DBC optimises use of transport

DBC Foodservice has installed new software to help increase efficiency in its transport fleet and reduce its carbon footprint.

The routing and scheduling optimisation software from Paragon Software Systems will be used to automate all delivery planning, remodelling and optimising of DBC’s use of its 200-strong fleet. The software takes into account weights and volumes of deliveries, road and delivery restrictions, mileage and other customer requirements. The company says it will also enable it to tender more competitively for new business by modelling accurate and efficient routes and schedules.

Paul Kelly, logistics planning development manager at DBC Foodservice, said: “Paragon is the market leader in routing and scheduling software and our customers will benefit considerably from our investment in the system. It is an off-the-shelf, Windows-based solution that provides reliable, accurate and rapid planning. It is very flexible, allowing multiple scenarios to be modelled quickly, a process that would normally take weeks and even months to complete manually. We’ll use the software to streamline our operations and optimise the use of our drivers and fleet.”

Chris Horne, managing director of DBC Foodservice, added: “Last month we took delivery of 30 new eco-friendly lorries which have been designed to cut harmful emissions by over a third. We have now installed Paragon software to our entire fleet which will reduce our carbon footprint even further by ensuring that the most efficient routes are used for every single delivery across our nationwide network.”

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