Cheetah Supply Chain Optimizer Efficiently Routes Products Through Complex Distribution Networks

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The Cheetah Supply Chain Optimizer (CSCO) solves and optimizes large-scale routing for shipments that require both local and line haul movements.

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The CSCO helps our customers route products across their entire distribution network, allowing them to plan their operations from pickup sources all the way through to delivery destinations regardless of how many routes are in between.

Cheetah Software Systems, Inc., a cloud-based transportation logistics solutions provider, has announced the Cheetah Supply Chain Optimizer (CSCO), a decision support system designed to solve and optimize large-scale routing for shipments that require both local and line haul movements. CSCO allows Cheetah customers to more efficiently route deliveries through their entire distribution network, helping determine whether orders should be planned for truckload, regional LTL, local LTL, or line haul routes.

Typically, local pick-up and delivery problems are daily problems, whereas line haul freight delivery problems require multi-day planning. At the same time, line haul movements are high-mileage operations and mostly take place between cities, terminals, rail yards or ports.

However, local and line haul freight movements are actually closely interrelated. A shipment that is destined to a location in Chicago on Monday might have arrived from Los Angeles in a truck that is shipped five days ago. Line haul schedules will definitely affect the local delivery schedules, and vice versa.

CSCO is intended to overcome the unpredictability and inefficiencies usually created by such complexity. Specifically, CSCO can group shipments and route them through the available terminal network with the best possible consolidation scheme. Better consolidation means using fewer trucks and driving less miles for the shipments within a given time period. Accordingly, results from using CSCO can be dramatic, including significant decreases in manifests, loaded weight, average days en route, total miles, and other factors that improve efficiency, asset utilization, and profitability.

“The Cheetah Supply Chain Optimizer helps our customers route products across their entire distribution network, allowing them to plan their operations from pickup sources all the way through to delivery destinations regardless of how many routes are in between,” said Bobby Darroll, Cheetah’s President and CEO. “By utilizing CSCO, Cheetah customers can dramatically improve their efficiency, asset utilization, and ultimately their profitability.”

For more information about Cheetah Software Systems and Cheetah Operations Simulator, contact Mark Coppock at mcoppock(at)cheetah(dot)com, or visit http://www.cheetah.com.

About Cheetah Software Systems, Inc.:

Cheetah Software Systems provides dynamic, intelligent wireless solutions to automate and optimize delivery route planning, pickup assignment, dispatch, and customer service. Fully scalable and Web-based, Cheetah solutions increase productivity and profitability for carriers of any size with minimal up-front costs. Cheetah’s private fleet and LTL customers utilize GPS-enabled phones and PDAs to schedule, route, and track drivers and shipments. Today, Cheetah streamlines business and home delivery transactions for hundreds of firms across North America. For more information call 888-Cheetah or visit http://www.cheetah.com.

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