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Dave Pickburn #StreamTeam update | 21 June 2019 | Clean air zones & reducing emissions

Hi, its Dave Pickburn, back for our weekly Stream update

This week I’m going to be talking about clean air zones

Thanks to Pete and to Paul for picking up the slack on the last couple of weeks

It was announced this week the Leeds & Birmingham Clean Air Zones were being postponed from January. Which is kind of disappointing in some ways, but on the other hand, it gives businesses more time to get ready for those.

Whether that is as fleets get renewed, investing in Euro VI vehicles, replacing the old vehicles, or potentially upgrading vehicles, retrofitting so that they become Euro VI-compliant.

It was also Clean Air Day yesterday bringing attention to emissions and to air quality. Anything we can do in the logistics industry to reduce emissions is good, whether that be routing a vehicle sufficiently, to reduce mileage, but its also important that we use the right vehicles in the right places, and that when we’re entering heavily built-up urban areas, and clean-air zones in particular, we’re using the least-polluting vehicles to do that.

The other thing today, of course, is its Bring Your Dog To Work Day. I wasn’t sure whether to or not, so I did a poll on Twitter (https://twitter.com/DavePickburn). The response was overwhelming of a yes, so here we go!

More info about Clean Air Zones: https://go2stream.com/blog/what-are-clean-air-zones/

About Stream for EVs: https://go2stream.com/products/stream-go/route-optimisation/

About planning the most efficient routes in Stream: https://go2stream.com/products/stream-go/electric-vehicle-route-optimisation/

Pete Samways #StreamTeam update | 14 June 2019

Hi, I’m Pete, I’m the Chief Technical Lead on the Stream Team.

Dave’s out of the office again today, so I’m going to give you a quick update for this week.

I’ve been down at iPower in Milton Keynes this week, which is the UK event for the IBM i developer community. Myself & my colleague Shahid gave a little talk on the Stream App, and the technology & techniques we use to develop that, which went down really well.

Talking about the App (https://go2stream.com/products/stream…), one exciting thing we’ve recently added is the ability to add notes & checks, even if there isn’t a defect. This gives drivers a way to prove that the check was completed and that the vehicle is roadworthy and you can also set pass-only checks that allow you to capture information like the fuel level as part of the daily walkaround check.

The other area I’ve been looking at this week is the Stream API (https://go2stream.com/api). Now, for those that aren’t familiar with that, this allows you to load orders into Stream and pull status information out. We’re currently in the process of implementing webhooks, which will allow API users to register for status updates, so rather than having to go & get the information themselves, it’ll come to them instead.

That’s it from me for this week, Dave should be back in the hot seat next week with his regular updates so, bye for now

Paul Rufus #StreamTeam update | 07 June 2019

Good afternoon, and welcome to Friday’s Stream Team update.

As you can see, I’m not Dave Pickburn. He’s given me the responsibility, or the honour, of doing today’s update from a very wet, very grey and very miserable Cheltenham.

Dave’s organising the #StreamTeam summer party which hopefully the weather will be a little bit better tomorrow, but welcome to the English summer.

Before I introduce a couple of new bits of functionality that we’re putting into Stream next week, I thought from, purely from a marketing perspective, I’m really looking forward to attending HyperGrowth London with my colleague Zoe Pickburn, which is taking place at The Old Billingsgate in London and this has been organised by Drift, who we’ve been using on our website.

The little live chat widget that pops up and you can see my face for radio when you visit the Stream website. But it’s been a fantastic tool for us, to enable us to talk and have conversations with prospects and other people visiting the website, who just want to find out a little bit more about Stream and how it can help their business.

I am a huge fan, which gives me – or produces – quite a lot of ribbing within the Stream Team. But anyway…

In terms of new bits of functionality on Stream:

We’ve got a new resource schedule that’s going live next week, and that’s within Stream Go, which gives a visual, calendar-based overview of driver & vehicle availability within operations, just to make sure that businesses can manage their resource allocation and utilisation
a little bit more effectively.

Also, we’re putting in a little bit of extra features & functionality at line-item level, enabling companies to add notes & instructions there.

That’s it from me, hopefully, Dave won’t mind me doing another
Friday update at a later date, but I’m sure Dave’ll be back next week.

Thanks very much – bye bye!

Dave Pickburn #StreamTeam update | 31 May 2019

Hi! Its Dave Pickburn, Friday afternoon and its been a busy week as usual.

This week, I’m quite happy on a Friday afternoon. We invest a lot in research & development and invest into the Stream product. We’ve been doing our R&D claim, but it’s hard work to do, so I’m glad that’s out of the way.

Also came to my notice this week that there are some new regulations come in, around light goods vehicles and particularly battery-powered, electric light goods vehicles. They’re bringing in new rules that you can, to compensate for the extra weight of the batteries, you can now drive up to 4.25-tonne vehicles with a standard licence.

That’s it from me! Have a good weekend.

Dave Pickburn #StreamTeam update | 24 May 2019

Hi! Its Dave from Go2Stream & Proximity, just a quick update on my week:

I’ve been in London with a big prospect with Teletrac Navman.

We’ve got a big customer going live next week with Stream, so lots to do there.

We’ve got our new server going in over the weekend, into the Manchester data centre, with Optimus.

Just wanted to make people aware as well, that we’ve implemented a new free checklist, that you can download from our website and print out and use for your drivers’ daily checks.

It helps with safety and maximises the in-service time for your fleet. The ideal tool, of course, is an app and we have that with Stream Check – just get in touch if you want to know more about that.

It’s nice and sunny here, hope it stays that way. Have a fantastic bank holiday weekend!

Dave Pickburn #StreamTeam update | 17 May 2019

Hi! Welcome to this weeks’ Stream update.

I’m Dave and this is coming to you from outside our offices in Leeds, its a nice day today.

We’ve had a couple of new sign-ups this week, including quite a big new customer for us.

One of our new corporate customers is also putting us through our paces on our scanning functionality. We’ve made a few changes, and its going pretty well so far. All this barcoding piece will be in the Stream product for the Stream community.

I met a previous colleague from The Netherlands this week, had a couple of beers, and I’m hoping we’ll work together in the future.

This week’s also mental health (awareness) week. We’ve got a blog post on the website and I’ll put the link under this video as well. It’s trying to raise awareness, and a few tips for operators as well.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!

Dave Pickburn #StreamTeam update | 10 May 2019

Hi! It’s Dave Pickburn on Friday afternoon

Its been a busy week – its a short one because of the bank holiday Monday and busy, mainly because of the CV Show.

Also, we’re doing integration work with CoPilot, for HGV routing on Android phones – so avoiding low bridges and the like.

We’re working with Teletrac Navman and the integration with that.

Plus lots of barcode scanning, and just a busy week, lots going into production next week.

Have a good weekend!

Dave Pickburn #StreamTeam update | CV Show 2019

Hi! I’m here at the CV Show at the NEC on stand 4D72, along with lots of my colleagues.

We’ve had a good first day, and hopefully another good couple of days.

Looking forward to the [Leeds Digital Festival] Tech4Good award tonight – I’m not going but Pete & Rob will be there, so fingers crossed.

Dave Pickburn #StreamTeam update | April 2019

Hi, its Dave Pickburn with a quick update:

We’ve got lots of things coming up, including the CV show at the end of April, we’ve got 3 days down there.

We’ve been testing loads of new functionality around scanning.

Our new integration is with Teletrac Navman, we’re just doing a partnership with them. We think adding the two together – Stream and Teletrac Navman – we can come up with some really good results.

And lastly, we’ve been entered – or rather, shortlisted – for the tech4good award in the Leeds Digital Festival. Fingers crossed for that.

Thanks!


 

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