The API space is evolving more rapidly than ever before. Like ‘big data’ and ‘cloud’ did before them, APIs are enjoying mass exposure and appeal to individuals and companies alike.
API stands for Application Programming Interface. It’s a piece of programming that enables two applications not specifically designed to work together to seamlessly interact and exchange information. In other words, the API is the ‘missing link’ that enables information to flow smoothly between systems. Using APIs creates powerful applications, allowing businesses to develop new innovative solutions, with more efficient and automated processes.
PARIS Optimal Transport Planning is a division of Hutchison Ports with extensive experience delivering multi-modal optimisation applications for its clients which include some of the world’s largest ocean carriers. The market leading PARIS software (parisoptimalplanning.com) is an enterprise solution for optimising and executing full load transport via truck, rail and barge.
This division has now launched the PARIS API, making the intelligent planning optimisation of PARIS available in the cloud to anyone and can be connected via an API to any Transport Management System (TMS).
Andy Barker, General Manager of PARIS, explains, “Subscribers to PARIS API can upload their transport orders automatically via the API or by file. Using our proven software, the optimised transport plan is established in seconds, it can then be viewed or modified online and downloaded via the API or online via Excel.”
The unrivalled optimisation and comprehensive features in PARIS API offer customers a competitive edge for regional transport planning. It is a highly configurable software solution that has very advanced algorithms and parallel processing to provide optimised transport planning in real-time.
Barker continues, “The biggest savings in full load planning nearly always come from creating more triangulations; they are called street turn in the United States, backloads in Europe and in the UK they are called tip and reloads – but they are same thing. The reason is simple, humans find it quite complex to try and plan them especially when you have more and more loads to plan each day. The PARIS API continuously finds all the triangulations.”
Many companies plan hundreds of trucks from multiple depots making thousands of collections and deliveries across a network every day, planning these operations is complex and time consuming.
“Manual planning takes many hours and always results in a sub-optimal plan. Adding the PARIS API simplifies and automates this process, delivering significant real-world cost savings for its users. Early adopters are already beginning to benefit from more efficient and cost-effective transport plans in several locations.” Barker added.
The full PARIS enterprise system remains for large scale customers but the cloud-based PARIS API provides greater flexibility and makes the PARIS optimiser available to a greater number of users.