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Plumbs optimises multi drop route planning 16 March 2016

Eliminating wasted mileage, increasing transport capacity

Plumbs, the furniture covers and reupholstery specialists, has adopted Paragon’s routing and scheduling software to reduce fuel consumption, increase productivity and enhance customer service within its supply chain.

The transport optimisation solution will be used to better coordinate the Company’s two-man collection and delivery fleet that is responsible for handling more than 1,000 items of furniture each month.

Paragon Multi Depot software will replace a manual planning process that had become overly time-consuming and no longer supported the long-term growth strategy of the business. Plumbs’ operates an order cycle of approximately eight to 10 weeks, from the initial purchase through to final delivery. Items are typically picked up within 14 days of order, with Paragon playing an important role moving forward to ensure customers receive a prompt collection service and effective delivery of the finished reupholstered or loose covered furniture.

The transport planners will use the multi drop route planning software from Plumbs central base in Preston, Lancashire, working closely with the production team to create the daily schedules for all local and nationwide requirements and then calculate the most efficient routes. Each collection and delivery vehicle is responsible for up to 10 jobs per day and the optimisation of the planning is expected to eliminate wasted mileage, increase transport capacity and provide accurate arrival times that can be communicated to customers.