Routing & Scheduling

The solution enables optimisation of large operations making best use of available resources of different sizes and costs. This leads to improved response times, enhanced serviceability and reduced overall logistics costs.

In today’s complex transport environment there are many unanswered questions regarding optimal fleet size and mix with regards to routing & scheduling. In addition, companies are facing increasingly complicated challenges and issues relating to multi-depot / multi-drop operations. This has led to companies experiencing escalating transport and logistics costs both in primary and secondary distribution.

The Prophecy Routing & Scheduling tool has been developed to address the complexities associated with constrained routing and scheduling found in various industries including parcel collection and deliveries. Using advanced algorithms, it plans the lowest possible cost to fulfil the required collections and deliveries using the available resources while taking into consideration the various constraints inherent to operations.

The system enables unique demand planning principles and the effective planning and management of all transportation and resource planning activities that occur within the goods collection and delivery process. Furthermore, the solution uniquely supports real time plan updates and rescheduling to assist planners in modifying routes as and when changes are encountered throughout the day. The solution enables optimisation of large operations making best use of available resources of different sizes and costs. This leads to improved response times, enhanced serviceability and reduced overall logistics costs.

Solution At A Glance

  • Easy to use intuitive user interface
  • Easy access to both current and historical information
  • Developed to solve complex fetch & carry routing problems
  • Seamless integration with mobile execution devices
  • Dedicated system support team
  • Cloud hosted system
  • Plan loads on a national platform
  • Based on current fleet capacity & availability

Key Features

  • Multiple resource types with multiple capacities
  • Configurable setup times and offload rates
  • Fixed and variable costs
  • Multi depot routing
  • Multi Trip routing
  • Order resource restrictions
  • Stop order restrictions
  • Stop time windows (Hard/Soft)
  • Site operating time windows
  • Stop Prioritisation
  • Multiple collections and drops
  • Road network routing
  • Rerouting of partially completed routes

Prophecy for Route Planning

  • Users can dynamically plan operational routes at the start of the day that adhere to the constraints defined within the system.
  • Routes are calculated using street level road information and travel times. Route information and summary information regarding travel times, off load times and travel distances are provided to the user in graphic and tabular formats.
  • Vehicle Multi tripping is supported in the planning process.
  • Users can modify and edit route plans.
  • Based on users’ interaction and status updates, routes can be re-optimised in near real time on rules and constraints.
  • System supports order profiles of “Can Go”, “Must Go” and “Must Go First” logic to enable service level optimisation over typical basic logistics cost drivers.
  • Route times can be controlled at a vehicle level or global constraint.

Prophecy for Service / Demand Planning

  • Supports both manual capture of orders / services as well as third party integration to order management /forecasting systems.
  • Provides the capability to optimise and manage resources and services across a shared service, multi-party operation.
  • Provides the ability to divert orders or add last minute emergency orders/services.
  • Provides visualisation of outstanding service requirements.
  • Manages replenishment planning at a demand group level.
  • Map based visualisation of Branch / Service locations.
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