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Delivery route planning - multiple drops

Delivery route planning for multiple drops and route optimisation enables resources to be maximised increasing operating efficiency

Descartes delivery route planner software for multiple drops will help optimise and improve your planning, enabling service providers to achieve the highest levels of customer service, while still controlling and minimising their transportation costs as much as possible. This software can transform your delivery service from a costly requirement into a customer service asset.

Delivery route planning for multiple drops is highly dependent on the refinement of the optimisation engine working with highly sophisticated mathematical algorithms. Not all route planning and optimisation software tools are the same nor do they solve the same problems.

When considering a routing and scheduling solution you should look for an optimisation tool that is designed to drive density, increase productivity and reduce miles, along with the number of vehicles, routes and deliveries that it can handle.

Read our blog on six things to look for when choosing a Route optimisation Software.

These are all the other factors you should also consider when choosing a delivery route planning and route optimisation software for multiple drops:

  • Sequencing - Multiple Stops

    Will the system automatically place the deliveries and stops in an order that minimises distance while considering customer requirements?

    The Descartes multiple stop route planner considers all previous orders and resources before offering the optimal and available delivery slots for any new orders.

    routing before and after sequencing

  • Swapping

    Can the solution easily move stops between routes, vehicles or days whilst still considering customer, vehicle and driver requirements?

    route swapping maps

  • Pick-up and Drop-off

    When an order is associated with two locations (picking up a product from one location and delivering it to another), will the solution arrange the pick-ups and drop-offs with vehicle capacity, customer requirements and driver efficiency in mind?


  • Best Day Selection

    Does the solution select the best day, route and sequence within the delivery schedule in order to create optimal route density while still considering customer, vehicle and driver requirements?

    route day swapping maps

  • Same Day Dispatch

    Can the routing solution cope with, and assign, new or emergency orders to routes that are already being executed and do so after considering what has already been completed of that route’s deliveries?


  • Continuous Optimisation

    The Descartes optimisation engine continues to run from the moment it receives the first order to the last, this drives maximum efficiency and enables you to extend the cut-off time for new orders.

    Continuous optimisation can use all of these concepts and provides all the benefits listed above.


    INFOGRAPHIC: Continuous v. Batch optimisation

Delivery Route planning optimisation engine for multi drop route planning

An optimal multiple stop delivery route planning solution, such as Descartes, will leverage your customers’ business priorities and one or more of the concepts above to solve the simplest to the most complex routing scheduling problems.

  • Drive efficiency
  • Reduce costs
  • Improves productivity
  • Enhance the customer experience

Delivery Density

Ensuring that each delivery route has adequate density of deliveries and optimising the route traveled is vitally important, this function is carried out by Descartes advanced Route Optimisation Engine.

A company’s ability to continuously create reliable multiple drop delivery routes using fewer trucks, miles and drivers makes them more flexible, able to cope with changes in demand and keep costs low.

Why use Descartes Delivery Route Planning Software?

It takes industry knowledge, innovation and understanding of a customer’s challenges combined with great technology to deliver results. Descartes has been providing multiple drop route planning optimisation tools since 1985. We have been innovating and refining our routing capabilities to address a myriad of routing problems in diverse industries.

Our experience and attention to innovation has enabled us to provide solutions that address territory and strategic planning problems, dynamic route planning, same-day routing, multi-drop route planning as well as point-of-sale/appointment scheduling and much, much more.

  • Example - Daily Route & Load Planning

    As each new order is placed so the Descartes routing solution re-optimises the possible routes and vehicles in real-time, allocating resources in order to maximise a company’s operating efficiencies. This continual optimisation, as orders are being taken, enables fleets to be fully utilised and only those delivery slots that are ideal for a delivery route and that can be fulfilled with current resources, are offered, thus maintaining overall customer service objectives. Any over commitment is identified early, enabling the company time to hire in additional resources or reallocate deliveries.

    Orders are visualised on a map within the software which considers the street level network and other parameters in order to build the delivery routes automatically. Dispatchers then still have full control to manage exceptions with easy drag and drop moves.

    Companies that have moved from 'manual route construction' to 'exception management' with a Descartes routing solution find that their route planning time can be often be reduced to just a fraction of the time previously taken.

Features & Benefits

Continuous background optimisation

Achieve more efficient route plans than traditional batch-based optimisation techniques and provide costed delivery options at the point of sale in seconds.

High quality traffic data

Very accurate route times are possible using road speeds that are based  upon the day, the time of day, the route taken and even the direction of travel, giving you confidence in the route schedule and your customers delivery times.

Integration with other Descartes fleet management and optimisation solutions

Descartes Route Planning Solutions have been designed to work with Descartes Mobile™ Applications, Transportation Management and Compliance Management solutions to provide a one-stop-shop for optimising in-house fleets and third party transport operations.

Wide range of solutions for all fleet operations

Descartes routing solutions can accommodate all fleet sizes and operations. From fixed static routes delivering to retailers to dynamic home delivery operations. Get more out of your fleet assets and reduce the cost of transport operations.

Cloud based software

Our Software is available over the internet wherever you have a connection, providing access to our solution when you are working from any location in the world.

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