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Bulk movement planning, trunking & tramping

Bulk transportation includes movement of goods in full or part loads between key centres in the supply chain.

Truckstops Loads has been specifically developed to meet the specific features of the types of bulk delivery trunking and tramping operations often associated with primary scheduling. In addition to standard routing features such as time windows, drivers hours, multi-temperature compartments and site accessibility restrictions, Truckstops Loads can plan:

  • Primary scheduling
  • Collections before deliveries
  • Multi-day routes
  • Changes of driver
  • Multi-shifting
  • Allowance for cleaning of tankers
  • Significant unload times

What are bulk delivery trunking & tramping transport operations?

photo of milk tanker for bulk delivery planning

Bulk delivery planning trunking & tramping e.g. milk collection & delivery

Bulk delivery planning is often used for dry goods such as coal, gravels, cereals using tipper trucks or liquids such as waste water or milk using tankers. Journey planning for bulk haulage of these types of goods could include primary scheduling operations between ports, distribution centres and consolidation centres, for example. Goods might be routed between the port, manufacturer’s consolidation centre or depot to a RDC (regional distribution centre) or large volume delivery point such as a primary consolidation centre. These types of bulk transport movements often use trunking and tramping operations. A tramping operation is a multi-day plan that may start at point A and move on to points B, C and D etc. over several days, perhaps only returning to the start point at the end of the week.

Why is bulk delivery planning different?

Typical daily scheduling might include a radial operation with each vehicle navigating out and back to the depot each day. Bulk transport movements are different. Bulk delivery planning typically includes long hauls with overnight stops and/or multiple driver shifts. Vehicles (tippers, tankers etc.) may make collections that need to be carried out before deliveries can take place or may have a back haul schedule that means they pick up goods after making initial bulk deliveries. There are other features specific to heavy goods route planning for bulk movements. Sometimes, for example, there are significant unload times or cleaning regimes that may include a driver break, although the vehicle is still busy. Changes of driver are also more common in lorry route planning for bulk transportation.

HGV route planning for bulk transport, trunking & tramping

Truckstops Loads HGV route planning uses all the information about your workload and vehicles, together with a least-cost algorithm to optimise your supply chain operation. This ensures you can minimise costs and efficiently move bulk goods, saving your organisation time and money. The key to achieving this is the way the system understands your requirements and matches them to the fleet available. For example, Truckstops Loads includes a 24 hour clock so time windows can cross more than one day and you can specify whether nights out are allowed. Include transport locations that are not necessarily at a depot or delivery point (e.g. when using a reload tanker for example). Truckstops Loads is designed specifically for HGV route planning for bulk transportation.

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