Optimize FTL, part load and bulk delivery
Bulk transportation includes movement of goods in full truck loads or part loads.
Truckstops Loads has been specifically developed to meet the specific features of the types of bulk delivery operations often associated with primary scheduling. It also includes all the standard routing features such as time windows, drivers hours and site accessibility restrictions, Truckstops Loads can plan:
- FTL (Full Truckloads)
- Multi-stop paired pickups and deliveries
- Long haul multi-day routes
- Changes of driver
- Allowance for cleaning of tankers
- Significant unload times
What are bulk delivery transport operations?
Bulk delivery planning is often used for dry goods such as coal, gravels and cereals using dump trucks or liquids such as waste water or milk using tanker trucks. Journey planning for bulk haulage of these types of goods could include 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 an RDC (Regional Distribution Centre) or large volume delivery point such as a primary consolidation centre. These types of bulk transport movements often use multi-day long haul operations. The multi-day plan 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 departing and returning to the depot each day. Bulk transport movements are different. Bulk delivery planning typically includes long hauls with overnight stops with multiple driver shifts. Vehicles may make pickups 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. For example, there are significant unload times or cleaning regimes that may include a driver break even while the vehicle is still busy. Changes of driver are also more common in truck route planning for bulk transportation.
FTL route planning for bulk transport
Truckstops Loads FTL route planning uses all the information about your workload and vehicles, together with a least-cost algorithm to optimize your supply chain operation. This ensures you can minimize costs and efficiently move bulk goods, saving your organization 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. You can include transport locations that are not necessarily at a depot or delivery point (e.g. when using a coordination terminal, for example). So Truckstops Loads is designed specifically for FTL route planning for bulk transportation.