Tesco is looking to optimise its central European transport fleet thanks to a new investment in logistics technology.

The UK's largest retailer has invested in telematics to gain insights and visibility so it can deploy the most efficient route and schedules for its drivers. Tesco will also be using technology to monitor the fleet so the location and identity of each trailer unit is accounted for at all times.

Microlise is the technology partner for the project, which among other things will allow the Tesco team to monitor the status of trips and make real-time decisions on routing. Tesco sees environmental and commercial benefits from the move.

John Steventon, primary operations manager for Europe at Tesco, said: "Being able to track journeys and identify how the routes we have scheduled are unfolding, compared with how we planned them, is fundamental to our adoption of Microlise in central Europe.

"The technology will enable us to understand how to improve our logistics efficiency and ultimately provide the best service for our customers, whilst keeping our assets safe."

Microlise's technology is being used on 940 Tesco trailers in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. The vendor's Journey Management and Trailer Tracking solutions integrate with the Ortec planning optimisation software already in place.

Tesco's sub-contractors in central Europe will also be using the pay-as-you-go Microlise SmartPOD Proof of Delivery solution, for added transparency.