THE Herd Group has chosen Jaama’s Key2 asset management system to power software designed to reduce the burden of in-house fleet administration for small and medium sized businesses.
Called Herd Connect Brilliant Fleet Management, the technology effectively becomes a fleet department for customers that do not have resource in place to proactively manage drivers and vehicles themselves, according to Mike Cooke, Herd Group’s Head of Fleet.
“It saves on resource and costs and takes the administrative pain away from running vehicles. Key2 has been pivotal to the launch of Herd Connect and provides us with a market-leading service for our customers,” said Cooke.
Aimed at both car and LCV operators, Herd Group’s cloud-based customer dashboard provides real-time information to its customers in a number of areas. This includes vehicle allocation, utilisation tracking, driver, vehicle and lease management, flexible vehicle rental, driver grade and vehicle band definition, trade up/down management, servicing and maintenance management, accident and risk management, licence checking, risk profiling and fuel management. Jaama’s MyVehicle App enables drivers to carry out vehicle inspections and log defects via their smart phones, which is fully integrated into the Key2 fleet management system.
As one of the UK’s leading independent van hire specialists, The Herd Group is also using Jaama’s Key2 system to run all aspects of its own rapidly expanding 2,000-vehicle fleet. A scalable system was crucial to Herd as it runs one of the UK’s fastest growing van hire businesses having just appointed its 13th franchise in Aberdeen.
Herd selected Jaama’s Key2 after a competitive tender for a software solution to manage all aspects of its business including vehicle rental fleet bookings, acquisition, management and disposal, financial accounts, and workshop management. This extends to Herd’s mobile servicing fleet.
“Key2 quickly proved that its modular design enabled us to adopt a single system to manage all aspects of our business which was extremely important. Herd Group has its own vehicle and business needs, we also need to seamlessly on-board new franchisees and power our new SME vehicle management proposition,” explained Cooke.
At the heart of Herd’s system requirements is to ensure its core van fleet remain safe and compliant. That includes all servicing, maintenance, and MOTs where notifications are scheduled and sent automatically to the relevant Herd site. Key2 provides a complete fleet picture at all times whilst being flexible enough to set different parameters for each customer, including recharges.
In a further application of cloud-based technology, the London-based cloud-based SaaS solution provider QV Systems has partnered with Licence Bureau, the UK’s number one supplier of Driver Licence validation services.
Licence Bureau’s technology is an additional feature to QV Systems’ fleet management offering. For fleet managers this means a greater ability to assess their fleet and manage driver risk and compliance through a single, central system.
“We’re proud to have partnered with the Licence Bureau to complete our fleet offering.” said Rebecca Duckworth, Chief Sales Officer at QV Systems. “It’s always important for us to secure the best partnerships to ensure we give clients and businesses the tools and technology they need to thrive. With this partnership we have added another feature to our solution, further helping and protecting our fleet management users remain compliant through additional driving licence checks.”