DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Apr 6, 2017) - Paragon Software Systems, Inc., a leader in vehicle routing and scheduling optimization solutions, announces that NRS Healthcare, a market leader of products and services designed to support independent living, has selected Paragon's routing and scheduling software as part of its commitment to continually improving the quality of service provided to its customers. The company will use the planning solution to better manage a fleet of 300 vans responsible for the delivery and collection of mobility equipment, wheelchairs and daily living aids, which are allowing people in communities across the UK to live independently and with dignity.
"The key driver for embarking on this project is our desire to continually improve the quality of service we offer," said Raaza Temour, Director of Implementation & Training at NRS Healthcare. "With the UK National Health Service (NHS) and Local Authorities under huge pressure to provide social care within very tight budgets, we needed to find a way to further enhance the experience of the service user without increasing cost. We teamed up with Paragon because of their unrivaled experience across many industry sectors, which gave us complete confidence that they could help us deliver the service improvements."
"The growing demand for NRS Healthcare's services in a market under huge funding pressures means that operational efficiency is critical but this cannot be delivered at the expense of good customer service," said William Salter, CEO and President of Paragon Software Systems. "The ability to provide time windows that customers can be confident will be met is just as important for NRS Healthcare as it is for a food or furniture retailer. We are proud to have been chosen by NRS Healthcare to help them deliver an efficient and reliable service to the health authorities that also meets the individual needs of the health services user."
As a leading provider to the health services sector, NRS Healthcare sources, procures, installs, services and recycles over 2,000 different products to help keep people active when mobility becomes difficult following an operation or due to a debilitating health condition. Following the results of a service user feedback survey, the company identified a preference for tighter delivery and collection windows, so it needed an advanced planning tool to replace the existing manual process.
NRS Healthcare initially implemented a pilot scheme in Cambridge and Norfolk using Paragon Integrated Fleets to plan a mixture of 40 home-based and depot-based technicians, with a view to rolling out the software across all 16 depots. Over the course of the trial, the company demonstrated quantifiable service improvements, which included the introduction of two-hour time slots. In addition, NRS Healthcare achieved an increase in the number of activities per technician by 28 percent and 17 percent at each depot, respectively, which has provided technicians with a more consistent workload and predictable finish time.
Moving forward, NRS Healthcare's central planning team will use the routing and scheduling software to schedule daily operational delivery and collection requirements, including both one- and two-man services, across the nationwide depot network. Estimated delivery times for each product will also be incorporated into the planning process to increase schedule accuracy.
About Paragon Software Systems
Paragon Software Systems, Inc., 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's North American truck routing software clients include George's Inc., AgReliant Genetics, Linde, McLane, National Food Corporation, and many others. The software is used for the daily route optimization of transportation schedules; rationalizing fixed routes; managing transportation resources; strategic logistics planning; and managing home delivery orders with dynamic routing. 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 3,400 systems installed at more than 1,100 client sites in 60 countries worldwide. For more information, visit paragontruckrouting.com.