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Route optimisation software streamlines planning for Nixon Hire

National plant and site equipment hirer, Nixon Hire, has modernised its portable toilet service routing and scheduling with Paragon Multi Depot.

The software helps improve customer service by identifying the most efficient route as well as monitoring KPI performance and saving time and labour on maintaining facilities and accommodation units across northern England and Scotland.

Paragon has integrated the route optimisation software with Nixon Hire’s existing IT infrastructure to provide a single, central transport planning and management solution that ensures all drivers, vehicles and routes are used optimally and cost effectively to provide the highest levels of service possible. The system also enables Nixon Hire to model new routes and depot locations using “what if” scenarios.

Nixon Hire uses the system for daily dynamic planning of its fleet of special service vehicles across 27 routes from 12 depots. Each vehicle will be used to service up to 25 units a day, emptying waste, refilling with fresh water and replenishing consumables. All the routing and scheduling is done at the company’s central support office in Newcastle.

“We are a very dynamic business operating across a large area and often look at how new technology can make us more effective and assist in delivering excellent customer service. Paragon enables us to produce the most efficient, accurate and achievable routes possible at a click of a button.

Paragon facilitates a cultural change from traditional methods to a total logistics solution and we use the software as a strategic planning tool to improve and evolve our operations and services. We can model a wide range of scenarios from changing the capacity of the vehicles to reallocating work to different depots – this could extend to opening new depots. In short it gives us overall visibility of the business and is a positive introduction to our operations management processes.” Graham Wood, Transport Manager, Nixon Hire.

Quick facts:
  • UK providers of self contained portable toilet units
  • Dynamic daily planning
  • 25 units serviced per vehicle per day
  • Founded in 1967, family-run business employing over 300 people
  • 13 depots across northern England and Scotland
Benefits reported:
  • Centralised transport planning and management
  • Ensuring cost effective use of drivers and vehicles
  • Abiity to model new routes, depot locations and 'what if' scenarios
Nixon Hire modernised routing and scheduling with Paragon's Multi Depot planning software

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