What is Route Compliance?
Drivers in the transportation industry are heavily controlled on driving hours, additional working time, and tachograph regulations, primarily for reasons of personal and public safety. Route compliance from a conventional perspective refers to the processes in place that monitor drivers in order to meet these legal obligations.
Why optimize Route Compliance?
A business operation relies on the smooth running of time-critical delivery schedules to move materials along the supply chain and, ultimately, to the end customer. This process itself relies on a complex series of dependencies in order to achieve optimal performance, one of which is the person of the driver. Route compliance from a legal perspective is a behavior parameter with one function: to ensure road safety. From an optimization perspective, Route compliance is an opportunity. Optimizing takes more criteria into consideration, opening the way for a business to leverage the wider bottom line benefits of Route compliance, as opposed to experiencing it as a legal parameter alone.
How to optimize Route Compliance?
Route compliance is typically implemented as a part of fleet telematics solutions that incorporate GPS tracking. Many handheld mobile devices also provide this functionality. Important aspect is that the computed plan for the drivers (e.g. which orders to visit at which time) is realistically achievable, and that it respects the expected driving time and congestion, time windows at customers, and road and truck type restrictions. The solutions for computing route plans created by the teams at ORTEC take several variables into account. Some examples include computing optimal routes and optimizing the sequence of orders within a route by using data like time windows, traffic congestion, and whether the truck is admitted on specific road segments, and being able to provide clear and usable intel on the differences between planned and used road segments.
What are the results of optimizing Route Compliance?
Optimizing Route Compliance primarily results in satisfied and engaged drivers. They get help in keeping their working hours within the legal limit, which means greater controls on safety, and their target delivery times are achievable. Experience with this approach has also seen less illness and less turnover among drivers. At the delivery end, this has been found to lead to happy and satisfied customers due to greater consistency in meeting Service Level Agreements (SLA’s). Typical SLA-improvement rates are between 25% to as high as 50%.
Why contact ORTEC to optimize Route Compliance?
ORTEC is all about optimization, and we’ve been helping businesses across industries get the maximum value from their supply chain processes for 35 years. We consider route compliance another important link in the complex chain of operational, strategic, tactical, and human decisions involved in transporting goods from sourcing to delivery of a finished product. By optimizing route compliance for our clients, we’re helping them achieve greater competitive advantage in their industries. This is why we’ve become a world leader in delivering route optimization solutions, and why navigation providers choose to partner with us.