Royal Canin Reduces Costs with Descartes' Route Planning Solution

Paris—May 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)—Descartes Systems Group, which specializes in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that, Royal Canin, a supplier of pet food in Europe, will expand its use of the Descartes WinRoute route planning and optimization solution throughout its operations in France.

"Our initial deployment covered only seven distribution centers, and we estimate that we've reduced our transport costs by 10 percent per ton delivered," said Frederic Poirier, Logistics and IT Manager at Royal Canin France. "Descartes' solution provides us with advanced decision support to create delivery plans that provide the optimal mix of our own vehicles and third party contractors required to meet our customer service commitments. We will roll-out Descartes WinRoute across the rest of our 15 distribution centers in France to extend the cost savings and operational improvements."

Descartes WinRoute is part of Descartes' comprehensive Routing, Mobile and Telematics suite. Its powerful optimization engine gives customers advanced capabilities to reduce costs and improve customer service by maximizing vehicle and driver utilization, reducing kilometers driven, and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of planners and dispatchers. The system's flexible modelling architecture considers different business rules, asset parameters, driver capabilities, geographic data, and other constraints to consistently create optimal routes across a broad variety of operational environments. It also takes into account fluctuating traffic conditions to produce delivery schedules that better reflect daily driving conditions.

"We're excited about the great results Royal Canin has been able to achieve and look forward to helping them implement their remaining distribution centers," said Michel Waterschoot, VP of Mobile Resource Management - Southern Europe for Descartes. "Descartes WinRoute's comprehensive capabilities and ease of use is perfect for companies, like Royal Canin, who want to quickly gain results and expand benefits across their businesses."

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