When defining or importing SKU data into MaxLoad, you can specify which dimension(s) of the item will be allowed to load vertically. By allowing SKUs to load in all orientations, whether to stand along its height, width or length, more placement possibilities will be considered to achieve higher cubic efficiency.
Users can also specify whether an item should be loaded lengthwise or widthwise into the vehicle. This allows for use of clamp tools or fork lifts during loading or unloading, as in the case of appliances. Preference can also be set for floor load preference.
From distribution center to retail stores, users can load SKUs according to priorities or stop-offs for multi-stop truck loads. While SKUs of the same priority or stop-off are proximate to each other, users can specify to have zero space overlap between adjacent stops or to allow certain degrees of overlap to maximize cube utilization.
MaxLoad supports complex load requirements like keeping SKUs together that are for the same order in the same stop-off for easy unloading. You won’t have to find components of an order anywhere else inside your truck or vehicle but in one place.
Load a full container of specified SKUs in a set ratio. For instance, specify a ratio of 4:2:1 and MaxLoad will optimize the container with 4 chairs and 2 coffee tables for every sofa loaded. MaxLoad Pro will maintain that ratio for the entire truck or container.
When stack order is important among a mix of heavy, light, fragile items in the same shipment, assign a stack code to each SKU, then define the stack relation in a matrix to govern SKU placement to prevent product damage during loading and transit.
In addition to stack relation among SKUs, user can further specify the maximum allowable stack height, weight and the best location to place the SKU. Use a simple pre-defined stack reference or create a customized matrix to define the stacking relations among difference classes of products.
MaxLoad normally fills a container or truck from front to back but will pick different loading algorithms when loading special vehicles. For rail cars with a door located in the middle of the loading space, SKUs will be stacked from front and back towards the center while SKUs will be evenly stacked from floor to ceiling for flat beds, making center of gravity calculation a priority. When creating mixed pallets, emphasis will be placed on creating stable layers.
Users can fine tune loading with special rules specific to their requirements.