Data-driven analytics and modeling provides direction towards an optimal target.

enVista provides the strategic, operational, and tactical industry experience to interpret and communicate the results. Shippers and logistics service providers are faced with various obstacles when trying to understand, analyze, and model their data (or their clients’ data). Transaction-level transportation data is notoriously disparate, being kept in various formats and systems. Data can be housed internally (in a TMS, VRS or OMS) or externally (with your carriers or service providers). Additionally, transportation operations needs to consider the functional areas they support in the business, such as procurement, materials and inventory management, distribution and warehousing, and the all-important customer. This creates the need to not just analyze and optimize shipments in a vacuum but have an acute awareness of how changes implemented from transportation modeling could impact the rest of the business.

To analyze and model, various tools exist in the market, but choosing the right tool and knowing how to use it, is extremely important. Businesses are moving and evolving rapidly, so finding the time in the day to stop to assemble and clean data, license and learn a tool, and design processes to support a change is very difficult.

Businesses are moving and evolving rapidly, so finding the time in the day to stop to assemble and clean data, license and learn a tool, and design processes to support a change is very difficult. There are several market-available tools, as well as proprietary applications, used to analyze or model purchased transportation, fleet, and dedicated capacity carriers.

We have the unique ability to marry data which is collected and warehoused in our own systems with that from disparate systems owned by our customers and third parties and present it in a tool where a manager can efficiently view, analyze and interact with the data, which has allowed us to bring results to shippers while greatly reducing data challenges.

The use of analytics and modeling solutions within your transportation department will help you achieve:

  • Hard-dollar savings estimates on mode, carrier, and fleet route optimization
  • Mileage and Emissions Reduction
  • ROI creation or validation for a system implementation

Our analytics and modeling tools can help you conduct a freight term conversion analysis to determine whether it is better for you to pre-pay or pay on collection, as well as help you size your fleet operation or decide on a dedicated fleet solution. We can benchmark your current transportation activities and spend against the market to determine if that is an area where you could achieve cost-savings.

enVista’s experience collecting and maintaining transportation data is rooted in our Parcel and Freight audit practice (MyShipInfo) and network design practice.

We understand the level of effort in collecting and migrating data from multiple disparate sources and turning it into something actionable. Our consultants work with these data sets and sources frequently and can avoid common pitfalls and gaps likely to cause issues during analysis. When coaching our clients on the best ways to approach data collection, we typically have data templates for each tool and use case. This often saves several weeks of project time.

Once enVista understands the use-case and data available for the analysis, a tool(s) and data set will be decided on. This tool could be software licensed to enVista, developed by enVista, or from the client tool set. Each tool has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. enVista narrows them down based on project goals and clearly lays out options for clients to make an informed decision. Our modeling experience includes MercuryGate Mojo, Llamasoft Supply Chain Guru, Infor Network Design, Manhattan Modeler, BlueYonder Transportation Modeler, and more. Additionally, we have several proprietary modeling tools such as our Variable Operation Ratio (VOR) modeling tool to benchmark LTL rates against actual client data at a shipment level.

enVista rapidly assembles the baseline and then validates it with your project team to be compared against all future state/benchmarking scenarios. These scenarios are developed in a way that isolates changes into step functions to measure their impacts independently. Many times, the scenario results are tied to specific buckets of functionality or spend to quantify benefits of a system or process change. If mode shift or investment considerations exist, enVista has benchmark costs to consider for most transportation solutions or enablers.

Why enVista?

Our combination of technical knowledge and experience with supply chain analytical tools and real-world implementation and execution experience makes enVista the right partner to add to your transportation initiatives.

enVista also brings a broad supply chain and business perspective to your specific decisions. We have extensive experience coordinating decisions and estimating impacts with departments like manufacturing, labor, distribution, sales, purchasing, customer service, finance and accounting. This allows clients to take a global view and endorse solutions that consider other relevant company stakeholders.