Parcelforce improves productivity by 20% with new route planner software

Logistics firm Parcelforce Worldwide has improved driver productivity by 20% after rolling out route planning and scheduling...

Logistics firm Parcelforce Worldwide has improved driver productivity by 20% after rolling out route planning and scheduling software.

Parcelforce replaced a route planning system based on Excel spreadsheets with software from Paragon and cut route planning time for its 2000-vehicle operation by 90%.

The new software has helped the company, which delivers 150,000 parcels a day, to allocate work to routes and calculate efficient route sequences. This helps it to plan driver start and finish times of each route, mileage, the number of drops and driver and van utilisation.

Eddie McBride, project manager at Parcelforce, said: "Improving driver productivity by 20% has enabled us to reduce the number of drivers and the number of vehicles we need to use to achieve the same, if not higher, levels of service."

The routing and scheduling software runs on Windows 2000 server and holds details of historical delivery patterns at postcode level. It also contains information on vehicle capacities, work standards and driver shift information.

Using digital mapping with scheduling tools the software calculates the most effective delivery sequences for the regular routes to be operated.

"We are continually reviewing the composition of the routes as volumes fluctuate. One of the advantages of using this software is that now all the base data is set up it is straightforward to update volumes and re-calculate the routes accordingly," Parcel force said.

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