In a perfect world, shippers would provide their transportation partners with consistent business at consistent levels. But with today’s rollercoaster demand, shortages of parts and inventory, tight capacity, rising fuel prices, lack of truck drivers and more, nothing in freight is consistent or smooth. Because of this volatility, sustainability is often compromised.
Routing technology can help maintain — or improve — sustainability performance in times of crisis.
Route optimization and planning solutions build optimal routes for freight. These routes consider constraints such as time windows, vehicle capacity, driver schedules, delivery constraints (low bridges, limited access, etc.), hours of service, delivery location, number of stops, traffic congestion, weather, driver skill and much more. As you can see, route optimization goes beyond just moving an order from point A to point B.
Using machine learning algorithms, the software plans routes that reduce waste of time, fuel and labor. These algorithms sort through thousands of possible routes in a manner of seconds. Route optimization technology isn’t meant to replace planners but to empower them. Here’s a breakdown of its benefits:
Ram Yadlapalli is director of routing systems at HaulSuite.
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