Route optimisation gives the opportunity to determine the best route, so that the driver can travel it in a timely manner over the shortest distance to their destination.
The main problem for those planning the routes is the optimal use of the fleet and planning of the route in such a way that vehicles have complete their tasks while driving the shortest possible distance within the shortest possible time. Optimising in the SATIS system streamlines this process and at the same time improves the quality of customer service. The optimization module takes into account all the parameters needed for efficient planning of routes using the particular fleet. This results in the ability to handle more orders in less time, which results in an increase in revenue at reduced transport and business costs, while maintaining the high quality of services.
When planning an optimal route, a number of basic parameters should be considered, such as the number of vehicles available in the fleet, their capacity and load, as well as the quantity and size of cargo. Factors that have a significant impact on the planning stage are also relevant, such as: drivers’ working hours, loading and unloading time, or the time of pickup and delivery of goods from/to the Customer. Such optimization operations take a lot of time for the person responsible for planning and do not allow taking full advantage of the fleet’s potential.
When planning routes for tasks, the SATIS optimisation module takes into account a number of variables and parameters to complete each task as efficiently as possible. Once the user enters the relevant parameters and variables, the module sets the routes according to the selected criteria. The basic group of parameters and variables considered during the route optimisation include:
- type, quantity and dimensions of cargo
- duration of visit, such as loading/unloading at a given location
- any defined hours of visit (pickup, delivery, shipping point) at the location with the time window tolerance,
- breaks according to the Road Transport Law
- standard cost of 1km travel – urban and non-urban areas
Examples of use
Optimizing is most useful when planning routes for sales representatives and transport companies, where it is not necessary to return to the base for intermediate loading or unloading of vehicle during the job due to the vehicle’s capacity or load limitations. The solution is also well-suited for courier companies, companies engaged in distribution of goods, transport, shipping, services and municipal companies.
Route optimisation is a must-have solution to support the work of planners to determine the optimal routes. It facilitates the organisation of work and makes it possible to plan the route accurately, so that all scheduled destinations are visited within a specified period, while taking into account opening hours and priority of visits, over the shortest possible distance.
The solution can be used to handle more orders in less time. Consequently, the greater number of services provided means an increase in profit from the company’s operations.
Benefits of route optimisation
- improved performance of planners and people performing tasks
- reducing the number of kilometres travelled and lead time
- optimisation of assigned tasks
- optimisation of the number of vehicles
- reducing the transport costs
- improving the quality of services
- more efficient execution of tasks
- increasing the company’s competitiveness
- control of correct execution of orders