Scholastic Book Fairs Case Study

Learn how Scholastic Book Fairs used software and solutions from TMW Systems to improve its transportation management. Read the case study results.

The Challenge

Since its founding in 1920, Scholastic has become the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. Its fleet distributes books nationally to book clubs, books fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks. On average, its nearly 300 trucks makes more than 230,000 stops annually, including many in rural areas. For years, 50 employees were pushing pins into maps to create these complex routes. However, as the company grew, Scholastic’s management knew it needed an automated routing process. 

The Solution

Scholastic found Appian DirectRoute from TMW Systems to be an efficient and more optimized solution to plan the routes for 300 trucks.

DirectRoute is specifically designed to work in concert with new and evolving technology, including various operating systems and hardware. DirectRoute optimizes Scholastic Books routing based on:

·       Customer locations and types

·       Volume and time requirements

·       Road network distance

·       Vehicle costs and capabilities

·       Customer time windows

·       Work-time parameters, and

·       Dispatch parameters

Scholastic’s biggest inefficiency stemmed from the lack of optimized fleet utilization. DirectRoute automates loads and routing to make sure the optimal number of books and cases are on each truck. This doesn’t necessarily mean that trucks are at full capacity. Over packed trucks often make too many stops and reduce efficiency. DirectRoute is designed to manage and optimize multi-stop and multi-route fleets.

The Result

With DirectRoute, Scholastic requires 75% fewer man hours in route planning. In addition, field employees have all necessary information accessible in one centralized location.

With DirectRoute’s filing system, management easily reviews current routing decisions and learns from their results. Scholastic can also specify to avoid routes that cannot accommodate their Class 7 trucks through DirectRoute.