Teliae integrates VERSO’s API into its Software

Teliae specializes in developing business software for logistics management and the transport industry. Its Transport Management Systems (TMS) are used by more than 450 carriers of all sizes: Ciblex, XPO, Kuehne Nagel Road, Michelin, Groupe Mazet, GFS, Office Depot, DGS, Normatrans, Noyon, and others. To increase the advantages of the solutions it provides, Teliae has integrated VERSO’s API for route optimization into its software, which will save its clients time spent scheduling and reduce operational costs

Teliway in action – Map data © OpenStreetMap contributor

The Keys to a Successfully Integrated Tool

Users of the Teliway TMS will now be able to access functionalities for the optimization of fleet operations with just one click. No need for additional tools or to reconfigure data; users of the software will continue to work within familiar confines. Access to these functionalities is immediate, just one simple step in the ergonomic operational process that the Teliway software provides.

The success of an integrated tool for route optimization depends largely on its ability to consider each and every one of a client’s needs so as to generate pertinent solutions in the field. To reap the greatest benefits from VERSO’s API, Teliae has inputted its clients’ specific constraints: routes based on predetermined but adaptable sectoring, constraints imposed by loading dock workflow, task priorities, schedules and working hours, and so on.

“I’m just blown away by the speed of these calculations”

Jérôme Petit, Teliae’s Director of Operations

Thanks to the speed with which calculations are performed the optimization module can be used in real time and help generate more enlightened business decisions. The user, obviously, given his expertise, still has the final word and can make adjustments through either the software’s presentation of the fleet schedule or a cartographic view of it.

The Key Word is Complementarity

“I’m just blown away by the speed of these calculations,” Jérôme Petit, Teliae’s Director of Operations, said after watching VERSO perform. That is precisely what we seek to do: focus on a “software building block” that can solve specific problems with blinding efficiency. We are delighted that Teliae has placed its trust in our highly specialized expertise in optimization, and we know that Teliae’s long and rich experience in the field will make our collaboration a success sure to benefit its clients.

Contact us if, like Teliae, you would like to optimize your clients’ route planning and further enhance the performance of your software.

Place du local Makes it Easier to Have Access to Locally Grown Foods

We have become increasingly aware of the consequences of our choices as consumers. Place du local gives us the means to do what is best for the economy and the environment.

Josselin Pradier, Place du local founder – © Lionel Vadam, Est Républicain

Eating Healthier Foods Made Easier

Many of us would like to make the purchase of healthy foods more meaningful by supporting local growers and reducing the potentially harmful impact our purchases have on the environment, but few of us have either the time or the means to make the rounds of local growers to fill our shopping carts, as it were, with everything we need. Through its large network of growers, Place du local has created an e-market that gives us all easy access to a wide range of local products along with the advantages modern technology has wrought: online ordering, deliveries to homes or pick-up locations, and a choice of delivery times.

A Real, Quantifiable Impact

Place du local uses our API for route optimization to draw up cost-effective delivery routes that take into account factors such as the days and delivery times their customers require. In addition to the time saved creating schedules and the reduced delivery costs that make this service more affordable for everyone, our API has become an essential part of the logistical planning. And the results have been very impressive. Today, the average distance covered for the delivery of the whole of an individual’s purchases is just 3.7 miles (6km), which includes both pick-ups from growers and delivery to customers. By comparison, the average per person car-time for daily shopping is 15 minutes1, and that figure does not include the time it takes to supply stores with the food they sell.

We are delighted to be collaborating with a local partner who is providing consumers with an approach to food purchases that makes for a more sustainable economy and environment.

[1] Figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INSEE)

Keolis optimizes service routes in Besançon

Every year, the upkeep of Besançon’s urban transport system requires Keolis to intervene some 18,000 times. The expertise gained from long experience and familiarity with the network has allowed the company to service quickly and efficiently whatever needs attention in the day-to-day maintenance of the system.

Gray and black waiting shed under cloudy sky.
A bus shelter in need of a schedule update. – Photo by Samuel Foster

An Increase in Scale

Keolis is also responsible for updating the bus and trolley schedules posted for riders. This requires them to visit all of the system’s bus shelters and schedule posts several times a year, in each instance in a very short span of time. The geographical area Keolis has to cover was recently expanded to include all of greater Besançon, which added 400 stops to the 500 already in place, with most of the new ones located in areas previously unserviced. The increased workload, with its rural setting and significantly longer travel times, had to be worked into the scheduling process. But how was Keolis to do that without the deep knowledge of the terrain that comes from years of experience, such as the knowledge they had of the transport system within the city limits?

Optimizing Service Routes

A sample optimized route plan. – Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

By working in close collaboration with Keolis, we were able to frame the problem in a way that allowed us to take all factors into account and generate a solution optimizing service routes. Reduced travel times made it easier to manage the increased workload. The maintenance teams were able to negotiate the new sectors smoothly by following on smartphones the routes that had been devised. After a successful full-scale trial run, the new approach to devising routes was adopted. It will continue to be used for the scheduling changes to come as well as for the routine inspections carried out at regular intervals throughout the year.

We are proud to have been able to help a key player in the Besançon community open to innovation in both the way the business operates and the tools used to improve its organization. Contact us if you, too, would like to reexamine how best to optimize service routes.