At the request of our lubes distributor customers, we have incorporated Load Building into our MobileHub’s load dispatching capability. Load Building enables a truck 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 or route.
Load Optimization Tools
Load building 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, each with a set of orders within each vehicle’s constraints.
Load optimization and planning tools provide the necessary technology and infrastructure to identify and facilitate cost and space optimization. In effect, it motivates shippers with mutual routing plans and shipments to utilize each other’s assets.
Load Building Benefits
Companies with just a few vehicles at each depot have load or independent truck dispatchers who know the vehicle capacity constraints. For example, a lubes or freight dispatcher may know their combo trucks can have 1 – 10 totes of 500 gallons each. They want to build a trip and see each product’s total as they drag orders onto the trip. 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 add more orders to fill 2 totes or see if they can add the 100-gal order to a different trip.
Package delivery companies can also use load building, as they will see the total by-product on each trip.