Optimizing automotive terminal operations could lead to:
- More profitable yard allocation, optimizing balance between handling revenue and stocking revenues
- Less housekeeping/shunting costs
- More efficient workforce sharing and allocation
- Shorter vessel turnaround times
- More efficient berth utilization (optimize allocation between liners and feeders)
- Synchronized and optimized vehicle process center supply and activities with terminal operations
- Better service levels
- Higher overall terminal productivity
With Quintiq’s central planning solution based on near real-time information, planners can optimize the balance between cargo volumes, yard space, workforce costs, technical services revenue, and handling costs. Based on real-time KPI views, managers can better steer the operation and have greater control. By integrating all planning decisions, looking at cargo/yard/space/berths/workforce/PDI simultaneously, while checking all constraints, contracts and unique business rules, a global optimal terminal plan can be made. Dependencies between activities and resources will be taken into account, minimizing hidden buffers and inefficiencies.
Planning at different time horizons allows car terminals to optimize not only the logistical terminal process but also the workforce process by scheduling how many dock workers are needed for subsequent shifts, for instance. Also scenarios can be created on the fly to validate decisions.