24th March 2016
Flower Deliveries Blossom for Global Service Group
Global Service Group (GSG) has seen its flower delivery contract blossom, thanks to Route Monkey.
GSG makes over 1,000 flower deliveries a day in and around London. As the contract grew, the bespoke logistics provider turned to Route Monkey to enhance both the efficiency of its delivery operations and reduce planning time.
Rob Berringer, Managing Director of GSG, said: “Previously, we used a combination of Microsoft MapPoint and local knowledge to plan deliveries. Route Monkey from day one demonstrated a 20% saving in mileage, which is a dramatic difference.”
GSG imports all jobs into Route Monkey’s route optimisation and scheduling software. Route Monkey calculates the next day’s deliveries using the least number of vans and lowest cumulative mileage. It also produces an individual daily manifest for each driver.
“In highly congested metropolitan areas like London, routing and scheduling can have a huge impact on productivity, compared to manual planning or relying on drivers’ local knowledge,” added Rob.
“We looked at several providers, including various online-only solutions. What appealed about Route Monkey, however, were the people behind the software. All of our contracts are bespoke, meaning they bring their own unique challenges. It was therefore vital that we found a partner who was always there at the end of the phone to ensure we get the best out of the software.
“The ability to very quickly and easily amend the algorithms is also a real plus point. For example, we can alter the allotted amount of time per delivery, depending on the type of flowers or even the weather. This flexibility enables us to deliver the very best possible level of service to our clients.”
Global Service Group (GSG) provides a wide range of distribution services across the UK, operating a fleet of more than 450 light commercial vehicles. It operates across both the public and private sectors, with customers including the NHS and local authorities, as well as laboratory testing companies, financial institutions, retail, food distribution, passenger transport and transport businesses.
Specialising in contracts which require high levels of security, a proven chain of custody, a temperature controlled environment, or more general logistics solutions, it delivers distribution services to some of the UK’s best known organisations in both the public and private sector.
Following its success with urban flower delivery, GSG has rolled out Route Monkey to a complex NHS contract. This involves collecting clinical samples from over 400 donor sites in Essex, within tightly specified time frames.
“Our customers rely on our ability to solve their problems,” said Rob. “Route Monkey enables us to provide the most effective and value for money solutions.”
About Route Monkey
Route Monkey is an award-winning leader in the development and provision of complex, multi-criterion algorithms. It provides solutions for scheduling, modelling and optimisation of assets including people, goods, energy, infrastructure and vehicles. Route Monkey is also a pioneer in the optimisation of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), energy management solutions and Intelligent Mobility.
The high quality and growing customer base for its route optimisation and scheduling algorithms includes household names such as Iceland. Route Monkey also works with, or has delivered projects for, UK government agencies and NGOs including Energy Savings Trust, Innovate UK, Scottish Enterprise, Transport for London and Transport Scotland.
Route Monkey is a Trakm8 company. Trakm8 Holdings PLC is an AIM listed company providing market-leading insurance and fleet management solutions, using big data analytics, to organisations worldwide.
About Global Service Group
Global Service Group (GSG) is a leading contract distribution company, providing a wide range of distribution services across the UK. Specialising in contracts which require high levels of security, a proven chain of custody, a temperature controlled environment, or more general logistics solutions, it delivers distribution services to some of the UK’s best known organisations.
Supplying both ambient and chilled vehicles, GSG has rapidly grown, thanks to an ethos of bespoke service provision and real added value at the point of delivery. This excellence in service is supported by a partnership approach which provides both cost efficiency and commercial understanding to clients.
GSG’s directly-employed service delivery teams and contract management operate nationally, either from its own distribution centres or embedded at clients’ sites.
The core of the GSG business model is quality and value, with all services being fully supported by operating procedures which are accredited to ISO9001 & ISO14001 standards.