ANN ARBOR — LLamasoft Inc., a provider of supply chain network design software, announced the launch of Transportation Guru, a new application that enables the design and analysis of global transportation networks.
Llamasoft says Transportation Guru is the first application to integrate sophisticated vehicle routing and mode selection functionality with network optimization and enterprise simulation.
Transportation Guru enables logistics professionals to:
• Model and optimize their existing transportation network to identify more efficient mode selection or design the optimal multi-stop routes for inbound, outbound or periodic shipments.
• Evaluate entirely new network structures, including locating new greenfield sites, to optimize the number and location of distribution sites or realign distribution center to customer and store assignments.
• Simulate the costs and service levels of new transportation strategies or perform what-if analysis on proposed changes to the transportation strategy.
“Our goal is to deliver a design tool that solves complex global transportation network and routing problems and empowers users to challenge their transportation strategies,” said Sara Curtis, LLamasoft director of transportation products. “By listening to the challenges of our global client base and testing Transportation Guru over many months on real-world customer projects, we were able to create a truly unique solution for logistics professionals and something that we are very proud to release under the LLamasoft brand.”
Already in use by many global LLamasoft customers, Transportation Guru helps users view and analyze optimized results through detailed route maps, reports and charts. When implemented, supply chain design models built using Transportation Guru can save companies millions of dollars.
Early users of Transportation Guru include Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and CHEP.
“CHEP services the world’s largest supply chains, which means small adjustments in designing our delivery model have a significant impact on our cost,” said Dan Dershem, senior vice president of global logistics at CHEP. “Transportation Guru from LLamasoft helped us redesign inbound transportation from suppliers to our DCs by simulating scenarios that determined new, cost-effective routes.”
Added Josh Buchanan, packaged beverages network optimization manager for sales operations at Dr. Pepper Snapple Group: “LLamasoft’s integration of multi-stop transportation route design within an end-to-end supply chain design application is unique. By incorporating the last mile delivery as part of our strategic plan, we can identify new opportunities for cost savings.”
Transportation Guru adds value in all facets of supply and demand relationships. Shippers and retailers can identify ideal mode and flow path for each product or business unit, while predictive analysis determines the optimal product flow-paths, timing and required capacity. Carriers and 3PLs can improve asset utilization, collaborative moves and market-specific networks for higher operating efficiency.