4 ways to Deliver More in Less Time using Innovation and Mathematics

Mathematics currently contributes most to operational planning problems to allocate and schedule vehicles and crews.

We live and breathe mathematics and we use our passion to solve real-world logistics problems and operations performance.

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Managing operations, logistics, and supply chains is essential to the success of many businesses and organizations. These areas can be streamlined to enhance the decision making process and improve efficiency by applying advanced analytical techniques such as mathematical modelling and simulation, and statistical analysis and optimization. To conduct these analyses, accurate models of the operations or supply chains, a framework supporting the handling of data, and the integration of mathematical techniques need to be developed.

Leveraging industry background and lessons learned from hundreds of customer engagements, Xfleet Delivery Management System works with you to model your systems, integrate mathematical techniques, and manage changes in operational or supply chain configurations.

Using cloud powerful routing tools

Routing, scheduling, and planning are simply too complex, and customer delivery requirements too stringent, to possibly manage your operations in a spreadsheet or on paper. Using Xfleet platform for route planning, GPS tracking and fleet management will help you optimize daily routes while also providing real-time information on delivery status and truck location.

You can be more effectively monitor vehicle running costs, driver overtime, number of stops completed, the quality of your routes, loading priorities, and delivery time windows. Xfleet includes robust mapping tools, combining 5 different solutions for routing, to improve address accuracy. All this tools provide the data you need to accelerate the last mile delivery process, while also allowing you to optimize operations and improve routing and scheduling.

Xfleet also continues to get better by using the data generated daily to help you better organize your network’s last mile delivery process analyzing your routes and help you identify optimal locations for depots or provide recommendations on growing or shrinking the delivery fleet, or even the potential benefits of outsourcing some operations.

Shrink Delivery Windows

With our end-to-end platform for planning and routing, you can provide more accurate ETAs to your customers in order to meet their increasingly strict delivery window requests. In addition to improving customer services, this allows you to increase your hit density, or the number of deliveries your drivers can make in a given shift. Increasing the delivery rate will reduce the overall cost of running that route, so any improvement can go straight to the bottom line.

Customer-specific delivery restrictions, challenging loading zones, customer delays, and perishability of freight will work against your hit density and route efficiency. Xfleet Delivery tools can help take those elements into consideration, build the route to minimize their impact, and create more accurate ETAs.

Navigation Tools Boost Delivery Accuracy

Getting the drivers from Point A to Point B can be extremely difficult in some urban environments. Trucks don’t just need to know where to go; they need to know about weight and size restrictions for vehicles on certain routes, and customer-specific information about yards, parking lots, private roads, and other elements and obstacles that can make it challenging to reach the final point of delivery.

Xfleet Driver app will help drivers make their way right to the correct loading dock, while improving driver safety and efficiency. Routes can be built to accommodate weight and hazardous materials restrictions in many municipalities. Also include real-time traffic and construction data that can help reroute trucks dynamically to avoid time and fuel-wasting delays.

Mobility Completes the Package

The physical delivery process itself is another opportunity for efficiency improvements. This is where mobile computing technology can make a big impact. If drivers have to wrangle paper forms during the delivery process, it can increase the amount of time the driver takes to complete the delivery. That eats into the productivity of the route and increases costs.

Using Xfleet Driver App, for any mobile devices, the drivers can quickly access the needed documents, obtain electronic signatures, and update the back-end supply chain management solution. Instead of spending time at the end of the route filing paperwork, drivers can schedule extra deliveries. In industries where drivers must maintain hours of service (HOS) or fuel tax logs, the fleet management system and smartphones can automatically track that information. That eliminates another time-consuming pile of paperwork for the driver and frees up valuable minutes to increase hit density.

As logistics providers and delivery companies vie for more business, the companies that are able to perform last-mile deliveries in the smartest, most efficient fashion will win out. Using route planning and scheduling, fleet management, and mobile delivery systems can give your company a critical competitive advantage.