Local firm invests for future

An ePod being used
An ePod being used
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A LEADING St Helens firm has unveiled a new multi-million pound investment in cutting edge technology.

Bosses at logistics company John K Philips Group Ltd say their new ePod (Electronic Proof of Delivery) technology will pinpoint exactly where goods have been delivered, as well as recording the time and signature of the recipient.

It is hoped that the switch will help the firm strengthen its position within the transport sector.

Operations manager Darren Meadows said: “This major investment is transforming the way we work and we are delighted to be able to announce such positive news when many other businesses are having to cut back.

“Our customers no longer need to call us to check on the progress of their delivery. They have all the information available to them at the click of a button.

“Investment like this gives our customers the edge and is great news for the local economy.”

John K Philips Group Ltd - established in 1974 - currently runs a fleet of 50 vehicles and operates a 250,000 sq ft HMRC warehouse.

Part of the UK and European distribution network Palletforce, the new ePod investment is a joint venture between the two.

The system provides instant updates for customers to track their latest purchases or consignments, which streamlines operations to radically improve services for clients by giving them all the information they need at their fingertips.

Michael Conroy, the chief executive of Palletforce, said: “When fuel is so expensive it is efficiencies like this that make us and our members stand out from the rest.

“Smart technology like this will support our members so they remain competitive in a challenging market.”