Food packaging manufacturer PFF Group has invested in a new transport management system to improve deliveries to customers and reduce its carbon footprint.

PFF is one of the UK’s largest independent food packaging manufacturers, supplying packaging products to supermarkets and food manufacturers across the country from its Keighley and Washington sites.

The company also manufactures disposable PPE aprons, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They are despatched from PFF’s Washington site to Department of Health and Social Care depots and distributed for use by NHS frontline health and social care workers.

The new transport management system – delivered by 3T Logistics and Technology Group - is web-based software which enables PFF to plan its logistics more efficiently for the benefit of customers. It enables the consolidation of loads to similar locations, reducing vehicle journeys and therefore carbon emissions.

Lee Wilkinson, group supply chain manager said: “We work with a pool of hauliers and the software enables us to select the best carriers for locations where we can do multiple drop deliveries.

“By making sure we have filled the vehicles, we are reducing costs and the environmental impact as the amount of carbon per pallet delivered is reduced.

“The new system also tracks delivery lorries to ensure they arrive on time and manages proof of delivery. This means we are improving service to customers who are increasingly seeking suppliers with reduced carbon usage.”

PFF will use the data drawn from the system to set targets and monitor its carbon emissions.

Rob Hutton, sales and marketing director at 3T Logistics and Technology Group, said: “We see the introduction of our TMS solution as a critical step in PFF’s digital transformation. Our solution will automate and optimise PFF’s transport operations, giving them full control of transport management and bringing greater levels of transparency and visibility.

“The collaboration between 3T and PFF showcases two fast-growing British businesses with a global outlook that are using technology to drive efficiency and innovation. We look forward to working with PFF and providing the logistics solutions they need to scale their business and further accelerate growth.”

Photo: PFF’s Lee Wilkinson, group supply chain manager, and Dan Mahan, transport planner.