Menzies picks Paragon to route newspapers

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Menzies Distribution has implemented Paragon’s multi depot routing software to schedule daily deliveries of around seven million newspapers and magazines.

Operating from 48 depots, Menzies’ 2,000-strong fleet makes these time-critical deliveries to 30,000 customer sites throughout the UK and Ireland. Since around 70 per cent of the deliveries are made before the retail outlets open in the morning, a second route is scheduled for vehicles to collect returns (unsold newspapers and magazines) during business hours. In addition to these daily deliveries, Menzies also delivers more than 7 million brochures every month to customers in the travel sector.

Paragon Multi Depot enables a user to plan routes and schedules for multiple depots as a single planning task. It flexes depot boundaries automatically to take account of resource availability. In addition, Paragon Multi Depot facilitates the switch to central planning with the ability to share results with and incorporate changes from other sites across the operation.

“Prior to implementing the Paragon system, our scheduling was almost a manual operation, using off-the-shelf routing software and our ERP system,” says Richard McCurdie, Business Improvement Project Manager, Menzies Distribution. “During our initial meetings with Paragon it was quickly clear that the system’s routing reliability was superior to the other solutions we reviewed. We ran some test data, the routes were realistic, achievable and showed improvements.”

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