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30 December 2014

American growers affirm commitment to UK-based scheduling system


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Two separate companies specialising in plant growing on the east coast of America have individually reaffirmed their commitment to Truckstops, the vehicle routing and scheduling optimisation system. Both had used earlier versions of the software, but had considered switching to a new system following uncertainty about future product support.

The issue was resolved when UK-based Mapmechanics took on full worldwide responsibility for developing and marketing the range a couple of years ago. Since then Mapmechanics has launched a new drive in North America to promote the system, and has established a permanent presence there.

One of the two specialists, New Jersey-based Garden State Growers, also uses the Plant Partner enterprise resource planning system from Starcom Computer of Seattle, and Mapmechanics has been working to provide tighter integration between the two systems. In particular, the two suppliers are helping Garden State to track the steel trolleys used for delivering plants, and to recover them in a timely and efficient way.

The other grower is Long Island-based Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, one of the biggest companies of its kind in the region. It is using the latest version of Truckstops on operations for detailer Home Depot, and is now planning to extend its use to other customers. 

A feature developed for Kurt Weiss has been provision for Truckstops to schedule journeys without taking any account of ferry crossings that might theoretically be available, but in fact are unsuitable or not practical.

The company says Truckstops is also effective at scheduling trips to distant locations ignoring potential calls that fall on the trunk journey, ensuring that the maximum time is spent in the target area.

 

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