November 28, 2016
Planning Optimal Schedules and Routes
To plan your routes, start by clicking on the Plan Routes button. You will be presented with the Planning Settings window where you can adjust the drivers and vehicles that will be used for this route plan.
Balancing allows you to choose to balance routes in 3 different ways:
- No balancing – creates the best routes, some drivers may not be used
- Balance routes – balance the workload between drivers (hours/driver or loads/driver), some drivers may not be used
- Balance routes and use all drivers – balance the workload between all available drivers (hours/driver or (loads/driver)
If necessary you can adjust which driver(s) is/are included in the route planning, their work time, and which vehicle they will be driving.
When the Return to Depot option is activated, any driver that needs to restock their vehicle will automatically have a stop planned in their route in order to do so. The information now will show the constraint of the vehicle have been exceeded, however this is only to show how many extra packages will be delivered by that driver.
To start the planning process, click on Plan Routes button. In a very short time Optimo Route plans the most efficient routes and schedules in accordance with your constraints such as:
- assigned drivers,
- driver work times,
- driver breaks,
- delivery/service time windows,
- vehicle load capacity,
- driver skills and
- vehicle features.
The system will maximize the number of orders served and minimize the total cost.
The resulting route plan is displayed on the map. Each route is displayed in different color and the numbers in the markers show the stop sequence. The results can also be reviewed in the orders table – for each order the system displays the performing driver/vehicle, stop number and the planned time for the driver to arrive at the customer location.
In the Routes tab you can see the following information:
- Distance each driver/vehicle will be driving
- Duration for each route
- Vehicle load utilization
If necessary, the route plan can be changed manually before exporting.