HaulPLAN helps LTL carriers:
Reduce Linehaul Cost
Large LTL carriers spend hundreds of millions of dollars in linehaul costs each year. HaulPLAN’s optimized load plans and schedules can reduce a carrier’s linehaul costs by 2% – 5% annually.
HaulPLAN can reduce the number of service errors for various origin-destination services, resulting in greater delivery and overall customer satisfaction.
Creating linehaul plans manually requires months of painstaking effort. HaulPLAN reduces the process to days, enabling faster and more frequent changes to plans.
Only 70% – 80% of an LTL carrier’s shipments move according to the plan, with the rest of the routings decided dynamically each day. HaulPLAN creates better linehaul forecasting so that the largest possible percentage of shipments moves according to plan.
Most LTL carriers operate reactively by dealing with hotspots on a daily basis as they show up. HaulPLAN uses historical shipment volumes to proactively create better linehaul forecasting and minimize potential hotspots.
LTL carriers user their experience and institutional knowledge to make important strategic decisions. HaulPLAN builds upon human experience and insight by adding science and data to this decision making.
HaulPLAN creates an optimized linehaul plan based on historical shipment volumes and customer service commitments. It’s a web-based decision support system that:
HaulPLAN is revolutionizing how LTL carriers create plans and optimize network operations. It can be used by linehaul planners, network planners and central dispatchers to create better linehaul schedules and shipment routes.
More advanced than the software currently used by most LTL carriers.
Unique capabilities that have been desired but unavailable until now.
We continually innovate HaulPLAN to meet your evolving business needs so that it will be the software of choice for LTL carriers for decades to come.
Simulation-guided optimization is at the heart of HaulPLAN. It’s a proprietary technique developed by Optym through decades of R&D and is ideal for solving complex planning and scheduling problems
For a given load plan, this technique simulates the movement of shipments on a time-space network created by linehaul schedules. It then determines their complete routings from origin to destination. Through this simulation, we determine the cost and service quality of the given load plan. HaulPLAN repeatedly modifies this plan, evaluates it with respect to cost and service quality and keeps the most effective plan.
This process is repeated until the load plan is in its optimal state and can no longer be improved.
HaulPLAN has four optimization modes. These modes enable an LTL carrier to engage in a constant process of improving its linehaul plan and continuously adapting to changing shipment volumes and service commitments.
Make selective changes to a given plan and evaluate the impact of these changes. You can delete a load, add a load or change the load plan of a service.
Do a clean-sheet optimization of the entire linehaul plan. HaulPLAN makes changes as needed to reduce linehaul costs and improve service quality. The scope of optimization can be controlled to make plan changes only in specific regions of the network.
Generate the best changes to improve cost and service. You can specify the number and types of changes you would like to see, and HaulPLAN will generate these recommendations.
Upgrade some terminals to hubs or downgrade some terminals to end-of-lines. You can also change processing capacities and generate a new load plan to study the effectiveness of your changes.
HaulPLAN’s user interfaces provide visualizations of the input data and deep insights into the optimized linehaul plan created by the system.
“HaulPLAN provides us the ability to continually review ways to improve our network from both a cost and or service perspective. It can complete what-if studies with ease that allows you to determine the best improvements to implement within the network.”
“The main value Haul Plan adds to our organization is time savings. Easy to make plan changes and publish into our line haul network in a short amount of time.”
“HaulPLAN assists in tactical and strategic planning so it is allowing us to make quality plans and have directional costing before making decisions either on a daily basis or on a long term basis.”
“HaulPLAN allows us to be more flexible or agile in our operations planning. In the past when given a task to analyze the impact to our network we only had the time to come up with one plan. With HaulPLAN we are able to test various scenarios to find the best one. It also shows us operational improvements that would take us days to go through that amount of data to uncover.”
“HaulPLAN has endless possibilities to improve service, throughput, cycle, optimization, and costs.”