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Dams International, a UK independent office furniture manufacturer, is saving GBP750,000 a year since implementing a Multi Depot transport optimisation system from Paragon Software Systems.

With Paragon, Dams International has been able to improve the management of its drivers, fitters and 140- strong delivery fleet, resulting in greater productivity and efficiency.

Gary Grindlay, supply chain director, Dams International, says: ‘We have gone from five manual planning clerks who would take all day to plan to one Paragon planner who takes about an hour to produce our daily schedules.

‘Before Paragon, we made about eight deliveries per vehicle per day, whereas now we are doing 10 or more and we are aiming to extend this to about 12 each day.’ ‘We can optimise vehicle loads by inputting weights and cubic measurements for each product, and this ensures that vehicles are working to capacity.

‘In addition, we can plan appropriate delivery and installation times.

‘This helps with Time and Motion management, as we can quickly identify fitters who need additional training to bring them up to speed,’ he adds.

Dams International operates six sites to provide UK-wide coverage, and Paragon allows the company to assign deliveries from the nearest depot.

This gives greater flexibility and ensures that vehicles and staff are kept busy.

‘The system gives us much greater visibility via its Multi Depot feature.

‘The software automatically adjusts depot boundaries each day, depending on live order volumes to ensure that our vehicles and fitters are fully occupied,’ adds Grindlay.

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