Sensitive goods transports can be a logistical challenge, especially when fresh food is delivered with daily changing order situations. With its established route planning software TransIT, the manufacturer gts systems and consulting offers the possibility to switch from a framework route planning to a free route planning. This also convinced Germany's largest fish manufacturer Deutsche See, which opted for the solution of the Aachen-based company. After intensive consulting, gts realised the software project within six months.
Deutsche See's software project involves the route planning of around 300 delivery vehicles, which supply around 35,000 customers with fresh fish and seafood from more than 20 branches throughout Germany. Flexibility and efficiency are particularly important in delivery: "In retail and gastronomy, demand and order volume change daily. Our drivers' routes therefore change according to the respective orders," explains Martin Engelking, Director of Service at Deutsche See. "With TransIT, we have taken the step from the previous framework route planning to free route planning. The software from our consulting partner gts offers us the possibility to adapt and optimise the deployment of the vehicles on a daily basis."
More flexibility with free tour planning
Before the transporters leave the yard in the morning, the software has already automatically calculated the most efficient route. TransIT records all orders from Deutsche See's ERP system. The routes are planned taking into account numerous parameters such as vehicle capacities, specific delivery windows or current traffic obstructions. After transmitting this data to the vehicles' navigation devices, the fleet manager of the Deutsche See branch can see the respective order status. The GPS data from the telematics systems form the basis for a target/actual comparison.
"We are pleased that Deutsche See has chosen our consulting services and our route planning software," says Thomas Kriese, Sales Manager at gts systems and consulting. "Due to our many years of experience with major customers such as DHL or BMW, we know exactly the requirements of sensitive goods transports. The technological advantages of TransIT enable Deutsche See to reduce operational costs in perspective."