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Reynolds

Overview

Reynolds Logistics, Ireland’s leading liquid distribution company and the biggest distributor of petroleum in Ireland, has chosen Optrak4 for its vehicle routing operations in order to sustain competitive advantage.
“We chose Optrak4 due to its reputation and expertise in the bulk liquids industry and its established oil and petroleum client base. It was also clear that other routing solutions did not offer the same functionality as Optrak4” said Andrew Reynolds, General Manager, Reynolds.
Reynolds deploys Optrak4 on both a strategic and operational level. Strategically it is used to create detailed distribution models, to determine the cost base for each contract. In this use case, various options can be analysed until Reynolds knows what resources (e.g. drivers, fleet configuration and mix) would have been required to efficiently fulfill these orders. Reynolds also uses Optrak4 to explore tiered delivery service/cost options with client business managers.

 

From an operational standpoint, Optrak4 is used to generate an initial set of optimised trips that observe all delivery and time windows. The closer an order gets to the ‘by date’, the more priority it is given. Optrak4 uses any remaining orders to boost utilisation of vehicles that Reynolds is already committed to sending out.

The scheduler then uses his local knowledge to modify trips to further tailor routes and utilisation rates. Optrak rechecks all constraints whenever a change is made. If an outbase does not have the capacity to deliver its orders, the scheduler uses Optrak to allocate a vehicle from the central depot in Dublin.

“A customer who orders before midday, can get it delivered anywhere in Ireland the next day. No other lubricants company can provide this service and we couldn’t do this without Optrak. It is an invaluable tool for route planning and critical to our day to day processes and operations. Anyone trying to model lubricants distribution without a sophisticated tool like Optrak will not be doing it justice. Additionally, everyone who uses Optrak finds it very user friendly.”
Alan Docherty, Operations Manager

Key Benefits
Reynolds & Optrak

  1. Significant Time Saved in Planning

    Optrak4’s optimisation process has reduced Reynolds’ time required for planning down to 90 minutes. Reynolds estimates that without Optrak, it would take two planners a full day to do the routing.

  2. Measuring and Improving on KPIs

    Optrak4 stores and maintains performance data for Reynolds, including elements such as actual kilometres traveled, from the tachographs and compares to planned routes to determine further efficiencies.

  3. Meeting reporting requirements

    Optrak4 puts Reynolds in a better position to meet tachograph requirements and the Working Time Directive (WTD). Optrak keeps track of driver hours on a day-to-day basis and adds them up as the week goes on. This helps Reynolds ensure that drivers don’t get overworked.

Customer
Quotes

“The punctuality and efficiency of our deliveries demonstrates our commitment to quality and customer service excellence. At Reynolds, we have always used proven technology to support our business. Central to this has been the long term partnership with Optrak4, to integrate its leading vehicle routing solution into our overall supply chain.”

Joe Reynolds
Managing Director
at Reynolds

“A customer who orders before midday, can get it delivered anywhere in Ireland the next day. No other lubricants company can provide this service and we couldn’t do this without Optrak4. It is an invaluable tool for route planning and critical to our day to day processes and operations. Anyone trying to model lubricants distribution without a sophisticated tool like Optrak4 will not be doing it justice. Additionally, everyone who uses Optrak4 finds it very user friendly.”

Alan Docherty
Operations Manager
at Reynolds

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