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Softbox Systems has announced the addition of Autologic Systems’ Maxload Pro to its portfolio of packaging software to reduce transport and shipping costs.

Softbox is a specialist in the design, manufacture and supply of insulated packaging for the shipment of temperature-sensitive products.

With 15-20 lorries leaving its factory in Oxfordshire each week, it is essential that the company maximises each vehicle load, reduces packing time and keeps delivery charges to customers as low as possible.

Softbox was already using Autologic’s Topspro and Tops Epac software for optimising the fill of its packaging.

But with more of its customers ordering multiple products, the requirement to carefully plan mixed loads has become more important.

Richard Jones, managing director of Softbox, said: ‘With Maxload Pro, we are able to set up all of our SKUs in the software and specify the quantity required in each load.

‘The software gives us the optimum packing configuration with step-by-step loading instructions.

‘We can also specify which items can and cannot be stacked and this is taken into account by the software.

‘The result is fewer lorries, reduced mileage and lower transport costs – the benefit of which can all be passed on to our customer.

‘We can also provide detailed load plans so our customers know exactly which products are where on each load.

‘Because we are able to get the load right first time, every time, our logistics team is also able to work more efficiently.

‘If Maxload Pro enables us to half the loading time taken, the impact on our business will be huge,’ he added.

Softbox also intends to use the software as a sales tool.

‘Customers can tell us what they want to send and we are able to make recommendations on the best load configurations and packaging options to aid their planning process,’ said Jones.

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