With additional functionality and customised parameters to meet the distinct distribution requirements, we understand your industry and the pressures you face in it.
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.
Bespoke Food and Drink Design
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.
Improving Predefined Routes
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.
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.
“The punctuality and efficiency of our deliveries demonstrates our commitment to quality and customer service excellence. At Reynolds, we have always used proven technology to support our business. Central to this has been the long term partnership with Optrak4, to integrate its leading vehicle routing solution into our overall supply chain.”
Joe Reynolds, Managing Director at Reynolds
“Optrak gives us more delivery flexibility and is a great system to use. It has actually revitalised our planning operation at Fuchs. The investment in a world class vehicle routing system demonstrates our commitment in ensuring that we deliver the best possible service to our customers whilst keeping costs down. I firmly believe no other routing package can deliver the same benefits as Optrak.”
Darren Bourne, Distribution Manager at Fuchs UK
Kuehne and Nagel
“Optrak4 offered a more cost effective and personalised system that catered for our particular requirements and the decision to use an advanced routing and scheduling system has been fully justified by the benefits that Kuehne + Nagel has achieved. We have greatly improved the time we spend on planning and Optrak generates very efficient transport runs for a very complex daily transport operation.
Furthermore, thanks to Optrak4, we can meet the requirement to deliver next day to any location throughout the UK. We generally achieve 97-98% of this target on a daily basis. Optrak4 can plan effectively for consignments of any shape and size as long as we have the right information such as vehicle types, driver working times and product details for example.”
Chris Donaghue, Senior Transport Supervisor at Kuehne + Nagel
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