In today's data-driven world, data is for many businesses as essential as the blood in our veins. Companies store a lot of data in all types of systems. Storing data is important, but storing low quality data makes it a useless effort. When we look at optimization packages, data is THE most important factor. Using data with low quality, equals non-usable outcomes of the optimization. Garbage in is garbage out. So, detecting that garbage and turning it into a valuable asset is an necessary first step. Data cleaning is a process that might require too much time but as experience grows, you get to know the quick sanity-checks that will often save a lot of time. Below we list some validations, ranging from 1-minute scans to deep analysis simulations.Read More
In our series of blogs about e-commerce, we have already discussed the impact and benefits of competitor cooperation. Today, resource sharing among competitors is a well-known phenomenon in many industries. For the highly competitive transport sector, optimized cooperation would be a market disruption that brings immense efficiency gains. We want to help the industry in reaching that potential.Read More
In the past, we have already seen that planning manually is not sufficient in transport-based industries. A tool in support can help planners and reduce costs significantly by combining the planners’ expertise with route optimization algorithms. In our experience, the transport industry is not the only industry that can benefit from route optimization software. On top of that, we see that companies can rise their revenues, just by using the right tools.Read More
As a transport or distribution company, you are unfortunately not unfamiliar with the message that a shipment of goods will be delayed. Nonetheless, updates of the ‘Earliest Time of Arrival’ (ETA) also present some opportunities. Knowledge of the latest ETA offers chances to both the customer and the transporter, enabling the latter to design a number of meaningful services.Read More
Profit margins of 1% or operating at break-even are no exception in today's transport sector. Lowering these margins to offer lower rates is no longer an option. Change is needed and transport businesses are forced to explore new approaches for long term profitability. These improvements can range from low-hanging-fruit to reorganizations of entire businesses. When it comes to the latter, the need for change is evident but coming up with the right plan of attack is tricky. How to minimize the risks? How to get everyone aligned? How to quickly reap the benefits?
For many reasons, sometimes less obvious ones, we fancy the step-by-step approach, starting small. Let's highlight some of them.Read More
Customer requirements are evolving: the ecological footprint is a vital factor and cost decreases resulting from loosening restrictions can be an eye-opener. Turning this shift of focus into an opportunity forces transporters to examine alternative ways of transport when they want to stay ahead of competition on long distance orders.Read More
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.Read More
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?
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.