Palletforce, Europe’s leading logistics network, continues its investment in innovation and technology by unveiling a new £2 million upgrade of its electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) system, cementing the company’s position at the forefront of the sector.

Building on its Best use of Technology accolade at last year’s Motor Transport Awards, the roll-out of ePOD2 will see Palletforce pioneer a number of unique new features to drive quality, safety and service throughout the network.

ePOD2 will feature real-time vehicle tracking and improved notification facilities, triggered on tracking events, with the ability to send updates to consignees via SMS, email and twitter as pallets move through the delivery process.

It links seamlessly with the firm’s Alliance system to provide enhanced tracking of freight, live updates for members and their customers and the provision of an accurate proof of location in addition to the proof of delivery.

New time-saving functionality features include paperwork scanning and an RHA checklist to enable drivers to perform vehicle checks and record any defects.

The system will also allow drivers to report whether a delivery point is residential or commercial, enabling Palletforce to build up a comprehensive database to highlight home deliveries and improve future manifesting and routing.

The ePOD system was originally developed in 2011, and Palletforce was the first network to deploy it across the entire member fleet. The new devices will see Palletforce provide a complete package to members, supplying hardware, software, airtime and centralised support.

Deployment of the new Honeywell devices has already begun and is expected to be completed by October.

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