The biggest challenge to deal with when supplying service stations with oil products is timing. When deliveries are made too early, valuable logistic resources are squandered. But when deliveries are made too late, the service station will have insufficient supply and the respective filling pumps will have to be closed.
OpenTAS RDM (Replenishment & Distribution Management) offers all the functionalities to optimize and automate the complete service station supply. The integrated complete system covers all the production steps: OpenTAS RDM maps the overall process chain, from forecasting and automated order generation to route planning, supply, reconciliation and invoicing. This leads to higher performance and quality and minimizes logistic expenses.
OpenTAS RDM plays its strengths in the automation of processes. When it comes to order taking the integrated OpenTAS ASR functionality (Automated Service Station Replenishment) is exceptional. The software independently monitors the available service station stocks by resorting to data in the integrated fuel dip sticks. By means of the stocks the ASR module can calculate when, at a certain prior sale, the stocks will be depleted.
Thanks to the TDO module a route plan can be compiled that optimally uses your resources. The route planning is transmitted electronically to the driver's PDA. In this way the driver has an overview of upcoming tasks.
Also during the execution of the order the system offers the customer maximum transparency. The control center is always informed about what is happening in- and outside the facilities. Thanks to the PDA communication the control center knows for example when the driver starts and when he reaches which depot or service station; he can also inform them when he has finished loading/unloading. Thus the control center can react quickly.
"OpenTAS has helped us manage fuel stocks much more efficiently. With real time reads, we are more able to react quickly to the needs of our business when situations arise which are commonplace within our industry such as short notice allocations being imposed and this has helped us maintain an impressive average of 99.8% product availability at our sites.”
John Tweddle, Primary Account Manager – Fuel
Tesco (UK) Ltd.