Macfarlane Packaging has made six figure savings since implementing an integrated transport optimisation and vehicle tracking system from Paragon Software Systems.
The software has helped the packaging distributor to maximise vehicle capacity and improve the efficiency of deliveries to customers whilst reducing the size of its fleet by 10%. The software continues to provide savings through optimised delivery routes and schedules.
"We made significant early savings in operational costs with Paragon
. The software allowed us to identify that we had spare capacity within the fleet and reduce the number of vehicles. It makes our deliveries to customers more efficient and enables us to run fuel-efficient routes and schedules that maximise our service and vehicle capacities. With the ever rising cost of fuel, the system ensures we get the best use from each vehicle," said John Redman, Logistics Development Manager, Macfarlane Packaging
Each depot uses Paragon for daily planning to allow for changing customer demands.
"The system gives us visibility. We can highlight the size of orders, the different delivery areas and even pull orders forward to ensure we have maximum loading for each vehicle. This is important when we are making an average of 800 deliveries a day across the UK. The live feed from the vehicle tracking system allows us to see actual activity against the plan and update the scheduled route timings. We can also edit the plan according to customer opening and closing times, loading and off-loading rates, and new mapping details so that the system has up to date information," continued John.