We all know B2C retail is going through a turbulent time, but what does that mean for shippers?
Building a successful transportation network requires an analytical and flexible approach to transport planning.
Three key elements need to be taken into consideration:
Alpega’s transport planning software was designed to achieve all three. Our solution employs rule-based planning and dynamically adapts to changes, such as transportation costs, routes, capacity, but also delivery and pickup restrictions.
When it comes to designing supply chains the most important element is the holistic planning of your complete logistics network and associated infrastructure. By leveraging historical and forecast transportation data, Alpega’s software for transport planning determines the best way to spread costs and capacity throughout your network. Shipments can be bundled, transportation strategies optimized, costs and service time reduced and asset utilization increased.
The ever-increasing pace of global trade means long-term planning often fails to leverage mid-term opportunities, such as those presented by a change in routes or supply chain partners. Alpega’s planning and execution software provides the agility businesses need to react to changing market conditions, while working towards long-term and strategic goals. This offers businesses the freedom to factor in new players or routes into their tactical planning and assess their impact and cost-saving potential overall.
Daily optimization of shipments and asset utilization is vital and includes the selection of optimal transportation services and the bundling of individual shipments. In addition, short-term changes in transportation demand need to be handled in the most cost-efficient and sustainable way. Alpega’s transport planning software includes a 3D load planning feature, which enriches operational and tactical planning via a 3D visualization and supports the planning workflow.
The most successful companies are able to adapt to rapidly changing market conditions. They seize opportunities when they present themselves and are always one step ahead of the competition. That’s because they continously optimize their transportation networks.