RedPrairie Corporation, a consumer driven optimisation company, announced today that its new Pallet and Load Optimisation technology, part of its integrated E2e solutions for consumer goods, reduces freight costs and product damage while improving shipment safety and compliance with customer and legislative trailer loading requirements.
This unique two-stage optimisation first efficiently directs the pallet build process, and then optimises their placement during the loading of trailers.
CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) and food and beverage manufacturers, with products such as paper, beverages and food stuffs that can be heavy, crushable and hard to stack are facing many new challenges in complying with retailer mandates while addressing initiatives for green supply chains and cost reduction.
At the same time, rising fuel costs, driver shortages and hours of service rules make it imperative that trailer usage is maximised within weight and balance limits of governing bodies.
This all puts tremendous pressure on logisticians to optimise the pallet build and trailer loading processes.
RedPrairie has responded with integrated pallet and load optimisation technology.
Comments Tom Kozenski, RedPrairie vice president product strategy, “Our customers came to us with these issues because they impact how they pick inventory and load trailers on a daily basis in their DC’s. By integrating pallet build technology with our warehouse management workflows and trailer loading functionality with our transportation load optimisation, we can address these challenges more effectively. This geometric analysis and load construction can increase trailer volume utilisation by three to six percent.”
By integrating pallet and load optimisation with the WMS, the efficient inventory allocation and pick sequencing is performed to feed the pallet build process, minimising travel time and labour cost.
Integration to the TMS allows the load plan to comply with route sequencing and stop rules as well as rules for loading into freezer, cooler and dry goods trailer zones and segregation of incompatible shipments.
RedPrairie’s Pallet and Load optimisation solution can handle non-standard shapes such as cylinders, barrels, totes and special packaging.
It considers stackability, crushability, nesting and other positioning factors to build pallets and loads that are safe and minimise the potential for damage. And the trailer load plan computes weight over the axles and side-to-side balance specific to each trailer type to ensure compliance with transportation regulations.
The result is shipments that are efficient, safe and compliant, and support initiatives for retailer compliance, green supply chains and cost reduction.