Do more with less - Improving operational efficiency
Driver shortages, cost constraints and hours of service restrictions are issues facing many transportation operators across the United States. But what if you could make your existing resources work harder by improving the accuracy of your routes and schedules?
By cutting miles and excess unloading time from your route planning parameters you could deliver more with your existing fleet. Here are just 3 ways you could achieve better truck utilization with Paragon...
Automated route planning
Our route optimization software calculates optimal delivery sequences and routes for your fleet in a fraction of the time it would take to plan manually. Every route is planned using your pre-agreed delivery time windows and driver shifts whilst minimizing mileage and inter-drop travel time. And by prioritising work to your own drivers over contractors, you have the peace of mind that your trucks are fully utilized and agency costs are kept to a minimum.
Make better use of your tracking data
Optimized routes and schedules are a good starting point, but there’s a wealth of information gathered out on the road that can help you make best use of your fleet. Using your historic tracking data, you can tighten your unloading time windows and compare actual driving routes with your planned Paragon routes to improve your planning parameters. By cutting slack out of your plan we have found it is possible to increase the drops per vehicle and in some cases remove a route or truck from your operation, saving you $000’s.
Assess alternative operational strategies
A Paragon routing and scheduling system is far more then just a tool to plan your daily truck routes. Over time your delivery profile may change with new drop off points or changes in delivery volumes, introducing inefficiency to your operation. By regularly modeling your fleet size, vehicle mix, customer allocation or DC locations you can assess the impact of making changes to your operation without spending a dime. Using your daily data, Paragon can produce routes and schedules using newly proposed business rules to ensure your trucks deliver as much as possible and predict what the cost-saving implications will be for your business.