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Wimsatt Building Materials Improves Distribution Efficiency with Descartes and Geotab

Wimsatt Building Materials, is a US midwestern distributor of quality exterior building products based in Wayne, Michigan. They are now using Descartes Route Planner™ On-demand and Geotab® GO™ devices to help make their distribution network in Michigan and Northern Ohio more efficient.

We now have the tools to automate formerly manual processes, which increases our efficiency in vehicle routing, asset tracking, fleet maintenance, Department of Transportation (DOT) compliance and more,” said Barry Crane, Director of Logistics at Wimsatt Building Materials. “Our Descartes/Geotab solution has allowed us to improve asset utilization, refine our processes, and increase our organization’s efficiency, resulting in higher levels of customer service with lower operational cost.

The Descartes SaaS (Software as a a Service) Route Planning solution provides an easy and affordable way to optimise and dispatch routes as well as track delivery status in real-time. This on demand, cloud-based, route optimisation solution combines sophisticated planning and execution functionality in an easy-to-use environment. It optimises delivery routes taking into account geographic location, customer time windows, truck capacities and other physical constraints. 

This has been implemented along with Geotab's vehicle tracking and telematics solution - Geotab is a global leader in IoT and connected vehicles. Descartes offers the Geotab GO device as part of its integrated routing, mobile and telematics solution suite. With Geotab GO devices, fleets can securely capture accurate data for improved fleet management, including vehicle location data, vehicle health assessments, in-vehicle driver coaching, collision detection and notification, advanced data capture and more.

As professional contractors, our customers require timely and accurate deliveries to keep their crews operating efficiently, and that’s especially critical as they combat the labor shortage in our industry,” said Rob G. Hoffman, President & COO of Wimsatt Building Materials. “Our customers’ needs, along with our culture of continuous improvement, mandate that we continue to elevate our industry’s expectations of building material delivery services. Descartes and Geotab have provided us with a platform that allows us to deliver on that mission.

We’re pleased to help Wimsatt achieve distribution efficiencies that are contributing to high standards of customer service,” said James Wee, Vice President of Sales at Descartes. “By collaborating with Geotab, we can create greater awareness for the value of combining advanced route planning with vehicle telematics and equip customers with the tools to help better manage drivers, vehicles and overall delivery performance.

About Wimsatt Building Materials

Wimsatt Building Materials Corporation is a distributor of quality steep slope & low slope roofing, exterior cladding, windows & doors, and specialty building materials. They are the US leader in unassisted rooftop delivery, pioneering the service in Michigan over 30 years ago and continuing to perfect it in conjunction with maintaining an unrivaled inventory of shingles. They serve builders and contractors from eight locations across Michigan and Northern Ohio offering a Gold Standard Service Experience. For more information, visit wimsattdirect.com

About Geotab

Geotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the internet and providing web-based analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Geotab’s open platform and Marketplace, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with their other data assets. As an IoT hub, the in-vehicle device provides additional functionality through IOX Add-Ons. Processing billions of data points a day, Geotab leverages data analytics and machine learning to help customers improve productivity, optimise fleets through the reduction of fuel consumption, enhance driver safety, and achieve strong compliance to regulatory changes. Geotab’s products are represented and sold worldwide through Authorised Geotab Resellers, such as Descartes Systems.

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