Louis D'hondt

Louis D'hondt

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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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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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The Added Value of Clean(ing) Data

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 07/09/2017

Data has become a critical part for many businesses in almost any industry. The transformation of unstructured data (information for humans) into structured data (information that computers can interpret) has been going on for decades. The point where the use of structured data boosts efficiency has long been reached but to reach its full potential, that data must be reliable and clean. In transport business, proper data is vital to maximally deliver added value. To get to that state of reliability, discipline and commitment is needed. This requires time and effort. The benefits will be felt in every layer of the organization and beyond the domain of route optimization. The benefits not only stem from the data itself but also from the insights that come with the focus that is required to get that clean data.

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4 reasons why transporters hesitate investing in route optimization software

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 05/09/2017

When exploring the transport industry, we are shocked by the number of transport companies without planning software. We often ask ourselves why well-established values lack proper route optimization tools. Time and again, the added value through cost savings is demonstrated. If it is so obvious, how come so many experienced players opt to leave their money on the planning table

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Track & Trace - to measure is to know

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 18/08/2017

We all know garbage in equals garbage out. This rule also applies to optimization packages. It is crucial to feed planning software with clean data if you aim for good results. Therefore, if only garbage is at hand, the necessary steps must be taken to clean that dirty data. This usually requires time and effort. 
Spending resources on cleaning dirty data feels like a short-term solution when you know there are better, long term alternatives.

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Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 10/08/2017

 

 

The phrase “proper planning prevents poor performance”, also known as the “5P's of success”, promotes the importance of planning for a successful outcome. In this article I want to show how those 5P’s can be applied to route optimization. Here's how you evaluate your route planning software by running through the 5P-checklist.

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Why an optimization tool is a planner's best bud!

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 08/08/2017

 

Nowadays, the fear of job-loss through technological evolution is a common feeling. As transport planning tools are on the increase, planners might fear alike.

However, for various causes, optimization software should be considered a support for a planner's work rather than a replacement of his work.

It's an opportunity and not a threat...

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5 key lessons in change management

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 02/09/2016


“The only human being crying for change is a baby with a wet diaper”

The success of a software implementation is determined by both the quality of the solution and the acceptance of it. There are no exceptions to this rule. The same holds true for transport planning tools as well. If you have ever had to deal with transport planning, you will know that the complexity of the ‘Vehicle Routing Problem’ (VRP) is not to be underestimated. Academics recognize it as an ‘NP-complete’ problem, implying that even the biggest brainiacs don’t have a solution at hand. While the algorithm and the development of the tool itself demand an extreme amount of effort and attention, the impact on the people who will use the tool is equally important.  

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