Order Optimization

"Their skills regarding load optimization and consolidation opportunities are at the top of the industry." - Darrell L. Harper, General Dynamics Land Systems

Combine all individual shipments (inbound and outbound) to reduce cost. We see it all the time; multiple LTL shipments at minimum charges that could ship together on a single truckload at half the cost and transit time.

Optimizing transportation into operationally feasible routing is complex and requires a sophisticated solution. There are tremendous savings to be had by evaluating every combination of material and finished product shipments on a continuous basis before committing to a mode or carrier. This often involves assessing tens of thousands of combinations to find the best routing for a given shipment.

Benefits

  • Increased sales based on greater price flexibility (due to reduced transportation costs) and reduced delivery lead-time
  • Improved profitability due to reduced transportation, inventory, and administration costs
  • Improved customer service, reliability, flexibility, and consistency
  • Reduced burden on shipping and receiving departments
  • Reduced carbon footprint

What We Do

  • Build optimum order combinations considering all available routing options and constraints:
    • Routing Options include:
      • All modes and inter-modal consideration (e.g. air, rail, water, truckload, LTL, parcel)
      • Consolidation / Deconsolidation (cross-docking)
      • Leverage hub & spoke networks
      • Pooling
      • Multi-Pick and Multi-Drop routing including milk-runs which define best sequence of stops
      • Zone Skipping (very important for parcel; can allow us to beat customer parcel rates even if our rates with parcel company are higher because we mode convert)
      • Continuous Move
      • Return to Origin Routing
    • More than 100 constraints including:
      • Earliest pick-up and latest pick-up
      • Earliest delivery and latest delivery
      • Stackability
      • Climate sensitivity
      • Handling requirements
      • Hazmat considerations
      • Shipping and receiving hours
      • Shipping and receiving dock constraints on freight volumes
      • Trade compliance requirements (e.g. licensing, duty/tax)
  • Publish detailed, customizable reporting required for downstream activities including:
    • Routing instructions with mode designation and schedule
    • Shipping and receiving schedules
    • Yard schedules
    • Trailer load instructions and diagrams
  • Simultaneously optimize inbound and outbound shipments across business units.
  • Combine the supply chains of willing customer participants to generate additional transportation savings while increasing velocity
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