CONSULTING

By leveraging our deep subject matter expertise in transportation, logistics, scheduling and advanced software solutions, we offer a unique consulting approach to your project – using science to support intuition as we find answers to the most demanding questions about your business.

Through various industry and academic engagements, our team has developed an in-depth understanding of logistics, scheduling and transportation operations. We use the combination of insight, experience and software products in our consulting engagements. We have also developed several optimization and simulation software products for railroad, airline and trucking companies.

Advisory Consulting

Our technology and business experts can advise you on a variety of decisions regarding strategy, policy, technology and performance improvement. We combine our industry insights with data analysis to give recommendations that you will find valuable. Steps in this consulting process are:

Advise you about emerging market and technology trends to help you align your decisions with your long-term strategic goals.

Analyze your current systems in place, determine their suitability to meet your future needs and develop a roadmap to transition the current state into the future state.

Perform a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat) analysis of new technology investments by your company.

Examine your operational data to identify performance bottlenecks, do root cause analysis and recommend areas of improvement.

Technology-Enabled Consulting

We use our software products to model current and future system behavior and enable you to make the best decisions for your corporation. We can also build new software systems in a rapid development mode to meet the needs of a consulting engagement in several ways:

Perform rapid prototyping to evaluate the feasibility of a new way of running the business and its impact on the operational cost.

Optimize the network and determine whether nodes are at the right location and they have the right capacity.

Develop a new clean-sheet operating plan, such as the flight schedule, new train plan, new routing plan or a new line-haul schedule.

Assess the benefits of infrastructure investments by evaluating potential changes and determining their impact on system key performance indicators (KPIs, such as operational cost and service).

What People Are Saying

“HaulPLAN provides us the ability to continually review ways to improve our network from both a cost and or service perspective. It can complete what-if studies with ease that allows you to determine the best improvements to implement within the network.”

HaulPLAN User 

“RouteMAX’s unique combination of route optimization and intuitive user workflows has delivered better visibility, rapid route planning, and improved utilization of our drivers and equipment.”

Rohit Lal
CIO, SAIA

“It is a pleasure to work with the Optym Rail team. They are very hard-working, sincere, and committed to the product. They do whatever is needed to make the project successful.”

Bernard McCall
AVP – Locomotive Management & Network Operation

“Easy to use, innovative and comprehensive, Axele is the TMS I was waiting for. Axele makes my life and our drivers lives much easier.”

Bogdan Bota, Manager
N & G Trucking Company, Inc. 

“These new tools will enable us to offer more to our Customers through better network planning and uncovering new ways to continue growing our network in a meaningful way.”

Adam Decaire
Vice President Network Planning, Southwest Airlines

“The main value Haul Plan adds to our organization is time savings. Easy to make plan changes and publish into our line haul network in a short amount of time.”

HaulPLAN User 

“ILPO is able to semi-automate our plan maintenance process, free up manpower, and create balanced and lower cost locomotive operating plans. It also gives us the ability to perform a variety of what-if analysis helping to improve locomotive productivity and utilization.”

Andrew D. John
AVP – Locomotive Planning & Utilization

“Optimizing both profitability and reliability will drive significant value to our business, whilst maintaining and enhancing the quality of our schedules for our customers.”

Andrew Salt
Network
Optimization Manager at easyJet

HaulPLAN assists in tactical and strategic planning so it is allowing us to make quality plans and have directional costing before making decisions either on a daily basis or on a long term basis.”

HaulPLAN User

CSXI has used Optym to analyze our terminal operations with great success on identifying bottlenecks and guiding improvements in the terminal layout and operating plan.

Robert J. Giradot
Director Network Simplification

“In the trucking business, it is easy to lose money if you don’t have the right TMS to manage your business. Axele is more than just perfect. It makes my job easier and tells me exactly what is going on in my business.”

John Ganiev
Owner, Dream Transportation LLC 

With SkySYM we will better understand the impact that different network designs have on our operational performance. We are very pleased with the results we are seeing.”

Jeff Borges
Southwest Airlines Senior Manager of Operational Performance 

RouteMAX’s dynamic routing in congested, high-density areas is an important step in optimizing the operation. Because of this optimization solution, Saia planners are able to create dense routes without compromising service quality.” 

Rohit Lal
CIO, Saia

HaulPLAN allows us to be more flexible or agile in our operations planning. In the past when given a task to analyze the impact to our network we only had the time to come up with one plan. With HaulPLAN we are able to test various scenarios to find the best one. It also shows us operational improvements that would take us days to go through that amount of data to uncover.”

HaulPLAN User

“Optym has helped BNSF save double-digit million dollars a year in operating expense and reduced the time to create, evaluate, and implement design changes from weeks to days with fewer design personnel.”

John Orrison
AVP – Service Design, BNSF Railway

“Our relationship with Optym has been a partnership where we are working together to develop new tools to enhance our unique and complex network optimization capabilities.”

Adam Decaire
Senior Director, Southwest Airlines 

“HaulPLAN has endless possibilities to improve service, throughput, cycle, optimization, and costs.”

HaulPLAN User 

“Since LSR (Locomotive Shop Router) went into production, the number of past-due-Q locomotives has dropped from 30-50 locomotives per day to only 5-10 per day, and there is a more even flow of locomotives to shops. Not only do we believe that this project has saved at least 20 locomotives, it has also improved overall shop productivity.” 

Bernie McCall
AVP – Network Operations and Locomotive Management, CSX Transportation