Advanced computerized delivery route planning software from Paragon Software Systems is set to enhance customer services for AgReliant Genetics’ clients. The Westfield, Ind.-based corn and soybean seed company will use Paragon Integrated Fleets software to centralize planning of deliveries of about 3.5 million bags of seed to 20,000 customers throughout the Corn Belt states. The company expects significant savings in mileage, emissions and administration time.
AgReliant Genetics says it selected Paragon after researching 20 other transportation management products. The software will optimize routing and scheduling of daily deliveries made by subcontractors, who each normally make four to five stops on their routes. During the company’s peak shipping period, this can involve up to 100 trucks, so improving delivery resource efficiency is an important goal for AgReliant Genetics.
“We bought Paragon because it has the ability to provide a better planning system and reduce the miles traveled to make each delivery,” says Steve Thompson, AgReliant Genetics’ director of information technology. “We expect a significant reduction in delivery miles this shipping season because of the new software. Paragon has a clear process for planning deliveries. We also like its ability to calculate multiple route options from which we can choose the most cost-effective solution. If we have to make last-minute changes to routes, the software has the ability to recalculate and produce a new optimized route.”
The software also will improve delivery scheduling for better customer service. In addition, AgReliant Genetics customer service representatives will have more time to deal with their customers as they no longer will need to spend many hours manually working out how to route and deliver loads.