Solution – 5 MIN READ
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Fuel oil and gas delivery route optimization: positive feedback from TOTAL about the AntsRoute software
Any person working in the fuel delivery industry knows the problem created by the management of compartments while organizing fuel oil and gas delivery routes. For several months, the AntsRoute software has provided a solution for the management of compartments and the optimization of multiple delivery points.
March 2nd 2020
Through its subsidiary, CPE-Energies, TOTAL wanted to validate the know-how of the AntsRoute team. The start-up offered a test of AntsRoute, which nourished TOTAL’s thinking on fuel delivery.
Over the past few months, TOTAL has undertaken to redesign its computer system for order-taking. The objective is to make order-taking by various channels (phone, web, etc.) more coherent. An order that is poorly positioned during the day or a time slot, as AntsRoute never ceases to indicate, can quickly lead to delivery routes that are optimized but expensive in terms of time and mileage. Hence the importance of working on both levels: scheduling and route building. During this scheduling stage, the process used by TOTAL thus requires optimized fuel delivery routes to be built at certain periods. It is in this context that TOTAL wanted to test our AntsRoute software.
Remember that scheduling deliveries of fuel, petrol, diesel, pressurized LPG, natural gas or agrofuels is often a real brain-teaser for the staff in charge of the task. TOTAL’s schedulers often spend 3 hours per day building routes for around ten trucks.
Question asked by TOTAL not only concerned the management of compartments – other constraints were to be taken into account during this test. The constraints that the scheduler must manage on a daily basis in order to optimize multiple points of delivery:
In addition, the main optimization criterion for the distribution of fuel is the cost of the cubic metre delivered. This is established by considering the hourly cost of drivers and vehicle fuel consumption per kilometre.
The AntsRoute oil delivery tool has evolved to take account of these constraints and this objective.
This test lasted several weeks on four sites belonging to the CPE-Energies subsidiary. The comparison focused on the software results obtained in 15 minutes compared to those obtained in one day by a scheduler. AntsRoute made its interface available to view the different routes.
After a few weeks of feedback, the schedules of these daily routes obtained by the software in less than a quarter of an hour (the time it takes for a coffee break) enables an average gain of over €1.7 per cubic metre delivered compared to those made over several hours by the schedulers. These results are good and worthwhile given the number of cubic metres of oil delivered to professionals and individuals on a monthly basis.
The solution for the optimization of fuel oil and gas delivery was technically qualified by TOTAL’s teams in charge of the dossier. The test has therefore proved to be conclusive from a technical point of view.
Having integrated complex new constraints expressed during the test by the professionals at TOTAL, AntsRoute software has been enriched. Today, it responds entirely to the needs of the fuel distribution profession. The tool enables the optimization of multiple delivery points.
Note that TOTAL only used the software partially. The test only focused on the module for route scheduling that included compartment management. AntsRoute offers a broader solution. Indeed, AntsRoute is a complete solution to optimize oil delivery: from scheduling to route building. The software thus has its own planning system that takes the compartments into account. Similar to what the company has done in the parcel delivery sector, for example, this module enables a distributor to offer the customer, when placing an order, several suitable days and time slots that meet the constraints of fuel delivery. It is the ideal tool for online order-taking. AntsRoute has thus benefited from this test by TOTAL to validate this module in house. Learn more about fuel oil and gas delivery route optimization with AntsRoute here.