The Vehicle Routing Problem Explained

Posted by Nathalie Göbel on 11/07/2022

Every day, managers of last mile delivery are responsible for getting goods from place A to B, effectively and efficiently. Quite simple right? Actually, there is more to it than meets the eye. Imagine having hundreds or even thousands of orders a day, with one hundred trucks at your disposal. How are you going to place each order on a route, taking into account all restrictions and time windows, while minimizing the total cost? This is exactly the question of a Vehicle Routing Problem.

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How Route Optimization Software contributes to Sustainable Transport

Posted by Nathalie Göbel on 07/06/2022

The ball has started to roll. After years of talking about the importance of innovative solutions for sustainable transport, we are at a tipping point. More and more transporters are opting for alternative fuels, strategic hub locations, supply chain collaborations, and innovative technologies including route optimization software, to reduce their impact on the environment. In this blog post we’ll zoom in on the latter and how its use has a positive effect on our planet.

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What differentiates good from bad routing plans?

Posted by Kevin De Meu on 30/07/2019

The most important thing for a route optimizing tool is delivering a good and realistic plan. In the past, we have already discussed how bad data quality can be recognized. In this blog, we will talk about how to avoid bad routing plans.

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How to speed up your planning process?

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 21/05/2019

A lot of businesses and organizations perceive planning as a tedious and time-consuming process. A Route optimization tool can help planners. But even with these kind of tools, creating a planning can still be a struggle. Here are four ways to speed up your planning process.

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4 Ways to Identify Low Data Quality

Posted by Kevin De Meu on 28/03/2019

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.

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The Future of Transport: Transport Sharing

Posted by Kevin De Meu on 14/02/2019

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.

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Route Optimization in a Service-Based Industry

Posted by Kevin De Meu on 13/12/2018

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. 

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Your delivery stuck in traffic? Exploit the power of live ETA updates

Posted by Kevin De Meu on 03/10/2018

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.

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Controlled Steps to Excellence

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 06/09/2018

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.

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Multi-modal transport software generates strategic advantages

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 02/08/2018

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.

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