Design and Optimization Methodology

Design and Optimization Methodology

01 Feb 2020

Moving perishable products such as bread, ice, or newspaper, is very different than recyclables, lumber, or liquid. Therefore, the transportation solutions will be varied to meet the individual customer’s product and service requirements and goals. The first step in our process is information gathering to determine specific problems or areas of concern. We need to know what is being done currently, what is working and what is not. We will meet individually with employees involved in the process from floor employees to the officer level. With this approach we are able to determine any problem areas affecting the various employees and identify any conflict areas. These conflicts could include finance wanting to reduce delivery expense while sales wants to increase delivery frequency, or production wanting to load trailers in the morning instead of at night thereby changing the delivery windows.

After determining goals, needs, and wants of all involved, our team works to develop a solution that best meets the overall goals of the company. From this process we develop alternate solutions that range from simple driver management, to routing and scheduling, to complete turnkey solutions involving warehousing, and all inbound and outbound transportation. We present these to the stakeholders, validating operational assumptions and finally determine the optimal solution that meets all cost and service goals.

There are no two exactly alike. Our focus in transportation is to maximize the utilization of the truck, trailer, and driver while meeting all federal, state, and local laws. In doing this we are able to be more cost effective than most private fleets can operate in today’s environment.