TouchStar announce partnership

24 January 2022

HMK Bilcon & TouchStar Technologies announce strategic cooperation. HMK Bilcon, based in Aalborg, Denmark is as solutions provider to the downstream fuel logistics market in Europe manufacturing fuel tankers and SafeCon® fuel delivery control systems. Read More >>

Supply chain and logistics predictions for 2022

Supply chain and logistics predictions for 2022

13 January 2022

Much has changed in the past couple of years, with businesses across all sectors having to adapt in ways they didn’t expect. Unfortunately, it seems that 2022 is likely to continue in the same trend, with COVID-19 still impacting both businesses and consumers and returning to “normal” appearing further and further away. However, there are still some predictions we can make about this year for the logistics industry and this blog covers some of the key ones. Read More >>

A digital revolution in fuel logistics

A digital revolution in fuel logistics

03 January 2022

Although many parts of the supply chain have implemented technology to reduce manual processes, there is always more that can be done to link up different areas of the supply chain for real-time visibility and information sharing. This blog examines why digitalisation is so important for fuel logistics Read More >>

Will Brexit affect ATEX regulations?

Will Brexit affect ATEX regulations?

15 July 2021

What are the implications of the UK’s hard exit from the EU on key industry legislation? In this blog we explore if Britain’s final separation from the EU will have an impact on the ATEX directives. Read More >>

Petrol ban: Consequences for the fuel sector?

Petrol ban: Consequences for the fuel sector?

30 April 2021

Originally set for 2040, the legislation banning the sales of petrol and diesel vehicles has now been brought forward to 2030. The 2030 ban, under the government’s green plan, will have a significant impact across several industries, from automotive to manufacturing, fleet and leasing to fuel logistics distribution. Here, we explore the possible impacts this legislation could have on the fuel logistics industry and the key considerations which need to be taken now ahead of the 2030 ban. Read More >>

New R&D Recruits

New R&D Recruits

23 March 2021

2021 sees Touchstar continuing to invest heavily in R&D, including recruitment into key development and support positions. The company are delighted to welcome three new individuals to (Chief Technical Officer) Ian Woolley’s expanding team. Read More >>

Fuel logistics trends for 2021

Fuel logistics trends for 2021

18 January 2021

As 2020 begins to feel like a distant memory, it seems more than fitting to look ahead to 2021. As it will for almost every industry, 2020 will be remembered as an exceptionally challenging time for the fuel logistics sector. But what is 2021 likely to bring? This blog examines the trends and events predicted to impact fuel logistics over the next twelve months. Read More >>

Where would the UK be without fuel logistics?

Where would the UK be without fuel logistics?

29 October 2020

This year has been anything but predictable. Alongside most of the world, the UK has faced a set of unique challenges in 2020, not least new extremes of supply and demand for the many logistics operations that keep the nation going. How many critical industries rely on bulk fuel delivery? This blog takes a look at just a few. Read More >>

Bulk logistics optimisation today and tomorrow

Bulk logistics optimisation today and tomorrow

02 October 2020

Here at Touchstar, people are our biggest asset. We strive to find the brightest minds in data capture, logistics optimisation and mobile computing; people who can support our bulk logistics clients in implementing enterprise-ready solutions for greater operational performance. This includes our Business Development Director, Gordon Hyland. With decades of industry experience and specialising in mobile EPOS / EPOD solutions, Gordon brings a keen technical perspective to our bulk logistics division. As our management systems continue to evolve, Gordon shares his thoughts on the latest developments at Touchstar and the wider bulk logistics market.  Read More >>

Is hydrogen the fuel of the future?

Is hydrogen the fuel of the future?

31 July 2020

Earlier this year, a major deal was struck for a bulk gas distributor to transport hydrogen to the capital, where Transport for London (TfL) will use it to power 20 hydrogen-fuelled double decker buses from September. It’s a move seen as a big step for the UK’s hydrogen infrastructure and eventual plans for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Could hydrogen fuel cells become the driving force behind the bulk logistics sector? This blog weighs up the viability of hydrogen as a fuel for bulk logistics operations. Read More >>

COVID-19: Logistics industry workers are

COVID-19: Logistics industry workers are 'key'

26 March 2020

Many logistics workers in the UK are now considered ‘key workers’ in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This means that, rather than staying at home, healthy logistics workers can continue to keep the nation’s supply chains moving, carrying out essential duties that ensure we all have what we need during this period of uncertainty.  Read More >>

New year, new bulk logistics management system?

New year, new bulk logistics management system?

12 February 2020

A new optimisation solution is a considerable investment and, if your business has a functioning bulk logistics system in place, you may feel that it’s worth putting up with the odd feature that doesn’t do exactly what you need it to. But there will come a time when your current system’s shortcomings start to add up, resulting in a situation in which not upgrading could cost you more in the long run than making the switch.  Read More >>

Solving emissions in logistics

Solving emissions in logistics

28 January 2020

According to the green campaigners Business for Social Responsibility, freight makes up around 15% of the world’s energy demand. It’s therefore easy to see why it’s under pressure to do its part to meet targets to reduce emissions and fossil fuel consumption. The Paris Agreement is of course stimulating change and there are numerous initiatives, existing and new, aimed at reducing the dependency on fossil fuels. There is some focus on cutting emissions through efficiency – streamlined lorries, speed limiters, and using technology for more efficient route planning are just a few of the options that are more common-place for road transport and logistics. But while these all have merit, campaigners say that going further on less fuel is not going to solve the problem globally, which covers road, air, rail and sea. Instead it requires a more radical approach to reach carbon neutrality, i.e. renewable cleaner energy, biodiesel fuels and electric vehicles.  Read More >>

Will the drivers of the future be human?

Will the drivers of the future be human?

20 December 2019

We’ve discussed the impact of technology on the bulk logistics sector many times in these articles, from what’s already possible in terms of digital bulk logistics optimisation, to the next wave of digital advancements on the horizon. Beyond these industry developments though, wider-reaching technological progress has the potential to utterly transform the bulk logistics sector we know today. One of these innovations is the self-driving (or autonomous) vehicle.  Read More >>

Slow adoption of technology within Logistics

Slow adoption of technology within Logistics

26 November 2019

A recent comprehensive review on the future of the transport and logistics industry by PWC explored the key themes that will impact on the sector and the strategic drivers that will affect the industry in the next decade. The paper made clear the considerable advantages and efficiencies these developments will bring. However, research from Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Statista pours cold water on the idea of enthusiastic moves to a technology-enabled delivery industry. Read More >>

Green logistics for the bulk sector

Green logistics for the bulk sector

18 November 2019

The road haulage sector, including bulk logistics, is essential to the productivity of the UK economy. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) reports that 89 percent of all goods transported by land in Great Britain are moved directly by road, and that road haulage is the UK’s fifth largest employer. Unfortunately, all that activity is bound to have an impact on the environment. ‘Green logistics’ and sustainability are becoming increasingly important considerations for bulk logistics fleet managers, so how might a more sustainable transport infrastructure impact the industry?  Read More >>

The importance of ATEX

The importance of ATEX

31 October 2019

Sadly, you don’t have to look far to find proof of how vital ATEX regulations are to modern-day industry. As the two European Directives that govern the management of explosive atmospheres, ATEX covers the minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of workers, as well as the equipment and protective systems used in such environments.  Read More >>

The big fleet challenges and how to overcome them

The big fleet challenges and how to overcome them

02 October 2019

Whether a fleet consists of five vehicles or 500 plus, certain management issues are universal. Challenges change as impacting factors shift, but any firm that relies on a commercial fleet, including bulk logistics companies, must find ways to address and work around them. Read More >>

What’s next in bulk logistics digitisation?

What’s next in bulk logistics digitisation?

26 September 2019

Managing a bulk logistics operation digitally, as well as leveraging the data that a digital solution collects and generates, is becoming more vital by the day. According to PwC, more industry experts name transport and logistics (T&L) as the sector to which data and analytics will be most impactful. Despite this, only 28 percent of T&L companies rate themselves as ‘advanced’ on digitisation. Technology’s impact on industry shows no sign of slowing, and there’s never been a better time to make the switch from paper-based management to a digitised bulk logistics system. Read More >>

DCC Energi optimise deliveries with Touchstar

DCC Energi optimise deliveries with Touchstar

06 September 2019

DCC Energi were established back in 2009 through acquisition of Shell’s oil distribution business. The business comprised sales of more than 200 million litres of heating oil and transport fuels to domestic and small commercial and industrial customers throughout Denmark. Since the establishment the business has expanded organically into natural gas, lubricants and marine gas oil. The Touchstar fuel distribution system for DCC Energi in Denmark is fundamental in maintaining their high levels of customer service and to ensure highly flexible and cost-effective operation. Read More >>

Securing buy-in for bulk logistics digitisation

Securing buy-in for bulk logistics digitisation

08 July 2019

Implementing operational change can be a tall order in any organisation. However, companies in the logistics industry may resist change more than most, especially when it comes to digitisation. Despite relatively widespread awareness of the benefits of digitisation across the logistics industry, a recent survey of 98 middle- and senior-level supply chain managers found that cultural resistance is the biggest roadblock to digital transformation. We’ve taken a closer look at the pain points bulk logistics companies might come up against when looking to implement a logistics optimisation solution, and some of the ways you can overcome these to secure executive and driver buy-in.  Read More >>

Touchstar new EPOD solutions on display at CV Show

Touchstar new EPOD solutions on display at CV Show

15 March 2019

The 2019 CV Show will be the first time two divisions from within the Touchstar group are exhibiting at the same event, on a single stand (4G115). Visitors to the stand will be able to see the full range of new software and hardware solutions for paperless EPOD, job scheduling, tracking, route planning, safety inspection etc.  Read More >>

Technology Trends (2): Cloud logistics

Technology Trends (2): Cloud logistics

01 March 2019

As more businesses embrace new technology and choose to ‘go digital’, the increase in data, speed of communications and ability to deploy real-time analytics has enabled a huge improvement in the efficiency and effectivity of the bulk logistics sector. But to get the most value of out of the latest technology, cloud-based solutions are often required to manage data and how it flows between devices and management systems, ensuring the right people have access to the latest data to make informed decisions.  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 >>

The impact of Supply Chain 4.0

The impact of Supply Chain 4.0

22 February 2019

Today, Industry 4.0 is making its presence felt across all aspects of the manufacturing process, including the supply chain. For bulk logistics companies, Supply Chain 4.0 represents a faster, more responsive and more efficient operational approach. 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 >>

Optimising logistics in the chemicals sector

Optimising logistics in the chemicals sector

18 December 2018

If you had to pick the most challenging sector when it comes to logistics, there’s a high chance you would choose the chemicals industry. The transportation and delivery of both packaged and bulk chemicals presents unique, complex and high-risk challenges that must be overcome to ensure success. Logistics are a key aspect of the chemical industry as production and consumption locations are mostly separated. Efficient, competitive and sustainable logistics are therefore of great importance for future development.  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 >>

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 >>

TS3200 Rugged Android Tablet

TS3200 Rugged Android Tablet

14 July 2017

TouchStar has built the TS3200 around three core principles: durability, safety and ease of use. Designed to be rugged from the inside-out, each of the TS3200’s components are housed in an ultra-shock-absorbent rubber matrix. This unique approach to shock dispersal differentiates the TS3200 from its competitors by placing durability at the heart of the device, rather than adding a boot or bumper as an afterthought to the standard tablet. 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Meeting the oil and gas challenge 2017

2017 Business Challenges

21 December 2016

The last 12 months has seen some of the toughest conditions for the oil and gas industry in recent memory. Technology can help to streamline downstream operations.  Read More >>

TouchStar Fuel Efficiency for J-Gas

TouchStar Fuel Efficiency for J-Gas

19 July 2016

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RIBBLE FUEL OILS CASE STUDY

RIBBLE FUEL OILS CASE STUDY

16 May 2016

Ribble Fuel Oils is one of the top fuel distributors in the UK. Based in Preston, Lancashire, they deliver highly competitive fuel distribution solutions to the North West of England. Their customer base includes all domestic, horticultural, commercial heating, commercial fuels and fuel card applications. Read More >>

Certas Optimises Logistics Processes

Certas Optimises Logistics Processes

26 January 2016

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