Archive for routing

What’s New in Last Mile Routing?

Last Thursday, UPS announced its plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks supplied by the Workhorse Group. What increased UPS’s willingness to invest in these vans is innovative “smart charging” software that has implications for last mile routing. There are other interesting developments in last mile routing as well.

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Sears Implements Descartes Routing Solution To Optimize Home Deliveries

The Descartes Systems Group had their user conference – Descartes Evolution 2015 – this week in Miami.  There were about 400 in attendance. The best presentation I saw at the event was given by two executives from Sears.  Sears is a North American department store and general merchandise retailer with over $30 billion in revenues.  Joe Macro, Network Planning and Analysis, and Steve Rutkowski, Director of Logistics Services, spoke on the “Next Generation Home Delivery” […]

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Guest Commentary: Algorithms, Optimization and Constraints

I think it’s time we stopped using the word “optimization” in our transportation management conversations. I believe this because when we talk about optimization, we usually apply the term toward solving rating and routing problems. For example, “We have many separate orders going out on the same day, to many different locations. Let’s run it through the Optimizer to find the best solution and create shipments in the way that saves the most money and […]

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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: Is a Direct-to-Store Delivery Model Right for You?

Speed is the name of the game in today’s retail landscape. How quickly products are purchased from store shelves depends on various factors, including consumer preference, special promotions, and brand recognition, just to name a few. The trick to gaining speed and increasing your inventory turns is to ensure you have a successful and cost-efficient replenishment system. Over the last few years, many consumer goods manufacturers have been increasingly using a Direct-to-Store delivery model as […]

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A Tale of Two TMS Implementations

In recent months I’ve talked to two natural resource companies that have implemented a transportation management system (TMS) and have achieved very different outcomes. Both companies had similar goals: reduce freight spend and improve service. But only one company achieved success on both fronts; the other has had limited success in improving service. The company that achieved success was Baillie Lumber, a leading manufacturer and exporter of hardwood lumber to furniture, cabinet, and hardwood floor […]

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Visualizing Next Generation Routing

The New England Roundtable of CSCMP recently organized a tour of Walgreens’ Northeast Distribution Center (DC). What an amazing facility! Because I live in a Boston suburb and the DC is in Connecticut, I used MapQuest to get turn-by-turn directions and it told me that the trip would take just under 2 hours. I made it to the tour on time, but it involved significant speeding and stress. The problem was that MapQuest does not […]

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