Order Optimization

"Their skills regarding load optimization and consolidation opportunities are at the top of the industry." - Darrell L. Harper, General Dynamics Land Systems

Combine all individual shipments (inbound and outbound) to reduce cost. We see it all the time… multiple LTL shipments at minimum charges that could ship together on a single truckload at half the cost and transit time.

Optimizing transportation into operationally feasible routing is complex and requires a sophisticated solution. There are tremendous savings to be had by evaluating every combination of material and finished product shipments on a continuous basis before committing to a mode or carrier. This often involves assessing tens of thousands of combinations to find the best routing for a given shipment.

Benefits

  • Increased sales based on greater price flexibility (due to reduced transportation costs) and reduced delivery lead-time
  • Improved profitability due to reduced transportation, inventory, and administration costs
  • Improved customer service – reliability, flexibility, and consistency
  • Reduced burden on shipping and receiving departments
  • Reduced carbon footprint

What We Do

  • Build optimum order combinations considering all available routing options and constraints:
    • Routing Options include:
      • All modes and inter-modal consideration (e.g. air, rail, water, truckload, LTL, parcel)
      • Consolidation / Deconsolidation (cross-docking)
      • Leverage hub & spoke networks
      • Pooling
      • Multi-Pick and Multi-Drop routing including milk-runs which define best sequence of stops
      • Zone Skipping (very important for parcel; can allow us to beat customer parcel rates even if our rates with parcel company are higher because we mode convert)
      • Continuous Move
      • Return to Origin Routing
    • More than 100 constraints including:
      • Earliest pick-up and latest pick-up
      • Earliest delivery and latest delivery
      • Stackability
      • Climate sensitivity
      • Handling requirements
      • Hazmat considerations
      • Shipping and receiving hours
      • Shipping and receiving dock constraints on freight volumes
      • Trade compliance requirements (e.g. licensing, duty/tax)
  • Publish detailed, customizable reporting required for downstream activities including:
    • Routing instructions with mode designation and schedule
    • Shipping and receiving schedules
    • Yard schedules
    • Trailer load instructions and diagrams
  • Simultaneously optimize inbound and outbound shipments across business units.
  • Combine the supply chains of willing customer participants to generate additional transportation savings while increasing velocity
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