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Robert.Jervis_43227 Jan 06

Mandata and Stirling combine

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Uniting two of the largest providers of TMS solutions to the road transport and logistics sector
LDC-backed Mandata, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading transport management software providers, has today strengthened its service offering by adding Stirling Solutions to its group.
Newcastle-headquartered Mandata (Management and Data Services) Ltd and Stirling Solutions Ltd will together form the newly created Mandata Group, serving 2000 customers through its 120-strong employees.
 
The companies develop software that allows operators in all sectors of the road transport and logistics industry to manage their businesses more effectively.
 
The move combines the expertise of two of the longest established software providers, as they look to the future and bring the best of integrated transport technology to the sector.
 
In June 2018, LDC, the UK’s leading mid-market private equity investor, backed the management at Mandata to help drive forward growth plans and accelerate organic growth. Last year Mandata acquired Returnloads.net, the UK’s largest online haulage and freight exchange.

Chris Rigg, CEO of Mandata Group said:
 
"This is an incredibly exciting announcement which brings together two of the largest providers of TMS solutions to the road transport and logistics sector.
 
“Road transport operators are under more pressure than ever to run their businesses more effectively. Increasing operating costs, customer expectation, regulations and market competition mean that transport operators need to invest in software solutions that allow them to take more control of their businesses, driving increased visibility and productivity.  
 
“The sector has historically been dominated by tracking and telematics solutions and TMS has been associated with large companies with big budgets, but that is changing at an incredible pace as transport operators look for scalable solutions that help them run more of their business process. That’s where our range of TMS solutions comes in.
 
“As a group we offer an extensive range of TMS solutions designed to help transport operators of all sizes and to suit all budgets. We offer our own tracking and telematics, but we go so much further. 
 
“Returnloads.net is a freight exchange that helps operators find suppliers and win new work. Our TMS solutions help operators to integrate with their customer systems to take orders, control pricing and manage the execution of this work.  Our mobile apps smooth communications with their driver workforce and bring real time ETA’s and POD’s back into the transport office speeding up invoicing as well as integrating with their preferred accountancy package - streamlining the complete order to cash cycle. 
 
“Both companies have worked tirelessly to create solutions that really help their customers improve the way they operate their business.  By bringing Stirling Solutions into our wider group we will be able to service the needs of those customers more effectively as we move forward in a market which places increased pressure on operators."
 
Jonathan Ball remains managing director of Stirling and joins the Mandata Group Board with immediate effect.  He said:
 
"I am very proud of the team that we have built at Stirling and of the products we have developed.  Joining the Mandata Group gives us an opportunity to take things to the next level and achieve more than we could have done by ourselves."
 
Gareth Marshall, Head of LDC at Newcastle, added:

“This deal is an important milestone in Mandata’s ambitious growth plan and we’re confident that the newly formed Group will take advantage of the skills and products Stirling Solutions brings to the table.
 
“UK transport, and the infrastructure that supports it, is becoming increasingly digital. The Mandata Group is well positioned to help the road haulage industry thrive in this fast-changing environment.”

Separately, Mandata has announced that their client, Keedwell, has  eliminated empty running by using Returnloads.net

Keedwell Konnect was formed in March of this year to coordinate logistics and maintain new customer accounts by diversifying traffic flows within the RT Keedwell Group and working with partner hauliers.

At around the same time, fleet software experts Mandata, acquired the leading freight exchange business, Returnloads.net and according to Keedwell Konnect Director Dan Carter, their nationwide transport operation has since become more streamlined with empty running a thing of the past.

“We have been using Returnloads.net for many years. Their extensive network enables us to connect in real-time with hauliers on a vast scale throughout the UK and since integrating with Mandata’s TMS, we have the added benefit of handling all management functions from a single online platform.”

In this regard, with over 350 vehicles in the fleet and many hundreds of subcontractor partners to coordinate, Dan Carter and his team are able to access Mandata’s TMS from any portal to create jobs, contact hauliers, check consignment progress and verify deliveries using the Manifest EPOD app.

“All the while,” says Dan “the system keeps customers and subcontractors up to speed.”

“Furthermore, with our transport management processes now being controlled at the click of a button, the operation is streamlined and easier to run.  Our haulier partners and customers benefit from more dynamic communications, while vehicle utilisation rates remain high. No question, the combination of Returnloads.net and Mandata is good for us and good for the haulage industry.”

Operating from 10 strategically located depots and as members of TPN the UK and Ireland pallet network, RT Keedwell Group deliver all the benefits of a consolidation and trunk network to every UK and Irish postcode.
 
Returnloads.net is powered by an intelligent real-time load matching system which allows transporters and freight forwarders access to over 150,000 loads per month. Some 4,500 members regularly place loads online, while identifying available consignments to fill empty vehicles on return journeys