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Ashbourne-made tugs make for smarter deliveries

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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EQUIPMENT manufactured in Ashbourne has helped a major UK retailer improve its efficiency and lower its fuel costs.

Co-Operative Food has bought a batch of pedestrian electric tugs from Airfield Industrial Estate-based MasterMover which bosses say has helped them run a more efficient delivery schedule.

The Ashbourne firm’s SmartMover tugs, which enable a single operator to move cages of products safely off lorries and into stores across the country,

The tugs are being delivered in to stores with difficult delivery points and staff are trained on how to use them and while software used by the retailer previously had to take into account any restrictions on handling when unloading delivery routes had to be planned based on the number of personnel in the vehicle, rather than location.

Now that a single operator can use a SmartMover to assist unloading, the software is able to recalculate routes based on proximity which means the company can cut the length and frequency of its journeys.

The Co-operative first spotted the tugs when the company acquired Somerfield in 2009, and bought into the concept after discoving many stores used the solution for moving roll cages.

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