Food packaging manufacturer PFF Group has invested in a new transport management system at its Keighley headquarters 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. It also has a site at Washington and recently acquired Sirap UK in Sedgefield, a leading producer and supplier of thermoformed rigid plastic food packaging.

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 and the environment. It enables the consolidation of loads to similar locations, reducing vehicle journeys and therefore carbon emissions.

The system has been installed at PFF’s Keighley site and is operational at its Washington plant too. It will also be installed at its new Sedgefield site.

Lee Wilkinson, group supply chain manager at PFF, 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: “Our solution automates and optimises 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.”

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