Filshill scoops innovation award

JW Filshill has been named Scotland’s most innovative haulier in a prestigious awards initiative. The wholesaler, which has slashed £130,000 from its annual running costs after introducing advanced vehicle routing software four years ago and improved vehicle utilisation by 20%, received Scotland’s Most Innovative Haulier of the Year award from the haulage industry magazine, Transport News.

The trade publication also applauded JW Filshill’s commitment to SAFED (Safe & Fuel Efficient Driving) for its drivers which has contributed to reduced fuel costs, emissions and journey times, boosting its environmental credentials and enabling the wholesaler to take two 26-tonne vehicles off the road.

Simon Hannah, Filshill Managing director said: “The future growth of JW Filshill centres on this type of innovation and we are constantly exploring ways to improve customer service using technology. I believe this will be one of our strengths as we strive for growth in an ever-challenging and highly competitive marketplace, and I applaud our hard-working staff for their sterling commitment.”

The company has also has joined forces with Reid Kerr College in Paisley to provide students on a work placement programme with vital skills and experience in the world of retail. The wholesaler is working with three unemployed young people who will receive their SQA Certification on Employability Award and Customer Care on successful completion of the 18-week course. After an initial four weeks in college during which time they will develop employability and teambuilding skills – and build their confidence – the students will spend 14 hours per week at JW Filshill, working across different areas of the business with particular emphasis on the KeyStore retail division.

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