Optimisation of transport operations aiming to synchronise goods flows to improve the efficiency of journeys
aims to optimise the transport of goods throughout the value chain.
Its main objective is to remove all breakpoints which may affect product production and distribution. All links in the chain are affected by .
Upstream of production, it is about coordinating the different stages in the transport of raw materials to meet just-in-time supply needs. When it comes to the downstream , looks to avoid stockouts at distribution sites, and to guarantee the best delivery times to achieve customer satisfaction.
Both upstream and downstream, is particularly important when supplies are subject to just-in-time or synchronous flows.
In terms of distribution, is also a way to overlap deliveries with the management of goods returns. This aspect of is a strategic point in e-commerce which tends to increase goods returns.
The question of upstream and downstream flows is essential to have a fluid and effective production and distribution chain. This explains why is a recurring problem in logistics flow optimisation projects.
With good , delivery times can be reduced and stocks limited, which is a measure of profitability.
However, goods requires 360° real-time visibility of transport operations at all levels of the chain.
Digitalisation plays an essential role in . It allows flows to be managed optimally to achieve the best efficiency.
To synchronise goods flows, operators use platforms and road control towers which fulfil several functions:
Reverse logistics refers to all activities implemented to ensure the return of goods.
This involves managing the flows of returned goods:
Goods may be returned:
Goods is useful for: