Isn’t it amazing that you always find what you’re looking for in the last place you look? When you think about it, it’s obvious because once you’ve found it you no longer keep looking!
At Voyage Control we applied this approach to supply chain logistics by looking at efficiency gains at the end of the chain and working backwards. We noticed that there has been phenomenal investment in Transport Management Systems (TMS), with trucking companies achieving massive gains in fleet utilization and efficiency in the past 5 years.
Today you can integrate open data on city permissible routes, GPS tracking, and even telematics all on a smartphone at a cost nearing $6 per month per vehicle.
Connecting the dots
Getting somewhere in a highly efficient manner is only the first step; what happens if these gains are eroded due to the receiver of the freight causing unloading/loading delays? Is it not best to ensure a joined-up approach between freight receiver and trucking agent?
We’ve all received the emails and texts from parcel companies telling us when our Amazon parcel will arrive, but how often is it not convenient at the time they advise they will arrive? Scale this up to commercial freight, containers, and pallets and the problem is exacerbated by deliveries needing to align to other processes.
Gaining site access and aligning the receipt of freight with the need for the freight is not new, in principle it follows the just-in-time models championed by Japanese manufacturers in the 70’s through to the 90’s. Using these principles Voyage Control has established a solution that’s tried and tested, with benefits for both the trucking companies and freight receivers, ensuring that the freight receiver has the ability, capacity and integration to downstream process/systems that improve the throughput of traffic.
Our clients have seen freight traffic waiting times drop by 95% using our platform, with trucking companies saving over an hour of gas use. Couple all of this with a solid TMS solution and they also increase fleet utilisation – a win win!
Much like the acclaimed ‘Head of Marginal Gains’ of British Cycling, Matt Parker said, if you add up all the small incremental gains made over time they amount to big competitive edges in a playing field that’s so competitive. This is especially true for logistics right now.
So the next time you’re looking to improve your logistics cycles, start your search by looking at the gains that could be made where you’d most likely to stop looking. That’s how Voyage Control are reshaping logistics efficiencies.