Depot-based route planning for transport service providers
Learn how to boost your efficiency and competitiveness. In this eGuide we explain:
- How a route planning software works
- Who can benefit from a software solution
- What to look for when choosing a software vendor
Planning with fixed routes and areas
Transport service providers often use predefined delivery areas or routes as the basis for daily operational planning. This enables early order picking and loading of the goods at the ramp. Such fixed areas can be stored in PTV Route Optimiser or PTV Developer and considered during route planning. The dispatchers can then decide whether to carry out fully-free planning within an area, or just to optimize the orders. Furthermore, the existing tours can be evaluated and potentials for improvement can be identified.
Considering all vehicle types and characteristics
With thousands of orders per day, assigning a tour to a suitable vehicle is no easy task. In all PTV routing and route planning solutions, it is therefore possible to create various vehicle profiles that can be adapted to your own fleet. Whether a small van, 40-tonne truck, electric truck or refrigerated vehicle - the software considers these parameters in the route planning, as well as the properties of the goods (combined loading bans, dangerous goods, etc.).
Transparency along the supply chain
Our solutions can be connected, via interfaces, to all common telematics and transport management systems. This eliminates errors in the transfer of orders and routes and increases transparency. In addition, the software calculates a high-precision ETA for each order, which can be automatically sent to all parties of the supply chain. This ensures better planning of the upstream and downstream processes and helps reduce waiting times at the ramp. When planning the route, specified loading time windows can also be considered, to help avoid penalties.
If logistics service providers work with subcontractors, their tariffs can be stored in the PTV solution. The software then determines for each tour if it is economically worthy to be carried out by your own vehicles or to outsource it to an external service provider.