Logistics April 19, 2012
Damco Dynamic Flow Control
According to third-party logistics provider Damco, its new Dynamic Flow Control software solution allows supply chain professionals to constantly re-plan shipments without the complexity and manual workload that changing purchase orders normally entails.
The basic idea of Damco Dynamic Flow Control is very much similar to a GPS. It will dynamically recalculate the optimal route to market for a shipment when a change on the demand or supply side occurs—similar to how a GPS in your car will provide you with an estimated time to destination based on your current speed and latest traffic information.
The shipment planning optimization engine generates plans based on predefined business rules and criteria such as delivery time, cost, carbon usage, transport mode, and carrier mix—all at purchase order and stock-keeping unit (SKU) levels. When changes occur, the software replans and automatically ships an order using a proprietary decision-tree methodology. This enables supply chain managers to continuously change delivery dates or switch between transport modes in order to optimize their supply chains, says Damco.
Product Link: www.damco.com/dynamic