Distributors who are shipping orders out of their own warehouse need tools to help them organize which orders will be going on which trucks and decide what order the driver should make each stop. We have released a new set of tools designed to be used by both the warehouse manager as well as the drivers to help in this process:
The load planning tool:
This tool is designed to be used by the warehouse manager or delivery planning personnel to group together orders in specific trucks based on location, order size and weight, as well as the customer delivery needs (Delivery Window, and Delivery Instructions). As Sales Orders are allocated against inventory and released to the logistics teams they will begin to appear in the load planning tool as orders “Ready to Ship”. The orders listed will show the customer name, delivery zone (customizable regions defined within the delivery area), date needed, total qty and total weight for the order.
Based on these factors, the delivery planner can add orders specific trucks and build out his delivery. As orders are being added to a truck, the tool is totaling the qty and weight on each truck and will warn the user if the truck is being over filled. In addition, the user has the option to define the stop order on each release to maximize the efficiency of the driver.
Once the Deliveries have been planned, a “Route Plan” is generate and given to each driver so they have an outline of the route, delivery instructions, payment requirements for each customer receiving a delivery and a space for the driver to track mileage.
The truckers also have available the VISCO Trucker app on their smartphone that is tied into the Delivery schedule in the system and allows them to access to route plan. From the route plan they can drill into each stop to see:
1-Delivery address, with the ability to click on the address to get directions from their current location
2-Check in to a location which time stamps the check in time
3-Check out of a location which time stamps the checkout time
4-Accept digital customer signature for proof of delivery
5-Upload any relevant images to the delivery including pictures of damaged goods.
6-Provide real time location back to the customer service team so they can let customers know if deliveries are on time or may be delayed.