6 tips to successfully implement transport planning software

Posted by Jan Hanselaer on 29/03/2018

Successful businesses constantly work on staying ahead of the competition. Continuous innovation is simply part of the game. For business that have a substantial transport need this means, among other things, investing in quality transport optimization software. Investing is more than just putting money on the table. It includes making the right preparations for a fluent implementation to fully reap the benefits. Enterprises who innovate continuously gather experience and know the frequently occurring challenges. In this post, we point out 6 hurdles that come with a new software implementation project and how they can be overcome.

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What if you do not invest in transport planning software?

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 06/03/2018

Today, some transporters manage to survive without the use of a route planning application. Plenty of arguments have been presented supporting the immediate use of decent software. But let's look ahead and focus on factors that will keep evolving and will become even more important. You might be successful right now but staying ahead of competition is essential for future success, keeping up with competition is not. What are the risks if you do not invest in transport planning tools?

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Optimizing E-commerce: Competitor Cooperation

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 22/02/2018

 

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How to choose between SaaS or On-Premise?

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 02/02/2018

For companies considering the purchase of software, the choice between SaaS (software as a service) and On-Premise is often based on generalities. With On-Premise you initially have higher costs; with SaaS you do not own the software. However, the analysis is more nuanced than this.

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Transport Tendering Troubles

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 25/01/2018

For many shipping-agents, applying for a tender is almost a natural reflex. Sure, you’ll never want to let a big deal slip through your fingers, but please be careful. Without the right information, the added value of a long-term commitment is difficult to predict. If there is any added value at all…

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Optimizing e-commerce: drop-off points

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 18/01/2018

Stating that e-commerce is booming is an understatement. Unfortunately, another booming phenomenon is congestion. Lately, e-commerce is frequently mentioned as having a negative impact on traffic jams. "The shift from traditional shopping to e-commerce demands more vehicles on the road, causing traffic jams." The extent to which this is true is a difficult question. Comparing simulations is not. We all know that e-commerce will keep expanding. Is e-commerce really such a "congesting" phenomenon? If so, which steps can we take to boost e-commerce's evolution towards a lean and route-efficient system? Let's have a look at the impact of drop-off locations.

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OptiFlow - Operational and Strategic Use

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 04/01/2018

Having a retrospective look at 2017, the multi-functional use of OptiFlow catches the eye. As the tool evolved, the power of the algorithm was maintained, new features have been added, the interface has evolved and new requirements are satisfied. 

We asked long-term Conundran Bart Gadeyne to focus briefly on the operational and strategic use of OptiFlow

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Algorithms as a Tool for Integrating Supply Chains

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 06/12/2017

A close collaboration, a merger, an acquisition or even the start-up of a new business unit. Such interventions pose major challenges to the supply chain. Paying too little attention to the planning process is a classic trap. We examine how algorithms can help.  

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Less is more: The secret of KPIs in transport management

Posted by Dr. Ir. Steven De Schrijver on 21/11/2017

How to gain insights into the efficiency of your transport management? Once you decide to measure the system, you have a wide range of KPIs to choose from. How to make this choice, and which KPIs definitely deserve a place in the analysis?

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The Benefits of Geocoding

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 02/10/2017

In todays smartphone society, knowing who is where is considered normal. Who hasn't got a mobile phone? Everybody is constantly mapped, tracked and traced. You "check in", share your location, let the world know where you are. All that location-information is captured quite easily through geographical coordinates. These geographical coordinates typically consist of a latitude and a longitude. For people to interpret that stored location-information, these latitudes and longitudes are depicted on a map or translated into addresses. The process of translating latitudes and longitudes into addresses is called 'reverse geocoding'. Addresses are more interpretable for people. It's what we are used to and what we know.
When we want to feed that information into a system, these addresses are usually translated into geographical coordinates. That process is called geocoding. As adresses can be vague at times, proper geocoding is crucial. Needless to say that this is an understatement for transport industry.

In this blog, we'll illustrate the advantages of geocoordinates compared to addresses and why having a decent geocoding tool at your disposal is essential in transport industry.

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