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Ebbon-Dacs buys Licence Check in strategic acquisition

Oxford-based online solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, has made a strategic acquisition with the purchase of fleet driver licence and compliance specialist, Licence Check, for an undisclosed sum.

Derby-based Licence Check, which recently won the Safety Award at the 2018 Business Car Awards and celebrated its tenth anniversary last month, was established in 2008 by managing director Richard Brown, and is one of the UK’s leading licence checking businesses, carrying out hundreds of thousands of online driver licence checks per annum.

The company works with both private and public sector customers, including end user fleets, vehicle leasing and rental suppliers, transport and logistics companies and coach and bus operators, to name but a few, providing real-time driving licence checking solutions.

The company is also a founding member of the Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV), the trade body for driving licence checking operators.

More recently, the company’s range of customer services has been expanded under the Driver and Vehicle Information Solution brand, DAVIS, a cloud solution to help manage driver and vehicle fleet compliance including the grey fleet.

Richard Brown and commercial director, Terry Hiles, along with all existing staff, will remain with the business, which will continue to be based in Derby.

Ebbon Dacs director Robert Pilkington said the acquisition made perfect business sense for both companies.

“Our strategy is to remain solely focussed on providing online solutions that help connect the vehicle leasing community.  Our principle investments will be in new capabilities for our fleet vehicle purchasing and mobile logistics platforms, while continuing to build up our more recent fleet compliance systems area.

“DAVIS, coupled with our own latest mobile technologies is the means by which we plan to offer our customers the best platform in this important health and safety area for both end-user fleets and our many customers who provide to these fleets,” he said.

Fellow director Craig Gibbin continued: “Licence checking, risk assessment and compliance will assume an ever increasing significance, not just for company-owned but privately-owned vehicles, to ensure that duty of care requirements are being met in terms of both driving licence and vehicle condition checking.”

Richard Brown welcomed the new relationship and said there were “significant and exciting opportunities going forward and Ebbon-Dacs will allow us to accelerate our compliance services further”.

“Ebbon-Dacs wanted to move into the driver compliance business space and saw our DAVIS solution as the most advanced technological solution on the market by a mile.

“We are also very impressed with Ebbon-Dacs’ technology platforms which are complementary to our own, as well as their existing mobile applications which we see as a great opportunity for future development both here in the UK and in Europe,” he added.

Jaguar Land Rover selects Ebbon-Dacs’ Leaselink platform for direct sales to public sector fleets

Jaguar Land Rover UK has selected Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leading e-procurement platform, Leaselink, to handle direct sales to public sector fleet customers and its moDel vehicle movement management solution to automate and manage the associated new vehicle movements.

Jaguar Land Rover UK’s direct sales department, based in Gaydon, Warwickshire, handles vehicles sales to police, fire and ambulance fleets, NHS Trusts and Government departments, including the Ministry of Defence, and is an approved supplier under the terms of the Crown Commercial Services framework agreement.

The framework is set up to provide public sector fleets with reduced administration and maximum value for money obtained through central government.

Under its terms, vehicles can be outright purchased or leased. Leased vehicles are supplied via a panel of 12 leasing companies, and fleet decision-makers can access a central portal that allows them to generate quotations for new vehicles. They then select the most attractive leasing quotes received on a competitive tendering basis.

Jaguar Land Rover UK has now consolidated its processes for managing direct sales to align with the systems being operated by the bulk of the leasing industry, most of whom are already users of the Ebbon-Dacs Leaselink platform.

Leaselink is Europe’s market-leading web-based e-procurement solution and has supplied and tracked vehicles worth over £18bn in the last four years. It is used to electronically source more than 210,000 vehicles a year and links around 2,000 franchised dealers and several vehicle manufacturers to a community of major fleet management, leasing and rental suppliers.

Claire Watson-Brown, National Public Sector Manager, Jaguar Land Rover UK, championed a 16-month project to implement Leaselink that went live on May 1.

“This has been a transformational project for us and one we are very proud of,” she said.

”I am confident the leasing companies on and off the framework will recognise and welcome the benefits of our switch to Leaselink. The improvements that are possible when all parties share a common platform mean that we are putting our customers’ needs first, which is at the core of everything we do.”

Claire Watson-Brown said the implementation of Leaselink was already bringing a number of benefits, including greatly improved transparency; the ability to track orders anywhere in the supply pipeline; the removal of manual purchase orders with a fully streamlined and automated ordering process; and a full alignment of all ordering processes between leasing company and manufacturer.

Jaguar Land Rover UK will also be using Ebbon-Dacs’ moDel vehicle delivery and collection solution to deliver all new direct sale vehicles.  The moDel system, which is now employed by 17 of the UK’s largest contract hire and leasing companies along with several vehicle manufacturers and daily rental companies, has recently achieved record results with over 30,000 movements in March this year.

The system completely automates the new vehicle delivery and used vehicle collection process, allowing users to remarket their vehicles more quickly and efficiently, as well as capturing all relevant information electronically and removing all paper from the system, reducing errors and improving accuracy dramatically.

Claire Watson-Brown added: “We see a number of advantages from introducing moDel alongside Leaselink. These include increased accuracy of delivery times and an improved speed of documentation, which allows us in turn to speed up the payments process as well as greatly improving transparency.”

Justine Hawkins, Head of Commercial for Ebbon-Dacs commented: “We are delighted that Jaguar Land Rover UK has selected both our Leaselink and moDel solutions to handle all direct sales to public sector fleet customers.  Jaguar Land Rover UK has identified some significant benefits in using our market-leading solutions which will support key business objectives now and in the future.”

Claire Watson-Brown, National Public Sector Manager, Jaguar Land Rover UK

 

Notes to Editors

About Ebbon-Dacs

Ebbon-Dacs is well established as a provider of hosted, web based technology solutions to the automotive contract hire and leasing community. For over 15 years, the company has focused on connecting and automating the fleet community with an increasing range of platforms.

The company, which is owned by a private equity group, has an international presence in the Netherlands and Germany, and through partners in Italy.

About Leaselink

Leaselink is Europe’s market leading web based e-procurement solution, linking franchised dealers and motor manufacturers to major leasing, fleet management, and rental companies.

An established online community, Leaselink is accessed by over 2,000 franchised dealers and dealer groups every day to respond to tenders and optimise the supply of fleet vehicles. Last year, the platform was used to order more than 210,000 new vehicles by the UK’s leading leasing, rental and fleet management companies.

 

Contact information:

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Director

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Email: robert.pilkington@ebbon-dacs.com

 

 

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Ebbon-Dacs’ moDel solution sets new record for electronic vehicle movements

Ebbon-Dacs’ moDel vehicle movement management platform has chalked up record results, after the volume of vehicle movements handled by the system hit an all-time record with over 30,000 movements in a single month.

In March this year, a combination of moDel and moDel-VM, the stand-alone version of the system, were involved in some 30,418 vehicle movements compared to 18,636 movements in the same month last year – an increase of 63% and the highest the system has yet achieved.

And in the first quarter of this year, the moDel system handled almost 70,000 vehicle movements on behalf on dealer groups, leasing companies, rental suppliers and logistics providers – another record.

That compares with just over 37,000 vehicle movements in the first quarter of 2017, a year-on-year increase of more than 84% as the system has become increasingly recognised as the UK’s number one  electronic vehicle delivery and collection solution.

Some 17 major contract hire and leasing companies now use the moDel solution for all their new vehicle transactions, with the country’s largest, Lex Autolease, the latest leasing company to sign up  to the system.

Lex Autolease, which operates a fleet of more than 380,000 company vehicles, opted to roll-out moDel across the 58 dealer group network which supplies the bulk of its new vehicles, after a successful month-long trial at three suppliers – BMW Park Lane, Norton Way Group and Swansway Group.

Other major leasing companies to utilise moDel from Oxford-based software solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, include, ALD Automotive, Alphabet GB, Arval UK, Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, Inchcape Fleet Solutions, LeasePlan and Volkswagen Financial Services.

The system is also employed by major daily rental provider, Thrifty Car and Van Rental UK, and some 14 independent logistics providers, as well as a network of more than 150 dealerships around the country.

The moDel solution has been designed to allow users to automatically upload all electronic vehicle delivery and collection information directly into their back office systems, or into Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leading Leaselink e-procurement platform, thus cutting time, errors and needless administration as well as speeding up time to market.

In the last 12 months, Ebbon-Dacs has seen the volume of vehicle transactions going through moDel increase significantly, and in 2017 it handled around 165,000 vehicle movements – a level it looks set to comfortably beat this year.

Ebbon-Dacs’ Commercial Head – moDel, Michael Terry, said: “moDel has become the UK’s benchmark system for fully automated vehicle collection and delivery within the fleet market.

“Along with the new mobile phone and vans capability that we introduced recently, we are about to launch a number of new features within the system which we believe will make it still more attractive and user-friendly.”

These include new invoicing functionality that will enable customers to raise invoice details against their vehicle movements which will in turn link with external invoicing platforms; plus

a new tracking and communication module that will allow more accurate tracking and planning of vehicle delivery and collection times.

And Ebbon-Dacs is currently working on a multi-lingual version of the solution for customers on the European mainland.

Michael Terry, Commercial Head-moDel, Ebbon-Dacs

 

About Ebbon-Dacs

Ebbon-Dacs is an online solutions company based near Oxford and specialises in delivering hosted, web technology solutions. The company has a presence in the Netherlands and Germany and, through partners, in Italy.

Ebbon-Dacs, which is owned by a private equity group, provides business process automation solutions to a wide range of automotive business enterprises through a number of different business tools and solutions and is a leader in hosted solutions for the automotive industry.

 

Contact information:

Robert Pilkington

Director

Ebbon-Dacs

Tel: 01865 329300

Mob: 07989 858248

Email: robert.pilkington@ebbon-dacs.com

 

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Mike Gunnell

MGMedia Services

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moDel-VM brings major benefits for Vehicle Connections

Lichfield-based logistics company, Vehicle Connections, has seen a number of major benefits from introducing moDel-VM, the standalone version of Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leading moDel solution, to improve the efficiency of its vehicle collections and deliveries.

Vehicle Connections, a West Midlands family-run vehicle logistics business that has been operating successfully throughout the UK for the last 12 years, delivers new vehicles and collects used models for around 100 dealerships on behalf of most of the UK’s major contract hire and leasing companies.

The company operates a fleet of nine single and multi-vehicle transporters and uses 20 trade plate drivers to deliver new leased vehicles to fleet customers on a nationwide basis, handling around 10,000 vehicle movements a year.

As it works regularly with most of the UK’s leading leasing companies, the company had already had experience of using the moDel delivery solution, which is mandatory for most leasing companies to integrate with Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leading e-procurement platform, Leaselink.

However, the business wanted a system that was also compatible with users outside the Leaselink environment and selected moDel-VM, the stand-alone version of the system, in January this year.

So far, it has been ‘absolutely brilliant, said Vehicle Connections CEO and Transport Director, Nathan Parry.

“We wanted a solution to automate vehicles deliveries and collections and had built our own app. However, it wasn’t very successful, and when we tested the latest version of moDel-VM system about six months ago we find it was perfect for our needs.

“It now allows us to aggregate our new vehicle deliveries on one platform rather than a number of different platforms, which is great news for our drivers as they now only need to use one online application rather than several.

“Prior to using moDel-VM, we had been using an assortment of manual point of collection and point of delivery paperwork for different lease companies, which meant that it could sometimes take several days for delivery details to find their way back to us, and often there would be disputes.

“Now everything is recorded electronically, we can generate the appropriate paperwork ourselves and are completely in control of the vehicle delivery process. We can track deliveries from start to finish and disputes are a thing of the past.

“We are also able to invoice daily which speeds up payments and are now looking at new developments with Ebbon-Dacs including integrating model-VM with our back office Sage accounting system,” he said.

“model-VM has helped us bring our vehicle logistics business into the 21st Century,” he added.

The moDel-VM solution is now utilised by 22 logistics and delivery suppliers and handled more than 10,000 vehicle deliveries in March alone.

Ebbon-Dacs’ Commercial Head – moDel, Michael Terry, said: “We are delighted that Vehicle Connections is now seeing and enjoying the benefits the moDel-VM system offers, including a number of efficiencies in terms of paperwork and daily invoicing.”

Nathan Parry, Vehicle Connections CEO and Transport Director

Notes to Editors 

About Vehicle Connections

Established in 2006 by Tony and Nathan Parry, Vehicle Connections is a family run car transportation business that handles around 10,000 vehicle movements per annum.  Based in Lichfield, Staffordshire, the company works with most major leasing companies to cover the whole of the UK, using a fleet of nine transporters and 20 trade plate drivers.

About Ebbon-Dacs

Ebbon-Dacs is an online solutions company based near Oxford and specialises in delivering hosted, web technology solutions. The company has a presence in the Netherlands and Germany and, through partners, in Italy.

Ebbon-Dacs, which is owned by a private equity group, provides business process automation solutions to a wide range of automotive business enterprises through a number of different business tools and solutions and is a leader in hosted solutions for the automotive industry.

Contact information:

Robert Pilkington

Director

Ebbon-Dacs

Tel: 01865 329300

Mob: 07989 858248

Email: robert.pilkington@ebbon-dacs.com

 

Press enquiries:

Mike Gunnell

MGMedia Services

Tel: 01832 275060

Mob: 07786 971 544

Email: mike@mgmediaservices.com

Lex Autolease turns to Ebbon-Dacs’ moDel solution for electronic vehicle deliveries

Lex Autolease, the country’s leading leasing and fleet management provider, is now using the moDel solution from Ebbon-Dacs to handle all its new vehicle delivery and used vehicle collection operations.

 

The roll out of the solution across the 58 dealer group network which supplies Lex Autolease with the bulk of its new vehicles comes after a successful month-long trial at three suppliers – BMW Park Lane, Norton Way Group and Swansway Group.

 

Lex Autolease operates a fleet of more than 380,000 company vehicles on behalf of more than 140,000 customers nationwide and is the country’s number one leasing company, according to the latest FN50 league table of leasing businesses.

 

It is the latest in a line of major leasing companies to switch to moDel from Oxford-based software solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, which is now recognised as the UK’s premier electronic vehicle delivery and collection solution.

 

moDel has been designed to allow users to automatically upload all electronic vehicle delivery and collection information directly into their back office systems, or into the Leaselink e-procurement platform, thus cutting time, errors and needless administration and speeding up the time to market.

 

The solution is widely acclaimed by participating dealers because it promotes a better vehicle handover experience and guarantees them faster payments, improving accuracy and transparency.

 

Liam Gavin, Purchasing & SMR Supplier Network Manager at Lex Autolease, said: ”The use of moDel provides us with a consolidated electronic delivery report for all new vehicles that we can upload straight into our back office.

 

“It will improve the customer handover experience, accelerate our ability to start new vehicle contracts for corporate customers and allow much faster payments to be made to supplying dealers.

 

“We expect a smooth transition with the introduction of moDel as many of our supplying dealer groups are already familiar with the solution and the efficiencies that it generates,” he added.

 

In the last 12 months, Ebbon-Dacs has seen the volume of vehicle transactions going through the moDel solution increase significantly, so that it now handles around 18,000 vehicle movements per month.

 

The company has recently enhanced the system’s capabilities, and it can now be used on all Android smart phones with screens of five inches or bigger. And by adding a schematic of a generic van to the system’s flat screen, users can now record and notify areas of damage on vans as well as cars.

 

The use of an inbuilt camera within moDel also provides greater transparency and accuracy over the condition of vehicles being collected and delivered.

 

Ebbon-Dacs’ Commercial Head – moDel, Michael Terry, said: “We are delighted that Lex Autolease has decided to implement moDel for all its new vehicle deliveries, following recommendations from retailers within its new vehicle supplier network.

 

“moDel has become the UK’s benchmark system for fully automated vehicle collection and delivery within the fleet market.

 

“Along with the new mobile phone and vans capability that we introduced recently, we are also about to launch a number of new features within the system which we believe make it still more attractive and user-friendly,” he added.

 

Liam Gavin, Purchasing & SMR Supplier Network Manager, Lex Autolease

Ebbon-Dacs achieves ISO 27001 for information security

Oxford-based online solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, has achieved ISO 27001, the internationally recognised standard for achieving best practice in information security, to ensure it meets the data protection requirements of its major contract hire and leasing clients.

Ebbon-Dacs works with many of the country’s major leasing companies, including nine of the UK’s ten largest, to help source and acquire new vehicles and manage vehicle movements on behalf of client fleets through its portfolio of online solutions.

These include the market-leading Leaselink e-procurement system and the complementary vehicle delivery and collection system, moDel, both of which process huge volumes of client data and information.

For example, Leaselink alone handles 170,000 new electronic vehicle purchases per annum, while some 20,000 vehicle movements are processed through the moDel system every month.

Most major leasing companies now insist that all suppliers in their supply chain with access to large amounts of confidential client information have the appropriate information security management systems in place to properly safeguard the information.

The industry security standard is ISO 27001, which demonstrates that a company is following information security best practice and provides an independent, expert verification that information security is managed in line with international best practice and business objectives.

Ebbon-Dacs embarked on the ISO 27001 accreditation process around 18 months ago, via an internal project managed by Chief Information Officer, Dave Minto, and Head of Programme Management, Rob Belcher.

The certificate lasts for three years, during which time regular 12-monthly expert reviews will take place, while Ebbon-Dacs carries out its own internal audits to validate the robustness of the system.

“As a major supplier to the vehicle leasing and contract hire sector, it was absolutely essential that we demonstrate to the industry that we are fully adept in handling confidential client information and that the correct security protocols are in place,” said Dave Minto.

“Whilst we had good security management, procedures and systems in place, we wanted to put them to test against the very highest ISO standards so we could identify any areas for improvement, as well as promoting our achievement to current and future clients,” he said.

Rob Belcher added: “To achieve this accreditation is industry recognition that we have met those standards and that our clients can be confident that their and their clients’ data is protected to the very highest possible levels and with the utmost security.”

Ebbon-Dacs upgrades home page for market-leading Leaselink

Ebbon-Dacs, Europe’s leading e-procurement specialist for major leasing and fleet management companies, has announced a significant upgrade to the home page of its market-leading e-procurement platform Leaselink that will enhance the experience of end-users.

 

The Leaselink platform, which is used by the overwhelming majority of the country’s largest contract hire and leasing companies, now electronically sources more than 210,000 vehicles a year.

 

Currently in its second generation, Leaselink is based on a well established principle of T-Card task management technology and fully automates the vehicle procurement process, bringing considerable savings and increased transparency.

 

The new functionality will not only improve the look, feel and attractiveness of the system’s front end, but it will make it easier to use with extra features and increased access to more detailed information.

 

Filtering on the system is now more straightforward, and each new vehicle order can now be filtered by a range of criteria such as make and model range, supplying dealer, delivery and return dates plus a whole host of other issues that will increase speed and efficiency for end-users.

 

The changes to the platform were announced at Ebbon-Dacs’ annual Leaselink community conference in Buckinghamshire that was attended by senior representatives from major contract hire and leasing companies, fleet dealers and OEMs.

 

At the event, delegates were also provided with details of further Ebbon-Dacs developments, including the continued and sustained success of the electronic vehicle delivery and collection solution, moDel.

moDel now handles some 18,000 vehicle movements per month and is being used by increasing numbers of leasing companies, logistics providers and new and used vehicle dealerships to deliver new vehicles and collect used ones from fleet customers.

 

Delegates were also given first sight of the new Third Party Management module, which is set to support the increasing need for greater efficiency gains in the build management process of LCV’s and HGV’s in a fast-growing sector.

 

Ebbon-Dacs director, Robert Pilkington, said:”We have made significant investment in man-months in the new front end to Leaselink. But we are now confident that what we have is a considerable and significant enhancement over the previous version.

 

“End-users will not only find it far more attractive visually with a more modern and up-to-date look and feel, but they will be pleased with the new levels of functionality, transparency and accuracy in terms of the timing of each vehicle transaction.

 

“As well as enhanced filtering, the more advanced timer system will now allow users to track the progress of each individual order in the system more accurately and with more precision, while the new front end will pave the way to providing access to a larger number of browsers.

 

“There is also access to extra information with quick look-up functionality for each order to again improve speed and efficiency for users. We are confident that Leaselink users will find the new front end is a significant new development and a major step forward for the platform.”

 

Customer pilots of the new home page will commence after the next Leaselink release in the first quarter of 2018.

Arval UK sees major efficiencies in electronic deliveries through moDel

Arval UK, one of the country’s largest leasing and fleet management providers, has witnessed a series of major efficiencies in its new vehicle delivery and used vehicle collection operations since switching to the moDel solution from Ebbon-Dacs.

Owned by BNP Paribas, Swindon-based Arval operates a fleet of around 160,000 cars and vans in the UK, and is part of a wider global operation that adds up to more than 1,000,000 vehicles in 28 countries.

In the UK, Arval is a member of the community of leasing companies, vehicle manufacturers and dealers that employs Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leasing e-procurement platform Leaselink, which now sources more than 150,000 vehicles a year.

To maximise the benefits of being a Leaselink user, Arval also employs the complementary moDel solution with the majority of the 20,000 cars and vans it delivers each year.

moDel has been designed to allow Leaselink users to automatically upload all electronic vehicle delivery and collection information directly into the platform, thus cutting time, errors and needless administration and speeding up the time to market.

Claire Hughes, Vehicle Acquisitions Manager at Arval UK, said the use of moDel had speeded up Arval’s ability to start the new vehicle contracts for our corporate customers significantly and allowed much faster payment to its supplying dealers.

“Originally, we would have to wait 4-5 days to receive delivery paperwork back from our dealers. Now, it is uploaded instantly and the new vehicle appears on our system after 24 hours. That speeds up the process for our customers and allows us to pay our dealers more quickly, too.

“Since we began using moDel 18 months ago, some 90% of our new vehicles are now delivered through the system by our preferred dealer network and, in our latest tender, we have stipulated that this should be increased to 100%.

“This is something that many of our dealers welcome as it guarantees them faster payments and a better vehicle handover experience as the system walks the delivery driver through the process so that nothing can be missed out,” she said.

Hughes also said that the use of an inbuilt camera within moDel had provided greater transparency over the condition of vehicles being collected and delivered.

In the last 12 months, Ebbon-Dacs has seen the volume of vehicle transactions going through the moDel solution increase significantly, so that it now handles some 18,000 vehicle movements per month.

The company has recently enhanced the system’s capabilities, and it can now be used on all Android smart phones with screens of five inches or bigger. And by adding a schematic of a generic van to the system’s flat screen, users can now record and notify areas of damage on vans as well as cars.

Ebbon-Dacs’ Head of Commercial – moDel, Michael Terry, said: “We are delighted to hear of the efficiencies that Arval has achieved in its vehicle delivery operations thanks to moDel, which  has become the benchmark system for fully automated vehicle collection and delivery within the fleet market.

“Along with the new mobile phone and vans capability, we are about to launch a number of new features within the system which we believe make it still more attractive and user-friendly,” he added.

WH Kirk Transport Services sees increased efficiencies from moDel-VM

Nottinghamshire-based logistics company, WH Kirk Transport Services, has seen a number of major benefits  from introducing moDel-VM, the standalone version of Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leading moDel solution, which improves vehicle collection and delivery efficiency.

WH Kirk is a family-run vehicle logistics business that has been operating successfully throughout the UK for almost 40 years, and is located at Barnby-in-the-Willows, near Newark, Nottinghamshire from where it covers the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland.

The company’s fleet of 10 transporters carry any vehicle from standard models, prestige, luxury and sports cars up to light commercial vehicles on behalf of leasing companies, fleet customers and motor dealers around the country, handling around 7,000 vehicle movements a year.

Because it works regularly with most of the UK’s leading leasing companies, the company has already had experience of using  the moDel delivery solution, which is mandatory for most leasing companies using Ebbon-Dacs’ e-procurement platform, Leaselink.

However, the business wanted a system that was compatible with users outside the Leaselink environment and selected moDel-VM, the stand-alone version of the system, in April this year.  So far, it has been a complete success, said WH Kirk owner, Jonathan Kirk.

“We wanted a solution for our smaller leasing company customers and motor dealers not on the Leaselink platform, and moDel-VM system fitted the bill perfectly. It now allows us to aggregate our new vehicle deliveries on one platform rather than a number of different platforms.

“Prior to using moDel-VM, we had been using an assortment of manual point of collection and point of delivery paperwork, which meant that it could sometimes take several days for delivery details find their way back to us.

“That is a thing of the past now as our drivers are using the new system on Samsung Galaxy tablets, which have larger screens than smartphone and allow them to show details to customers more clearly, with direct online input and photographic back-up of any issues.

“We are now looking at new developments with Ebbon-Dacs that will allow us to record multiple vehicles delivered to one site, rather than having to record each vehicle individually, plus full integration with our back office accounting system,” he said.

The moDel-VM solution is now utilised by 16 logistics and delivery suppliers, handling more than 23,000 vehicle deliveries in the first six months of 2017.

Meanwhile, Ebbon-Dacs’ original moDel system  now handles around 18,000 vehicle movements per month, mainly on behalf of major contract hire and leasing companies who are also users of the market-leading Leaselink platform, which sources around 150,000 new vehicles a year.

MoDel product manager, Michael Terry, said: “We are delighted that WH Kirk Transport Services is now seeing and enjoying the benefits the moDel-VM system offers. We have a number of new features for the system which we will be releasing shortly and which will further increase its functionality and attractiveness for end-users.”

Ebbon-Dacs adds mobile phones and vans to moDel and moDel-VM

Ebbon-Dacs has enhanced the capabilities of its market-leading electronic vehicle delivery and collection solutions, moDel and moDel-VM, so that they can now be used on all Android smart phones with screens of five inches or bigger.

And the Oxford-based software solutions provider has further extended the functionality by adding a schematic of a generic van to the flat screen capability that allows users to record and notify areas of damage on vans as well as cars on both solutions.

The schematic damage reporting can be relayed instantly to end users and helps speed up the collection and delivery process. As a result,  invoicing and payment is  more efficient as the condition of all vehicle types, both cars and vans, can now confirmed more rapidly, thus helping ease any cash flow issues for vehicle suppliers.

moDel is the UK’s most successful and widely-used delivery and collection solution and has seen the volume of vehicle transactions it handles increase to 18,000 vehicle movements per month, mainly for contract hire and leasing companies, associated logistics companies and dealers.

It is currently being employed by 16 of the UK’s largest contract hire and leasing companies, which between them manage around 850,000 company vehicles and are also users of Ebbon-Dacs’ Leaselink e-procurement platform which sources around 150,000 new vehicles a year.

moDel-VM is the stand-alone equivalent  version of moDel that offers the same level of functionality to companies which are large movers of vehicles but not necessarily members of the Leaselink community, such as logistics companies, daily rental suppliers, auction houses and dealers.

As well as the new smart phone and vans initiatives, Ebbon-Dacs plans to release a number of new features to model-VM to make it even more user-friendly.

Ebbon-Dacs’ Implementations and Product Manager, Michael Terry, said: “In the last 12 months, we have been  delighted with the growing use of our moDel and moDel-VM solutions, which  have become the benchmark systems for fully automated vehicle collection and delivery within the fleet market.

“By opening up their use to smart phones and increasing accessibility for more users, and by adding vans to the flat screen function so that lcvs can be handled as easily as cars on both systems, we have now ensured that the country’s leading vehicle collection and delivery solutions just got better.

‘Along with the mobile phone and vans capability, we are about to launch a number of new features within model-VM which we believe make it still more attractive and user-friendly,” he added.