Over the past decade, many web and mobile applications have added maps to their user interfaces.

Maps are a natural addition. Looking for a hotel or restaurant? See it on a map. Need direction to a store or attraction? See how to get there on a map.

But there are other applications for mapping besides these.

At times maps are the way to visualize the results of another, probably more complicated, process like the assignment of work to various people.

One of the longtime problems of adding a smart process to determine the best way to make product or service deliveries is that it required significant integration work and then usually required the users of the application to learn a completely different user interface to view the results.

Walzik has built a solution to this problem.

The Strategic Movements application now offers an API to allow developers to access a powerful work assignment tool that will assign daily work to drivers to technicians in a way that reduces overall transportation costs.

From my personal experience of over 30 years of providing similar products and services, I have found that a 10% or better savings in transportation costs can be achieved over 90% of the time. An automated process like this also reduces the time needed for planning routes to no more than a few minutes, freeing up the route planner to focus on real daily logistics problems.

How simple is all of this?

For the developer, it is calling a web service with the work to be done and the vehicles or drivers to that work. The interface works for both server side and client side usage. The results can either be returned to the calling application, or can be displayed (and changed) using the Strategic Movements application.

Where does this fit best? Many order entry, sales and ERP systems end their processing one a list of daily work is produced. The Strategic Extender API can add one more step: finding an efficient way to deliver the products or services.

Visit us at Strategic Movements and see how Strategic Movements can reduce the cost of last mile route planning and the overall transportation costs, as well.

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