Routing suite

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Ortec has released its latest routing suite. The suite is designed to assist in the daily operations of logistics companies – retailers, shippers, fourth party logistics providers (3PLs and 4PLs), and logistics service providers (LSP) – by scheduling deliveries, resources and loads.

It consists of Ortec’s flagship logistical advanced planning and scheduling product, Ortec Routing & Dispatch, and industry variants, Ortec Inventory Routing for fuels, gas and chemicals logistics, and Ortec Service Planning for B2B and B2C service providers.

The new suite employs algorithmic innovations, such as an algorithm to create cost-efficient routes while taking loading capacity at depots into account, and a fast and reliable load assignment algorithm to model flexible and temperature-controlled compartments.

It integrates advances in integrated forecast analysis, allowing users to explore new forecasting methods, such as using temperature-dependent forecasting to improve delivery timing calculations and prevent run-out situations during cold seasons. As well, the new suite can do faster scheduler calculations, especially for routes with many stops, such as home delivery and field services.

“New collaborative portals, such as the Carrier Portal and Driver App, provide planners and other users alike with both easy access and tools to collaborate and interact with the planning process,” said Daniel Taylor, product manager.

“Moreover, innovations in our optimization engines also let users consider factors in the planning and scheduling process that customarily lie outside the route planning domain.”