Paragon Software Systems will be demonstrating the latest version of its routing and scheduling software at Softworld Supply Chain taking place at the Pavilion, NEC Birmingham, on the 16th and 17th March 2005 (stand 400). The latest software includes a total of 34 significant new features, many of them added in response to customer feedback, including: functionality to help plan Working Time Directive (WTD) compliant routes on a daily basis; a facility to export reports and schedules which can then be viewed by others via their web browser; explicit allocation of drivers shifts to a weekly multi-shifted vehicle schedule to help planners optimise resource requirements under the WTD; and new and improved table functions that allow users to get more information out of their transport data. Committed to developing solutions that solve real transport problems, Paragons software has helped Parcelforce Worldwide to increase driver productivity by 20%; improved operational efficiency at John Lewis by 8%; cut order lead times at Raleigh by 30% and is the UKs most widely used routing and scheduling software system.
The latest version of Paragons routing and scheduling software includes a range of new functionalities which have been developed in response to both customer demands and the changing needs of the logistics marketplace, comments William Salter, Paragons Managing Director. One of the key concerns for transport managers today is the added complexity that the forthcoming Working Time Directive will introduce to the process of daily route planning. This is why one of the enhancements Paragon has been concentrating on is the development of a solution that will take the headache out of manually planning WTD compliant schedules and help maximise driver productivity.
Paragons range of software capabilities includes: Single and Multi Depot Paragon for scheduling one or more depots as a single planning task; Integrated Fleets for planning all vehicles as one integrated resource irrespective of location; Multi User which combines the benefits of central planning with local visibility and control; Street Level routing for enhanced dense drop delivery performance; Fleet Controller for monitoring the execution of the plan, managing customer service in real time and reporting exceptions such as excess mileage; and advanced Real Time routing and scheduling which when linked with online ordering and booking systems enables transport schedules to be updated whilst orders are being confirmed in real time improving service, reliability and efficiency.