Sunday, 10 July 2016
This week saw Managing Director Richard McConaghy pull all available members of the McConaghy team together to publicly recognise Zach McCaughan’s achievement. He presented Zach with a certificate for his outstanding achievement in designing McConaghy’s new website. Zach’s involvement in the new website resulted from him approaching Richard and seeking to replace the old website completely as part of his second year Computing Course at Ulster University. Richard commented; "Zach has produced a website which allows existing and potential customers to find the information they need quickly and efficiently. The website site informs customers and potential customers not only what we do but how we do it - our values. Zach found the right balance in producing a website that shows that McConaghy Refrigerated Distribution Limited is a family business that is customer focussed, forward thinking and BRC certified. Whilst I do get out to see customers as much as is possible, the reality is that the spread of our business across Ireland and Great Britain makes it impossible for me to see every customer. Therefore, it is great that customers are now able to put a face to a name through our ‘staff profile’ page.”
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Last week saw McConaghy Refrigerated Distribution Limited secure new work for one of the UK’s largest food companies. We look forward to moving their consignments throughout the UK. An important part of securing this new business was down to us being BRC certified, being on the BRC unannounced scheme and being able to evidence to this new customer that food safety and compliance runs through the core of our operations.
Friday, 18 March 2016
Date: 4th March 2016
This month saw McConaghy’s Refrigerated Van 'UK & Ireland Same Day Courier Service' Launched. Whilst McConaghy Refrigerated Distribution Limited has always had the facility to do temperature controlled van deliveries, the middle of the month will see the Mercedes Sprinter Refrigerated Van fleet increase substantially. The new vans will be on the road as soon as they've been painted in McConaghy’s colours.
Date: 4th February 2016
Three Schmitz Cargobull and one Chereau Meat Hanging Refrigerated trailer joins the fleet.
These state-of-the-art trailers have been specified without any compromise to ensure they meet the specific requirements of our customers.
Our ‘Stratum’ Transport software is delivering proactive customer service 3 months in. It’s now an integral part of how McConaghy Refrigerated Distribution Limited manages consignments and invoices customers. PODs can be auto matched and filed in minutes, showing at a glance what PODs are available or are outstanding. This significantly streamlines invoicing and improves customer service. We know this from customers.
Stratum’s Fleet Management Module is NEXTThe next stage is for McConaghy Refrigerated Distribution is to switch over from the current fleet management system to Stratum’s fleet management module. Whilst the current system has worked well, the opportunity for a one stop database to manage every aspect of the fleet is not to be missed to ensure that every vehicle and trailer in the fleet is kept in tip top condition as well as fully compliant. Making sure all our customers get an utterly reliable service.
Sunday, 6 March 2016
Date: 30th September 2015
This month saw the recent installation of remotely monitored Close Circuit Television and all cabs being fitted with Instant Video Transmission Vehicle Accident Cameras. Compliance Manager Michael Armstrong stated that the security of the site will be enhanced further by the installation of CCTV and highlighted that one of the main advantages of fitting cameras to all cabs was to reduce potential collisions. Both Operations Manager Clive Elder and Managing Director Richard McConaghy outlined that MRDL are continually looking at ways in which technology can be used to reduce risk and increase customer service and announced that android phones are soon to be fitted to all cabs as an integral part of the new Stratum transport management software.
Stratum Goes Live!
Date: 28th September 2015
Going live with Stratum was quite daunting. With the initial investment in training and equipment being over, it was time to go live. Although very much in the early stages the initial signs are promising that it will meet both customers and MRDL's needs for timely information. Managing Director Richard McConaghy acknowledged the commitment of the many who got the new system up and running without a drop in customer service.
New Logistics Post / Development Opportunity
Date: 17th September 2015
This new post of Logistics Support came into being in anticipation of the impact of the 'stratum' logistics management software and the introduction of new organisational targets. Managing Director Richard McConaghy said this new role is primarily to support Operations Manager Clive Elder in the day to day management of collections and deliveries in addition to it being a development opportunity.
Chilled Operator of the Year - Export and Freight Transport & Logistics Awards 2015
Date: 11th September 2015
Last night, Thursday 10 September 2015, saw some of the team and MRDL guests attend the annual Export and Freight Transport & Logistics Awards following us receiving an anonymous nomination for Chilled Operator of the year.
We made the top 3 - if only each way bets paid out. Being a finalist in such a competitive category and having our name and vehicles in lights in front of more than 500 people from across the transport industry was no mean achievement.
The main message those who attended took from the guest speakers was that the most valuable resource in the industry are the drivers and that striving for excellence and continuous improvement is a must. Managing Director Richard McConaghy said 'If we had won I would have mentioned everyone's great work in person in my acceptance speech - promise!'.
Date: 28th August 2015
One of Northern Ireland's top Fire Safety Consultants gives MRDL a clean bill of health & safety. Managing Director Richard McConaghy explained that he welcomed external experts coming to review MRDL's fire warning system to ensure that best practice was in place.
Portrush Truckfest - great fundraiser
Date: 20 August 2015
An outstanding team effort at Portrush on Sunday 16 August saw MRDL take a well deserved third place at the Portrush Truckfest. 9 of MRDL smart and shiny trucks took part and a lot of money was raised for the RNLI. In the words of an attendee at the event "an awesome looking outfit, class." Managing Director thanked everyone, not just those who were able to attend.
New Fire Marshal in MRDL
Date: 12th August 2015
Conor Spence and Michael Armstrong completed formal Fire Marshal training with Conor being appointed as MRDL's Fire Marshall thereafter.
Fire Safety is an important part of the companies overall health and safety policy and Conor is ideally positioned to educate, inform and ensure compliance with the support of others in this area.
Addition to Management Team
Date: 15th July 2015
Michael Armstrong joins as Compliance Manager and just in time for a British Retail Consortium (BRC) 'unannounced' audit which was passed with flying colours. MRDL was, if not the first, one the first refrigerated haulage companies in Northern Ireland to be subject to an unannounced BRC audit.
Managing Director Richard McConaghy praised the entire team for their continued commitment to ensuring compliance continues to run through the scope of all operations, exceeding the BRC standard and wished Michael every success as part of the small management team.
Date: 10th March 2015
This week saw us review our companies values. Plain and meaningful is what we went for; valuing customers, pursuing excellence, dedication to continual improvement, doing what we say we will and acting responsibly.
Managing Director, Richard McConaghy, thanked the management for their input and said the company values were about ensuring that we were able to maintain our current customers and gain new customers by providing a high standard of service whilst remaining committed to improving the services we provide.
More V8 Scania's
Date: 25th March 2015
We are very pleased to announce that this Month saw 2 new V8 Scania's join the fleet. Both looked amazing coming out of the paint shop and were a treat to drive home to the MRDL yard.
Richard passed on his thanks to all involved in bringing the new Scania R580 and Scania R520 into service.
RHA Compliance Seminar
RHA Compliance Seminar
Date: 3rd March 2015
This seminar saw company representatives at the Road Haulage Association Compliance and Employment Seminar at Templepatrick. The main focus of the conference was the importance of complying with regulations and the risk transport operators face if they are found wanting. Being a member of the RHA reflects that we value their 'on hand' expertise and their ability to lobby government on behalf of their members.
Saturday, 5 March 2016
Celebration - C + E licence for Gavin and Conor
Date: 13th February 2015
Gavin McConaghy and Conor Spence, as one would expect, passed their tests first time. Gavin and Conor have been inseparable friends for too many years to mention. They continue to be hugely valuable members of the team.
The experience they have gained across the entire scope of operations will hold them in good stead. The entire team wish them every success and safe driving.
Date: 2nd February 2015
The week before last saw our British Retail Consortium Accreditation credentials being checked via a mock product recall. This meant we had to produce all relevant records, including temperatures, trailer details and exact movements etc from the point of collection to the POD being signed.
It went without a hitch and our customers were very satisfied with the speed and the accuracy of the relevant records being produced.
Reducing our carbon footprint
Date: 1st February 2015
This year will see new Euro 6 specification tractor units joining our fleet as part of our fleet renewal project, as we continue to strive to reduce the carbon footprint of our fleet.