Food Supply Chain Software

Supply Chain Optimization

MJC2²'s optimization software is used in food & beverage businesses for real-time logistics and manufacturing scheduling, as well as for strategic optimization along the supply chain. Typical applications include:

  • Bulk Transport Planning for dairy, sugar, cereals and other liquids and powders, e.g. from farms to processing plants or for inter-factory movements.
  • Manufacturing Scheduling for short shelf-life goods such as dairy, bread, crisps and snacks, including inventory optimization and demand planning.
  • Distribution Planning of finished goods to distribution centres and stores for supermarkets and food service logistics operations (primary and secondary operations).
  • Home Delivery Optimization including last-mile routing and scheduling from stores and real-time allocation of fast food deliveries.

Food Distribution & Logistics

Bulk Logistics Scheduling

DISC and REACT optimize bulk food transport operations, and are designed to cope with unpredictable supply/demand in large multi-site operations.

Typical applications include collection of milk from farms, inter-plant transfers of powders and liquids and bulk transport of water.

MJC2²'s logistics planning software models relevant business rules and constraints such as cleaning/CIP regulations, multi-compartment vehicles, driver hours regulations and supply/demand matching requirements.

In real-time mode REACT receives minute-by-minute updates from in-cab systems about vehicle locations and consignment status, which are used to dynamically re-optimize the transport plan in response to delays, volume variances or factory breakdowns.

Chilled, Ambient & Frozen Distribution

DISC provides an integrated logistics solution for supermarket and food service delivery operations. Multi-depot primary and secondary operations can be planned using an integrated model, including deliveries, collections, inter-depot trunking movements, spot hire work, sub-contractors, backhauls, transhipments, etc.

Integration with REACT enables real-time re-optimization in response to last-minute orders, delays, breakdowns, employee unavailability, cancellations, etc., while MOBi provides real-time communication between drivers and the planning office, including proof-of-delivery (POD), driver de-brief and incident reporting.

DISC and REACT take into account multi-temperature requirements and constraints relating to load building, multiple warehouses, trailer compartments, weight (e.g. for heavy items or drinks logistics) delivery slots, product compatibility and order priority.

Home Delivery and Last-Mile

MJC2²'s vehicle routing software optimizes last-mile delivery and multi-drop routing to homes, restaurants and retail outlets, including scheduling of deliveries, dynamic routing of vans and planning of driver hours.

Our last-mile scheduling software is customisable and can accurately model loading rules, service level expectations and local routing/access constraints, including for example low emission zones and the use of electric delivery vans.

For strategic planning SLIM optimizes territory allocations, slot patterns and resource profiles, while ROCS creates demand-led shift patterns and rosters.

Food Manufacturing Scheduling

Implementations of PIMSS have led to substantial savings for our customers in terms of improved manufacturing capacities, faster and better response to customer demand, lower inventory levels and balanced use of employees and resources.

PIMSS includes factory line scheduling and capacity planning functionality, and can be integrated with i-Data, e-Stock and ROCS to provide demand forecasting, inventory optimization and workforce planning/rostering capability.

MJC2²'s food manufacturing planning software is designed to schedule very complex factories and multi-site operations which have many independent or inter-dependent production lines producing thousands of different SKUs.

Typical applications are for scheduling manufacturing of crisps & snacks, dairy products, cakes & biscuits or other high-volume short shelf-life goods. PIMSS models operational constraints such as changeover times, machine linkages, multipacking and cleaning/maintenance scheduling.

 

 

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