Food and Beverage
Food and beverage distributors are facing unprecedented times. With the dramatic shifts in demand, rethinking strategies, tactics and technologies is becoming critical to not only survive but to thrive.
Traditional distribution models featuring master routes and territories are being challenged as distributors look to improve profitability and find new ways to compete.
Our solutions can help transform your distribution operations.
- Dynamically generated customer selected time windows
- Continuous optimisation enabled by RPA
- Routing configurations determined by AI and ML
- Delivery driver apps with real time tracking
- Customer notifications
Our Solutions and Capabilities
Daily and Dynamic Routing
Sophisticated planning capabilities that enable a broad range of industries to create optimal daily routing solutions. Automate route planning across the distribution network for more effective and efficient performance, and for greater planner productivity.
Same Day Routing
Offer time-definite same day delivery through appointment bookings integrated with real-time GPS-based vehicle tracking.
Electronic Proof of Delivery (ePOD)
Purpose built for food and beverage distributors’ complex business rules, our ePOD solutions streamline receipt and reconciliation at delivery to minimise disputes, improve customer satisfaction and shorten the cash collection process.
Customer Selected Time Windows
Allow customers to select from dynamically generated delivery time windows that maximise the customer experience while minimising delivery costs.
Continually optimise by taking in new orders or changes and optimising them as they occur, and constantly look for new combinations to improve planning results.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
Use AI to generate optimal configurations that uniquely meet planning requirements and ML to increase the accuracy of parameters and individually tune performance down to the driver, customer and road network.
Engage with customers from purchase through the delivery cycle using automated notifications to help reduce failures and improve the customer experience.
Speed up the implementation of solutions by drawing on our team’s experience, integration capabilities, and realise the benefits faster.
Fully managed hosting and management solutions remove operational complexity from your business, and provide delivery certainty.
Delivery and Appointment Scheduling
Solve the problems of congestion and visibility - with intelligent scheduling and execution of activities to match your inbound or outbound requirements and capabilities of your operations.
Enhanced customer experiences with customised portals that capture orders, present time windows and track deliveries.
Logistics Control Towers
Control towers providing you with visibility and performance management across the breadth of your operations.
Descartes Route Planner
Descartes Route Planner software was designed to address the most complex route planning problems and provide fleet operators with capabilities that transform their performance.
Descartes OnDemand provides an easy and affordable way to optimise delivery performance. Plan, dispatch routes and track progress in real time and capture critical proof-of-delivery (POD) information.
Descartes Reservations is a web based solution for setting appointments and scheduling deliveries that allows customers to request delivery windows, while an optimised appointment booking agent matches available resources and delivery windows.
RouteSmart Routing as a Service (RaaS)
RaaS creates better solutions, faster. It builds geographically compact, logical and balanced workloads in a fraction of the time it takes other systems to build less efficient routes.
Descartes MobileLINK provides drivers and field personnel with the information, workflows, and decision support tools they need to perform their jobs optimally in the field. This technology supports a diverse range of devices and capabilities ranging from route execution, scan-on and scan-off orders, picture and signature capture, and final invoice generation.
Glympse’s location-intelligent software powers proactive conversations between customers and brands during the critical moments that matter most, allowing you to delight your customers, reduce your costs, and streamline your operations.
Bestrane Customer Portals (BCP)
Bestrane customer portals can be designed as stand alone solutions or integrated into your existing customer facing portals. Capture customer orders via portals that integrate directly with route planning solutions, or use tracking solutions to provide customers with direct visibility of their orders.
Mobiledock is a community-based service for controlling commercial deliveries to and pickups from buildings – quite often urban destinations. This innovative service enables destinations to automate, streamline and formalise dock appointment booking/scheduling, execution and monitoring from any internet connected desktop or mobile device.
Bestrane Order Processing (BOP)
Order processing services receive orders from your systems and apply rules and business logic to enhance the data, before presenting the orders to your route planning and optimisation solution. Bestrane Order Processing Service reduces the effort required to integrate these orders into route planning solutions, and enables more advanced optimisation capabilities to be applied.
Geotab telematics provide tracking and management solutions to manage your fleet. Designed as 'plug n play devices' Geotab delivers greater efficiency, cost control and safety from your fleet, with powerful cloud software, custom reporting and a host of hardware and software integrations.
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JB HiFi Group - Improving Operations and Stock Availability with Mobiledock
JB HiFi Group use Mobiledock to allow them to more efficiently manage their inbound scheduling and provide them with real-time forward visibility of the specific products and quantities of their inbound deliveries.
Lilydale Instant Lawn - Delivering Enhanced Customer Experiences
Lilydale Instant Lawn have achieved significant customer experience benefits with integrated route planning, driver execution and customer notifications solutions.
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