When discussing generating transportation savings in the current environment, Gartner analyst Farrah Salim agreed with…

When discussing generating transportation savings in the current environment, Gartner analyst Farrah Salim agreed with what we have been saying:  “All trucks and containers [should] hold as much capacity as possible.  If it’s not possible to achieve a full load, consider collaborative distribution.”  She also recommended matching inbound and outbound movements.  But doing these things is not that easy…as commonly used tools don’t support:
  • Load optimization – that is why we built AutoO2 to maximize payload
  • Coordinating inbound and outbound loads – most systems don’t understand the need to sequence operations so unloads happen before the empty trailer is needed.  We have a tool for that too… AutoScheduler
  • Determining who pays what amount of the transportation costs when collaborating on distribution.  This one is tricky – some 3PL’s take this as a major margin contributor.  Shippers need a calculation based on the binding constraint (cube, weight or pallets) which can change from load to load.  Guess what, we can help there too!