Gist, a logistics service provider for Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Budgens and Aldi, is rolling out fleet controller software from Paragon to manage its deliveries more efficiently.
The deployment comes after M&S group finance director Ian Dyson said the company was on target to save £10m from the cost of its supply chain IT systems.
Gist faced a number of challenges that included co-ordinating more than 300 vehicle movements a day; and collecting chilled and other products and delivering them to various retailers.
It needed an IT system capable of providing it with reliable schedules, and the ability to see where its fleet was at any time, plus good reporting capabilities on transport performance.
It chose to implement logistics software firm Paragon’s routing and scheduling system, which has a fleet controller module that links route scheduling with vehicle tracking, via real-time tracking technology from supplier Navman Wireless.
The software produces route plans for Gist’s primary distribution operation, based in Lincolnshire. Gist has configured the software to produce two schedules a day: a morning schedule for same-day delivery and a second, in the afternoon, for next-day delivery.
“If deliveries are late the impact is felt throughout the supply chain – from the regional distribution centre to the supermarket shelf,” said Lee Costen, primary logistics manager at Gist.
"The software provides an early warning of any potential late deliveries caused by an unexpected delay so that corrective action can be taken to avoid missing delivery windows,” added Costen.