Snows Timber has announced its new routing and scheduling system, called Routyn, has allowed the company to deliver the same volume of products with 25% fewer vehicles covering 10% fewer miles.
Snows is reported to be the first company in the UK to use Routyn which was developed in Portugal. The system went live in January and Snows is said to have already seen savings in its fuel costs and emissions as well as improvements to its efficiency. Routyn has also enabled Snows to centralise transport planning to provide a better view of nationwide distribution.
This has resulted in more accurate deliveries, a reduction in human error, and increased ability to meet customers’ bespoke needs.
The efficiency improvements is also said to have allowed Snows to refocus resources in its distribution centres enabling them to concentrate on more activities to benefit the customer as well as there now being increased capacity to pick and mill product.
Craig Willoughby, Supply Chain and Logistics Director of Snows Timber, commented: ” We are delighted to be breaking new ground in the UK with our implementation of Routyn. It has delivered a real step change in our transport planning and management capability.
“We have been able to quickly achieve more efficiency using less resources in a way that we simply could not have done using our previous manual planning processes. The implementation highlights our desire to develop better and more integrated sales and operations planning processes to continually improve our service offer to our customers.”