Optimizing truckloads to Full Truck Loads (FTLs) improves the utilization of trucks and reduces transportation costs, the number of deliveries, the risk of damage and empty mileage (as a result of shipping less air in a trailer) and the impact on the environment through less CO2 emissions.
How to create and optimize to Full Truck Loads?
The first step can be to split up large volumes (e.g., from a supplier to a producer) into FTLs. Executing this step in an optimal way reduces transportation costs, number of deliveries, and risk of damage to products caused by extra space in a trailer. When FTLs are defined, the second step is to assign FTLs to resources, such that the empty mileage/time is minimized between two orders (from delivery location to the next loading location) and all requirements are respected. Minimizing empty mileage leads to reduction of costs through better truck utilization and an increase in the amount of orders delivered per resource.
There are multiple decision steps involved with FTLs, i.e. to create them and to assign them to resources. We define three steps:
What are the results of optimizing truckloads to Full Truck Loads?
Optimizing Truck Loads with FTLs results in reducing:
In addition, FTLs lead to better truck utilization which increases the amount of orders per resource.
Why contact Fleet Express Transport to optimize Truck Loads and Full Truck Loads?
Fleet Express has advanced optimization solutions to support FTL transport in multiple ways: technology to create FTL-orders based on customer demand, by stacking and loading optimization. In particular relevant in Vendor Managed Inventory concepts the frequency and delivery is optimized to focus on FTL. In transport optimization the assignment of FTL to truck/driver such that the utilization of the driver is maximized and empty mileage between two FTL transport is minimized.
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