Only in the realm of fiction do things just happen with no human intervention.
Going from a list of stops that need to be visited to a set of efficient routes requires a simple to use and easy to understand process.
Here are the four steps that need to be done.
Once all the work orders or shipment data is available in the ERP or business system, it must be uploaded into Strategic Movements.
Strategic Movements provides several ways to do this:
- Integrated importing (Quick Books)
- Automatic data transfer through reporting (Microsoft Dynamics GP)
- Any CSV, XLS, JSON or XML file (most other applications)
- Applications Programming Interface (custom solutions)
There are three basic ways to assign work orders or shipment data to workers or vehicles.
- Manual. The user makes all the assignments.
- Static. A master schedule with pre-planned routes is used and the imported data contains additional stops that need to be routed.
- Dynamic. The work to be done is assigned to the workers or vehicles using an artificial intelligence assignment process.
Before the vehicles can leave and the workers start their assignments, there may be the need for last minute changes to the routes.
Using a simple drag and drop interface, the route planner may move stops between routes, and then send the routing data to the worker.
The final step is tracking the progress of the vehicle or worker during the day.
Strategic Movements can interface with any GPS vendor to send the routes to be executed and to receive location information on a timely basis.
This location information can be displayed on the dispatcher’s screen and new estimated times of arrival can be computed whenever a stop is completed.
This actual data is them compared to the planned data to report the driver’s schedule performance.