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30 December 2014

When is the delivery coming? It’s on the screen


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A neat idea from Paragon, the routing and scheduling specialist, is a product called Arrivals Board, which does exactly what you’d expect – it shows when vehicles have reached each stage in their scheduled route.

What’s less familiar is that it’s aimed not at vehicle operators, but at their customers. An ideal target user would be a retail store, where staff can monitor which vehicles are on their way and how long it will be before they arrive.

It assumes that the vehicles in question are being tracked by a telematics system of some sort. If so, their arrival time is captured by the system, and users can access it via an internet link, displaying it on screen. The display in our picture looks impressive, but Paragon says it can be any screen – large plasma or LCD screen, desktop PC screen, even a tablet computer.

Users simply access the web site with their login details and click on their store to see what is happening in real time. Paragon admits it’s not rocket science, but argues that it can play a significant role in helping to reduce time-wasting and saving labour costs

According to managing director William Salter: “Store staff can be ready and prepared to unload the trucks when they reach their destination, but no one has to wait around as ETAs are continually updated from the live link.”

 

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