Trunking & Sales Planning

Trunking Networks

DiPS Shipment data can also be employed to account for movement of produce from one location to another, for example back-loading from supplier to a factory location, as part of a distribution operation. This is employed to plan trunking operations and can even be extended to include "via" points, where loads are staged for onward movement by another resource.

Scheduling Engineers / Sales Force Planning
This module is designed to produce one day’s routes from a given file of jobs. The program is able to make multiple passes through the data to solve all of the constraints that have been placed on the solution. For example, if multiple operatives exist, it is possible to schedule Promised Work to a given utilisation (using flexible boundaries) in the early passes followed by any Infill Work in later passes.

Each operative can be given unique start and finish locations and times. Provision has also been made to let operatives attend meetings (defined by location and times) during the working day. Each job can require any permutation of up to a dozen skills and each operative can have the ability to do some or all of the skills specified (strictly on a one operative per job basis). The unique algorithm is designed to allocate each job to the nearest operative on a minimum cost basis. Jobs that are much nearer one operative than another are allocated to that operative early in the solution whereas jobs equal in cost for two operatives will be routed at the end of the plan dependent upon each operative’s workload and location.

A wide range of standard reports are available from the DiPS system, but if specific designs are necessary, individual routines may be developed to govern any requirements. In the past, these have taken the form of Driver's loading and running sheets, and Customer Service Centre prints. As with Order Download, the interface of route information back to warehouse managements systems to facilitate picking list or loading plan generation is part of the standard package. Route information is also used in conjunction with other technologies, such as satellite tracking. The Route and Order Statistics Files, which are automatically gathered by the daily operation, are also able to provide all the necessary data to drive a number of Management Reporting Modules using spreadsheet programs and are fully integrated with the DiPS Strategic Planning System.


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