Transportation Logistics Software for Supply Assignment
Paradox Solves Distribution Problem for Dairy Company with Transportation Logistics Software
A dairy distributor in Wisconsin was faced with a fulfillment problem.
41 Supply locations
87 Demand locations
Each Supply location has a preset volume that it can supply
Each Demand location has a preset volume that it needs
Total Supply volume matches the Total Demand volume
Each Supply location can serve multiple Demand locations
Each Demand location can be served from multiple Supply locations
Cost per unit volume shipped between any Supply location to any Demand location is available
The distributor required a tool that, when fed the above information, can generate an assignment solution that determines how much
volume should be shipped from each Supply location to each Demand location so the demand is met at the lowest transportation cost.
Paradox built Supply Assigner, a transportation logistics software, for this purpose and solved the assignment problem.
Supply Assigner can extend beyond fulfillment. As long as the problem parameters have entities to be assigned with an associated cost, the tool can be used to generate least cost assignment solution. For example, when drivers on the road need to be assigned the next load to pull and the cost of assigning a driver to a load is defined depending on his distance from the pickup location, remaining hours on his clock, etc. the assignment tool can help determine least cost assignment.
The solution from the tool saved the distributor over $30,000 per week.