Distribution Software and Logistics Planning Systems

Distribution Planning Software

MJC²'s distribution planning and logistics optimization software DISC (DIstribution SCheduling) is designed for scheduling and optimizing large, complex logistics operations:

  • trunks - linehauls - consolidation - crossdocks - LTL/FTL
  • radial deliveries - multidrops - delivery slot planning
  • backhauls/backloads - driver hours balancing - tramping
  • warehouse & yard planning - reverse logistics - returns

Our customers tell us DISC is the fastest logistics planning software on the market and its powerful artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms can cope with even very large logistics management and transportation planning problems.

DISC spans the full Plan, Schedule, Route process, automating resource planning, allocation and vehicle routing, while integration with our real-time dispatch solutions provides live re-optimization, visibility and reporting.

Multi-Depot Logistics Optimization

MJC²'s logistics software schedules the entire multi-depot transport operation:

  • Primary Distribution
  • Secondary Distribution
  • Reverse Logistics
  • Backhauls/backloads
  • supplier collections, inter-depot trunking and consolidation.
  • distribution centres to retail outlets, customers or branches.
  • equipment repositioning, customer returns and waste.
  • integrate third party work to maximise fleet utilisation.

DISC provides powerful lean transport optimization tools for solving complex operational and strategic distribution planning problems. Typical applications include:

  • Delivery Planning
  • Load Optimization
  • Haulier Planning
  • Home Delivery Scheduling
  • Bulk Haulage Planning
  • Parcel Delivery Networks
  • Last-mile Optimization
  • Retail Distribution
  • MOL Vehicle Planning

DISC is particularly applicable to operations which handle short shelf life products and fast moving goods in a highly dynamic market, where rapid response to changing orders while meeting tight delivery windows is vital.

Delivery Planning Software

MJC²'s delivery software tools optimize allocation of work to drivers and vehicles to maximise productivity and resource utilisation. The delivery route planning algorithms take into account constraints such as time windows, vehicle type and capacity, driver hours, access restrictions, load compatibility and temperature control.

Multidrop route planning algorithms optimize the vehicle delivery schedule to minimise distance travelled and hours worked while fulfilling customer orders.

DISC can also schedule collection operations or integrated delivery/collection routes to maximise vehicle utilisation while minimising empty running.

DISC's route planning tools have the flexibility to plan vehicles and drivers for a wide range of delivery/collection operations: home delivery, distribution to retail stores, bulk delivery/collection, parcel delivery, food & beverage distribution, palletised logistics, waste/refuse collection, etc.

Integrated Distribution Logistics Optimization

DISC optimizes transport and warehouse activity schedules to create integrated logistics solutions. This ensures that all aspects of the distribution operation are planned in a coordinated way, maximising efficiency and helping businesses move away from a "silo-based" planning approach.

Vehicles, drivers, trailers, shunters, loaders, warehouse operatives, docks, bays, lanes, etc. are all included in the distribution schedule if required.

Accurate Logistics Planning Model

To achieve this, all transport and warehouse variables and constraints are modelled, including:

  • Volumes and Orders: forecast/actual orders by customer, location and product
  • Loading constraints: vehicle type/size, compartments, temperature, compatibility
  • Delivery routing constraints: time windows, priority deliveries, sequencing rules
  • Production/manufacturing: real-time/planned stock availability, shelf-life, cut-offs
  • Warehouse constraints: loading/picking capacity, docking constraints, floor space
  • Consolidation: cross-docking, transhipments, trunk moves, hub-and-spoke, linehaul
  • Resource constraints: trailers, tankers, tractors, drivers, shunters, bays

Warehouse Planning

Taking this information into account, and following other rules and constraints as required, DISC produces an integrated distribution schedule and load plan which covers:

  • Vehicle schedule for trailers and tractors (with load contents and plan)
  • Driver schedule, employee shift start and end times and overtime usage
  • Loading, laneing and bay allocation for each warehouse or delivery point
  • Warehouse employee schedules and assembly/picking and loading sheets
  • Shunting movements and trailer docking schedules (inbound and outbound)

Different rules are used at different levels of the plan. For example in long-term mode the strategic planning system might advise on the need for new docking bays for a given store, warehouse or plant, while in short-term mode it might only be able to request agency drivers for a given day. In real-time vehicle scheduling mode it might only be allowed to indicate delays expected due to a shortfall in warehouse capacity or available vehicles at a given time.

Driver Planning and Scheduling

DISC includes driver planning tools for real-time scheduling of drivers and strategic optimization of rosters and shift patterns. All transport schedules take account of constraints such as working hours directives, contractual rules, preferred start times, driver skills/training, annualised hours, etc.

Complexities such as changeovers, night-aways, tramping, driver swaps, etc. are modelled. Integration of DISC with our ROCS roster creation tools enables forward planning of driver rotas based on anticipated demand and required working patterns.

DISC optimizes vehicle utilisation and includes configurable rules to allocate work to own resources or 3PL/agency drivers and trucks.

 

 

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