How much does it cost to deliver to a selected customer or a specific product when it is delivered by various cars and carriers and is it still mixed in cross-docking warehouses? Getting a real overview of transport costs is as necessary as it is challenging.
The MP Krásno company is a traditional Wallachian producer of meat and meat delicacies, which awaits 2,000 customers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. The number of routes is around a hundred.
Long journeys equals great expense. The need for cost decryption also led MP Krásno to look for a solution that would include large number of different price models, the breakdown of total costs into order items and cross-docking prices for individual customers.
MP Krásno initially used Plantour planning logistic system and were in general quite happy with it. Although Plantour works well in certain scenarios, MP Krásno’s requirements on customization and reporting hit dead end within abilites of former system used. We offered a new solution for the price they were used to and set to work.
Tasha got to work
All items that contribute to the price of deliveries were included in the calculation : primary and secondary distribution, cross-docking, collection of raw materials and goods, vehicle service, labor costs and more. We linked the Tasha planning program with the T-Cars vehicle tracking application to obtain data on planned and distance traveled. We figured out how to recalculate planned routes back into the goods actually imported.
We connected our application to the company’s BNS financial planning system and started supplying it with accurate data from the field. We divided each order into three levels:
- customer level (address to which the goods are delivered),
- order level (the customer can order goods several times a day)
- order item level (e.g. 10 kg Viennese sausages).
Costs can be recalculated for each of these levels. This made it easier to find holes for money to flow due to unrealistic plans and human failures. When, for example, a driver with a car full of sausages leaves the route for a piece of couscous, the dispatcher recognizes it and calculates the detour (exactly) for him.
From zero to a hundred in a fraction of a second
The planning process has also been simplified and largely automated by the introduction of templates, which, among other things, supported the service of the same customers by the same drivers.
Optimization of stops on the route takes a fraction of a second. All you have to do is specify the area on the map that the route is to serve, and the addresses of local customers will jump in a row. The calculation is incomparably faster than the original solution.
The advanced print report editor can easily create special printed materials for drivers, concierge or expedition.
It’s not only the pace of calculation that we are proud of. We managed the implementation during the first three months of 2020. We gradually launched the application for Slovakia, Bohemia, Moravia, Hungary and finally Poland.
The customer in a customized Tasha software obtained a powerful tool for planning and relevant financial analysis. He accelerated the work of dispatchers and strengthened control over drivers and the condition of their tachometers. The loaded goodies thus reach customers even fresher than before.