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Navigating a Sustainable Future: Unlocking Efficiency and Minimising Carbon Footprint With Route Optimisation Software


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Navigating a Sustainable Future: Unlocking Efficiency and Minimising Carbon Footprint With Route Optimisation Software

30 Aug 2023

Aptean Staff Writer
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In today's ever-evolving landscape, logistics and distribution companies face mounting pressure from regulatory bodies and environmentally-conscious consumers to adopt greener and cleaner ways of operating.

Advanced route optimisation software is a powerful solution that can help you navigate the complexities of constantly changing regulations and drive cost reductions. With robust features, your organisation can embrace sustainable practices without compromising efficiency or profitability.

Three key features of Aptean's route optimisation solution can help you achieve this:

  • Advanced Routing Capabilities – Our advanced, proprietary algorithms calculate the most efficient routes for vehicles, so you don’t waste fuel and miles while also putting unnecessary wear-and-tear on your vehicles.

  • Carbon Minimiser Tool – The capabilities within this tool enable you to effectively decrease carbon emissions and fuel consumption in your scheduled plans, resulting in a reduction of both environmental impact and transport operating expenses.

  • Performance Tracking – You’re able to monitor performance of your operations by setting both industry-standard and business-specific key performance indicators (KPIs) and easily share those metrics with all stakeholders across your organisation.

Let’s dive a little deeper into each of the above.

Advanced Routing Capabilities

By harnessing the power of advanced routing capabilities, logistics companies can make significant strides in reducing transport miles and, consequently, make a substantial impact on reducing CO2 emissions. Cutting even a modest 5% of miles not only leads to greener operations but also positions your organisation favourably among stakeholders committed to further developing sustainable supply chains.

One notable success story comes from Martin-Brower, a leading U.S. distributor for the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry. Through the deployment of route optimisation software, the company achieved an impressive annual reduction of 900,000 pounds in CO2 emissions from its standard diesel truck fleet.

Additionally, empty running is a wasteful practice that yields no tangible benefits for businesses or the environment. The consequences are far-reaching—including squandered drive time, increased vehicle maintenance, excessive fuel consumption and amplified CO2 emissions.

Recognising this inefficiency, advanced routing software presents a solution by identifying opportunities to maximise deliveries along a given route. This optimisation minimises empty running, resulting in reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Furthermore, by maximising backhauls, your organisation can optimise fleet utilisation without the need for additional lorries.

To further highlight the potential of advanced routing, our eBook, "Embrace Green Freight Now With Route Optimisation Software,” delves deeper into the transformative power of this technology. For instance, a major U.S. food distributor managed to cut fuel consumption and emissions by 10% after streamlining its pickup and delivery fleet using advanced routing capabilities.

Moreover, our solution goes beyond conventional routing, offering strategic route planning features to further optimise routes and unlock additional potential in your operation. With the scenario modeler, you can conduct what-if analyses before implementing process changes or making any financial commitments. This invaluable tool allows your business to gauge the environmental impact of proposed alterations, ensuring that decisions align with green trucking goals without incurring unnecessary expenses.

The advanced routing capabilities of Aptean Routing & Scheduling Paragon Edition revolutionise logistics by meeting sustainability objectives like minimising miles, reducing CO2 emissions and mitigating the environmental impact of transport operations.

By embracing the power of advanced daily and strategic routing, you can pave the way for a greener future while optimising efficiency and cost-effectiveness in your organisation.

“We are proud that we have been able to reduce our carbon footprint by cutting our emission levels.”

Chuck GansDirector, Operations SupportMartin-Brower

Reduce Emissions With Carbon Minimised Routes

Aptean Routing & Scheduling's Carbon Minimiser functionality goes a step further in reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption.

This tool optimises route efficiency by considering factors such as vehicle weight, speed variations and the impact they have on fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

For an example of this feature in action, consider supermarket chain Tesco in the UK, which is using route optimisation software with the specific goal of reducing the CO2 emissions created per case of goods delivered by 50%. Our Carbon Minimiser functionality takes into account city-based travel that uses more fuel and emits more carbon emissions compared to motorway travel. It also considers the varying fuel consumption of heavily loaded vehicles versus empty ones.

By incorporating these factors into the scheduling process, the Carbon Minimiser tool generates carbon-friendly schedules that contribute to making Tesco a greener operation.

Increase Visibility to Track and Communicate KPIs

With Aptean Routing & Scheduling, you can review and monitor KPIs related to carbon emissions and fuel consumption, empowering your organisation to proactively manage its environmental impact.

This feature allows your organisation to set specific KPIs and track progress towards achieving them. By having clear visibility into your environmental impact, you can make informed decisions and take additional optimisation steps to further reduce emissions and fuel usage.

The ability to track and communicate KPI metrics easily helps ensure that sustainability goals remain at the forefront of business operations.

This functionality not only benefits operations but also plays a pivotal role in compliance with the ability to monitor and report on carbon emissions and fuel consumption. The solution presents a distinct advantage in helping you showcase sustainability practices to procuring new contracts as well as allowing you to meet the increased demand for transparency customers are increasingly seeking.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Decrease Costs With Aptean Routing & Scheduling

The advanced routing capabilities, Carbon Minimiser tool and KPI tracking features of Aptean's routing and scheduling solution empower logistics and distribution companies to reduce transport miles, minimise CO2 emissions, lower costs and contribute to a greener future.

At Aptean, we pride ourselves in offering superior solutions and providing outstanding support to help you not only optimise your operations but also actively reduce your carbon footprint.

By deploying Aptean Routing & Scheduling Paragon Edition, your organisation can take proactive steps towards navigating a sustainable future and achieving long-term cost savings. Join the ranks of companies committed to environmental sustainability and position yourself as a leader in the industry.

To learn more about how Aptean's routing and scheduling solution can help you navigate and engage in sustainable practices without compromising efficiency and cost, contact us today.

Request a personalised demo and let us guide you toward a greener and more sustainable future.

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