Paragon software helps Glanbia cut 106,000 km from delivery routes

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Glanbia, the global nutritionals and dairy business group, is cutting 106,000 km a year from its delivery vehicle routes by using Paragon transport optimisation software to plan efficient deliveries. The routing software is also improving vehicle utilisation by 15 per cent and reducing the annual number of routes by 10 per cent. The spinoff is an overall reduction in CO2 emissions of over 100 tonnes per year and improved service levels to the marketplace.

Glanbia's transport challenge involves daily planning and optimising of same day direct to store deliveries that have a narrow two-hour 6am to 8am delivery window and Coldbox depot deliveries between 4pm and 6am the following day.

Paul Devlin, Glanbia's Consumer Foods Ireland Senior Route Planner says: "It's really important that we make the best use of our vehicle fleet and that loads are maximised and routes optimised.  Paragon gives us the power to do that and, when used in conjunction with our SAP business software, has resulted in efficiency gains across our dairy product delivery operation which spans the entire Republic of Ireland."

The dairy operation runs six days a week between 6am and 10pm from the Ballitore, Co. Kildare distribution centre.  It supplies major retailers and 145 agents, who are subcontracted to distribute Glanbia products from the Coldbox locations. With more than 4,500 weekly deliveries across 136 routes, serviced by nine hauliers and contending with more than 250 individual delivery windows, Glanbia was keen to see how Paragon could improve the operation and improve efficiencies wherever possible.

Having first set up the base case with information about depots, agents, hauliers and customers to model the current routes and costs, Glanbia was then able to try out various scenarios aimed at improving efficiencies.  Several options were tested involving more flexible delivery times for Coldbox locations, and the greatest efficiencies came from standardising Coldbox time windows at a regional level, whilst combining Coldbox deliveries with time-constrained direct store deliveries.  As a result, routing efficiencies yielded a 15 per cent gain in vehicle utilisation, a 10 per cent drop in loads per week, and a fuel reduction equating to over 100 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Denis Conway, National Logistics Manager Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland states: "Paragon is a very powerful strategic tool. It allows us to test all potential delivery scenarios offline without affecting our real world routes. Using the routes designed by Paragon we can easily recognise where improvements can be made and implement them. With the constant increase in fuel costs and the drive to reduce our transport carbon footprint, we have been able to make significant reductions in usage and emissions while improving efficiencies of our delivery operation."

"We are naturally delighted with the Paragon software - the transport cost savings we are making have ensured that Paragon was a cost effective investment," says John Mee, Supply Chain Manager, Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland.

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