Logistics app saves bed manufacturer 400k litres of fuel

Lancashire company Silentnight is in the running for a national award after slashing emissions and boosting fuel efficiency with logistics technology.

The company, which manufactures over 500,000 beds per year from its site in Barnoldswick, is a finalist in the Technology and Innovation category of the Logistics Awards 2018.

Silent night delivers its beds direct to consumers via a network of stores and furniture retailers and implemented transport and delivery management technology from Leeds-based firm, BigChange, in 2013.

The technology provides an ‘all-in-one system’ combining back-office delivery planning, a delivery app for drivers, defect management, real-time tracking and paperless delivery.

In the last five years, the technology has helped to reduce fuel usage by 400,000 litres - cutting carbon emissions by over one million kilos. 

Robert Livingstone, operations director at Silentnight, said: “The BigChange technology has ticked so many boxes for us; it’s driving tangible savings, transforming customer service and is a key part of our sustainability drive.”

Other sustainability achievements by the company include recycling 90 per cent of the waste generated at its factory, producing an ‘Eco Comfort’ product range made from recycled plastic bottles and offsetting its total carbon emissions by supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

 

Posted under Fuel Efficiency, Textiles and Other Manufacturing on 8 August 2018