When the opportunity arose to become the preferred Southern area haulier for leading Japanese automotive manufacturer, Honda, Nissin (UK) Ltd looked to Fargo Systems’ highly successful TOPS transport management software to guarantee success. Winning this contract represented considerable growth for the company, with job numbers increasing from 20 to over 100 per day if it was appointed. In order to submit a successful tender for this contract, Nissin required a specialised transport management system to effectively manage the increased workload from this large customer, they required a solution that could be fully operational on day one of the contract and that could also be fully integrated with Honda’s systems.
Enter TOPS! Fargo Systems was able to tailor a version of its highly successful TOPS transport management software to meet Honda and Nissin’s requirements. Fargo built a bespoke TOPS interface that incorporated a live link to Honda’s transport management system, making it possible for all jobs to be automatically received and processed into TOPS directly from Honda. The implementation of TOPS was instrumental in Nissin’s success for winning the Honda contract, and once Nissin had been chosen by Honda, the company implemented the use of both TOPS and ‘TOPS…on the go’ at its Swindon site and has also since implemented Fargo’s container management and yard management system, CYMAN, to manage a warehouse of Honda modules.
The TOPS solution was simple to use and easy to scale, and advanced enough to efficiently handle high throughput volumes and tight turnaround times. Integration with Honda’s system was also essential to ensuring optimum efficiency and visibility throughout the supply chain. Two years on, over 1,000 weekly collections from suppliers all over the country now filter from Honda’s internal systems into TOPS. These can be updated and amended by Honda as priorities change, and Nissin can control its work flow in real-time. When a collection is in transit, TOPS allows Nissin to feedback GPS location data and exact collection times to Honda informing them of the progress of the delivery and the estimated time of arrival.
Commenting on the implementation of Fargo Systems’ transport management solutions, Nigel Mackenzie, Senior Manager at Nissin (UK) Ltd comments,
“TOPS is highly regarded within the industry and we knew Fargo Systems could deliver a TOPS solution to handle the demands of the Honda contract. We partnered with them prior to bidding for the Honda contract in order to ensure we had the right solution in place and ready to go, if we won the contract. Fargo Systems worked closely with us to provide a specially tailored version of TOPS that was able to directly link to Honda’s systems. This made it possible for us to put in a serious bid and win the contract. The implementation of TOPS and ‘TOPS…on the go’ has been incredibly successful for us, the efficiencies it delivers in all areas of the supply chain process have enabled us to substantially increase the number of jobs we perform. As a result of this, we have significantly grown our truck fleet and driver pool and have also introduced TOPS in our Rugby location for our general haulage projects.”
Fargo Systems is exhibiting at Multimodal on stand 4002