Asda optimizes distribution

Walmart's U.K. chain, Asda, is optimizing its distribution operations by incorporating Isotrak vehicle-tracking, along with Paragon routing and scheduling software.

The new system has enabled Asda to implement a new regional distribution structure.

With the system, Asda said it has been able to  improve delivery services to its stores, make better use of driver resources,  ensure route compliance and reduce operational costs. 

“Asda  transportation has been completely transformed to provide new efficiencies  across the board. TTS has enabled this and is providing significant improvements  in the way we plan and manage our resources and in how we plan more than 18,000  store deliveries a week using our 900 strong fleet. The results of this business  change are on-time delivery improvements to the stores, optimization of our  driver and vehicle resources and greater route compliance, which is also  reducing mileage, fuel costs and emissions,” said Chris Hall, national transport  manager for Asda.

“We have moved away from individual planning for each distribution center and have created seven planning regions across the United Kingdom that provide a clear differentiation between regional planning to maximize geographical resources and local execution for compliance to plan and accountability for store service. There are 21 DCs within the regions – two in Scotland, three in the North East, four in the North West, three in Yorkshire,  four in the Midlands, three in the South West and two serving the South East. It  is true to say that this would be impossible to do without an effective system and process.”