Could just one routing and scheduling system handle distribution operations as diverse and demanding as Parcelforce Worldwide, the Royal Mail and the network of Post Office branches?
Keen to underpin these key brands, operating everywhere from remote rural regions to dense urban areas, with flexible software capable of delivering daily dependability, Royal Mail set the challenge – and Paragon rose to it. Awarded preferred supplier status, and a Royal Mail contract to supply multi drop routing and scheduling software, the system is already helping Parcelforce Worldwide, a leading provider of time-guaranteed and express parcel deliveries, improve the efficiency of its operation.
Used initially to update the regular delivery and collection routes of three Parcelforce Worldwide depots, Paragon enabled one depot’s routes, consisting of 4000 individual deliveries, to be reviewed in just one day – a huge time saving for a task that previously took 4-6 weeks. One of the original attractions of the system, its street level routing capability, is also proving itself on the ground, producing realistic, restriction-aware routes for planners and clear map displays for drivers. Royal Mail is now gearing up to extend its fixed route rationalisation process to Parcelforce Worldwide’s national network, implementing 13 Paragon systems which will provide regular plans for over 2,000 vehicles operating across 51 depots.