Route Scheduling

A transport planner must create a highly efficient schedule. This involves combining orders with routes and shifts to minimize total costs, while satisfying business rules and service constraints. The complexity of transportation planning is increasing rapidly and cannot be done manually. Customer demands, stricter legislation, rising fuel and labor costs all contribute. These factors as well as the trend toward supply chain optimization increase the decisions that a planner has to make. A route scheduling optimizer can create optimal routes and shifts for drivers accounting for numerous restrictions including:

  • Time windows: loading and unloading locations, inner city restrictions
  • Time and distance: travel times and distances between all locations noting speeds, vehicle type, and expected traffic congestion
  • Vehicle limitations: including weight, volume, loading meters, pallets, compartments and other complex loading restrictions
  • Resource capabilities: different vehicles, trailers, and drivers with their own required capabilities for driving, loading/unloading, and other location-specific restrictions
  • Driver availability: a driver must be available with scheduled routes adhering to driving and work time legislation
  • Cost constraints: noting the cost structures of the various resources or subcontractors when minimizing costs
  • Other constraints: multi-depot scheduling as well as any industry-specific business constraints

 Advanced Routing & Scheduling delivers innovative decision support that results in more efficient operations through better utilization of resources. The reduction of empty miles and improved vehicle utilization yield a cost savings of 2-10%.