Paragon boost service operations and delivery fleet planning with new Territory Optimiser
By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 09:00
SOFTWARE: Paragon’s Territory Optimiser
Paragon are helping to boost service operations and delivery fleet planning with the launch of Territory Optimiser software.
The technology will look to provide users with efficiency gains and operational cost savings.
An optional planning module will enable transport planners to create territories with balanced workloads within distribution or service routes.
Using Territory Optimiser to pre-plan before running the routes and schedules through Paragon will help ensure compact delivery zones for efficient routing.
This reduces transport costs, improves mobile staff productivity, and advances customer service levels.
The software provides optimised territories that reduce road miles and have achievable daily workloads.
It calculates territories using accurate travel calculations and allows for time spent at each customer site.
This provides a full and true picture of each driver’s territory together with his or her assigned jobs.
The software, Paragon claim, provides advantages for two types of delivery: when customers need to be served by a regular driver, or when a depot can deliver to different areas on different days.
When each driver needs to have a designated group of regular customers, the software allows planners to set up efficient delivery zones with appropriate and achievable trips for each driver.
Each zone will contain enough work for the driver to cover within a given period.
This information is uploaded to the Paragon routing and scheduling software to calculate optimised routes and schedules, with each customer allocated a number and each route handling a single zone.
If delivering to different customer areas on different days, the software can divide the delivery areas according to days of the week.
This results in the desired number of zones with balanced workloads across the working week.
The information is then input to the routing and scheduling system to optimise resources, routes and costs for each zone and day of the week.