Meyer Logistik maximizes uptime with Goodyear Total Mobility
Meyer Logistik keeps its fleet mobile with mobility partner Goodyear
Ludwig Meyer GmbH & Co. KG specialises in temperature-sensitive goods transport. The family-owned company, based in Germany, operates a fleet of around 1,200 trucks daily, in Germany, Austria, Romania, Sweden and the Czech Republic.
In order to maximise uptime and optimise mileage, Meyer Logistics has opted for an end-to-end value proposition called Goodyear Total Mobility. The offer combines the latest generation of fuel efficient tyres, predictive digital solutions and the backing of the TruckForce pan-European service network to support the mobility of its fleet. Before commencing the contract, a detailed analysis took place to make sure the package is fully in line with the company strategy and addresses the specific needs of a fleet carrying food items.
Punctuality and uptime are key in our operations. Particularly in the case of temperature-controlled transport, any downtime of a vehicle may entail significant follow-up costs.
Smart technology keeps the fleet mobile
One building block in the value proposition is Goodyear TPMS, a data-based Tyre Pressure Control System solution combining advanced telematics including a patented predictive technology. The use of Goodyear TPMS provides the fleet with an important advantage as up to 85% of potential tyre-related breakdowns can be prevented before they even happen. The sensors provide real-time data on tyre temperature and air pressure, so that a pressure loss can be detected and corrected before the vehicle fails. Unique to Goodyear TPMS is a predictive analysis technology called "G-Predict", the in-house developed algorithms analyse the potential risk related to low air pressure, air loss or other tyre issue. Subsequently, the system sends a warning message to the fleet manager enabling proactive maintenance action to be taken.
Meyer Logistik has also opted for the Goodyear on-road tyre range and is working with selected partners within the TruckForce network. The location and service level provided by the service providers are precisely tailored to the needs of the fleet. The highly qualified TruckForce partners provide tyre management for the entire Meyer Logistik fleet and conduct a quarterly check at the different fleet depots. As part of the new contract, they also install the hardware for Goodyear TPMS on the trailers and mount KMAX trailer tyres, which are optimised for mileage.
We have selected Goodyear as our new mobility partner because TPMS is not a stand-alone solution, it’s part of an end-to-end offer.
First new vehicles already ordered with brand new KMAX Gen-2 on-road tyres
Whatever the delivery location and conditions – whether summer, winter, day or night: the performance of the Goodyear KMAX Gen-2 range, master the demanding applications. The majority of the delivery journeys start from food terminals going to well-known retailers; including many with urban locations. Impacts from curb stones, for example, are a daily occurrence. In addition to high damage resistance, the longevity of the tyres is also of capital importance because of the multiple forces on the tyre during manoeuvring and turning. In the coming months, Meyer Logistik will have around 1,600 vehicles equipped with the recently-launched Goodyear products in Germany and Austria. New vehicles are also ordered fitted with KMAX Gen-2 tyres. These latest generation tyres are optimised to deliver enhanced mileage even in challenging operations. The tyres can be easily identified via an RFID chip, which connects to tyre management systems.
Full-service approach and Sustainability
The shortage of drivers is a well-known phenomenon that faces the entire industry, the right mobility approach can help overcome this. Sustainability is another important focus area at Meyer Logistiks. The company has received several awards, including the Eco-Performance Award 2016 and 2018 as well as the European Transport Award for Sustainability 2016.
Building blocks such as premium tyres, smart applications such as TPMS and experts to support efficient tyre management for the fleet, contribute to the safety and comfort of our drivers. They make their job easier. My goal is to design the workspace for our drivers in the best possible way and offer them very good working conditions in order to make the profession of driver more attractive again. The long-lasting Goodyear tyres and TPMS solutions also support our sustainability goals, for example, to decrease our tyre consumption. Other positive effects of continuously monitoring the air pressure in the tires are fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.
Ludwig Meyer GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1949. The family-owned company has been supplying food retailers since 1960 and is a specialist in temperature-controlled transport. Meyer Logistik is one of the pioneers in multi-temperature setups with up to three temperature zones.
Consistency, reliability and sustainability are the focus areas within the company’s activities. The food logistics specialist has won awards several times: with the Eco-Performance-Award 2016 and 2018, the European Transport Award for Sustainability 2016 as well as the German Gas Industry Award for Innovation and Climate Protection 2016.
Meyer Logistik's fleet includes around 1,750 vehicles. Different vehicle types and drive technologies are used. The company employs around 1,800 people, of which around 1,500 are professional drivers.