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Students at the Hull University Business School Logistics Institute will now be able to take advantage of the latest in vehicle routing and scheduling software with the introduction of DPS International's LogiX software. The world class vehicle routing and scheduling system will be used to enhance current teaching methods across the suite of Logistics courses offered at the institute from MBA, MSc and undergraduate degrees, to commercial training in areas such as supply chain strategy and network planning.

Students at the Hull University Business School Logistics Institute will now be able to take advantage of the latest in vehicle routing and scheduling software with the introduction of DPS International's LogiX software.

The world class vehicle routing and scheduling system will be used to enhance current teaching methods across the suite of Logistics courses offered at the institute from MBA, MSc and undergraduate degrees, to commercial training in areas such as supply chain strategy and network planning.

Although it is used by some of the largest retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies worldwide, the institute is one of only three universities to utilise LogiX not only for teaching, but also in a high-level research capacity, which attracts students from around the world.

Richard Faint, Commercial Manager of the institute commented: 'The reduction of supply chain costs is the ultimate goal for businesses, and our teaching and advice, combined with the expertise of LogiX, equips our students and businesses with the knowledge to make this happen.

'The environment can be a contentious issue for the logistics and haulage industry. Our students are now able to prove that it is possible to make a tangible difference to the carbon footprint of a haulage fleet, for example the Financial and Carbon calculator, developed by DPS, provides hard evidence that less miles means less environmental damage.

'By using LogiX software, students and companies are able to understand complex logistics planning and optimisation, essential to businesses in the current economic climate, giving them the outside edge in today's job market.'

The software offers students the opportunity to understand and evaluate the most robust and cost-effective approach to managing and operating a distribution fleet or logistics operation, while ensuring that they meet all service requirements - elements of training which are vital to future employers.

Paul Palmer, CEO at DPS International, said: 'Graduates who have a detailed and practical knowledge will be of more value to employers than those who have had no practice, as companies, who a short time ago were focusing on managing growth, are now struggling to handle a significant reduction in their logistics business.

'It is clear that a logistics operation in the current market situation needs to be very different from one in a period of growth. Hull University Business School students need to understand that information technology must be able to get the best out of the whole range of business cycles and, by using LogiX, they will be able to grasp many of the concepts around managing a fleet of distribution vehicles in different industries and under different service and operating conditions.'

For more information regarding Logistics courses at University of Hull Business School, please visit http://www.hull.ac.uk/hubs.

The Financial and Carbon Savings (FACS) calculator designed by DPS, which is the first of its kind, can be downloaded at http://www.logixcentral.com/vehicle_scheduling_downloads.php. It is free to any company, whether a DPS customer or not.

For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact Kate Plumpton, Hull University Business School Press Officer, on +44 (0) 1482 463335, mobile 07872 677866.

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To equip managers and business professionals to succeed in a fast-changing and interconnected world. We will achieve this by maximising the connections between excellent research, learning and teaching across disciplines; our corporate engagement; and our work with partners who share our aspirations and values.

About DPS

DPS International (http://www.dps-int.com) is a worldwide company with its Head Office in Central England, offering a wide range of specialised logistics support services including logistics consultancy, vehicle routing & scheduling software and in-cab control and monitoring systems. The company was started in 1982 by its current chairman, Paul Palmer, based on many years of experience both at an operational and functional level within the FMCG Transport sector. DPS is now a world leader in providing IT Solutions to the Logistics sector with an infrastructure of DPS offices spread around the globe and a network of Business Partners.

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