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Route Planning & Optimisation of Deliveries

Manage and schedule deliveries efficiently. Achieve more deliveries in fewer miles and reduce costs.

Route planning & scheduling software

Increase capacity and reduce costs

Descartes route planning and scheduling software enable fleet operators to manage and schedule deliveries efficiently, fully exploit opportunities for enhanced customer service and value added sales.

Existing clients have increased their delivery capacity by 35% without increasing the size of the fleet.

Optimising fleet operations with route planning and scheduling software will minimise costs through:

  • Reducing the miles driven
  • Decreasing fuel consumption
  • Cutting vehicle servicing and maintenance.

Existing clients have achieved savings of over £1m from fuel costs, vehicle servicing and consumables.

Combined routing & scheduling software

The problem with most routing & scheduling software solutions is that they are fundamentally disconnected. Descartes integrated approach means that scheduling and routing are one process.  The number of missed deliveries can be eliminated if your scheduling system has the ability to check 'true' route availability and consider all the relevant logistics variables such as drive time, service time, vehicle capacity, driver hours etc. - all in real time

Combining scheduling and routing software together can help build route density by allowing available slots to be offered to customers as options for delivery.  
With the scheduling system connected to the routing system and validating true logistics capacity in real time, the logistics cost is known in real time and can be leveraged to influence buyer behaviour when selecting delivery slots.

Continuous background optimisation

Continuous background route optimisation gives a better end result when compared to traditional batch optimisation techniques (where slots and capacity are fixed). 

The unique combined optimisation engine continually adjusts route plans as new orders come in. Costed delivery options can be presented to customers in seconds at the point-of-sale (on-line, in-store or over the phone) and deliveries committed in real-time.

Click here to see an infographic on the advantages of Continuous Routing Optimisation

More time can be spent processing the orders, capacity and business constraints to provide a better end result. Any changes such as new incoming orders can be easily accommodated, and deliveries scheduled to give a truly dynamic scheduling capability.

Orders are visualised on a map the software then considers the street level network and parameters in order to build routes automatically.  Dispatchers will 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 tool find that route planning time can be often be reduced to just 15 minutes/day.
 

Reservations

With the massive and continued growth in online retailing, customers increasingly want the option to pick delivery slots that are convenient to them. Choice and cost of delivery are big influencers on online buyer behaviour.

Descartes Reservations™ is used by leading retailers around the globe to offer a range of home delivery options to consumers at differentiated price points including premium and green deliveries.

Integrated with the Routing & Scheduling software the consumer can be incentivised to select slots where a vehicle is already in their area, thus increasing delivery density. Offering choice and tighter delivery slots also minimises missed deliveries and the high cost of redelivery.

Retailers of goods such as electrical white goods can also factor in value added services such as installation and removal/disposal of goods to ensure the delivery options presented at point of sale accommodate the value added services selected, while ensuring thatthe delivery crew have the correct skills and time to do the job. 

A leading UK retailer has achieved a 500% increase in the take up of value added services and added tens of millions of pounds in revenue by incorporating the sale of value added services at the point of sale when scheduling the delivery of their electrical goods.
 

Meeting your specific needs

Descartes offers a range of Route Optimisation and Planning solutions to accommodate fleets of all sizes performing a wide variety of tasks from fixed routes to dynamic, high density home delivery operations.

Route planning and optimisation solutions have been designed to work with Descartes Mobile™, Transport Management and Compliance Management solutions. This provides a one-stop-shop for the effective management of in-house fleets and third party transport operations or a mix of both.

Click here to see which Routing & Scheduling software solution suites your fleet size or scroll down the page.

ERP Systems

Our routing and scheduling software can be integrated with most ERP systems, resulting in seamless delivery bookings.

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.

Dynamic scheduling

Easily accommodate changes on-the-fly such as new orders.

Reservations

Provide an enhanced delivery experience with costed delivery options at the point of sale. Increase sales of goods and value added services.

Integration with other Descartes fleet management and optimisation solutions

Descartes route planning solutions have been designed to work with Descartes Mobile™ Applications, Transport 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.

ERP Systems

Descartes routingsoftware can be integrated with most ERP systems, resulting in seemless delivery bookings.

Solutions for all fleet sizes and operations

The information below will give you an idea of how the various Descartes’ routing solutions apply. However, there are no fixed boundaries and Descartes will discuss the relative merits of the options most suitable for your fleet operation and strategy with you.

 

  Descartes Route Planner™ Descartes WinRoute™ Descartes Route Planner™ On-demand

Fleet sizes

> 100 vehicles 20 - 100+  vehicles 1 - 30 vehicles per site (unlimited sites)

Applications

Route planning, execution and management of home deliveries, B2B deliveries and collections, distribution of goods, field service and transport operations. Route planning, execution and management of home deliveries, B2B deliveries and collections, distribution of goods, field service and transport operations. Route planning, execution and management of home deliveries, B2B deliveries and collections, distribution of goods, field service and transport operations.

Number of orders

1,000 to > 100,000 100 to 5,000 in one schedule To 1,000 per site per delivery schedule

Operation

Large enterprises with dynamic and complex operations. Dynamic daily planning and creating master routes (tactical planning) and strategic studies. Dynamic operations with less complex operations.

Users/sites

Multi-user and multi-site. Single user.  Multi-users in single or multiple sites.

Execution/Dispatch

Live, real-time routing, execution and dispatch. Route planning and execution. Can be made live when combined with Descartes Route Planner™ or Descartes Route Planner On-demand. Real-time routing, execution and dispatch.

Commercials

Licensed per vehicle including support and maintenance. Licensed per concurrent user. Per vehicle, per month based on a minimum term.

Access

Self-hosted or hosted by Descartes. Local or server installation. SaaS Local or server installation.

Other

Can be integrated with point of Sale software, online stores and other Descartes solutions. Works with other Descartes fleet management solutions. Works with other Descartes fleet management solutions.

Markets

  • Logistics Service Providers and Distributors
  • Wholesalers
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Agriculture
  • Food and Beverage
  • Pacels and couriers
  • Oil and Gas
  • Waste management and Recycling
  • Manufacturers
  • Automotive
  • Field service
  • Logistics Service Providers and Distributors
  • Wholesalers
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Agriculture
  • Food and Beverage
  • Pacels and couriers
  • Oil and Gas
  • Waste management and Recycling
  • Manufacturers
  • Automotive
  • Field service
  • Logistics Service Providers and Distributors
  • Wholesalers
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Agriculture
  • Food and Beverage
  • Pacels and couriers
  • Oil and Gas
  • Waste management and Recycling
  • Manufacturers
  • Automotive
  • Field service