Logistic route planning

Discover 5 reasons why route planning is essential.

Monday, August 12, 2019

The current consumer is constantly looking for deliveries to be reliable, fast and transparent; they want to be able to track a delivery, even when it only takes a few hours to reach them. Route planning can help meet this demand.

There are companies that use route planning systems to gain a competitive advantage. These tools consider products, personnel, vehicles, regulations and possible routes to help expedite delivery. It can adapt to changes with short notice in transport, driver or route availability.

We share five reasons why route planning is essential:

1. Reduce daily planning efforts.

A route planning system can be adapted to variations in the number of daily or weekly orders. The software automatically schedules efficient and multi-stop schedules to improve asset utilization. At the same time, it incorporates information about customer delivery requirements, truck capacity, and driver availability, among others.

2. Improves transportation schedule.

Evaluate the most efficient routes and with it companies can reduce mileage, reducing fuel use and carbon emissions. Because route planning is linked to live vehicle tracking, companies can identify unexpected detours and communicate proactively to improve customer service and satisfaction.

3. Provides continuous optimization.

Route planning algorithms continually review incoming data (new orders, available resources, vehicle breakdowns) to maximize efficiency.

4. Centralize the programming.

Companies can obtain information on programming at regional or national level. This can help prevent trucks from driving with empty cargo space, boost consolidation of vendor pickups and identify other opportunities to streamline processes and reduce costs.

5. Add business intelligence.

By tracking key performance indicators and business metrics, the software makes it easier for route managers to identify trends, anticipate cost concerns and locate savings opportunities.

A well planned logistics route not only saves you time, but also generates short, medium and long term benefits for the company and also the satisfaction of the final consumer.

In DICEX we seek to offer the best solutions for our clients and strategic partners through our 6 business units that range from logistics to consulting how to do things efficiently.