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  • Linear Foot Rating on LTL shipments

    Hi,

    Can anyone give me a recommendation of how to configure a rate based on linear feet utilized? I have a situation where normal SMC rating occurs for small LTL shipments. After a shipment fills a trailer by a certain number of linear feet, then a linear foot rate must kick in.

    And how will OTM calculate the number of linear feet that is filled? Will it be based on pallets (if pallet dimensions are provided)? Or will it be based on the dimensions of cases (if pallets are not provided)?

    Thoughts? Ideas?

    Thanks in advance....

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    Re: Linear Foot Rating on LTL shipments

    To me, linear feet is just a volume UOM. So, just add an UOM called LINFT where 53 LINFT equals 3300 CUFT (or whatever conversion you want).

    Alternatively, set up ERUs, but this is definitely more work

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    • #3
      Re: Linear Foot Rating on LTL shipments

      Did you get a solution on how to model "LTL Linear Foot Rating" in OTM, any feedback will be really appreciated.

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      • #4
        Re: Linear Foot Rating on LTL shipments

        This is an old post but just in case someone is still looking for an answer...

        To rate using linear feet (or any other UOM of type LENGTH) you can use the Rate Basis "Equipment Loading Length".
        In order for the Equipment Loading Length value to be populated (and passed to the rating engine) you need to use 3D Load Configuration. That basis can also be used as a Selector with Rate Unit Breaks.

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        • #5
          Re: Linear Foot Rating on LTL shipments

          To understand the reason why OTM has trouble working with loading meters, you have to understand the history. Loading meters, or linear feet, are a very simple method to plan truck volumes, which was (and still is) used by planners a lot to assign orders to trucks. In reality, this simplified method is not very efficient, and that is exactly why we have sophisticated planning tools like OTM that try to fill the truck to the final cubic inch.

          As a result, you will never find a satisfying solution in OTM to handle the loading meters. You are better off trying to make your clients, supplier, stakeholders understand the logic that a planning tool uses and the related benefits, and push another method to define order sizes.

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