If your route planning is not completely automated or takes more than 10 minutes to complete, you may be a good candidate for the Strategic Movements route planning and optimization application.
Even today some organizations still rely heavily on human effort and paper records to determine routes for product delivery and service technician visits.
How are the sequence of the stops determined – this involves placing the tickets in an order that makes sense based on looking at a map. This usually means grouping them by towns and ordering them by the neighborhoods or streets. You may need to look up an unfamiliar address on Google maps. But this process does not consider the nuances of traffic flow, required equipment, and trailer capacity. Stacks of tickets start accumulating for each truck.
When making product deliveries, for each stack of tickets assigned to a truck you also need to keep a tally of the weight and pallets to ensure you don’t overload the truck by weight or space. If the values on the tally sheet reach their limit, then the route is split between two trucks without considering all the other trucks. Sometimes this process forgets to consider which pallets cannot be double stacked.
Experience is key in manual route planning; knowing where train tracks or restricted roads limit the ability for drivers to navigate through an area. One wrong turn and a driver can be delayed trying to navigate around a problematic area. What happens when the experienced route planner calls out sick or takes a vacation or retires – less experienced route planners can decrease efficiency and increase cost with less effective routes.
When does route planning happen – at the end of the day for the next day’s stops. Route planning of tomorrow’s stops may not start until 4:00 pm when all anticipated orders and changes have been received. This results in a mad scramble to finish the route planning quickly at the end of the work day. The rushed work at the late hour is not the ideal environment for optimized route planning. What if a driver calls out sick, a truck breaks down, or last minute orders are added – another mad scramble first thing in the morning.
Does this sound like your company’s route planning desk? If your company grows will you need to buy a longer table to organize your stacks of delivery orders and service tickets manually?
How can Strategic Movements help you save time and money?
In less than three minutes and for a buck a truck per day, you can plan optimized routes with a few mouse clicks using the Daily Process wizard. Orders are downloaded and work is assigned to workers or vehicles through a computer-based process each day which assigns service orders or delivery tickets in such a way that customer requirements are met, and the resulting set of routes have the lowest overall transportation cost.
The route planner will save hours of time and frustration, the drivers will save driving time and fuel cost, and the boss will be ecstatic with the team’s productivity and profitability.
Watch a quick three minute video called Route Optimization Using the Daily Process to see how the process works.
We offer a free consultation to help you determine if a route optimization process is the way to achieve significant savings in both planning and actual transportation costs. We also encourage you to try Strategic Movements free for 30 days.
Whether you are just curious, thinking about a solution, or are ready to implement a process that will reduce transportation costs every day, sign up for the Strategic Movements News on our website and see what we can do for do.
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