Challenges - Shippers - Outbound Pull - Logistics 4.0 Requirements

Outbound Pull

Incomplete and outdated information. Failure to synchronize with actual data. Resultant sub-optimal logistics scenarios, poor asset utilization, and high operating expenses.

Knowing when goods are ready to be shipped and understanding the customer’s delivery expectations is useful for companies, but without taking that information into an optimization concept, many opportunities for cost cutting and improved delivery accuracy might be lost.

Companies distributing goods typically define their logistics structure based on strategic decisions (warehouses, cross-docks, Round Trip Trucks, schedules, etc.), but companies often fail to operationalize these decisions. When is the right time to charter a truck to a warehouse? How long will stock last without being restocked? Am Should I now book a direct truck for a single shipment instead of running a full truck to my local cross dock without waiting for more shipments to come? How can I combine direct deliveries with restockings of my warehouses? How can I manage multi-step transport legs in the most efficient way?

Companies are in need of a supporting system that uncovers the optimal solution for getting each single shipment from production to the receiver within given timeframes. Typically, they do not find the right solutions on the market, relying instead on stock optimizing tools, route & tour planning, or network optimization. They lack an integrated solution that takes all possible methods into consideration.