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Aptean Routing & Scheduling Helps AKI Group Improve Productivity and Reduce Costs

Aptean Routing & Scheduling Helps AKI Group Improve Productivity and Reduce Costs


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Aptean Routing & Scheduling Helps AKI Group Improve Productivity and Reduce Costs

21 Oct 2021

Al Khayyat Investments (AKI Group) is a family-owned company that operates a diverse range of autonomous business units including retail, consumer, contracting, pharmaceutical, strategic investments and automotive. Founded in 1982, the AKI Group is now a $1.6 billion business that has developed strong partnerships with leading international brands. With a strong workforce and state-of-the-art logistics center, the company strives for operational excellence that helps build lasting relationships with its customers.

The Challenge

The AKI Group has an in-house transportation operation that is responsible for providing delivery services across the business, and to the UAE’s seven emirates. Due to the diverse make-up of the business and the scale of orders being processed, the existing routing and scheduling operations were creating significant challenges for the AKI Group:

  • Managing transportation requirements to the UAE’s seven emirates

  • Effectively processing 25,000 orders per month

  • Efficiently managing transportation operations for over 12,000 deliveries

  • Using manual planning processes to route and schedule deliveries

The Solution

The AKI Group processes around 25,000 orders a month, typically equating to 12,500 deliveries each month to up to 5,500 customer sites across the UAE. The company recognized that manually planning such a large multi-drop delivery operation was resulting in inefficiencies. It sought to find a more advanced system that would help transform the performance of the distribution operation. The solution needed to be able to:

  • Provide real-time visibility of the transportation operations

  • Improve driver and fleet productivity and efficiencies

  • Deliver more accurate, optimized route plans and schedules

  • Consolidate operations and centralize planning functions and resources

The Result

After implementing Aptean Routing & Scheduling software, the AKI Group has seen significant operational improvements across several essential transportation KPIs, as well as a dramatic improvement in the productivity and efficiency across the operation. The advanced technology solution provided by Aptean is now a crucial part of AKI Group’s commitment to operational excellence.

  • Annual transportation cost savings of $1 million

  • Increased average deliveries per vehicle by 164%

  • Reduced fleet size by 38%

  • Lowered the average cost per delivery by 65%

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