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Powered access company Quick Reach has reduced its environmental impact, improved operational efficiency and has achieved a significant growth in income using the latest field service management software from BigChange.

Since implementing the complete Job Management Platform, Quick Reach has transitioned to become virtually paperless, contributing to a reduction in the hire company’s carbon footprint and supporting its green aspirations. BigChange has also powered improvements in efficiency resulting in an increase in the number of deliveries, collections and repairs completed each day and has realised a 200 per cent increase in damage charges.

Jim Dorricott, Operations Director at Quick Reach commented:

“As we have grown, from a single site operation to a strategic UK wide network of depots, we have had to change the way we manage the field operation. Prior to BigChange everything was paper based, and each depot managed themselves. When we launched a central hire desk and a dedicated technical support centre, paper was no longer an option as it was just too labour intensive and environmentally damaging.

He continued:

“Using BigChange has certainly been a big change. All information is now held centrally and can be accessed whenever it is needed, by whoever needs it. This has resulted in significant improvements in operational efficiencies evidenced by an increase in the jobs completed each day. We also have automated alerts and notifications allowing us to react and respond to any issues as they occur and the ability to capture and record information, including photographs, at every stage which has resulted in the tripling of our damage charges.” 

Formed in 2014 by brothers John and David Barton, Quick Reach has grown and is now widely recognised as one of the top powered access companies in the UK. With a wealth of experience in the plant industry, Quick Reach offers contract hire and sale of a complete range of powered access equipment including the latest hybrid platforms. Quick Reach supports customers with a comprehensive training programme ensuring compliance with the latest Working at Height Legislation and unique service and maintenance packages including statutory equipment inspections. 

Using the single platform CRM, Job Scheduling, Live Tracking, Field Resource Management and Online Portal, from BigChange has transformed the management of Quick Reach’s delivery and service operation with drivers and engineers armed with mobile devices. Job sheets and schedules are automatically allocated and shared and proof of delivery and customer sign-offs are digitally captured and centrally stored. Quick Reach also relies on BigChange to manage aspects of its workforce health and safety monitoring with daily vehicle and driver and checks.

Dorricott concluded:

“BigChange has completely changed the way we operate – for the better! It’s easy to use, reliable, can be configured to just the way you need it. The support is first class and as we continue to grow so will our use of BigChange.”

Quick Reach Team

The AFI Group, specialists in powered access equipment, is boosting the productivity of its nationwide team of engineers and drivers with workforce management technology from BigChange.

The cloud-based, 5-in-1 solution enables AFI to build custom workflows underpinned by job-specific documentation, contributing to a reduction in engineer call-outs. Improved planning and visibility have already boosted driver productivity by 30 percent and AFI is looking forward to further benefits as it introduces BigChange to other parts of its business.

“Working at height is a professional skill and as such it requires professional equipment, expertise and knowledge and BigChange supports that, with BigChange, we build our own workflows which means we only ask relevant questions and perform applicable tests; for example, if we are inspecting an electric machine why check fuel levels? It sounds obvious, but every question that doesn’t need to be asked or test that doesn’t need to be undertaken is time, and therefore money, saved.”

Chris Jowett, Group IT Director at AFI Group Services

Jowett Continued:

“This also leads to quicker fixes for our customers, we are only six-months into using BigChange for our engineers and we have completely re-written our breakdown workflows. As a result, we have seen a significant increase in the number of faults that can be fixed over the phone, meaning a customer can be back up and running, in a matter of minutes, without waiting for a site visit.”

AFI provide high-quality powered access machine hire and sales, industry-accredited training and health and safety courses to ensure that anyone working at height is doing it safely and professionally. From only three UK depots and 270 machines in 2002, AFI has expanded to 20 locations in the UK and six in the Middle East. AFI now has a fleet of more than 6,000 powered access machines, a team of 200 plus engineers, drivers and operators and provides training for more than 30,000 people each year.

AFI introduced BigChange to replace an existing workforce management system. By providing a single platform, CRM, Job Scheduling, Mobile App, Vehicle Tracking and Online Portal, BigChange has combined a range of functionality that AFI used to access from disparate systems. Planning for operators and engineers is now undertaken for the whole of the UK from central offices and management have complete, real-time visibility of every vehicle. AFI is also transitioning other aspects of transport management to BigChange, including PMI (Preventative Maintenance Inspection) scheduling, MOT and tax reminders and DVSA checks.

BigChange also powers a seamless, paperless flow of intelligence with improved access to and sharing of equipment or site-specific documentation using the mobile app whilst automatically generated alerts keep customers informed when a machine has been delivered, serviced or repaired and is ready for use. 

Jowett concluded:

“The support we receive from BigChange is second to none, we have a dedicated account manager who truly understands our business and has helped us get the maximum return on our investment which is really helpful as new functionality is released every two weeks!”

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