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Optrak Vehicle Routing
Optrak achieves these savings through better planning – using mathematical optimisation techniques it enables you to use your vehicle fleet more effectively and more efficiently.
Optrak not only plans deliveries on your own vehicles, it also manages which orders are placed with 3rd party carriers, such as parcel or pallet networks. See carrier selection for more information.
Creating Vehicle Routing solutions tailor made to your needs
We create Vehicle Routing solutions that work for our customers. We take care to understand your requirements and produce an Optrak implementation that is specialised for your industry and unique to you. From initial contact, through pre-sales data modelling and sales meetings we strive to understand as much about your distribution problem as possible, building up knowledge of your business at every stage. And that's just the beginning. Once a purchase has been agreed, our implementation consultants will carry out full in-depth interviews with your key distribution staff to gain as much detail as possible.
The output of this process is a clear requirements specification, which allows our developers to tailor the product to your needs.
Optrak has been carefully designed to allow us to build custom versions quickly and efficiently without compromising our ability to keep you up-to-date with new developments. Customizations could include data display and a "process menu" that helps your users step through the daily optimisation.
Optrak training is task-focussed and based on the needs of your individual users.
Finally our support team can quickly access details of your implementation in order to be able to help your users through any problems they might have, or to help them as the distribution operation evolves.
Helping you provide better customer service
Vehicle routing is not just about saving trucks. Better planning means more reliable deliveries because trips are always planned to arrive on time. And with Optrak Realisation you can integrate Optrak with on board computers to track delivery activity as it happens, allowing you to keep customers informed of any on-the-road delays.
KPIs can be gathered allowing you to show your delivery record to your current and prospective customers.
See Optrak Realisation for more information about improving Customer Service with Optrak.
Optrak, not only allows you to achieve real environmental benefits through more efficient routing, but, if linked to Optrak Realisation, helps you track the changes that show those benefits to your customers and shareholders.
Optrak Vehicle loading
Unless you deliver full loads or pallets, working out if the vehicle is full is often quite difficult. A common problem is having a mixture of pallets and roll-cages. Pallets fit neatly 2 across, roll-cages typically 3 across. But mixing the two rarely gives a tidy solution.
Optrak has integrated vehicle loading capability – loads are constructed as the routes are built, ensuring that loads are always possible. See Optrak Vehicle Loading for more information about how we ensure that vehicles can be properly filled.
Optrak allows you to plan much quicker. Planning that may have taken 2 people the whole day can be reduced to 1 or 2 hours. This also means that planning can start later –allowing later order cut-offs for an improved customer service.
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"(Brakes)...succeeded in reducing year on year costs by 8%"
Depot Manager, Brakes Group
"What really impressed me was their willingness, commitment and can do attitude making sure the implementation met our exact needs."
Managing Director, Lisburn Fuels
"“I would definitely recommend Optrak’s routing software and consultancy services. The quality of the results that we get and especially the team behind Optrak is first class."
Strategic Director, Menzies Distribution
"It was good to work with a knowledgeable company that understands the nature of our business"
Distribution Manager, Fuchs
"The quality of support we have received is head and shoulders above anything I have experienced from other IT suppliers. The Optrak team is friendly, responsive and advice is always readily available"
Senior Planner, Wincanton
"[Reduced] the time spent planning by over 85% ..."
Managing Director, Fuchs Lubricants (UK)
"Our partnership with Optrak has enabled us to generate significant environmental benefits and energy reductions"
CEO, PaperlinX Europe