Holland & Barrett has adopted Paragon’s routing and scheduling software as part of its ongoing transformation, strengthening operations to better deliver what customers expect in a rapidly evolving retail sector. The software solution will enable the health and wellness retailer to restructure its store replenishment operation which supplies over 900 locations across the UK from its warehousing and international distribution centre in Burton-on-Trent.
“To maintain our position as one of the world’s leading health and wellness retailers, it is vital that Holland & Barrett continues to invest in streamlining its supply chain, offering the best customer experience possible in the most efficient manner,” explains Jason Thompson, transport operations manager at Holland & Barrett. “Paragon’s routing and scheduling software solution will enable us to transform store replenishment, removing the need to keep high levels of inventory in store by delivering direct to shelf. It will also enable us to gain better understanding of where we can use third-party logistics partners in outlying areas through strategic modelling.”
Until now, Holland & Barrett has operated fixed daily routes with each store receiving a single weekly delivery. However, the health and wellness retailer took the decision to reduce inventory in the stores as much as possible, which would require increasing store deliveries from one to three times per week. With such an extensive range of more than 9,000 different products, this is critical to removing waste and inefficiency from the supply chain. Following an external review of its transport management function, Holland & Barrett decided to replace existing manual planning processes with dynamic planning enabled by Paragon’s routing and scheduling software.
The introduction of dynamic planning will ensure the health and wellness retailer can reduce in-store inventory and improve on shelf availability, while at the same time confidently delivering on the promise of its click and collect offering.
The Paragon routing and scheduling software will help Holland & Barrett identify and achieve transport cost savings by reducing dead mileage, enhancing reverse logistics and delivering maximum productivity levels. As most of the stores are located on the high street, the planning solution will also help its transport planning team to far more efficiently factor in complex delivery variables such as daytime access restrictions and the impact of urban congestion. This is critical to achieving the required efficiency levels. Moving forward, the health and wellness retailer is looking to reduce its fleet size using the planning software to create more efficient routes and effectively double-shift available vehicles.
William Salter, managing director of Paragon Software Systems, commented: “The UK high street is under immense pressure to keep up with rapidly changing consumer habits. Experienced and trusted brands like Holland & Barrett are evolving to meet this challenge by investing in best-practice systems and processes to protect revenue levels, customer loyalty and ultimately profitability. Our routing and scheduling software is enabling retailers to optimise their transport operations, helping to deliver a superior customer experience and more efficient fulfilment operations.”