Paragon software clients Sainsbury's and Morrisons praised for green supply chains
Paragon Software Systems, a leader in vehicle routing and scheduling optimisation solutions, has announced several of its clients have been listed in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Report for striving to meet green supply chain goals using technology.
The CDP report lists global climate performance leaders that are using technology to tackle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and climate change objectives to drive sustainable economies. Two of Paragon’s long-term clients made the list of leaders who demonstrate a superior approach to climate change, cited for decreasing their carbon footprint by reducing empty miles, utilising mode optimisation opportunities, loading trucks more fully and enhancing the efficiency of their transportation network.
William Salter, CEO and President of Paragon Software Systems, said: “Businesses around the world are realising the benefits of reducing environmental risk by optimising routes to lower fuel usage, reduce carbon emissions and decrease empty miles.
“We salute these CDP report A-list companies for striving to improve the environment by using our route optimisation and scheduling solutions to cut greenhouse gases and other emissions.”
Most recently, industry analyst and Logistics Viewpoints columnist, Steve Banker, delved into the CDP report, focusing on food, beverage and retail companies, to analyse which businesses are using a transportation management system.
Two of Paragon’s clients are listed in the report: J Sainsbury PLC and Morrisons Supermarkets. Morrisons has been using Paragon software for 30 years to maximise delivery performance to its stores. Sixteen Sainsbury’s depots are using an Integrated Transport Management System, which integrates Paragon’s planning optimization with telematics to dramatically enhance the accuracy and execution of each day's complex transport plans. The system has increased driver productivity by 8 percent, improved empty running by 12 percent, cut store turnaround times by 15 percent and increased on-time delivery levels by 17 percent.
Sainsbury’s uses Paragon’s Resource Manager to plan routes against individual driver shifts and available vehicle resources to ensure that each day’s multi-shifted transport plans are realistic and achievable. They also use Paragon Fleet Controller to monitor the accurate execution of the delivery schedule. The benefits reported using Paragon include savings of 142,245 gallons of fuel across four sites, 3.1 million lb. C02 emissions reduction and 3.8 percent overall travel distance reduction.
Steve Banker said: “Nevertheless, if you are a company that publishes a sustainability report, and carbon reduction is one of your corporate goals, implementing a transportation management system will usually represent an easy win.”
Paragon Software Systems, based in Dallas, Texas, is a leading provider of truck routing and scheduling software solutions. Paragon’s advanced planning systems have been proven to cut transportation costs and improve efficiency across a wide range of distribution operation types and industry sectors. Paragon Software Systems, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paragon Software Systems plc, the UK’s number one provider of transportation routing and scheduling software. Paragon has over 3,300 systems installed at more than 1,000 client sites in 50 countries worldwide. For more information visit http://www.paragontruckrouting.com.
SAP Ariba to digitise procurement for Expo 2020 suppliers
The global trade event, this year hosted in Dubai, was rescheduled from last year and will now take place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022.
As the event’s Innovative Enterprise Software Partner, SAP Ariba solutions will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle, providing a streamlined experience for thousands of market leading, global suppliers and strengthening the global supply chain with enhanced transparency and efficiency. The cloud-based platforms operate through on SAP Ariba’s UAE public cloud data centre and connects to the Ariba Network.
Expo 2020 "a long-term investment"
Mohammed AlHashmi, Chief Technology Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said the world trade event is “a long-term investment in the future that aims to enhance opportunities for sustainable business connectivity and growth”, which stretches beyond Expo 2020’s six-month window.
“Our partnership with SAP is an example of what can be achieved with the invaluable support of our technology partners to host one of the most digitally advanced World Expos ever,” he added. “The implementation of SAP Ariba solutions has transformed our end-to-end procure-to-pay cycle and helped set new standards of procurement automation for projects of this scale.”
To date, more than AED 1bn has already been transacted by Expo 2020 suppliers through SAP Ariba. The platform promotes collaborative partnerships and allows registered users to participate in sourcing events, negotiate and initiate contracts, and centralise their invoicing and payments in real time.
Claudio Muruzabal, President of EMEA South, SAP, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is demonstrating global best practices in digitising its procurement process with SAP Ariba solutions to help gain visibility into its spend, tighten collaboration with its suppliers, and achieve process automation, including completely paperless invoicing.”
About Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai and is the first of the long-running World Expos to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia territory. The original World Expo, called the Great Exhibiton, was hosted in 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London, designed as a showcase for the innovations of the Industrial Revolution.
Expo 2020 was originally due to run 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, but was last year postponed in light of COVID-19 restrictions - though some business has already taken place virtually. The event will place greater emphasis on innovation in sustainable solutions through the Sustainability District, blending technology and culture. It is expected that around 70 per cent of the 25 million attendees will be international visitors.