CAM International already have 800 UK tyre fitters using of their e-Jobsheet digital tablet-based work management system and are well on their way to achieving their initial goal of having 1,000+ tablets in operation. In addition, the company is on the verge of launching a version of e-Jobsheet that will cater to the requirements of tyre dealers with between 6 and 20 fitters, a gap in the market, which has, until now, not been serviced by the system. This was revealed by Cam International Director Steve Daly recently during an exclusive interview with Commercial Tyre Business held in Cheltenham.
CAM have now been investing in the e-Jobsheet platform for three years now, and according to Daly the company is getting close to the point, where it can begin to think about marketing the cloud based system on a European and even global basis.
“The position we have managed to achieve with stand-alone users of e-Jobsheet as well as with our UniSerV user group has put us in a strong position,” said Daly. “We see strong opportunities for growth through the Bridgestone network, and we are looking at expansion through Spain, Germany, France etc., which we aim to achieve with local partners. We are also looking at opportunities in Asia with interest. However, in the first instance, it is important that we reach a base of at least 1,000 tablets in the market place. Our current aim is to get the UniSerV users fully converted, and we are moving at pace on this.”
According to Daly, there are currently a total of 22 UniSerV companies at various stages of implementation. However, the company expects 8-10 UniServ users to be live by the end of the year with the rest by the end of February.
As things stand, the bulk of e-Jobsheet users fall into two categories – the UniServ user group members, who are all larger independents with in excess of 20 fitters each, and stand-alone users, who tend to be smaller independents with less than five fitters. These companies use the basic e-Jobsheet package, which is an entry level system, which generates a pdf file for every job carried out.
The problem with this is that the system becomes unwieldy for dealer with more than five fitters, as it generates too much paperwork. This has created a gap in the market for a system designed for outlets with between six and twenty fitters, which provides a way of getting the job data to a central system. Says Daly; “We believe there are about forty accounts in the UK, which fall outside the UniSerV bracket, but which are creating a lot of jobs on a daily basis. We have now created a solution to address this gap in the market in an integrated way, and we shall be launching this in the near future.”
At the other end of the scale CAM International has also been working hard to persuade some of the larger fleet management networks to come on board with e-Jobsheet. According to Daly, four of the largest providers, ITDN, Tyrenet, TBS and InFleet are all signed up to the system but are not yet active, CAM is now waiting for them to become involved. Recently Tyrenet announced that they had secured ab agreement with TOM Vehicle Rental in Airdrie for the complete nationwide management of its fleet using e-Jobsheet as part of its solution.
Says Daly: “We are now in a strong position to develop e-Jobsheet on a wider basis thanks to the work we have carried out in these various sectors of the market. The fact is that e-Jobsheet is now no longer just an app – it’s a complete management tool.”