Route Optimization

 

What is Route Optimization?

Route optimization helps businesses map the most cost-efficient routes for their delivery vehicles. Many factors need to be considered when calculating routes. Some of the main considerations include all required stop locations, the total number of stops, traffic conditions, and any time windows required for deliveries.


 

Route Optimization Challenges & Opportunities

Key challenges of route optimization, and some advantages that technology can provide.

  • Manual route planning involves too much guess work
  • Too much drive time
  • Too few stops made per day
  • Difficulty keeping commitments to customers
  • Fuel costs are too high
  • Lack of visibility between back office, the delivery truck and the customer
  • Better driver productivity
  • Reduce or eliminate missed deliveries
  • Control fuel costs
  • Increase number of stops per day per driver
  • Increased sales opportunities
  • Sequence (optimize) stops
  • Better informed truck loading
  • Handle challenging customer time window restrictions
  • Save minutes and even hours of driving per route
  • Eliminate wait time at stops
 

Route Optimization Feature Capabilities

Flexible route planning
  • Dispatch and sequence from multiple companies/warehouses
  • Optimize/sequence up to 125 stops per route
  • Define expected stop service times
  • Visual order dispatch display
  • Flexible start/end depot settings
  • Define break/meal intervals
Fast, easy to use mobile interface
  • Access to map and delivery order on mobile device
  • Update route optimization from the field
  • Driver only see customers, orders, and other key data assigned to them
  • Adjust deliveries as necessary on the spot
  • Push real time activity back to the office
Smart ERP-driven data and processes
  • Delivery addresses maintained in ERP system
  • Address validation during route planning ensures accurate delivery
  • Completed delivery automatically creates customer invoice in accounting system
  • Choice to view truck inventory as a warehouse in ERP
Enhanced truck loading
  • Optimize stop sequence, then create pick order for first in, last out
  • End of day reconciliation by vehicle for inventory and payment activity
  • Support for lot controlled and serialized inventory
  • Bar code scan enabled
  • Able to integrate with 3rd party WMS systems
Enhanced technology capabilities
  • Visibility to Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) and Estimated Time of Departure (ETD)
  • Utilizes historic and real time traffic feeds as inputs
  • Establish customer time window constraints
  • Geographic coverage to North America, the UK, and much of mainland Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South America and portions of Africa
  • Mobile intelligence reporting and alerts

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