Analytics and forecasting software improve operations, save up to 6 percent management costs for SDA Express Courier 

Italian courier service picks SAS® Analytics to optimize distribution 

SDA Express Courier has chosen SAS® Analytics to optimize its primary distribution network and minimize operating expenses, all while maintaining high-quality service. SDA, owned by Gruppo Poste Italiane, will use SAS software to improve logistics, manage costs and help boost profits.

SAS Analytics will provide a clear view of business processes throughout SDA's distribution network, enabling the company to identify updates and delivery changes in real time. SDA can increase operational efficiencies by organizing products better, establishing procedures and deadlines for sorting at hubs, and determining the most efficient, timely and cost-effective transportation processes.

"Effectively changing flow management requires reliable, insightful analysis and forecasting," said Corrado Rabbia, SDA Network Optimization Project Manager. "SAS meets our needs with analytics software that can capture every nuance of the business and process extremely large volumes of information."

 SAS' analytics and forecasting tools allow SDA to move from reactive to proactive by better anticipating changes. While logistics flows vary from day to day, SAS helps SDA establish consistent scenarios and anticipate delivery peaks, such as an approaching holiday season.

"The SAS optimization model saves SDA between 3 percent and 6 percent," said Rabbia. "We look forward to the next phase, where we will use SAS Analytics for geo-location of flows for real-time business insight and value."

To find out more about new ways to employ analytics for greater insight from data, please read the SAS report Analytics 101 .

About SDA Express Courier

Express Courier (www.sda.it) has been part of the Poste Italiane Group since 1998. Its mission is to be a global partner for business and consumer distribution, with an integrated system that includes express courier services and deferred delivery. SDA's main objective is to develop value-added solutions to grow its customers' business and their competitive advantages, and to be constantly focused on quality improvement. In 2011, SDA reached revenues of €441 million, with more than 200,000 shipments per day and more than 1,300 employees.

About SAS

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