Many misunderstandings still exist when it concerns route optimization software.
Below you’ll find 5 answers to 5 questions concerning route optimization.
What is route optimization software?
It is a software environment with planning algorithms. These algorithms divide all your orders automatically between your stops, creating optimal routes. This system will automatically consider a large number of factors and restrictions relevant to planning.
Which factors will a route optimization system take into account?
These factors are also called restrictions. The most common restrictions are opening -and delivery hours. This will mean that a route optimization system will automatically take into account for example that certain stores may only be supplied before 10:00am. Several other restrictions exist, these being:
- Driving regulation – road restrictions
- Volume, weight and load meters.
- Vehicle profiles (trucks with trailers, delivery vans, etc)
- Driver qualifications
- Break regulations (HOS)
What is the difference between planning in TMS, and in a route optimization system?
“A planning system? Our TMS already has that”. A common answer to the question if businesses have thought about purchasing a route optimization system, by which they mean the digital, graphic planning board that their TMS houses. But route optimization software clearly provides more possibilities than such a planning board. What exactly is the difference?
Different from a graphic planning board, a route optimization system has the possibility to optimize all routes at the same time. The route optimization software uses advanced algorithms to rapidly calculate which combinations will lead to the shortest, fastest and/or most efficient trips. Moreover, the route optimization system will automatically consider all restrictions.
Is my business too small for route optimization software?
Is route optimization software only valuable for business with tens of trucks or more? The answer is “no”. It’s not the amount of vehicles, but the complexity of the operation determines whether a route optimization system is meaningful or not.
Will a route optimization system replace my planners?
No, planners will remain a necessity. A route optimization system contains advanced algorithms that allows businesses to rapidly calculate the optimal planning based on a large number of variables. This will allow the planners to focus on finalizing the planning, and other activities. The best planning will always be the result of smart algorithms, and experienced planners.