Robots for LTL

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Interested in LTL consolidation or groupage optimisation?

Private fleet LTL dispatching involves taking individual jobs and consolidating them together. The goal is to make full loads out of a lot of partial loads, whether they get consolidated en-route via milk-runs of pickups, or at a depot. TNX robots automate and optimise this process the same way they do for FTL. The dispatcher answers some questions about their trucks, and TNX creates a robot that looks for and shows only the best consolidation of work for the truck. TNX robots are actually optimiser agents, providing the kind of transport planning known as milk-runs, consolidation, or groupage.

Robots create sequences of stops and planned consolidations which are best suited for each truck. They also show the expected gross margin. Here an example. It plans the consolidation of 2 cargos at a depot followed by a milkrun of 3x pickups and then a delivery of all cargos.

Groupage Jobs

The robots optimise while considering co-loading restrictions, vehicle capacities, legal driving limits, required waypoints or routes, region restrictions, vehicle type differences, fixed costs, variable costs, and many other factors. And - given the multi-tenant architecture of TNX - they automatically include all cargos available to a carrier on TNX, regardless of the cargo owner.

Here is how to create a robot. Start by opening the Your Robots menu. Then click on Manage Robots and create a new robot.

Starting a New Robot

The software asks you a series of questions. You should answer them about a single truck: the robot will plan the best way to use it. Make sure to always describe the truck's running costs as accurately as you can, because the robot is trying to maximise the gross margin from the truck.

Once you have created a robot you can see the results under the Your Robots menu. Next to the name of the robot it will always show the plan with the best gross margin it has found. Click on the robot to view a list of possible plans for the truck. The bundles of work are sorted by gross margin. Usually, you just need the top result. But you can skip down if you see something you like better.

When you are done with the robot for the day, you can use the checkbox at the top of the job list to hide it until tomorrow. If you have multiple robots, they always sort to put the one with the best gross margin at the top and the checkboxed robots at the bottom.

Starting a New Bundle