Skip over to the Internet to make waste management easier 

Competition in the skip hire and waste management industry has never been fiercer. Customers are demanding lower rates while margins are under pressure from rising fuel and landfill tax costs. Additionally, increasing paperwork and customer demands are diverting precious time from the core business of removing waste. In these tough industry conditions, savvy waste management companies are looking to do more with less and offer services above and beyond the basics to win business from new customers while keeping existing customers happy .
This article first appeared in The Skip Magazine.

The evolution of waste management systems: from manual to automatic to SaaS

While many companies use traditional waste management software or enter data into spreadsheets, others are still using just pen and paper.

The cost, time and management headaches associated with using manual records or traditional software (sitting on an on-site computer or server), have led to the emergence of a new breed of online software, called software as a service (SaaS) or a hosted solution. Already being widely used in other industries, now this cost effective and flexible system is available to companies of all sizes in our sector.

The My Yard team has used its extensive experience of the waste management sector to create its eponymous My Yard, the first SaaS waste management system which makes managing a waste or scrap metal business easier.

By running online, rather than on an on-site server, SaaS offers huge and immediate advantages: it is operational within days, rather than weeks and is maintained centrally, so updates and back-ups are carried out automatically. The simplicity of software as a service means that there is no need for long training sessions since the interface is easy to use, enabling even the most IT challenged staff member to master the software quickly.

Benefits of Internet based software for Waste Management

Waste management and skip hire firms of all sizes

from one-man bands to companies with over 20 wagons across the country from Scotland to Cambridgeshire, are already benefiting from SaaS.

William Nuttall, J. Doyle Ltd: “My Yard has enabled the whole sales and operational process from the original enquiry through to the sales invoice to be speeded up, allowing more time for staff to concentrate on other job requirements, with no extra cost in man time or other investments. I would recommend this package to anyone within the recycling sector.”

My Yard has enabled the whole sales and operational process from the original enquiry through to the sales invoice to be speeded up, allowing more time for staff to concentrate on other job requirements, with no extra cost in man time or other investments. I would recommend this package to anyone within the recycling sector.

CH Middleton in Doncaster switched to SaaS when its existing provider announced a compulsory product upgrade at additional cost. Guy Middleton describes his reasons for switching: "We used traditional software hosted on site for 10 years before switching to My Yard. Their hosted service removes the headache and expense of backups and complicated software updates. We receive instant, free updates and the My Yard team are continuously improving the software, which is a bonus for us, as we get the latest functionality immediately. The system is really easy to understand and use. My Yard’s fool-proof reports are also a hit with our customers, who can access them remotely at any time.”

With flexible pricing options including a monthly subscription, SaaS offers low cost entry, rather than high initial set up costs associated with traditional software.

Software as a service will help you stand out in a crowd

As well as saving time and improving reporting, waste management companies can offer their customers access to sophisticated online reporting to track information such as weight and grade of loads picked up or the recyclables recovered from them.

Offering instant online reporting is a relatively easy way to ensure that a waste management company’s services are more attractive when contracts come up for renewal or a prospect is looking for a new waste management or skip hire firm. Customers are given their own secure personal login to the system, where they can check their reports immediately, without having to wait until the end of the month.

With a SaaS solution, waste management companies have fast, secure and reliable access to their sensitive data and enjoy valuable enhancements over the entire subscription life.

Created to meet the needs of waste management companies that want a flexible, cost effective and easy-to-use solution to reporting, sales and order processing, software as a service helps reduce the burden and time associated with paperwork and managing an IT system in-house, leaving a waste management company to focus on its core business. A growing number of users are already benefiting from the added value that SaaS provides in addition to greater product functionality. Will your company be next?


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