Our planning component automatically creates the optimal combination of transport services that matches your customer's shipment request from origin to destination. It can be used for global shipments but also for the hinterland part only (from port of discharge or to port of loading). The optimization itself can be done according to your preferred optimization criteria (costs, lead time, footprint) and preferences (mode, carrier, etc.).
You are handing a shipment from Asia to Europe. Is it cheaper to use Antwerp or Rotterdam as discharge port? Which ocean carrier to best use? What is the impact of surcharges? Do I have a competitive alternative using rail or barge for my on-carriage, compared to road, and still be just-in-time? What is the cost of dropping off my empty container? The figure
- Take the total costs into account – not only those of your ocean leg
- Hinterland intermodality and reuse of empty containers can make the difference
- Be resilient and align your on-carriage choices with the status of your ocean leg