The Significance of Multi-Stop Route Planning

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Created on February 17, 2021

The continuously growing expectations of consumers and rising trends in the logistics and supply chain industry has left businesses with no choice than to upgrade their logistics operations. Now, upgrading the logistics processes, such as route optimization, order allocation, and more, means digitizing them to minimize the human intervention and performing them with sheer accuracy. Automating route optimization, one of the key operations of logistics and transportation, can render innumerable benefits to the businesses.

Using route optimization software for this purpose is indeed a great idea; however, it can work well for the businesses with limited customers. For an SME or MSME with a humongous customer base, route optimization features with basic features might not work. That’s because they have a fleet of vehicles and offer services across different regions.

On top of that, a vehicle may also have multiple stops, which is one of the key constraints for route planning and optimization. Planning routes for multiple vehicles with multiple stops manually is not a cakewalk. It can be done by using an advanced route optimization software or transportation management software that comes up with the route planning feature. Apart from just delivering multiple orders on time, multi-route planning is important due to these reasons as well-

  • For running last-mile operations efficiently
  • For delivering orders on time
  • To get dynamic routes
  • To deliver multiple orders with a single vehicle
  • To help drivers manage every trip efficiently

How does transport management software with a multi-stop route planner can help you?

Not every, but TMS software provided by a leading organization Shipsy can help you with multi-stop route planning. The software needs least human intervention as the entire route planning and optimization process is automated. Here is how Shipsy’s multiple-stop route planning feature that come along with the transport management software can fix the route planning-related challenges-

Quick route planning

Planning routes is one thing and planning them efficiently is another. Now, efficient route planning doesn’t indicate finding out the shortest route for all deliveries. Rather, it means finding such a route by following which a vehicle can ensure timely delivery of all the consignments without facing no roadblocks, road restrictions and traffic congestion. Route planning features of the TMS can do that in minutes.

Effortless mapping of drivers with the right vehicle

The software not only finds a suitable vehicle for the delivery of particular types of products but it also chooses the right rider for the delivery. It looks into various details such as driving history, driving hours, experience, and others to choose the rider for a particular route.

Dynamic route planning

Also known as re-route optimization, dynamic route planning is an important feature of route planning. It comes into action when the order is out for delivery (Delivery vehicle is on the roads) and a customer cancels the order or reschedules the time or address. In that case, the software not only alerts the driver but also shows a new route which excludes the modified delivery. Doing this helps in saving the driver’s time and effort. It also helps with the secondary trip planning.

Reduces requirement for more vehicles from the market

TMS software with route planning features optimizes delivery route for all the vehicles, which in turn ensure timely delivery and timely return of the vehicle. This makes them ready for the secondary trip, which ultimately reduces the need for hiring more vehicles, especially during peak times.

So, what are you waiting for? Reach out to Shipsy experts to get a customized TMS software for your business. 

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