Reynolds predicts half-million pound savings from streamlining deliveries with Truckstops

Mapmechanics-Reynolds-box-van-lineupReynolds, one of the UK’s leading national suppliers of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and dairy products to the foodservice market, anticipates savings of up to half a million pounds a year through streamlining its distribution operation with CACI’s Truckstops routing and scheduling optimisation solution.

Martin Ward, Reynolds’ Head of Transport, says the company has avoided reductions in staffing or fleet size. Instead, the savings are being reinvested to build up the company’s logistics capability in response to rapid growth, which has been running at 10 to 15 per cent for the past four years.

Reynolds delivers nationwide to customers such as Hyatt Hotels and Pizza Express from a 140,000 sq ft national distribution facility at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, and through a network of five regional distribution bases and two outbases. It uses 250 temperature-controlled vehicles.

Reynolds needed software to plan multi-drop fixed-route deliveries to its growing customer base at widely differing frequencies (daily, every two or three days, weekly and so on), and to allow for Saturday deliveries.

“Truckstops is straightforward to use and has a friendly interface,” Martin Ward says, “but it is powerful, and provides a solid modelling platform. It also has an appealing mapping capability, which has helped us to explain to our staff how the savings would work, and to sell the benefits to our sales team.”

Using Truckstops, Reynolds has modelled varying delivery scenarios – for instance, adding small outbases or “popup depots”. Truckstops has also identified potential savings from changing the delivery sequence and increasing vehicle size from 7.5-tonners to 12- or 14-tonners.

In the London area Truckstops has identified the possibility of reducing the number of routes from 16 to 11, and in East Anglia from five routes to four.

The company’s IT department has developed a custom data export routine, which allows order details to be transferred rapidly to Truckstops from its order processing system.

Truckstops has also supported a partial switch to earlier order cut-off times, allowing more efficient scheduling, and has been used to model short-term operational changes to manage capacity issues.