Saturday 22nd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Paragon plots America’s hamburger route

Paragon has supplied its routeing and scheduling software to restaurant distributor Martin-Brower enabling it to  increase delivery frequency with no extension to its fleet.

The distributor said one service centres eliminated 5,000 miles a week on the road.

The software includes dispatch smoothing that allows dispatches to be spread throughout the day.

It also allows arrival time banding to ensure regularity of deliveries. This avoids some customers receiving morning deliveries on one route, and an afternoon or evening delivery on the next.

Chuck Gans, director, operations support at Martin-Brower said: “The Dickson, Tennessee distribution centre designed a master schedule using the Paragon software and immediately reduced its mileage by 5,000 miles a week, a six per cent reduction.

Martin-Brower has a fleet of 570 trucks that supply restaurants with frozen and dry goods, packaging, cleaning products and ancillaries. It has 23 DCs across the USA, Canada and PuertoRico, all using Paragon’s software.