Archive for ORTEC

Viewpoints on the Air Podcast #7: Integrated Route Planning & Load Building

Last year, I wrote about how Walmart improved the efficiency of its private fleet by almost 69 percent in 2011 compared to its 2005 baseline. How did Walmart do it? By increasing its pallets per trailer and better managing its routes (among other things). Obviously, companies can achieve great benefits via better route planning and load building. However, from my perspective, many companies treat route planning and load building as two distinct, separate steps in […]

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Guest Commentary: Predictive Replenishment and How It Optimizes Global Supply Chains

Leading consumer goods companies are adopting a breakthrough methodology, Predictive Replenishment, which generates value by integrating strategic, tactical and operational processes. This supply chain planning approach encompasses three functional areas: Strategic: Supply Chain Network Design that continuously adapts and links products flows to downstream processes Tactical: Demand Sensing and Inventory Optimization that predicts customer requirements based on market-driven demand signals and POS data Operational: Order Fulfillment and Transportation Planning that can create perfect orders and […]

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Guest Commentary: Thirsty for DSD Efficiency? Issues and Answers

The beverage business has become much more complex, dynamic and fragmented over the last five years. One of the reasons why is consumer taste buds are changing in both developed and emerging markets. The result is a dizzying plethora of choices to quench every thirst, from hundreds of craft beers to Chinese colas to a seemingly endless stream of flavored energy drinks. According to a recently published survey, “Global Beverage Survey 2013-2014: Market Trends, Buyer […]

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Walmart’s New Solution for Outbound Routing and Load Building

Any time Walmart speaks about what it is doing in logistics, I’ll listen. In March, Steve Simpson, Senior Manager of Transportation Technology at Walmart, participated in a webinar on how Walmart is optimizing outbound loads through its implementation of ORTEC‘s routing and load-building solutions (ORTEC is a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor). A couple of caveats need to be made here. Walmart is not using ORTEC across its entire transportation network; it is using this solution to […]

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Guest Commentary: Catch the “Big Fish” Savings by Optimizing Orders Upstream!

Many Consumer Goods companies today are wasting too much time and resources trying to figure how to consolidate orders manually or with their transportation management systems (TMS). The order management process requirements from big-box retailers such as Walmart, Target and others is critical, particularly since they can make up more than 50 to 60 percent of a CPG company’s revenue. Freight costs and the ever-increasing demands from retailers on inventory levels continue to put pressure […]

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TNT Express Reaps the Benefits of Operations Research

The important role of operations research in driving supply chain benefits was in full display at last month’s OPTIMUS 2012, ORTEC’s annual forum in Atlanta, GA. Many of the company’s key clients were there, including Walmart, Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Clorox. In the case of Coca-Cola, for example, the company has saved $500,000,000 in ten years through a variety of initiatives, including improved loading and routing of its 10,000 trucks (see “Coca-Cola Enterprises: Better Trucks, […]

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Celebrating Corporate Giving in Logistics

The Holidays are a time for giving. My posting today celebrates the best example of corporate giving that I came across in my travels this year. TNT, a large global provider of express deliveries, and ORTEC, a company that provides a logistics optimization and execution platform with advanced planning capabilities, are the two companies whose intelligent giving has helped to make the world a better place to live. In October of 2005, the President of […]

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