Local distributors and retailers operating home delivery fleets have a different distribution model than manufacturers or other retailers. They have to synchronize their pick sequencing, packaging, and staging with their fleet routing to ensure maximum efficiency and accuracy throughout the process. They also need to dynamically deal with last-minute changes, such as when a customer isn't home, refuses an item, or returns a previous order.
To address these requirements, RedPrairie Corp. has integrated its recently acquired fleet management solution with its warehouse management suite. This will enable distributors, home delivery operations, and other companies with dedicated fleets to move products from the shipping dock directly to their customers. It also efficiently processes returns and non-deliverables, and directs the disposition of reusable assets, such as shipping containers, racks, and totes.
RedPrairie's new integrated approach provides the process workflows and visibility to make distribution, fleet routing and execution, and returns processing one seamless loop. The integrated solution can create both static routes based on local delivery schedules and dynamic routes based on each day's orders, with the ability to adapt those routes as events occur. The warehouse management application then uses this route/stop plan to drive order processing, which optimizes the distribution and fleet processes as well as the interaction between the two.
Company: RedPrairie Corp.
Company Phone: (877) 733-7724
Company URL: www.redprairie.com