RNLI chooses Aptean routing and scheduling software

The RNLI is using software from Aptean to optimise its fleet distribution capabilities, with deliveries being made to 270 sites in coastal towns and cities across the UK and Ireland.

The charity operates a fleet of 15-tonne rigid trucks that are responsible for distributing merchandise to the charity’s retail shops and kiosks, as well as parts and equipment to its nationwide network of lifeboat stations.

The fleet also handles transport requirements for three RNLI factories—situated in Dorset, Wales and the Isle of Wight—that build and refit inflatable and all-weather lifeboats and amphibious tractors.

“We needed a strategic modelling tool that would enable us to analyse our distribution operations and understand where potential enhancements exist,” explained senior category manager at RNLI, Nick Saunders.  

“Paragon routing and scheduling from Aptean enables us to fine-tune our fixed routes, better handle seasonal transport variations and target over a 10% reduction in our transport costs.”

Saunders says that not only can it now model different distribution scenarios to ensure it is operating the most optimum plans—with weekly deliveries that reduce during the winter months—it can now assess our depot strategies, fleet make-up and any under-utilisation of resources.

“Moving forward, we will explore leveraging the software for day-to-day planning, switching from fixed to dynamic delivery routes that better cope with fluctuations in cargo volumes,” he said.

Read more about the RNLI’s fleet operations and how saving cash on its vehicle operations enables it to save more lives

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The annual event was due to take place at the NEC, Birmingham on October 6-7 but as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and after consultation with the visitor advisory board, Fleet News has taken the decision to hold an online event in November instead.

Among the exclusive features at the virtual event will be a special EV & Hybrid Showroom which will bring to life the latest electric models with interactive displays that will enable you to get up close to the UK’s best fleet suppliers.

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The decision to go virtual was made easier by the fact that around 40% of fleets already have, or expect to shortly have, a company travel ban that would prevent them from attending live events this year, while a similar proportion did not anticipate attending live events until sometime in 2021.


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