Stewart's Shops Picks Paragon Software Systems

Retailer implementing solution to improve truck-route, delivery-time efficiencies

Published in CSP Daily News

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Stewart's Shops has deployed Paragon Software Systems Inc.'s Single Depot solution to automate the planning of daily and seasonal deliveries to its convenience stores.

Paragon's software automates the manual process of planning and scheduling deliveries to the retail outlets, lowering mileage, reducing fuel usage and improving truckload efficiencies, the company said.

"We have a tremendous amount of variables that affect delivery to each shop, such as time windows, delivery door restrictions and vehicle restrictions, that go into planning," said Ryan Faville, transportation manager at Stewart's Shops. "With the Paragon software, we get a holistic look at our operations and have been able to make significant improvements in vehicle utilization. Optimizing routes with Paragon has helped us to considerably reduce miles driven."

"Paragon Single Depot optimizes truck routes to cut transportation costs, provide a more reliable delivery service, reduce planning time and lower fuel costs," said William Salter, CEO and president of Paragon Software Systems. "The number of parameters that go into planning the routes for Stewart's Shops is huge. Entering all the different store variables for daily delivery of gas and other products, along with seasonal delivery requirements, and then calculating the most efficient route, could not be done on a manual basis. Automating this process saves time, improves scheduling and reduces overall mileage."

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based Stewart's Shops operates more than 300 stores located across upstate New York and southern Vermont, with two-thirds of the shops selling gasoline. The company has a 50-truck fleet that hauls gasoline, dry goods, milk and grocery items to the stores on a daily basis. Orders are filled in Stewart's Shops distribution center and then placed on trucks for delivery.

The Paragon software stores information about store delivery requirements, required delivery windows, truck capacities, driver shift information and other transportation parameters. Using up to date digital maps, the software calculates optimized routes and schedules to minimize overall transportation costs.

"We have found Paragon's software to be a very useful tool, especially when it comes to improving utilization of our vehicles and increasing efficiencies on deliveries," said Faville.

Paragon Software Systems, based in Dallas, is a leading provider of truck routing and scheduling software solutions. Its North American truck routing software clients include George's, AgReliant Genetics, Linde, McLane, National Food and others. The software is used for the daily route optimization of transportation schedules, rationalizing fixed routes, managing transportation resources, strategic logistics planning and managing home delivery orders with dynamic routing.

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