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Plumbing World watertight with routing and scheduling

By Retail Technology | Thursday March 8 2018

Plumbing, bathroom and heating products distributor Plumbing World has implemented new cloud-based drop routing and scheduling software

The company, which offers a one stop shop stocking over 10,000 products, has selected Maxoptra to expand its delivery operation.

Using Maxoptra vehicle routing and scheduling software, which allows easy access via standard web browsers, Plumbing World plans to expand its delivery fleet and increase its delivery area. 

“At the start of our journey with Maxoptra we operated a small fleet, mainly delivering within a 40-mile radius of the warehouse, “ said Danny Welch, warehouse and operations manager for Plumbing World. “As the business continues to expand, and with the support of Maxoptra, we plan to increase the size of the fleet and expand our delivery area.”

Outside couriers 

Prior to the implementation of Maxoptra, Plumbing World manually planned deliveries within the local vicinity and used outside couriers for other consignments. Due to the nature of many of the products on offer being  large and or fragile, this was both time consuming and expensive. 

Following the introduction of Maxoptra’s automated route planning and scheduling, the distributor has been able to reduce the time taken to plan routes from 3-4 hours per day to just a matter of minutes. 

A cloud-based scheduling solution, Maxoptra seamlessly integrates with Plumbing World’s Sage enterprise software to automate the transfer of order, delivery and invoice data. Once produced, delivery manifests can be shared throughout the business increasing the transparency of the mobile operation. 

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