French leader in specialised distribution deploys Ortec's route optimisation solution

Geodis Euromatic, the French provider of specialised distribution and installation of high tech equipment, has selected Ortec's Vehicle Routing and Dispatch solution to plan and optimise its delivery routes. Following a successful pilot project, Geodis Euromatic, subsidiary of the international Geodis Group, confirms that the solution will now be deployed all over France. This investment forms part of the company's overall commitment to increase efficiency and promote business development.

Planning complexities
Distribution operations at Geodis Euromatic are particularly complex because the delivery and installation of high tech equipment requires both careful handling and specific employee capabilities. The optimal planning of delivery routes, while taking into account all the vehicle constraints, customer installation timeslots and the skills of each of the crews is a daily challenge. Especially given that some teams are only trained in the installation and setup of photocopiers, while others teams only specialise in the assembly of office furniture or medical equipment.

As Eric of Rochebrochard, Director of Operations at Geodis Euromatic, explains: "We took the decision to implement Ortec 's advanced route planning and optimisation solution because the software meets all our requirements and can handle the specific characteristics of our business. Ortec Shortrec will reduce the time it takes to draw up the delivery schedules, increasing planner efficiency. Furthermore, our company made this investment in order to improve service levels and meet customer demands, while simultaneously streamlining costs."

The stages of implementation
In order to validate the solution's technical capabilities and determine the Return on Investment (ROI), Geodis Euromatic decided to conduct an initial test of the software. The results were positive, proving not only the functional suitability, but also the financial gains that could be realised. Due to the success of the test, a pilot project was initiated at one of the company's branches.

"The pilot project was very encouraging," states Eric de la Rochebrochard. "It proved that Ortec Shortrec could be successfully integrated with our existing systems and also highlighted the financial benefits we can expect to achieve. The software was very well received by the site operators, who were impressed by the ergonomics, calculation speed and ability to maintain a complete view all the relevant constraints. Based on these factors, we confirmed our decision to deploy the software across the entire country. During the next six months, Ortec Shortrec will be installed at five regional branches. And based on the anticipated financial gains, we expect the entire project to pay for itself in just a few months."

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