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Greggs distribution gets tasty update

By Retail Technology | Thursday March 1 2018

Popular baked goods retailer Greggs has upgraded its distribution operation with new routing and scheduling software

The company is using Paragon software to optimise the performance of its distribution
operation as part of a £100 million investment programme that is reshaping its supply chain within the UK. 

Most recently, Greggs was able to model transport requirements following the consolidation of its Edinburgh and Glasgow bakeries to improve fleet utilisation by over 30% and remove almost 900 miles a week from its local plans.

Richard Penna, group logistics manager at Greggs, said: “The Paragon routing and scheduling software quickly enabled us to identify where improvements could be made and create highly-efficient multi-drop route plans that would better serve our retail network.”

Planned expansion 

Greggs had previously operated 35 18-tonne rigids, split between the Edinburgh and Glasgow bakeries, that serviced each of the 260 shops twice a day. 

With the planned expansion of the Glasgow site to cover all Scottish shops , the company used Paragon’s Multi Depot software to undertake a strategic review of the transport operation. 

As a result, Greggs has been able to resize its fleet to just 24 commercial vehicles by optimising multi-drop route plans, realigning driver shifts and removing a trunking operation.  
Despite the distance of many vehicle journeys increasing since the site consolidation – with 80 Edinburgh stores now being fulfilled direct from
Glasgow – Greggs has been able to significantly reduce the overall mileage travelled through improved planning. This has contributed to a fuel saving of more than 2%, equating to reductions of around 35 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.




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