Although many of the people visiting the Strategic Movements website are looking for a route optimization solution, others are looking for a way to manage their recurring work.
Strategic Movements is well suited for this type of organization which could be a paper shredding service, a medical specimen pickup service, a meals delivery service, or any other service where customers are visited on a regularly scheduled basis.
A master schedule is used to identify which customers are visited on what interval. Strategic Movements supports one, two, and four week schedules, where customer are visited every week, every other week, or every fourth week.
Recently we worked with a company that provides shredding services. They drive a truck with a shredder to their customers that need a secure destruction of paper record no longer needed.
Some of these customers, like hospitals, generate quite a bit of paper that needs to be shredded and need to be visited on a weekly basis. Other customers, like small accounting firms, generate only enough paper to be visited once every four weeks.
When implementing a master schedule, there are a few things to consider:
- Will the trucks drive the fewest possible miles each day? A manual scheduling tool will allow a planner to place stops on routes on the right day but will probably not be able to pick the right truck. Make sure that any solution you consider can produce efficient routes.
- In some cases, customer service requirement may dictate that the same truck and driver always visit some customers every week. Make sure there is an option to always assign the same driver to all visits for any given customer.
- When visiting several customers in the same building, or in buildings with different address that might share a common parking lot, all visits need to be consolidated into a single truck stop. Make sure that you can consolidate visits in different buildings into a single stop.
- When adding a new customer, how easy is it to find the best route (or routes) that minimizes the additional time and distance. Make sure there is an effective tool to do this.
- How easy is it to add a one time stop to a route? How easy is it to cancel a stop for one day only? Make sure these tasks can be easily accomplished in the user interface.
On the subject of adding a new customer that will need to visited on some schedule, here are some features that need to be considered.
- Can you create all the visits in an easy to use manner? If you have a four week schedule and have to visit a customer every other week, must you enter the data twice, once for each visit? Or can you just check a box and ask to have both visits created at the same time?
- Can you choose a specific day of the week?
- Can you request that the same driver always visit the customer?
- Are you offered multiple possible ways that the visits may be assigned? At times, there may be reasons to choose assignments that are not the most cost effective.
We offer a free consultation to help you determine if Strategic Movements is the way to achieve significant savings when planning and executing routes.
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