Foodservice distributor Coastal Sunbelt Produce has seen a 13.5% improvement in truck usage since it switched to Roadnet and MobileCast transportation management software.

Savage, Md.-based Coastal previously created truck delivery routes manually, according to a news release from Towson, Md.-based Roadnet Technologies, the makers of Roadnet and MobileCast.

The switch to an automated system was driven by the Coastal’s long-term growth objectives. Since it made the switch to Roadnet and MobileCast, Coastal’s drivers have risen to more than 200 people. The company also has improved on-time deliveries by 5% and increased its stops per route by 17%, according to the release.

Coastal, which makes deliveries throughout the Mid-Atlantic corridor, from New Jersey through West Virginia, uses MobileCast GPS-based fleet management system software and Roadnet vehicle routing software.

Other benefits of the automated systems have been lower fuel expenditures and a smaller carbon footprint.

“Before Roadnet, our feedback was limited to calls or complaints generated from customers or sales representatives,” Jennifer Caplinger, Coastal’s logistics manager, said in the release. “With drivers logging in via MobileCast, we can get more precise service times and, therefore, route more stops per truck.”

Roadnet Technologies has provided fleet management software and GPS tracking solutions since 1983.