Do you think Santa uses a Route Planner when he’s coming to town?

Santa has this long never ending list of kids who have been good all year. These kids are waiting for their presents and Santa has to deliver an endless amount of toys, in such a short period of time. In order to be at these kids’ homes before Christmas, Santa has to stay no more than a few seconds at each one and that takes some serious route planning.

The mission – spreading Christmas happiness. Between delivering presents and entertaining people at the crowded malls, this mission seems impossible. Unless Santa’s presents distribution is somehow done automatically, using a route planner.

If Santa were to use a route planner, we would recommend these features:

  • Importing a file with his list since we wouldn’t expect him to manually type all the kids’ addresses.
  • Dividing each list to several routes since he needs to optimize his deliveries.
  • Planning his routes to be optimized by the fastest way so that this mission can be accomplished.
  • Setting service time since visiting malls should take much more time into consideration.
  • Changing the route plan to cope with last minute changes.
  • Getting a map with accurate turn-by-turn driving directions since the roads changed this past year and it’s so cold outside…
  • Send his routes to a GPS since he probably owns the most modern GPS device.

That’s it, let’s hope that Santa’s route planning is done automatically and all kids get their presents on time.
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful holiday!

Planning routes – Trip planner

How long does it take your team to plan your routes? What will happen if this be reduced by 20%?

Think of your day at work tomorrow. You will probably have 10 properties to view, if not more, and you will have to put some sense into planning your route. Otherwise you’ll waste time and money, by not visiting more properties. Maybe planning them in twos is easy and won’t take you the whole day but what happens when you’ll want to combine these couples into one single route?

Will you optimize your route? And what if one minute after you have your route ready, you’ll be getting a phone call from your boss asking to add just one more stop? How long will it take you to add just that? Tomorrow you’ll be coping with the same exact problem or even worse – with 15 new properties. What then?

Here it becomes even more visible, you will need to reduce your cost and increase your efficiency. You will need to save you time and money. You will need to optimize your route.

In this case that you have lots of places to visit that are frequently changed, you are wasting too much time on organizing your travel points and less time in the field. The ease of using a route planner that will find you the best route between those points, will make you wonder how you managed without it. You’ll probably regret not using it earlier but forget about that, just enjoy the fact that you do now.

Check how much time it reduces.