Kuehne + Nagel handles a vast variety of consignments that can vary considerably in terms of product and order size, from a single carton to one or more full pallets. With different Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to observe, a fleet with varying weight and volume capacities and multiple customer time windows to manage, the task facing the transport planners is a complex one.
Consignments which are a mix of deliveries and collections are seamlessly downloaded from Kuehne + Nagel’s host system into the Optrak4 vehicle routing software each day. Transport planning teams for the North and South work simultaneously using the Optrak4 routing software to build accurate and effective transport plans for the following day for each depot.
The trips that Optrak4 creates meet the different rules and criteria as defined by Kuehne + Nagel’s specific transport requirements on each day. This includes a variety of time windows such as a.m.(08:00 – 12:00) or p.m. (12:00 – 17:00) or more specific timed windows where appropriate.
Deployment has led to a 98% delivery performance on next-day planning, ensuring that K + N adhere to best practices, for routing and scheduling, as a global provider of innovative and fully integrated supply chain solutions.
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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