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Understanding the use of internet and other tools in route planning and related research 

Efficient logistics and supply chain management have become vital for businesses in the ever-evolving global trade landscape.

One of the crucial elements in ensuring a seamless and successful transportation process for international or domestic shipments is route planning.

However, it is a far from perfect process in the present day and we are on a mission to understand the gaps through a survey and construct solutions to address them.

fluent cargo survey on route planning



Route planning encompasses the process of determining the optimal and cost-efficient routes for various transportation modes such as air, sea, road, and rail.

This strategic process helps in achieving cost savings, identifying the most efficient and economical routes, reducing lead times, minimizing carbon footprint, ensuring cargo safety, and complying with regulations, ultimately leading to higher levels of customer satisfaction.

However, the process of route planning is not as easy as it sounds. It could take hours, if not days, involving you scouring the internet and other sources to explore myriad options offered by various carriers, including, in some cases – jumping from dashboard to dashboard to source the most basic information needed to make informed decisions when planning a shipment.

Adding to this is the problem of finding trustworthy data such as updated shipment schedules and other related information from reliable online sources – these are hard to come by, and oftentimes, the only options businesses are left with are phone calls and emails, lengthening the already tired process.

fluent cargo survey on route planning



Therefore, in order to gain a better view of the current route planning options available in the market and enhance our super-fast routing engine and interactive route mapping tools, we are conducting a short survey with a few easy-to-answer questions.

We’d like to understand more about how freight forwarders, 3PLs, and shippers use the internet to do research relating to route planning and the various tools used.

This brief survey of mostly multiple-choice questions should only take you a few minutes to complete.

As a valuable contributor to the survey, you will be the first to receive a copy of the report. Your insights will enable us to make our product, FluentCargo.com, even better.

fluent cargo survey on route planning



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  1. Even though its for road transport the RTMS system there is a requirement for a route risk analysis to be conducted BEFORE any vehicle travels on that route. The actual route is defined by streets and highways. All high risk areas identified all risk areas like steep downhills narrow roads. Etc are identified. Safe stop areas for the trucks identified . High risk theft hijacking areas identified. This can be cross border or long distance as well. It takes a while to get it in place but once done it needs updating only
    Cheers Chris walden


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