Freight delivery companies can achieve greater effectivenes through route design and staging.
A challenge that delivery companies face is how to shorten the cycle of outbound delivery and returning pick-ups within an operating day. Time compression can be achieved by changes in how outbound freight is loaded onto trailers, making delivery cycles faster.
Each city a freight company serves is first divided into zones that can be served in a driver’s route. Each zone is then divided by a Staging Designation: “F” for Front, “M” for Middle, and “R” for Rear.
As outbound freight is received on the loading dock, delivery addresses are matched to Zone and Staging Designation.
The Zone directs material handlers to place outbound freight behind the door for the correct route; the Staging Designation indicates the position of freight for loading trailers.
Using this staging sequence enables delivery trailers to enter their zones and offload freight first from the rear (R), next from the middle (M), and finally from the front (F) avoiding time otherwise needed for re-arrangement, re-handling or backtracking within the delivery zone.
Benefits are immediately realized in better driver effectiveness (less trucks), time compression (less missed pickups), and lower fuel costs (less miles driven per route).
Using geographic data in delivery route management is an Innovation for Business that makes logistics more profitable.