ROUTE PLANNING AND NETWORK OPTIMIZATION

Thanks to our vast experience, logistics consultants have developed a robust and effective approach to optimize route plans and depot networks.

Our consultants optimized the networks and prepared route plans for a wide range of clients in many sectors. In particular, we have developed solutions involving deliveries in the retail trade, catering, licensed premises, newsagents, pharmacies, etc.

Routing software can be used to model all kinds of activities, including deliveries and collections of packages, pallets, drums, fuel, etc., and we're up to all the challenges.

We also optimize route plans for salespeople and other service providers.

The key elements of our approach are:

  • Develop a detailed understanding of the client's business model - in particular, its distribution system and customer service requirements.
  • Use of specialized distribution planning software with features such as:
  • Detailed digital maps, with adjustable driving speed table,
  • Fleet and driver details, including vehicle capacities, driver hours, loading and unloading times, etc., which can all be tailored to the project,
  • Earliest / latest arrival times for orders
  • Delivery windows and restrictions for individual delivery points (e.g. opening hours, parking restrictions, etc.),
  • Adjustable call duration for individual deliveries depending on delivery quantities, site characteristics, etc.
  • Build a model of the current customer distribution operation, This involves:
  • Location of all customer sites on a digital map,
  • Validate the base case model, i.e. compare the KPIs of the model such as miles per route, driving speeds, delivery times and capacity utilization, with the reals,
  • Analyze current routes to establish driver activity, use of vehicle capacity, service elements (frequency of delivery / ABC analysis), cost of service, etc. to help identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Use the distribution planning system to assess opportunities for improvement, including initial "optimization" of the current network to identify existing inefficiencies.
  • Opportunities may include varying call frequencies for some / all customers, introduction of minimum order quantities, identification of other storage / transhipment locations, reduction of fleet size, variation of driver hours, etc.
  • Use the results of the assessment to agree on strategic direction and operational changes with the client. Here, it is essential that the client objectively considers the "non-negotiable" which cannot, for good commercial reasons, be modified, and the "sacred cows", which must be contested.
  • Development of operational itineraries on the basis of the strategic direction agreed for review and approval by the client.


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