Stewart Foodservice saves money using Cube Route

TORONTO, Ont. — Cube Route, a provider of on-demand logistics services, says Stewart Foodservice is realizing significant productivity gains through the use of the system’s tracking and planning capabilities.

Stewart Foodservice, a North American foodservice distribution company has reportedly attained a 10 per cent increase in driver productivity, an eight per cent increase in overall fleet capacity and a three per cent decrease of service time since implementing the Cube Route system five months ago.

The Cube Route subscription service provides tracking and planning and is provided on a pay-as-you-go basis, the company says.

"Given the size of our organization, we could not justify the budget to implement tracking and dispatching solutions that require large upfront capital investments and infrastructure changes," said Dennis Hrytzak, director of finance at Stewart Foodservice. "With Cube Route we achieved visibility into our delivery process without disruption to our service or any capital investment. We can now monitor important profit indicators, such as truck utilization, average piece count and time per drop, or number of drops per driver; and can also optimize our operations to ensure ongoing service efficiency."

The company’s dispatchers are notified in real-time of the delivery status of loads and are able to adjust route plans and delivery schedules on the fly. Drivers use Web-enabled cell phones to capture data such as arrival times, mileage and exceptions. Stewart Foodservice can also check historical delivery logs to track accuracy and optimize its business operations.

"Customer service levels are now much higher, since we can provide more specific and direct answers about estimated times of arrival or delays," said Hrytzak. ‘And we know where our trucks are at any given time and for how long, which is critical to improving fleet control. Cube Route is a valuable service."

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