SUEZ division Recovery & Recycling
The SUEZ Group draws on the expertise it has been developing since the late 19th century to help people constantly improve their quality of life. Every single day, SUEZ commits to preserving the fundamental elements of the environment and invests in preserving and restoring natural capital, and the future of biodiversity. The SUEZ division Recovery & Recycling (SUEZ R&R) is globally responsible for waste collections and recycling of - amongst others - household waste, commercial waste, construction and demolition waste, and all other forms of recyclable waste ranging from plastics to bio-waste.
Optimising master routes is a precondition for controlling costs
SUEZ deploys Route Planner to plan master routes for the commercial waste routes with wheelie bins and for household waste collections. Previously, fixed collection routes were created in Excel, put in a logical order and sent to the driver’s in-cab device. If a customer terminated a contract, a route became inefficient and it was also unknown if new customers were added to the most efficient route.
ChallengeThe operational waste logistics with more than 11,000 vehicles on the road was generally decentralized without the support of a route planning system. “SUEZ realized that in order to optimize planning they needed to be supported by state-of-the-art systems and centralized planning in order to create synergies between previously small planning regions”, says Peter Beavers, Group Activity Leader Collections Read more
The global waste collection activities of SUEZ R&R have an annual value of one billion euros. Previously, the operational waste logistics with more than 11,000 vehicles on the road was generally decentralized without the support of a route planning system.
Peter Beavers, Group Activity Leader Collections; “In order to optimize planning they needed to be supported by state-of-the-art systems and centralized planning in order to create synergies between previously small planning regions.”
SolutionSUEZ R&R optimizes the waste collection routes of roll-on/roll-off containers with Fleet Planner, providing the ability to plan more orders at the same time. Before, some planners were able to handle 20 vehicles a day Read more
Optimize the waste collection routes with Fleet Planner
SUEZ R&R optimizes the waste collection routes of roll-on/roll-off containers with Fleet Planner, providing the ability to plan more orders at the same time. Before, some planners were able to handle 20 vehicles a day, others got stuck after planning 7 vehicles. Peter Beavers: “With Fleet Planner on average, we save 30% time per planner.
The huge difference is that the planning is not based on the planner’s estimates, but on the fixed data Fleet Planner is using. This translates into a financial benefit. For instance, the time per order decreases - which is the main critical performance indicator - by 2% to 3.6%. This goes for countries and regions where intelligent optimization has been completely rolled out and 2 to 3 years after full implementation, such as in France.”
ResultsThe experiences in Belgium and The Netherlands proved that investing in Route Planner alone, for instance, led to a significant increase in productivity of the waste collection operation of between 3% and 5%. This is mainly due to reducing the most important key performance indicator ‘time per order’ Read more
Reducing the most important KPI ‘time per order’
Peter Beavers: ”The experiences in Belgium and The Netherlands proved that investing in Route Planner alone, for instance, led to a significant increase in productivity of the waste collection operation of between 3% and 5%. This is mainly due to reducing the most important key performance indicator ‘time per order’ by optimizing routes for the commercial waste collection with wheelie bins.”
Based on the available data, Route Planner simulates the waste collection routes and accordingly calculates the costs. Since these are already optimized plans, Suez can offer the best possible price in a tender. To respond to a tender, Route Planner can calculate with relatively little data, just “tons per month” for example. The system can also calculate different scenarios such as how much time is saved when drivers work in single shifts compared to double shifts.
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