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Fleet management software from Paragon Software Systems is enabling TDG to optimise vehicle routing and scheduling for its Pilkington Building Products Europe operation.

The centralised distribution planning system is in operation at five of the TDG Pilkington sites and is already providing enhanced service levels, while reducing fleet running costs.

‘Paragon has brought new levels of planning and routing accuracy to optimise our routes, fleet and driver resources for the Pilkington contract,’ said Nick Mancz, general manager, TDG.

‘It allows us to meet our glass delivery times with much greater consistency and has allowed us to reduce the size of the fleet,’ he added.

Paragon is also the system of choice for other TDG operations, to help organisation improve its transport strategy by adopting new technology to simplify complex routing and scheduling processes.

‘Paragon replaced a time consuming, complex and inflexible manual ‘bus route’ system,’ said Mancz.

‘We now have the ability to quickly generate our plans centrally from our Oldbury site for the rest of the UK.

‘The system optimises our routes, loads and vehicle selection based on access constraints, allowing us to make informed choices as to whether or not we use a rigid, articulated truck or van to make the delivery,’ he added.

The system also enables TDG to reduce its carbon footprint.

The company has reduced its fleet, thereby lessening its environmental impact, without detriment to delivery performance.

‘Through optimising our routes, schedules and loads, as well as vehicle usage, we are able to significantly reduce emissions and fuel costs,’ said Mancz.

TDG employs about 6,500 people across 130 sites in eight countries.

It provides supply chain management services, including freight forwarding, to a wide range of markets, including chemicals, consumer, construction, retail, and paper and packaging.

Pilkington Building Products Europe offers insulating glazing units in toughened, laminated and fire-resistant glasses as well as a wide range of glass and glass-related products to the trade.

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