LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Switching to Truckstops, a smart vehicle routing and scheduling solution from UK company Mapmechanics, is helping rapidly-expanding HelloFresh to keep down the prices of its increasingly popular home-delivered “cook from scratch” meal kits.
HelloFresh transport manager Elliot Jenkins says the company has increased the scale of its in-house deliveries fourfold, while putting only 50 per cent more vans on the road.
HelloFresh delivers the ingredients for healthy and appetising meals to consumers nationwide in “recipe boxes”, along with full preparation and cooking instructions. Having started by using carriers for its deliveries, the company is gradually building up its own delivery van fleet in southern England.
Shoppers are asked to place next week’s orders by midnight on Wednesday. The aim is then to group the orders into efficient delivery rounds.
Initially the company used a basic online routing and scheduling system, but then it discovered Truckstops, and Elliot says this has transformed the scheduling process. “In the first week alone, we experienced a 40 per cent reduction in fuel costs.”
Truckstops arranges calls into cost-efficient routes that meet all operating and legal requirements. Users can see the proposed routes displayed on a screen map, and can even move calls interactively to different routes if required.
Truckstops outputs printed lists of calls to help warehouse staff load the boxes in the correct delivery order, and also outputs call details in spreadsheet form, which HelloFresh uses to generate address labels – ensuring that the labels always match the schedule.
Schedules are also downloaded to the Navman Wireless M-Nav in-cab computer in each van. This device presents deliveries to drivers in sequential order, helping them navigate to each call point.
“Truckstops team at Mapmechanics has been incredibly supportive,” says Elliot. He says the team is continuing to develop new refinements that will keep the HelloFresh operation ahead of the game.
HelloFresh is now preparing to roll out Truckstops on its operations in the Netherlands, where it hopes to make savings similar to those it has experienced in the UK.