March 21, we announced that our valued customer, Ferguson, implemented our cloud-based MobileLink solution.  Descartes MobileLink™ is a GPS enabled wireless application that is integrated with Ferguson’s implementation of Descartes Route Planner™ solution. The mobile solution is designed to help to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness through real-time tracking and dispatching of mobile resources in the field.

This combination of planning and real-time mobile solutions allows leading wholesale distribution companies, like Ferguson, to better manage their dynamic “last-mile” deliveries.  We were glad to be able to help Ferguson expand their control of their operations from optimized route planning to more efficiently and effectively managing their field resources. The breadth of our Routing, Mobile and Telematics suite and modular approach allowed them to start in one area and expand as they needed greater fleet management capabilities.

Ferguson was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Newport News, VA.  They are the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S. Ferguson is also a major distributor of HVAC/R equipment, waterworks and industrial products and services.

Joseph Zanette, Solution Manager, Supply Chain, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. said "MobileLink allows us to automate our proof-of-delivery process and capture  critical information that can help us improve customer service and the productivity of our operations. Descartes' integrated Routing, Mobile and Telematics suite allows us to implement a comprehensive fleet  operations solution with one vendor. The mobile solution was a logical extension of our use of Descartes' Route Planner for route planning and optimization."

We want to congratulate Ferguson on their successful initiative to improve customer service and reduce their impact on the environment by eliminating excess paperwork and improving on-road miles traveled per day. We also want to thank Ferguson for their confidence in us as a logistics technology provider and look forward to continuing our great working relationship moving forward.

Written by Ed Ryan

Chief Executive Officer at Descartes