Greggs will roll out transportation routing software throughout the UK following a successful trial at its Manchester depot.

Paragon’s software will help the national bakery chain to optimise its delivery routes and logistics throughout the UK. This will be achieved by producing realistic routes for drivers, in addition to informing stores of arrival times and the products being delivered.

Paul Duggan, national logistics project manager for Greggs, said: “The annual savings clearly show that by using the routing software to produce the best routes and to improve vehicle use, we can make reductions in certain operational costs while doing more with existing resources – and without stretching them.

“Logistics is an important part of our business, as we must be able to deliver fresh products to each store on time to keep our customers happy. Therefore, efficient deliveries help us to be successful retailers too. The software allows us to use a temperature-controlled delivery concept that we call shop windows.”

Greggs has implemented its shop window delivery scheme to three of its depots, with plans to implement it nationwide by the end of summer 2012.

The company now has more than 1,540 UK shops throughout the UK, with 10 regional bakeries and plans to open over 500 new shops in the coming years.