Convenience Transportation, the petroleum and grocery haulage arm of Kwik Trip Stores Inc., has bought an integrated delivery routing and scheduling system from Paragon Software Systems Inc. The new system is designed to integrate vehicle tracking, resource management and digital mapping with advanced transportation management software, allowing both strategic and dynamic route planning. Convenience Transportation says it will use the Paragon solution to reduce costs, while improving driver and truck resource use to gain new efficiencies.
Convenience Transportation, headquartered in La Crosse, Wis., delivers fuel, groceries and fresh produce to Kwik Trip stores throughout Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota using a mixed fleet of 300 trucks. Paragon says its system will improve Convenience’s planning capabilities by providing accurate and realistic routes and schedules that reduce road miles and driver duty time.
It is hoped that better utilization of the existing fleet will be possible, enabling more deliveries to be made with current vehicles. Paragon says that using the system, Convenience managers will be able to monitor fleet and delivery performance and have a clearer view of actual driver hours. Better planning for vehicle maintenance also will be possible.