Trimble has launched Trimble Dispatch Advisor, a dispatch solution that prescriptively suggests matches between loads, drivers and equipment. Through the program, carriers can identify and select the best loads to increase on-time delivery, reduce empty miles and improve driver utilization.
Trimble Dispatch Advisor reviews all available matches by using a variety of variables, including location, Hours of Service data, and time windows, while also examining the effects of selecting a specific load on future orders. A primary match is then recommended and users are given some reasons for the recommendation. Additional matches are also suggested, including an estimated impact to the company should they choose any of the other options over the first or primary match.
“The platform saves the load planner time by quickly analyzing a vast amount of data from multiple systems—considering all the possible matches and offering an optimal solution and alternatives—so the planner can be informed in selecting the right choice for their fleet,” said Chris Orban, vice president of data science for Trimble Transportation.
Load planners then review and assign the matches, allowing them to streamline common loads and focus on exceptions, reducing time loss and increasing accuracy. Dispatchers can then assign loads based on human elements such as a driver’s need to return home by a specific date or time.
“By pairing automated decision support with human intervention from the dispatcher, Trimble Dispatch Advisor provides strong guidance and efficiency with effective load optimization, all backed by a focus on and relationship with drivers,” Orban added.
The solution is available as an add-on module within Trimble Innovative, TMW.Suite, and TruckMate transportation management systems, integrated with the existing dispatch screen to eliminate the need to switch between tools or applications for access.