Surgical instrument specialist to save 10% on annual mileage with routing software
Surgical instrument specialist STERIS Instrument Management Services is driving the efficiency of its delivery service through more effective routing and scheduling.
Following the deployment of the Maxoptra dynamic cloud-based delivery planning and multi drop optimisation software, the firm, which services more than 300 NHS hospitals and other clinical providers nationwide, is forecast to see a 10% reduction in mileage, coupled with a 10% boost in efficiency across its mobile operation.
The firm’s representatives previously managed the visit schedule themselves but found that there was a lot of overlap.
Using Maxoptra the company has undertaken a series of exercises to create operating regions for each representative. By optimising historic schedules, Maxoptra has identified possible geographical divides which are being reviewed and tested as the system is rolled out in the forthcoming months.
“By comparing actual routes with the Maxoptra optimised routes, we estimate we can save around 10% on our annual mileages by introducing new operating regions,” said Jonathan Marsh, integration project manager. “This equates to a significant cost saving, both in fuel and maintenance costs, as well as reducing our impact on the environment. We also believe we can boost the productivity of each representative by around the same 10% figure. This will help us potentially expand our customer base and improve our customer service.”
Further improvements are also expected with the planned integration of TomTom Telematics devices, supplied by AES Auto Electrical Services.