Optrak4 Food and Drink is a customised Optrak4 solution for the food and drink industry.
With additional functionality and customised parameters to meet the distinct distribution requirements, we understand your industry and the pressures you face in it.
Time windows in the industry are typically concentrated in the morning to ensure that delivery doesn’t impact daily operations. When time windows are tight, it is often the case that obeying them strictly will lead to extra vehicles being employed at considerable additional cost.
Food and Drink distribution is heavily impacted by congestion and limited access to sites/delivery points due to the locations of customers in highly populated areas.
For food deliveries many vehicles have compartments for different temperatures. Some of these are fixed size, others have movable bulkheads separating temperature zones. With movable bulkheads, the positioning is not necessarily completely flexible.
Pallets, dollies or roll-cages can all be employed by distributors where the products must be grouped by customer. The different foot-print of pallets and roll-cages makes loading them onto the vehicle complex.
Customers typically stock up for, or after the weekend instead of regularly. Smaller and more remote customers can exist where next day/any day service is uneconomic or altogether non-viable.
Optrak4’s soft time window feature allows the user to permit a small amount of earliness or lateness in return for an internal weighting. Allowing a slightly late delivery could be outside the customer service agreement, but it could save a whole truck day and therefore be considered worthwhile, either in operational planning or when renegotiating SLAs.
Clients have complete control over which customers have soft and which the standard hard time windows – and for the soft time windows, the extent and the cost of using them. The optimization balances this against truck and other distribution costs.
Optrak4’s travel-time calculations take into account rush-hour speeds including the effects of “tidal flow” into cities in the morning and out in the afternoon.
The greater accuracy of historical road speeds has been shown to enable a 4% improvement in routing efficiency.
Customer access restrictions can be managed within the Optrak4 solution at the customer site level, ensuring that the right vehicle is deployed to attend.
Optrak4 has unique capabilities to deal with the complex loading requirements of the industry. In addition to multi-temperature compartments, Optrak4 takes into account how orders are grouped onto pallets or roll-cages – for example dedicating roll-cages to specific customers for ease of off-loading.
Loading rules are translated into a loading plan which can be printed off and given to drivers or pickers. This ensures that the loaded products are all accessible when required as the driver follows the delivery sequence.
Optrak4 also has a specific multi-temperature loading model which creates loading patterns that work for the customer based on the specified vehicle layout and temperature set-up and can be given as diagrams to the loading staff.
Optrak4 can work with pre-defined routes or route areas – building routes and schedules that match the route criteria but also allowing the optimiser to add extra orders where capacity allows or the planner to adjust routes that are over-full.