Cornwall's St Austell Brewery is gearing up its distribution performance with an automated routing and scheduling system.
The independent brewer, retailer and wholesaler has selected Paragon Software's Multi Depot platform to help streamline and optimise its delivery planning.
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This will enable the company to reduce the number of its depots in Cornwall from four to one single "super" distribution centre based in St Columb Major, with the option to use the other depots during peak demand.
The company expects to boost customer service levels and reduce operational costs, as a result.
Implementation is underway and the system is expected to go live for the third quarter of 2009. During implementation, the brewery is using Paragon Multi Depot to model optimised routes.
The software is running alongside the company's manual system that simply takes customer orders and assigns them to the appropriate delivery round. With Paragon modelling, the best routes and adjustments can be made to the manual system. Improvements are already being seen.
Mike Voyzey, logistics director at St Austell Brewery, said, "We have great expectations of Paragon and it will help us to make huge improvements as we go through implementation. Then we can look forward to switching to full automation once we have all the parameters in place, which should be at the end of the second quarter 2009."