Headquartered in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics (LFFO) is a non-profit organic farmer’s cooperative of over 160 family farmers thatprovides fresh, certified organic fruits, vegetables, and other farm fresh products to wholesalers and through a subscription initiative also known as the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

The co-op’s mission is to deliver its healthy, high-quality food within 24 hours of being picked. With Descartes Route Planner™ On-demand software, LFFO now has a tool that automates and optimizes route planning and driver scheduling for picking up produce from farms and delivering it to both market shelves and CSA members. As LFFO’s transportation needs grow, the level of efficiency is fundamental to helping the co-op maintain the responsiveness and product quality that its farmers and customers expect.

Why Descartes for Fleet Route Planning and Scheduling?

With Descartes Route Planner On-demand, distribution-intensive organizations can shift away from manual fleet management processes to improve delivery efficiency and performance. Using a drag-and-drop visual planning user interface, planners and dispatchers have better visibility and control over daily routes and can respond to changes during the day on the fly. The solution optimizes static and dynamic routes by taking into account geographic zones, time windows, and other physical constraints as well as customer business rules. The mobile component of the solution provides real-time GPS-based tracking, monitoring of driver performance and the electronic capture of proof-of-delivery (POD) information. 

Route Planning and Scheduling Software Increases Fleet Efficiency and Improves Delivery Performance

Descartes Route Planner On-demand is easy-to-use cloud-based software that provides an easy and affordable way to plan, optimize, and dispatch routes, then track and monitor delivery fleets in real time. It manages both static and dynamic routes to maximize fleet utilization while respecting customer service requirements by taking into account geographic information, time windows and other business constraints when planning pickups and deliveries.

To learn more about Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics, visit www.lancasterfarmfresh.com.

Read more about Descartes Route Planner On-demand and other Descartes solutions for Distribution-intensive Industries.

Written by Andrew Roszko

Senior Vice President of Sales at Descartes