Visitors to the Food & Drink Logistics Show (21 to 24 March 2010, NEC, Birmingham) can discover the features and benefits of the latest logistics software from Paragon Software Systems by visiting stand AB039. Many food and drink transport and distribution organisations already use Paragon’s optimisation solutions for routing and scheduling, resource management and transport execution. These companies are benefiting from reduced operational costs while providing enhanced service to their customers.
Companies seeking to improve routing and scheduling of their vehicles and
drivers will be interested in Paragon’s Routing & Scheduling Optimiser.
The software is used for daily transport planning and managing fixed routes,
as well as logistics modelling for strategic analysis. Leading retailers –
ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco – as well as Keystone Distribution
UK (logistics supplier to McDonalds), Brakes, Glanbia and St. Austell
Brewery use this software to drive efficiencies throughout their transport
Paragon can integrate vehicle tracking with routing and scheduling using
its Fleet Controller software. This has the added advantage of monitoring
deliveries in real time, comparing the day’s activities against the plan and
allowing it to be recalibrated using historical data. Users of this
advanced solution include Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and One Stop. Benefits of this proactive approach to transport management include automatic updates of
scheduled delivery times, enhanced Duty of Care as drivers and vehicles are
monitored live on screen and, as plans are refined using real world data,
further reductions in fuel usage and road miles.
To further enhance their routing and scheduling, food and drink companies
can opt to use Paragon’s ITIS-based road speed data. The Paragon enhancement incorporates road data including a calculated average speed, for each direction, at road link level. This is based on a history of observations of vehicles travelling on that road link. It means route plans will be more
realistic and hence both more accurate for transport managers and more
acceptable to drivers. This improvement is useful both for companies using
Paragon to plan their daily delivery operations and the many third party
logistics companies using it to quote for new business.