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Paragon helps Noble Foods get cracking on efficient egg delivery

Paragon helps Noble Foods get cracking on efficient egg delivery

Paragon Software Systems Inc, a provider of vehicle routing and scheduling optimization solutions, announces that Noble Foods, supplier of fresh eggs to the United Kingdom’s major retailers, has selected the company’s Integrated Fleets planning solution as its strategic modeling tool of choice.

The Paragon software will be used to help Noble Foods streamline its distribution operation, which sees 72 million eggs being delivered every week.

In a retail egg market worth £900 million ($1.4 million US) a year, Noble Foods operates seven days a week out of seven sites, collecting eggs from more than 470 locations throughout England, Scotland, and Wales.  Each week at its two packing centers in Lincolnshire and Fife, Noble Foods grades, packs, and delivers more than 72 million eggs to major retailers and regional distribution centers.

With its fleet of more than 160 temperature-controlled vehicles covering 11 million kilometers and consuming three million liters of fuel annually, Noble Foods needed to upgrade its manual fleet scheduling system, which was managed locally for each region. After an intensive evaluation and decision process, Noble Foods selected Paragon’s Integrated Fleets planning solution with INRIX-based road speed data and HERE map content, which includes bridge height data.

Paragon Integrated Fleets enables vehicles at multiple sites to be treated as a single integrated transport resource, so movements to and from different depots can be combined into efficient routes that reduce overall empty running. It generates route plans with efficient backloads, which increases asset utilization, improves productivity, and reduces empty mileage.

The system enables Noble Foods to feed information into the Paragon routing and scheduling solution and make informed decisions about where each vehicle will be based, which vehicles will collect from which locations, and which will distribute to which outlets. It creates schedules for each region and allows the company to run theoretical models, taking into account its planned move to a new depot in Oxfordshire.

Dalas TX-based Paragon’s software is used for daily route optimization of transportation schedules; rationalizing fixed routes; managing transportation resources; strategic logistics planning; and managing home delivery orders with dynamic routing. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of UK-based Paragon Software Systems plc, which has more than 3,300 systems installed at more than 1,000 sites in 50 nations.

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