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Global Leaders Trust the LevelLoad Solution

We enable early tendering and load leveling. We:
    • Intelligently leverage the spot market
    • Tender earlier
    • Smooth deployment
    • Maximize service level

What to Expect from LevelLoad

Lower Transportation Costs

LevelLoad solves the demand fluctuation problem by smoothing the flow of product from day to day on each lane.

Reduces Detention

This also reduces detention and helps to eliminate overtime hours..

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LevelLoad looks at expected orders and demand across each lane and optimally loads containers to ensure that all vehicles are utilized at maximum capacity.

Fewer Shipments

This results in fewer shipments being sent on each lane every month.

Improve Order Fill

LevelLoad ensures product availability to meet customer demand while reducing detention costs.

Better Utilize Space

LevelLoad respects warehouse constraints and capacity limitations on how much can be loaded or unloaded each day.

Frequently Asked Questions

LevelLoad provides a wide variety of options for skilled users to adjust the way it optimizes the network. It is designed to then work unattended, based on those parameters
We can help with the calculation of savings and introduce others that have real-world success with LevelLoad

Constraints include: space, carrier capacity that varies by carrier by lane, site capacity to ship, receiving capacity, transit time, cost, and many more.

LevelLoad uses data from the supply planning system
• what is needed and its priority
• what is being made
• forecasted sales

At the same time the ERP and TMS provide:
• Existing customer orders and stock transfer orders
• Transportation rates and carrier capacities
• Current inventories

LevelLoad stores customer input data for:
• Parameters, such as how early or late certain items can be pulled
• Site space constraints

LevelLoad extracts most of its data from host systems using standard API interfaces

In most deliveries, AutoO2 (Automatic Order Optimization), a partner system to LevelLoad works to optimally fill the placeholders with the most needed items. As a bonus, AutoO2 is an optimizing load builder driving bigger loads and thus freight savings.

As it solves, LevelLoad uses it’s own ultra-fast load builder to estimate how much of which products will fit on a given number of loads on a given day. These estimates are used only to help decide on the best number of placeholder loads on each lane each day. Later, a load building solution is used to turn placeholders loads into actual loads based on SKU priorities at that point in time.

LevelLoad normally runs overnight — immediately after a deployment (supply planning) system run.

LevelLoad is a reliable cloud application provided as software as-a-service.

To calculate the available load capacity at a customer-facing DC, LevelLoad considers the customer sales orders that are already in-house as well as un-consumed forecast. These are netted against total available capacity, and then LevelLoad plans smoothed replenishment loads to each DC based on those daily net capacities, supply site capacities, and the specific transit days from each supply site.

A very large network takes ~15 minutes to solve. LevelLoad is designed to be able to accommodate extremely large networks.

By tendering early and ensuring that load-volume is smoothed while being optimally balanced against customer service, LevelLoad ensures the best value carriers are most frequently used.

LevelLoad looks at replenishment requirements by day over about a 30-day horizon. By using this data it is able to create the placeholder orders that drive securing trucks several days in the future

Savings. By smoothing DRP (Distribution Requirements Planning) shipment volume over the month, LevelLoad generates transportation savings by concentrating carrier use to the top of the routing guide. The smoothed load volume can be tendered earlier — the early bird gets the carrier it wants. At the same time, smoother shipping and receiving volumes reduce detention and enable few overtime hours to be worked.
We can help with the calculation of savings and introduce others that have real-world success with LevelLoad

LevelLoad uses data from the existing supply planning system and integrates with it closely. It does not replace that system.

Customer service is improved by ensuring that higher priority items are still replenished prior to when their needed. This means that in many cases, inventory is delivered early. We ensure this occurs by creating placeholder stock transfers that are filled by stock priority much closer to shipment date using the latest available supply planning data. This data is often based on actual orders so priorities reflect what is truly needed rather than forecast days or weeks ago.

LevelLoad uses a number of hard and “flexible” constraints. Here a flexible constraint recognizes that there may be wiggle-room. For example, before overtime, a site may only be able to ship and receive 100 loads, but by paying overtime, additional shipping capacity is generated.

Transportation forecasting suggests what trucks will be needed while LevelLoad actually triggers tendering shipments. More importantly, working within user-set constraints, LevelLoad smooths demand out over the next month(s)

LevelLoad creates placeholder Stock Transfer Orders (STO’s) in the ERP. They are called placeholders because they contain a dummy SKU and are only used to initiate load tendering.
LevelLoad provides a wealth of information about deployment volumes for the following month(s)

Simply put, they don’t have the truck building capabilities or the ability to structure the flows in such a way that there is reliable optimization. Because of that, the LevelLoad solution complements them very well as an add-on technology.