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Food Distributor AWT Targets 10% Savings With Paragon

AWT International d.o.o., one of the leading FMCG distribution companies for Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia, has installed Paragon’s advanced routing and scheduling software.

Paragon Multi Depot routing software optimises routes, schedules and loads for AWT’s distribution operation within Croatia, thereby reducing transportation costs by at least 10%.

The new automated distribution system will simplify daily planning and scheduling of 3,500 individual deliveries to retailers in Croatia from AWT’s four large regional warehouses and two supporting depots in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Zadar and Varaždin. Using a fleet of around 120 trucks and vans – 80% of which are subcontractors – AWT delivers a wide range of products from leading brands, including Barilla, Chipita, Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Hipp, Jomo, Kelly’s, Kotanyi, Krauthaker, Mars, Pfanner, Rauch, Red Bull, Ricola, Sara Lee, SCA, Schneekoppe and Schwarzkopf.

AWT has a clear development path for the system and is aiming to integrate live vehicle tracking with Paragon Route Execution, as well as use the software to plan routes for its sales team.

The system provides the flexibility AWT need to take their business forward, with GPS vehicle tracking providing full visibility of the fleet so they can react in real time. This will enable them to recalibrate plans and keep customers informed of any changes to their deliveries. In addition, they are also looking at the possibility to improve the efficiency of their sales force by using the software to enhance the accuracy of their routes.

“We were looking for an established, tried and tested solution as we simply do not have the time to go through lengthy cycles of software development. Paragon’s software stood out as being the best on the market, with the experience and knowledge of the support team finally guiding our choice.

It is clear that by using the software we will be able to optimize our daily planning and improve the general efficiency of our fleet. Paragon will also enable us to establish standardised procedures for how we handle our distribution processes – from taking orders to despatching the items from our warehouses. We are looking forward to the improvement in our overall efficiencies which will see us cut our transport costs by at least 10%.” Jovica Mandarić, Operations Director, AWT Group

Quick facts:
  • Leading FMCG distribution company
  • Servicing Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia
  • Fleet of 120 trucks and vans
  • 80% of fleet are subcontractors
  • 4 large regional warehouses
  • 2 depots to support regional warehouse network
  • Daily planning of 3,500 deliveries to retailers
Benefits reported:
  • Reduced transport costs by 10%
  • Ability to react to delivery issues in real-time
  • Can keep customers better informed of any changes to their deliveries
AWT Croatia extends Paragon's routing and scheduling software

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