Addressing next and multi-day planning, real-time management and post-delivery analysis – and deployable in either an operational or strategic capacity, Optrak’s route planning software can be tailored to your specific logistics challenges and requirements.
WHY USE OPTRAK?
Optrak4 displays the solution for planners via tables, maps and the timeline functionality, as well as overview layers displaying your trips in one-line summary form, giving the vehicle, driver, distance, number of deliveries and utilisation.
Utilising the Timeline feature, driver and vehicle activity can be shown either spatially on the map or in a Gantt-style view, including mandated rest periods, planned loading times (integrated with the loading plans) and delivery requirements.
SOPHISTICATED TIME MODELLING
Optrak4 makes use of a detailed time-model, both for driving (using historic road speeds to give highly precise modelling of rush-hour and other journeys) and for loading and unloading – where timings can be based on customer site facilities, vehicle facilities (e.g. tail lifts or pumps) and product types.
Optrak’s schedules match EU and UK drivers’ hours legislation including full or split breaks and overnights.
Optrak4 creates a detailed loading diagram of all customer vehicles (whether standard or multi-compartment) to optimise the loading of the vehicle for maximum capacity. This loading is fully integrated into the routing solution, taking into the account the specific dimension/element aspects of each order with the trip optimisation process to ensure that loading and unloading is sequential for the trip and utilises vehicles at close to 100% capacity, leading to significant vehicle utilisation.
Loaders are available for both packaged goods (boxes, pallets, roll-cages etc.) and bulk handling – such as oil or chemical delivery in multi- compartment tankers.
Optrak4 uses a variety of route construction techniques and local search operations to produced optimised trips. We are actively involved with the academic research community and are continually looking at how the latest research techniques for solving the VRP (Vehicle Routing Problem) can be transferred into real-world problems.
Users can interact with the system manually to calibrate the optimising process – activating and deactivating resources and orders and freezing specific trips/orders whilst optimising other areas of the same solution.
In Optrak4, you can manually edit trips following optimisation to test the impact of breaking certain parameters (such as individual time-windows) in order to make a better solution. Optrak4 has a rich set of tools for trip editing, including:-
- Creating new trips
- Drag and drop from un-routed orders to trips and between trips
- Reversing trips or sections of trips.
- Inserting an order or set of orders at “best position”.
- Optimising an individual trip after manual editing.
ACCURATE AND DETAILED MAPPING
Optrak4 uses detailed street maps, able to cope with the most stringent requirements – such as planning delivery of 2,500 parcels into just 2 London postcodes (SE1 and SW1).
Users can view and apply multiple layers on the map, as well as deselecting/selecting trips to view specific routing aspects or delivery issues.
CARRIER RATE INTEGRATION
Optrak4 works with external carrier rate tables to help the planner decide whether to route goods on own fleet, bring in (and plan) external resources or use 3rd party delivery services such as parcel or pallet networks.
Optrak4 integrates flexibly with customer order management, proof-of-delivery (PoD) and warehouse inventory systems, offering a freedom of import/export choices, including database transfer, files or web services. Both download and upload processes are customised and tested as part of the implementation process.
“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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