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Bovis focuses on barcode technology

The Bovis Smart Trak delivery recognition system was one innovation that everyone at Eland House was enthusiastic about. While using supermarket barcode technology to track building sites deliveries has been discussed for five years, Bovis has at last put it into action - fittingly on a project to build a new Safeways store in Stratford.

'We have had a 30 year relationship with Safeways,' explained Bovis commercial manager Nigel Grace, 'And we have been working on a lot of the Egan targets for a while. Average construction time has come down from 34 to 26 weeks and accidents have fallen 10% every year. So we decided to focus on bar coding of materials.'

The company is trialling the idea on the brickwork package initially, working with manufacturers to set up the barcode systems. The hand held checking units should not only reduce paperwork but also trigger payment to the brickmaker when deliveries are registered.

'Smart Trak could make us significant savings. And it will help us pay the bills so we don't fall foul of late payment rules,' said Bovis project manager Andy Lee.

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