Effective dynamic rescheduling: better planning & peace of mind
Posted by Dieter Roman on 03/08/2016
Operational excellence is high on the agenda in many businesses. Margins are under pressure, so people and resources must be used as efficiently as possible. In transport, that means a strong focus on optimal load factor, streamlined transportation planning and clever use of the available vehicles and modes of transport.
Well, that is the theory. In reality, careful planning - manual or otherwise - is often derailed by unexpected circumstances. These may include traffic jams, a driver calling in sick, changing or delayed orders... The consequence: inefficiency in transport and chaos in the planning department.
Traditional route planning limits flexibility
Customers expect great flexibility in all sectors. The more flexible you are about changes in orders, the better. Of course, this flexibility is not without limits. But how to determine these limits? From a strategic perspective? For example, because you put your money on extreme flexibility as a unique selling proposition? Or for operational reasons, for example, based on the minimum throughput time required for picking orders and preparing them for shipping? Or is your planning tool or the capacity in your planning department a bottleneck that stops you from offering the desired flexibility?
For best results you must first determine, at a strategic level, how much flexibility your customers can demand (considering such factors as drivers’ and/or warehouse employees’ workloads) and what tools you need to optimally support that flexibility.
Dynamic rescheduling comes into the picture
Your transportation planner needs a powerful tool for testing different planning scenarios at a strategic level and calculating optimal routes at an operational level, based on your specific business rules. Dynamic rescheduling is the way to go. This functionality lets planners freeze part of planning according to specific business context and strategic choices and then revise and optimise the result in response to last-minute changes in practice.
The result is, as it were, a tailor-made plan that is consistent with reality, not a theoretical given based on a stable context. So, flexible rescheduling is no longer a bottleneck when it comes to increased flexibility and accurate route planning.
The advantages are many:
- peaks in transportation planning are levelled
- more deliveries on time
- better customer experience
- lower cost per kilometer
- reduced numer of routes and driver hours
- peace of mind in your planning department
Conundra can support you in offering the desired flexibility, and brings peace to the planning department thanks to the option of responding quickly and efficiently to unexpected events.