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You, as a C-level executive, are always trying to find ways to make your company more efficient. Here is a possible quick win.
A lot of organisations still depend on and have trust in their highly competent and experienced planners, who make daily route plans based on experience and best guesses.
We see that a lot of logistics companies are leaving money on the ‘planning’ table by blindly following this daily routine.
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Oscar for most desired new OptiFlow-feature
At each Expert Group we like to present OptiFlow features that are still in development. We try to do this in a fun way, on this occasion inspired by the Oscar Ceremony. But even though we kept it all light hearted, the intention behind this part of the Expert Group is quite serious. The attendees actually get to decide which feature will deliver the highest value for them. Exactly, the feedback loop put in the practice!
We offered the members of the Expert Group the following choices:
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.