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New Grocery Route Optimization Fulfills in 24 Hours, Lancaster Organics Reports

Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics (LFFO) has streamlined its previously manual fleet operations to help get product in and out of the warehouse and into the customer's hand in 24 hours or less, said Ben Kreider, the retailer's transportation director. LFFO uses the Descartes Route Planner.

New Grocery Route Optimization Fulfills in 24 Hours, Lancaster Organics Reports

The cloud-based tool provides a way to plan, optimize and dispatch routes, then track and monitor delivery fleets in real time, Kreider said. It manages both static and dynamic routes to maximize fleet utilization while respecting customer service requirements by taking into account geographic information, time windows and other business constraints when planning pickups and deliveries.

LFFO is a non-profit organic farmer’s cooperative of over 100 family farmers that provides fresh, certified organic products to wholesalers and through a subscription initiative also known as the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

"We have a tool that automates and optimizes route planning and driver scheduling for picking up produce from over 160 family farms and delivering to market shelves and CSA members' hands," Kreider said. "As our transportation needs grow, this level of efficiency is fundamental."

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The cloud-based tool provides a way to plan, optimize and dispatch routes, then track and monitor delivery fleets in real time, Kreider said. It manages both static and dynamic routes to maximize fleet utilization while respecting customer service requirements by taking into account geographic information, time windows and other business constraints when planning pickups and deliveries.

LFFO is a non-profit organic farmer’s cooperative of over 100 family farmers that provides fresh, certified organic products to wholesalers and through a subscription initiative also known as the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

"We have a tool that automates and optimizes route planning and driver scheduling for picking up produce from over 160 family farms and delivering to market shelves and CSA members' hands," Kreider said. "As our transportation needs grow, this level of efficiency is fundamental."

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New Grocery Route Optimization Fulfills in 24 Hours, Lancaster Organics Reports