The challenge with planning is to keep track of all sorts of relevant factors, something we also call restrictions. All organizations that are using planning and route optimization technology, must take these factors into consideration. It is not only restrictions within your own customers and fleet, but also the legal restrictions such as drive and resting times for your drivers.
Frequently occurring restrictions
The most common restrictions during planning are considering time windows and delivery times. 75% of consumers are shopping online, where they often choose the delivery time that is convenient for them. The hauliers of these orders must be able to incorporate this factor as well as the weight and load factors which are also common restrictions.
What is the role of the route planning system in this?
All the restrictions that a planner has to consider are automatically taken care of by the planning and route optimization system. This is possible due to the parameters that are configurable during implementation. The trips and routes that are being calculated automatically, are based on the restrictions that have been loaded into the system. This doesn’t mean, that the planner can’t make any changes. The trips can always be manually configured, thanks to the planner’s experience and agreements with the customer.
Restrictions in different industries (Just a few examples)
It is possible to use a route optimization system in many industries and fields. Because the activities vary from industry to industry, the restrictions change also.
Let’s discuss your situation
If you want to discuss your planning with PTV, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-608-0377. During this meeting we will discuss your current situation and how planning and route optimization technology can improve your delivery/service operations.