Jaguar Land Rover UK has selected Ebbon-Dacs’ e-procurement platform, Leaselink, to handle direct sales to public sector fleet customers and its MoDel vehicle movement management solution to automate and manage the associated new vehicle movements.
Jaguar Land Rover UK’s direct sales department, based in Gaydon, Warwickshire, handles vehicles sales to police, fire and ambulance fleets, NHS Trusts and Government departments, including the Ministry of Defence, and is an approved supplier under the terms of the Crown Commercial Services framework agreement.
The framework is set up to provide public sector fleets with reduced administration and maximum value for money obtained through central Government.
Under its terms, vehicles can be outright purchased or leased. Leased vehicles are supplied via a panel of 12 leasing companies, and fleet decision-makers can access a central portal that allows them to generate quotations for new vehicles. They then select the most attractive leasing quotes received on a competitive tendering basis.
Jaguar Land Rover UK has now consolidated its processes for managing direct sales to align with the systems being operated by the bulk of the leasing industry, most of whom are already users of the Ebbon-Dacs Leaselink platform.
The web-based e-procurement solution has supplied and tracked vehicles worth over £18bn in the last four years. It is used to electronically source more than 210,000 vehicles a year and links around 2,000 franchised dealers and several vehicle manufacturers to a community of major fleet management, leasing and rental suppliers.
Claire Watson-Brown (pictured), national public sector manager at Jaguar Land Rover UK, championed a 16-month project to implement Leaselink that went live on May 1.
“This has been a transformational project for us and one we are very proud of,” she said. “I am confident the leasing companies on and off the framework will recognise and welcome the benefits of our switch to Leaselink.
“The improvements that are possible when all parties share a common platform mean that we are putting our customers’ needs first, which is at the core of everything we do.”
She said the implementation of Leaselink was already bringing a number of benefits, including greatly improved transparency; the ability to track orders anywhere in the supply pipeline; the removal of manual purchase orders with a fully streamlined and automated ordering process; and a full alignment of all ordering processes between leasing company and manufacturer.
Jaguar Land Rover UK will also be using Ebbon-Dacs’ MoDel vehicle delivery and collection solution to deliver all new direct sale vehicles.
The MoDel system, which is now employed by 17 of the UK’s largest contract hire and leasing companies along with several vehicle manufacturers and daily rental companies, has recently achieved record results with over 30,000 movements in March this year.
The system completely automates the new vehicle delivery and used vehicle collection process, allowing users to remarket their vehicles more quickly and efficiently, as well as capturing all relevant information electronically and removing all paper from the system, reducing errors and improving accuracy dramatically.
Watson-Brown added: “We see a number of advantages from introducing MoDel alongside Leaselink. These include increased accuracy of delivery times and an improved speed of documentation, which allows us in turn to speed up the payments process as well as greatly improving transparency.”
Justine Hawkins, head of commercial for Ebbon-Dacs, said: “We are delighted that Jaguar Land Rover UK has selected both our Leaselink and moDel solutions to handle all direct sales to public sector fleet customers.
“Jaguar Land Rover UK has identified some significant benefits in using our market-leading solutions which will support key business objectives now and in the future.”