Based on a list of delivery addresses, cargo specifications and a list of vehicles an optimal route is calculated for each individual vehicle. Thus, the most efficient route is calculated and your transport business is optimized. Most businesses use this type of system because of these three main beneficial areas: operational, strategic and commercial.
asw:maximus and TMS(transport management system) can have a direct and positive impact on the active operation of a business, determining delivery and collection sequences and vehicle routes.
Key operational tasks include:
- Dynamic daily scheduling (even for unplanned/irregular orders)
- Weekly scheduling
- Driver workload (optimizing workload also in case of sudden driver cancellations)
- Validation and/or optimization of existing manually planned routes
- Scheduling from multiple depots
Dynamic daily scheduling can achieve major cost benefits, particularly for operations where there is no regular daily delivery pattern (e.g. home deliveries, sudden changes in plans). Weekly scheduling is more appropriate for supply chains, where the transport planner is aware of the projected delivery requirements for at least one week ahead. For multi-delivery organizations, deliveries may be manually assigned to customers or the asw:maximus - TMS can assign them based on cost-efficiency.
Strategic applications are concerned with planning for possible future developments. asw:maximus - TMS can provide organizations with a greater understanding of the resources they would need and the likely costs associated with different set-ups.
Key strategic tasks include:
- Planning resource requirements and budgeting for forecast business, seasonal variations in demand of new or revised regional depot structures
- Evaluation of alternative options
- Testing the effect on resources and costs of various parameters and assumptions (i.e. providing answers to the ‘What if....?’ questions)
- Testing the effect of service level changes for all customers
Commercial applications produce resource and cost calculations for a particular set of existing or planned operating parameters. They can have an impact on active operations.
Key commercial tasks include:
- Assisting with the preparation of tender submissions and calculating vehicle and man-hour requirements to meet third party contracts
- Modelling changes to the business or determining the most cost-effective method of providing the desired level of customer service
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