News: Quintiq optimizes multi-temp trailers for Dot Transportation
March 28, 2018 - Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes company and global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O), announced today that Dot Transportation Inc. (DTI), the logistics affiliate of the largest food industry redistributor in North America, Dot Foods, has selected Quintiq to provide a planning solution that offers a 100 percent fit to its unique constraints and processes. Quintiq will enable DTI to optimize temperature integrity, loading and routing of its multi-compartment and multi-temperature logistics assets.
Quintiq’s implementation at the Dot Foods distribution center in Mt. Sterling, Illinois is expected to increase efficiency in DTI’s logistics operations through loading and routing optimization. It will allow DTI to maximize the capacity of each movable multi-temperature compartment in the trailer and plan deliveries more efficiently. This will help DTI better manage its physical equipment and specific network constraints to reduce empty miles, increase asset utilization and maintain cold chain integrity. Additionally, the company will be able to accommodate last-minute changes in demand and reduce the cost of disruptions.
Dan Overton, DTI routing manager, shares the complexity of its operations: “We buy food from manufacturers and resell it in less-than-truckload (LTL) quantities to distributors on a weekly basis. Many of our customers require smaller, multi-temp shipments. The vast majority of our loads are not a straight dry, refrigerated or frozen truckload of goods, but instead a collection of orders each with mixed temperatures. Temperature integrity loading requires optimized and accurate planning of nearly 100 different trailer configurations. Our trailers give us a lot of flexibility, but we still have standards we must load within. Not only will Quintiq handle the multi-compartment planning for loads of all sizes, but it will do so while creating more efficient optimized routes. We’re essentially taking the traditional routing approach and now including pallet placement on the trailer into the scenario.”
Peter Shin, director of logistics at Quintiq North America explains how Quintiq will transform DTI’s operations: “Our highly configurable solution allows us to achieve a 100 percent fit for DTI’s complex supply chain. Taking into account DTI’s overall KPIs, and its material and capacity constraints, Quintiq will create optimized plans that allow for real-time changes in demand and accommodate flexible soft time windows. Our work with DTI confirms the versatility of Quintiq and will further advance our expansion in the food logistics sector.”
About Dot Foods and Dot Transportation
Dot Foods Inc. is ranked #63 on Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s Largest Private Companies. It carries 127,000 products from 930 food industry manufacturers, making it the largest food industry redistributor in North America. Through Dot Transportation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods Inc., the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and more than 35 countries. Dot Foods operates 10 US distribution centers; in Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Dyersburg, Tennessee; and University Park, Illinois. An 11th location is currently under construction in Bullhead City, Arizona. Dot Foods' Canadian operations are located in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. For information, visit DotFoods.com.
Every business has its supply chain planning challenges. Some of those challenges are large. Some are complex. Some seem impossible to solve. Since 1997, Quintiq has been solving each of those challenges with a supply chain planning & optimization software system. Today, approximately 12,000 users in over 80 countries rely on Quintiq software to plan and optimize workforces, logistics and production. Part of Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), Quintiq has offices in the Netherlands, the USA and around the world.