Ireland’s leading delivery company, Nightline, has invested in new IT to support its ability to handle rising parcel volumes from internet-based sales.
Nightline is spending €900,000 on equipment from identification technology supplier Zetes, which will see the firm’s drivers and warehousing staff equipped with mobile terminals and mobile printers.
CEO John Tuohy said the initiative – which also includes the installation of a wireless network across all of Nightline’s depots – would make the firm’s increasing share of the country’s parcel market more efficient.
The latest spend brings the total sum invested by Nightline on improving its technological capabilities to more than €1m in less than 12 months.
“Given the sort of volumes which we’re looking at, there is a necessity to make sure both our drivers and those individuals processing parcels at our network of depots right across Ireland are able to do their jobs as efficiently as they can to deliver the service clients and their customers deserve.
“That means being able to augment our award-winning Smartship system with the very latest equipment. Even more than merely keeping pace with current parcel numbers, we have built capacity into our new arrangements sufficient to cope with projected volumes into the future.”
The new spend marks the latest deal between Nightline and Zetes. It will see all of Nightline’s drivers and many of its warehouse staff given Motorola MC9500 series handheld devices and Zebra QL420 mobile printers, enabling them to handle both stock control and deliveries on behalf of clients even quicker than before, said Zetes.
Together with a more robust wireless system, the new equipment will make for better data transmission between employees on the road and Nightline’s seven facilities, five of which – at Dublin, Belfast, Sligo, Cork and Limerick – have been the subject of expansion during the last year.
The new investment follows a separate €200,000 outlay on hardware late last year.
Tuohy said both projects underlined the impact which growing volumes of home deliveries generated by contracts with leading e-commerce brands were having on Nightline.
“When we started business in 1992, we were handling 1,000 transactions each week. Now, we process around 130,000 transactions per day so capable IT is a must.
“We’ve been fortunate to be able to count on a specialist like Zetes for its support for half of the time we’ve been trading. We feel we both understand the value of effective technology in delivering real benefits for clients.”