Wadworth Brewery, an England-based producer of 6X beer, has selected delivery routing software from Paragon Software Systems and vehicle tracking system from TomTom, to automate its delivery planning to 700 pubs and free-trade establishments across England by summer 2012.

The brewery will replace its current manual transport planning with the Paragon software.

Wadworth Brewery supply chain manager Jon Grellier said the software will help them to streamline their ‘Wadworthshire’ routes across their vehicle fleet.

Initially, the brewery will use the system to review its current delivery strategy, model the effective routes and make best use of its delivery fleet.

The software will allow the brewery to allocate required loads to vehicles and reduce the workloads on the delivery team based on vehicle and staff availability.

Grellier said the ability to review their delivery operation is critical as they are seeing strong growth in their free-trade business.

"We’ll be able to use Paragon’s Single Depot software to look at different delivery scenarios to help us to enhance our service levels," Grellier said.

"It also gives us the ability to allocate workloads fairly, reasonably and safely across the delivery team.

The routing software will be connected to TomTom’s vehicle tracking system through Paragon Fleet Controller, which will allow the planning teams to fine tune the routes and schedules by comparing the live vehicle movements with the transport plan.

Grellier said the software will help them to maximise the use of the fleet through dynamic planning of delivery routes and schedules.

"The live information will give us a clearer picture of when the vehicles will arrive at the customer sites, which means that we can pre-advise them of their deliveries," Grellier said.

Image: Wadworth Brewery partnered with Paragon Software Sytems to automate its transport planning. Photo: Paragon Software Systems