Friday 28th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

TourSolver reduces costs and vehicle numbers

Ceramic tile distributor Creta Ceramica has cut its transport costs with new automated scheduling and tracking technology from Masternaut. The company has implemented Masternaut’s TourSolver routeing and scheduling software to reduce transport costs by 10%.

Also, Creta’s entire fleet of lorries, merchandising vans and area manager cars have been equipped with Masternaut telematics to give live tracking via the web and performance reports by e-mail.

Creta imports floor and wall tiles from all over the world and is one of the UK’s largest distributors supplying to retailers such as kitchen shops, tile stores and DIY outlets. Transport planning had previously been a manual process. Since automating with Masternaut TourSolver, it has been possible to operate with fewer vehicles.

Mike Farr, warehouse and distribution manager at Creta, comments: “TourSolver has had a big impact in enabling us to streamline our transport operations and save costs. As well as cutting costs by around 10%, further savings are anticipated through less reliance on agency vehicles in peaks times. The software is also allowing us to assess whether the current mix of vehicles is right. The software really does highlight inefficiencies.”

Above: Creta’s Mike Farr says TourSolver has cut transport costs by 10%.