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TNT Express streamlines network planning


TNT Express is an international courier delivery services company. It is a subsidiary of FedEx, with its headquarters in Hoofddorp, Netherlands. TNT offers road and air delivery services in Europe, the region of the Asia Pacific, the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa. In June 2014, TNT conducted a rail freight trial assessing improving support to businesses in the United Kingdom, and cutting carbon emissions.


  • The TNT Express depot network is constantly reviewed to ensure that it is providing the right capacity for present and predicted traffic volumes. Usually the options are either to adjust the boundaries of existing depot areas or to add new depots.
  • Prior to introducing Optisite this year, the company was using Geoconcept, the geographic information system from CACI, to evaluate alternative scenarios. “Whilst Geoconcept is a good interactive tool and we will continue to use it, there was an additional requirement for a first-stage high-level strategic tool,” says David Baines, the general manager in charge of network strategy. “We wanted a system that could evaluate different scenarios more quickly to assist the high-level decision making process.”


  • Optisite works in tandem with Geoconcept, supplementing the analytical abilities of Geoconcept with its inbuilt optimisation engine. It enables users to examine the implications of selected “what-if” network scenarios, ranging from adding a set number of depots to reallocating the work load automatically among existing depots.
  • Once a satisfactory “first cut” solution has been achieved, and meets the company’s basic financial and operational requirements, a Geoconcept feature called “redistricting” can be used to fine-tune the end result, transferring depots on the fringe of depot areas to reflect the geography, road conditions, traffic density or other local factors.


  1. In the words of Owen Carvalho, the project manager on the exercise: “Optisite has made it much easier for us to examine the implications of adding, say, an extra depot, and comparing that with the cost of changing existing depot boundaries.”
  2. So far it has not proved necessary to add more depots, but as Owen Carvalho points out: “Optisite can show us what the implications would be if we did want to do that, and it can also suggest the best location. Then we can research the availability of land and premises.” In the north, for instance, it revealed that if another depot were required, the East Yorkshire area might be suitable.

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"Optisite has proved a very capable high-level strategic tool for us. There will always be a need to review the detailed implications of any operational changes, but Optisite gets us to that position a lot faster than previous processes.”

David Baines, General Manager of network strategy
TNT Express
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Kensington Village
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