Whereas our competitors will normally sell “out-of-the-box” solutions, we ensure we fully understand your requirements and tailor the product and implementation process to suit your routing and scheduling needs. This approach is possible due to the strengths of the product and the extensive experience of Optrak’s consultants, implementation team and support staff.
The following features provide your organisation with a much closer fit to your operational profile, allowing you to get that extra 2-3% cost savings out of the operation that other solutions can’t; margins that add up to a significant value in vehicles and resources across the year.
IMPROVING YOUR DISTRIBUTION
Integrated 3D Loading
Optrak4 combines the specific dimension/element aspects of every order, as well as intermediate containers, with a detailed mapping of customer vehicles. This allows the optimiser to fill the space and arrange goods on the vehicle to load the vehicle for maximum capacity.
The vehicle load requirements are then mapped to a layout that corresponds to the trip sequence – as an integrated part of the optimisation process. This ensures that at each customer site, orders are accessible, whether they are being loaded or unloaded, speeding up time at client site.
As a result, customers get greater vehicle utility and virtually eliminate the need for safety margins – leading to greater volume utilisation across the whole fleet.
Optrak4’s integrated loading modules are customised to the specific requirements of your business; tailored both down to the vehicle types and capacity within your fleet and the nature of the products you are delivering.
Existing specialisations include:
- Bulk loading for fuel oil, lubricants or chemicals.
- Multi-temperature vehicles for food and drink distribution
- 3D load modelling for large/’ugly’ item transportation
- Pipes and other cylinders.
- Packing to roll-cages and pallets, including floor-space optimisation of different shaped containers.
Prioritisation and Multi-Day Orders
In Optrak4 you can set priorities on individual orders to ensure you meet delivery times on specific customers, letting you provide a higher level of guarantees to key/vulnerable customers. Priorities can be set automatically on the basis of customer characteristics, or set manually on the day.
Optrak4 also takes into account the due date of your orders. Must-go orders are prioritised but you can also take into account close-by orders with longer lead-times. If you are hard-pressed to deliver all due orders then some can be given a lower priority – but if you have the time and capacity you can make an “early” delivery to save revisiting the area one or two days later. This not only gives greater routing efficiency but also allows you to reduce overall lead time for most orders without compromising high priority deliveries.
Carrier Rates and Assignment
With Optrak4 you can build in the different carrier rates and factor these into your operational optimisation to determine the most cost efficient options for your needs. The optimiser takes carrier rates into account – routing orders on your trips where you can do them more cost-effectively, or leaving them if the carrier rate is competitive.
To give you full control you can manually assign the orders to the chosen carrier and upload the results back to your order processing system or WMS so that they can be picked early and put aside for carrier collection.
In Optrak4 you can plan your outbase deliveries as if for a stocked depot by trunking your orders. Optrak4 can generate one or more trunking orders to transfer the goods from the central warehouse to the outbase for onward delivery. Trunking orders are linked to their component orders – so if those change or are cancelled the trunking order is automatically updated.
The trunking orders can then be routed – either as an outbound order from the warehouse or a collection order from the outbase.
If you are using an Optrak4 integrated loading module, the trunking order can be configured to implement similar rules to your normal deliveries – allowing goods for particular customers or sites to be kept together on pallets or roll-cages, to eliminate re-packing. The containers are then placed on the trunking vehicle grouped according to final trip and delivery sequence, to facilitate transfer.
“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
Find out how Optrak4 can improve your daily planning and save up to 15% of your direct transport costs.
Find out how Optrak4 can be used to evaluate your distribution model and unlock savings of up to 40% across your operations.