The problem with a ‘spork’ is that it’s trying to be too many things for too many people, and fails at being useful to anyone.
Let me start by explaining that not everyone who works in IT is a nerd or a techie. Some couldn’t care less about bits and bytes and code syntax or even playing GTA V on the latest and greatest games console.
I have had a couple of spats lately with my esteemed colleagues in the private hire industry who seem incensed about Uber surge changing on the inevitable train strike days that are currently plaguing London.
Ever had difficulty getting hold of your own data, building reports that you need to run your business or finding a way to test pricing models before you take the plunge? If you have, you make up the vast majority of private hire companies in the industry.
Magenta Technology, the company behind the Echo cloud-based private hire and taxi dispatch platform, is celebrating a double award success.
One of the long term fears for all private hire companies is HMRC turning its attention to the industry in the way it did to the building trade a number of years ago.
Magenta Technology, the company behind the Echo cloud-based private hire and taxi dispatch platform, is sponsoring this year’s Professional Driver QSI Awards.
eConnect Cars is improving the safety of passengers with the provision of detailed booking confirmation and contact facilities.
I’ve found the recent changes demanded by Transport for London (TfL) to be an interesting barometer of attitudes within the industry.
Magenta Technology is helping private hire and taxi companies respond to the challenge of controversial ride hailing services, such as Uber, by integrating their cloud based dispatch software with leading aggregators and booking platforms.
Magenta Technology, the company behind the dynamic route management software Maxoptra and the private hire dispatch solution Echo, has reached a significant milestone.
Magenta Technology is harnessing the latest customer service technology to support the growing number of private hire and taxi companies switching to its Echo cloud based dispatch system.
Magenta Technology will be attending the annual roadshow of the Licenced Private Hire Car Association (LPHCA) in London later this month.
Magenta Technology has achieved Microsoft Gold partner status and certified application for the Echo real time scheduling and dispatch platform.
Blackberry Cars, London’s specialist provider of airport transfers and taxi services, has selected Echo, the cloud-based private hire and taxi dispatch software from Magenta Technology. Offering unrivalled auto-allocation capability, a highly customisable user interface, advanced apps and added functionality such as Flight Look Up, the Echo platform will underpin strong growth plans for the Hackney based company, which last year saw revenue increase by 25 per cent.
This week I was lucky enough to attend this year’s inaugural Professional Driver magazine conference. Billed as a one-day conference aimed at bringing into focus the threats and opportunities that face private hire and chauffeur operators in London, I felt it would be the perfect opportunity for me to learn a lot about this intriguing industry. And it definitely didn’t disappoint.
I guess if I had to plan an entrance for a public speaking engagement, cartwheeling off the back of the stage as my chair leg collapsed would probably not have been my default choice to get things going.
Magenta Technology is making it easier for private hire operators in London to comply with new regulations from Transport for London. Magenta’s real time scheduling and dispatch platform Echo is already supporting existing licensees with the provision of booking confirmation and contact facilities – two important introductions in the new regulations.
Jane Geary has been appointed as Marketing Manager by Magenta Technology; the company behind the dynamic route management software Maxoptra and the private hire dispatch solution Echo.
Industry technology expert Torsten Brose is to join a panel of experts presenting and debating the future of the private hire and chauffeur industry. Taking part in the one-day ProDriver Congress, Brose will offer a fresh insight into how the latest technology – such as Magenta’s highly advanced auto-allocation software – can help operators compete and combat the growing threat of Transport Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber. Brose, who recently joined Magenta Technology as Echo Business Development Director, will sit alongside senior spokespeople from operators such as Addison Lee and Veezu, as well as Karhoo, an industry aggregator.
Torsten Brose, an experienced business development and operations professional, has joined Magenta Technology, the company behind the innovative Echo scheduling and dispatch solution for private hire and taxi operators.
Magenta Technology will present its Maxoptra Routing and Scheduling Software at the Gurtam Partner Conference, which takes place at the Gurtam office in Minsk on 9-11 June.
London, 24th May 2016: Magenta Technology, the company behind the innovative Echo scheduling and dispatch solution for private hire and taxi operators, has appointed Claire Morris to the position of Key Account Manager. Claire, who has more than ten years’ experience in passenger transport and logistics, will be responsible for the retention and development of key clients within the private hire sector.
Visitors to this year’s Private Hire and Taxi Exhibition (organised by PHTM) will be able to get ‘hands on’ with the most advanced auto allocation solution on the market.
London private hire company Carrot Cars has gone live with a real time scheduling and despatch system from Magenta Technology – the company behind Addison Lee’s Shamrock solution. Magenta’s Echo platform supports the award winning east London based minicab operator with a range of functionality, including auto-allocation and scheduling, capacity management and reporting.
Magenta Technology is pleased to announce the integration of Echo with Concierge, London’s premium booking platform for select corporate private hire accounts.
It is a service through which everyone benefits. For Echo’s private car hire business customers it means that their time can be freed from managing the often very complex booking, invoicing and reporting requirements of their corporate accounts, allowing them to spend more time working on building new business.
A recent study has identified that the UK has the third highest dissatisfaction rate with online shopping due to inflexibilities in choosing convenient delivery dates and time. Of those surveyed, nearly half said they preferred next day delivery to any other option.
Echo dispatching software enables Longleys to be on-time, take more bookings and increase profitability
eConnect cars, London’s business class, chauffeur-driven car service using all-electric vehicles, announces the launch of its brand new customer booking app.
Serviceline, the leading commercial catering and refrigeration equipment service provider, are pleased to announce that stage one of their project with Maxoptra field service management software to transform the Company’s planning and scheduling operation, has met all set expectations and will now be rolled out across the whole business.
At last, a modern mobile taxi app for medium for small private hire vehicle companies. Booking a taxi via an app today is a doddle isn’t it? You’ve got the Uber, Hailo and GetTaxi options.
Longleys, Canterbury’s leading private hire operator with 50 drivers, have successfully completed the implementation of Echo, their new operational platform designed and delivered by Magenta Technology, the creators of Addison Lee’s Shamrock platform.
What does real-time planning and scheduling really mean for private hire car companies?
Service line Strap linesServiceline has chosen Magenta Technology to implement its Maxoptra for Field Service solution, thereby enabling them to streamline their field service operations.
Trident Niven has moved its end-to-end operations to Echo, Magenta Technology’s private hire business management solution.
greentomatocars, the UK’s first ‘hybrid cars only’ minicab service and London’s second largest minicab company, has switched to Magenta Technology’s taxi and private hire dispatching software – helping it achieve year-on-year growth of more than 40 per cent.
Flowervision London have chosen Magenta Technology’s leading routing and scheduling solution, Maxoptra, to help meet their daily challenge of a two hour window to unload stock, pull together orders, plan routes and make sure drivers have their delivery manifests ready to go – no mean feat for a growing business looking to keep customers happy and deliveries on time.
Keeping customers happy and deliveries on time can be difficult when you’re on a two hour turnaround to unload stock, pull together orders, plan routes and make sure drivers have their delivery manifests ready to go. That’s the challenge Flowervision London faced on a daily basis.
Magenta’s Maxoptra Dynamic Real Time Scheduling Solution, which automatically plans and allocates work to fleets, has been given the status of ‘Promoted Solution’ by TomTom Business Solutions in their recently launched Application Centre.
Corporate Solutions Logistics is a UK-based leading edge provider of managed logistics solutions for transport, warehousing, health and safety, environmental issues and other key areas of the supply chain.
UK car rental company Avis UK, a long-term partner of Magenta Technology, has rolled out Magenta’s Wizmap Dispatch and Tracking System across their 100+ UK stations to enable optimization of the rental fleet cars and drivers on delivery and collection assignments.
Lewis Day, the UKs fastest growing passenger car and courier company, has selected Magenta Technology’s live vehicle tracking solution to monitor its growing fleet of cars, vans and bikes.
Gist, one of the UK’s largest supply chain logistics specialists has used Magenta Technology’s order management and real time scheduling software for a year now to allocate orders to routes and optimize its primary network operation. Since the introduction of the new system, more than 80% of all orders transported between 350+ locations for Gist’s large store operations are scheduled automatically, considerably improving fleet utilization and customer service levels, and reducing the workload on the existing operational team.
Addison Lee is Europe’s largest minicab and chauffeur business based in London, UK. They currently operate 3,000 premium minicabs, 200 Mercedes E and S class chauffeur vehicles, couriers, vans and coaches across the capital. Addison Lee employ approximately 900 back-office employees and 4,500 professional drivers.
Addison Lee, London’s largest minicab, courier, chauffeur and coach company is now using Magenta Technology’s dynamic scheduling tool to optimize the allocation of their drivers and passenger cars to customer jobs. After using the new solution for only one month, Addison Lee have already completed an additional 1,000 jobs per week, as well as seeing better fleet utilisation, and this is only the start of expected benefits.
CitySprint is one of the leading UK courier companies . It has a prestigious customer base which demands excellent service. It is essential therefore that their customers have full visibility of the service levels they are receiving. CitySprint need to provide regular, accurate, custom reports in formats configured especially for their customers.
Tankers International (TI), one of the largest operators of modern double hull VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers), uses Magenta’s leading edge multi-agent software (Ocean) to help identify and schedule the most profitable combination of cargoes for its fleet of more than 40 vessels. Magenta has worked closely with TI’s London-based agency, Tankers (UK) Agencies Ltd., to develop and deliver a sophisticated, real-time, ocean logistics tool to optimise the performance and management of its modern double hull fleet.
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