Cadman cranesThe leading crane rental company, known for quality, reliability and safety, celebrates success after its launch PODFather’s Resource management solution across the East Anglia store. With 20 road cranes and 30 employees, Cadman Cranes needed a solution to replace the reliance on the manual, paper-based order booking and resource tracking process of the old days. After Cadman Crane reviewed the solutions available in the market, they selected PODFather based on the flexibility of the system and the mindset of the teams. After working together, Cadman Cranes and PODFather have developed a job management solution that spans a range of business processes, from resource allocation and tracking, to job accounting, to tracking and paying for driving hours using a cloud-based back office system and a easy to use crane operator app.
“Our industry is very forward-thinking when it comes to technology, but a little low-tech when it comes to processes,” said Matt Waddingham, general manager at Cadman Cranes. “For over 30 years we have relied on a paper job booking board to manage our jobs. Paper tickets were used to record driver hours. As a company, we felt there had to be a better way to get things done, and that’s where PODFather came in. “
With PODFather’s advanced, yet easy-to-use technology, Cadman Cranes could no longer rely on a paper job board and printed job tickets to plan and manage vehicle and driver movements. Jobs are booked through the cloud-based back office system PODFather, and each of the 20 drivers now use a handheld device to record vehicle inspections, job progress and hours worked. “When we first looked at the introduction of handheld devices, there were some doubts,” adds Waddingham, “but our drivers have embraced the new technology and ultimately made the whole process smoother, faster and more transparent.”
Cadman Crane operators use their handheld devices to collect the necessary vehicle inspection information required to comply with business guidelines. They also use the PODFather app to record on-site hours and time, and to collect on-site employee approval to be on-site, and this work has been completed to a satisfactory standard. In addition, operators can use the PODFather app to take notes, record problems or damage, and take photos of anything that needs to be recorded. All of this information is sent back to the office team in real time.
“In the past, we had to wait for paper tickets to return to our office before we could process invoices, solve customer problems and organize payment for our drivers,” adds Waddingham. “The whole process can take up to a week. Now we can turn over bills and pay the driver in less than 24 hours. It’s better for the cash flow and financial stability of our business and also for our drivers. We wouldn’t be without it. “
“This is another great example of how the PODFather solution can replace paper-based processes of the past and improve business processes,” said Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather. “At Cadman Cranes, we have worked together to provide a system that will improve job postings, information flow, fleet visibility and ultimately cash flow and financial stability for this forward-looking company.”
PODFather Ltd – so much more than ePOD
Our software helps logistics, construction, field service, and healthcare companies streamline processes, improve operational and financial efficiency, and eliminate paper. Our cloud-based delivery management software includes a range of features and functions, including: order management, route planning and optimization, vehicle controls, proof of delivery, driver and vehicle tracking, and invoicing and reporting modules. PODFather enables organizations to be better informed about the jobs they are managing by highlighting problems before they arise, so users are more proactive than reactive. Our customers include well-known names such as Tarmac, NHS, Bidfresh, Oxfam and Igloo as well as many independent logistics and construction service providers. More information is available at www.podfather.com.
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