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Paragon Transportation Optimization Helps Grocery Retailer Cut Costs

Sainsbury’s is seeing the benefit of rolling out an innovative Paragon implementation across its national distribution network. 

Sixteen DCs are now benefiting from ITMS – Sainsbury’s Integrated Transportation Management System – which integrates Paragon’s planning optimization with telematics to dramatically enhance the accuracy and execution of each day’s complex transportation plans. The system has increased driver productivity by 8%, improved empty running by 12%, cut store turnaround times by 15% and increased on-time delivery levels by 17%.

For over three years, Paragon software has underpinned the efficiency of daily deliveries from Sainsbury’s 19 DCs to 527 supermarkets and 276 smaller stores, as well as the allocation of cabs, trailers, straight-trucks and drivers to routes. Using Paragon’s “resource managed planning” capability, which plans routes against the individual driver shifts and available vehicle resources, Sainsbury’s ensures that each day’s multi-shifted transportation plans are realistic and achievable. Now, Sainsbury’s is capitalizing on tightly integrating Paragon Routing and Scheduling Optimizer and Route Execution with Isotrak’s Active Transport Management System (ATMS) to introduce unprecedented levels of certainty and control into the operation.

But there’s more to it than this, Route Execution is looking forward all the time, making sure pre-set parameters such as delivery windows are met. If any criteria looks like it will cause a breach, the system will re-spin the schedule to avoid the breach. The implications of this are significant. If drivers are predicted to return early or late, Paragon automatically reallocates loads that will still meet promised store delivery windows (avoiding curfews and delivery restrictions), are achievable within the planned shift, and are efficient within the overall plan – to maintain exceptionally high driver and truck use levels.

“Uncertainties are a fact of life for any transportation operation so we build contingencies into our schedules, but they add costs,” says Darren Jones, Head of Logistics Strategy, Sainsbury’s. “The more uncertainty that can be eliminated, the greater the control over costs.” By using Route Execution to monitor the execution of the delivery schedule and Isotrak’s ATMS to capture real-time data such as vehicle location and driver tachograph outputs, Sainsbury’s gets accurate data with real value. When vehicle turnaround time at stores emerged as a critical factor, for instance, the planned contingency was cut by a consistent 15% by setting store targets.

In terms of service to stores Sainsbury’s is now benefitting from a 15% reduction in overall store turnaround time while also improving the number of deliveries making it to stores within agreed time windows by 17%. With CSR goals in mind, the Sainsbury’s team has been able to report a 12% improvement in empty running levels with 2,000 fewer empty vehicle journeys per week, and over 500,000 litres of fuel being saved across the four sites, cutting 1.4million kg of CO2 emissions. Efficiency improvements have also been realised in terms of an 8% increase in driver productivity and an overall 3.8% reduction in distance traveled per year.

Quick facts:
  • Large UK-based food retailer
  • 19 distribution centres
  • 527 supermarkets and 276 smaller stores
  • Isotrak vehicle tracking systems
  • Previously using Paragon for over 3 years
Benefits reported:
  • 142,245 gallons fuel savings across four sites
  • 15% reduction in store turnaround times overall
  • 3.1 million lb CO2 emissions reduction
  • Driver productivity increased by 8%
  • Improved empty running by 12%
  • On-time delivery levels increased by 17%
  • 3.8% overall travel distance reduction
  • Automatically re-spin schedules to avoid potential time window breaches due to late running
Sainsbury's sees the cost saving benefits on implementing Paragon routing and scheduling software

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