Organize deliveries easily based on known routes, product weights, and vehicle capacities.
Effective use of a vehicle fleet, whether it’s your own or a third party’s, demands the ability to organize deliveries quickly and easily based upon known routes, product weights, and vehicle capacities. That’s where the Vehicle Load Planning module for Dynamics GP comes in. Part of the Trinity Distribution Suite, The Vehicle Load Planning module provides all of these facilities in an easy to use, interactive planning module. The system also produces drivers’ manifests, plus the facility to produce documentation on a ‘by load’ basis.
Key features and benefits of Vehicle Load Planning for Dynamics GP include the following:
Informative load building routines are at the core of the module. The user can see provisional loads at a glance based upon default routes. These will show weight, volume, number of parcels and number of drops all arranged in a suggested sequence.
The user can then simply confirm a load and produce documentation or drag individual or groups of deliveries from one load to another to optimize vehicle usage. Where deliveries are being made by a third party, these loads can be used as carrier schedules.
Define service levels, specifying ‘make-up time’ needed from order to dispatch. These service levels can then be assigned to customers and will be used to automatically generate the best achievable shipment date at time of order capture.
Assign customer delivery points to delivery runs. Specify the days of the week that deliveries can be made to that customer. Identify the customer’s requirements including booking of delivery slots.
Specify the weight, volume capacity and availability of vehicles.
All customer documentation from picking note to invoice can be printed on a load-by-load basis. A driver summary sheet shows the deliveries to be made in the right sequence. In addition, a consolidated picking list can be produced for a load when this module is used in conjunction with Advanced Picking.
In addition to being able to assign a ship-to address to a named route and drop, it is also possible to add specific routes and drops for different days to cater for variable delivery patterns throughout the week.
Provides the ability to close a load once no further dispatches can be added to it.
Allows recording of cost per mile against record plus a feature to allow recording of total mileage for a load to provide potential for enhanced ‘profitability by load’ reporting.
The key features included in the Trinity Vehicle Load Planning module will benefit your inventory management process and business operations in the following ways:
Optimize use of fleet – The vehicle fleet can be more efficient by comparing ‘at a glance’ load weights and volumes against fleet capacity.
Identify efficient delivery routes – Improve journey times and mileage by sectoring routes and developing preferred drop sequences.
Improve load management – Identify where there’s space on vehicles in advance and canvass sales on that route in order to make best use of delivery resources.
Improve delivery times – Respond to your customer’s high service expectations by ensuring that delivery slots are correctly booked and recorded where needed.
Improve planning – Plan workloads and identify potential bottlenecks in advance. The load planning module can look right back to orders as well as picks and deliveries.