At the request of our lubes distributor customers, we have added LoadBuilding into our dispatch capability for the MobileHub. LoadBuilding enables a dispatcher to create a trip and drag orders onto the trip. As orders are added to the trip, a window shows the total quantity on the trip for each product, across all orders. Multiple trips can be added to the view so orders can easily be dragged between trips to quickly see the impact of the load on each trip (route).
Loadbuilding is used by companies that do not have route optimization systems like Ortec OTD or RedPrairie’s TMS. Those systems take a set of orders and automatically build routes, with each route having a set of orders that are within the constraints of each vehicle.
Companies who have just a few vehicles at each depot have dispatchers who know what the vehicle capacity constraints are. For example, a lubes dispatcher may know their combo trucks can have 1 – 10 totes of 500 gallons each. They want to build a trip and as they drag orders onto the trip, see the total of each product. In this case, they have 3 orders with 200, 250 and 100 gallons of 5w-20 oil. The dispatcher would easily see the total is 550 gals, which is more than one tote. They could decide to add more orders to fill 2 totes, or see if they can add the 100 gal order to a different trip.
Load building can be used by package delivery companies as well, as they will see the total by product on each trip.