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Plan A Route Using The Latest Technology

A variety of industries have daily or at least weekly routes to take in order to make deliveries to the various clients that they have. Those businesses rely on having a route that they can count on, and deliveries to the people who require them right away. It is a simple fact that customers want their deliveries as soon as possible.

Route Mapping Technology

Imagine that you have a variety of addresses to deliver to all on the same day. What do you do to get to all of those places in as little time as possible? Well, it might help to plan a route that requires the least amount of travel time.
In the past, people had to map out their routes by hand. It took a lot of time, and there was no guarantee that the route would be accurate. Mapping with technology has meant that improvements to the routes are now almost a guarantee.

Fuel Savings

Planning routes electronically is not just about providing higher quality customer service. Rather, there are also benefits to the bottom line that should be considered. Considering the changes in fuel costs, a delivery service of any kind cannot expect to be profitable. Planning a route helps to save on fuel costs as extra driving out of the way is eliminated.

Import Addresses And Relax

Users of mapping technology love the fact that they can import multiple addresses into the technology and have a mapped out route instantly. There is no need for them to consider any of the route planning themselves. Using the latest maps and location information, the technology can quickly and easily plan out a full route for you.
Contact us for more details on route planning and why you should consider it.

How A Route Planner Keeps Prices Down

The magic of the Internet has brought us all the ability to purchase and receive the goods that we want right when we want them. After a few clicks and a purchase is made, the buyer simply waits a few days for the item to arrive, and then owns it. None of this would be possible though if prices were not kept down. One of the ways that they low, is through the use of a route planner.

Effective Routes To Anywhere

Delivery companies have to deliver shipments to a variety of different addresses within a tight time frame. In order to accomplish this task, delivery companies need to know how to get from Point A, B, C, and D with the least amount of travel possible. The more effective the route between all of those points, the less expense for the delivery company.
As delivery companies spend less money on their delivery process, they are able to charge lower fees for delivery. Those lower fees can then trickle down to the cost of goods in general.

Route Planners Require Less Experienced Employees

It used to be necessary to have very experienced employees to drive the delivery trucks. These would be the only kind of employees who knew how to travel the best routes. They could also command higher salaries as they were far more experienced and well trained. With route planning software, that experience and knowledge is no longer a requirement to find the best routes. Less experienced employees who demand lower salaries can be hired and once again bring down the costs associated with deliveries.

Packages Delivered All At Once

With efficient delivery, it is possible to get more packages out on the same day and via the same routes. This means that delivery companies can get more packages out in less time. This is another contributing factor to keeping prices down and goods more accessible than ever before.
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Do you use a GPS for routing multiple locations? Is your GPS route enough for your needs?

If you have a courier business or if you drive for a living or if you just need to visit multiple locations, you probably own a GPS device. A GPS route can sure make life much easier.

Field service, delivery or sales people can use a GPS as a business tool. One that can save them time while driving from place to place and navigating in unfamiliar territories. Getting from home to work and back is not a problem, you’ve done this a million times in any way you can think of, and you already know the best route. But if you are out and about, in a new territory, it will be a shame to waste your time on navigating and routing when there is a tool that can do that for you. You can save time, fuel and money, and save the environment while doing your job.

Some GPS devices can give you routes, not all models can. If your GPS supports routes, you can enter a few locations and set your device to connect them. Your GPS route cannot be changed and if you wish to plan it differently you’ll need to manually enter your locations, one by one. Whereas with a route planner, you can import a file with these locations and have all of them optimized within seconds. You can then see the full route and make any change you want. With a GPS, this just can’t be done.

Here is what we recommend:

1. Import your list of multiple locations and plan a route to cover all territories.

2. Watch all your routes on the map and make any manual changes you like.

3. Connect your GPS device to your computer and import your routes to your GPS.

4. Leave the office or home and start your day going green with an advantage – you have more time to visit more clients, and make more money.

FYI, if you don’t have a GPS, if your GPS doesn’t support routes or if you need to plan multiple routes at once – don’t go and buy a GPS. You can use a route planner as is, without importing a route plan to your GPS device. If you have multiple routes you can’t use a GPS anyhow:

1. Import your list of multiple locations and plan a route or multiple routes to cover all territories.

2. Watch all your routes on the map and make any manual changes you like.

3. Now simply send your route plan to your email and open it on your computer or mobile.

4. You’ll have a link to get driving directions and maps from Google Maps and you’ll do just fine with them, without the need to buy a new GPS.

What will make people order flowers delivery from YOU? Which florists people like best?

You run a flower shop and you want people to buy your flowers. You’re putting your heart and soul into these flowers. You did everything right. You had the right training, you have the energy, creativity and the will to dedicate yourself to becoming a successful florist.

You have your own website, you have the right variety and quality of flowers and you show your flower bouquets and arrangements online, for everyone to see.

But, you believe you should have more flower orders. You’re wondering where are all the people delivering flowers to their loved ones?

You probably know that but you’re not the only one. There are many online shops that offer flowers to be delivered anywhere in the world. Open your browser and search for “online florists” – within less than a second you’ll have millions of results. All these did the same as you did. All are very talented and creative and offer wonderful flower arrangements.

When you run a flower shop, you have many things to think about. The most important ones are your suppliers, supplies and delivery vehicles.

One thing connects all these and that’s route planning. One of the reasons your wholesale florist or your online vendor can offer price discounts is that they’re using a route planner. The time, fuel and money your wholesale florist saves on route planning will in turn become your profit. You should do the same and reduce the time you spend on route planning your flowers delivery. Use a route planner to find the best route for your flowers deliveries, this will reduce your fuel consumption and ware and tare. Not to mention will improve your bottom line as well as on your carbon footprint.

Once your customers see the delivery charges displayed separately, they might think twice before they choose your flowers.

By cutting in delivery costs, you will be saving money and precious time that in turn will allow you to promise your customers the lowest possible prices and even offer them free deliveries. People usually prefer to order flowers from florists who don’t charge for delivery. Be smart, use a route planner and minimize your delivery costs so you can make your money from your wonderful flowers and let everyone enjoy them, as many as you can.

Here are a few tips that will make you be the florist people choose to buy from:

  1. Promise same day flowers delivery, deliver on time and in perfect condition. Lots of florists can deliver flowers the same day or the next day, why should you be different?
  2. Make sure orders are received before 12 noon, to assure same day delivery. This can obviously change and you’ll be the one deciding what time is the latest to receive orders, according to your territory, distance and delivery constraints but make sure you do set a time limit.
  3. Make sure orders are filled by a qualified florist. You wouldn’t want people to get their flowers on time, but be disappointed that they received the wrong ones.
  4. Only items requiring special handling or same day delivery can be charged differently than those delivered regularly or well in advance.

People will eventually understand that announcing “No service fees” doesn’t mean you charge more for the flowers to cover your service expenses. You honestly charge just for the flowers, because you were route planning your deliveries in a way that saved you money.

Leaflet distribution to schools in Chicago – Learn how to use our Route Planner

Your territory has 25 schools that needs to be visited and you have all these multiple addresses written in Excel file.

# School Name Address Address
1 Office 64 Washington Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60302 Chicago, IL 60602
2 Bell Elementary School 3730 N Oakley Ave Chicago, IL 60618
3 Decatur Classical Elementary School 7030 N Sacramento Av Chicago, IL 60645
4 Young Magnet High School 211 S Laflin St Chicago, IL 60607
5 Edgebrook Elementary School 6525 N Hiawatha Ave Chicago, IL 60646
6 Hawthorne Elementary Scholastic Academy 3319 N Clifton Ave Chicago, IL 60657
7 Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School 3020 W 108th St Chicago, IL 60655
8 Jackson A Elementary Language Academy 1340 W Harrison St Chicago, IL 60607
9 McDade Elementary Classical School 8801 S Indiana Ave Chicago, IL 60619
10 Skinner Elementary School 1443 N Ogden Av Chicago, IL 60610
11 Edison Regional Gifted Center 4929 North Sawyer St Chicago, IL 60625
12 Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center 8101 S La Salle St Chicago, IL 60620
13 Blaine Elementary School 1420 W Grace St Chicago, IL 60613
14 Franklin Elementary Fine Arts Center 225 W Evergreen Ave Chicago, IL 60610
15 Lasalle Elementary Language Academy 1734 N Orleans St Chicago, IL 60614
16 Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center 1726 W Berteau Ave Chicago, IL 60613
17 Lincoln Elementary School 615 W Kemper Pl Chicago, IL 60614
18 Norwood Park Elementary School 5900 N Nina Ave Chicago, IL 60631
19 Oriole Park Elementary School 5424 N Oketo Ave Chicago, IL 60656
20 Audubon Elementary School 3500 N Hoyne Ave Chicago, IL 60618
21 Burley Elementary School 1630 W Barry Ave Chicago, IL 60657
22 Canty Elementary School 3740 N Panama Ave Chicago, IL 60634
23 Coonley Elementary School 4046 N Leavitt St Chicago, IL 60618
24 Chopin Elementary School 2450 W Rice St Chicago, IL 60622
25 Disney Elementary Magnet School 4140 N Marine Dr Chicago, IL 60613
26 Dore Elementary School 6108 S Natoma Ave Chicago, IL 60638

You have two leaflet distributors doing these routes and you need them back as soon as possible for their next route. So you need this list separated into two different routes, both start from your office at 9:00.
You can Type the Start address in the first row, or add it to the list of addresses you have in Excel (in this example, the office is written in the excel, at the top).

A. You can import this file to the Route Planner:

  1. Click Import File and select the file you wish to upload to MyRouteOnline.
  2. Select the sheet which contains your data.
  3. Check Ignore the first row if it contains the column header.
  4. Check First/Last address if you have any (in this example you have a start address and we will make this a ‘return’ trip in the next step).
  5. Select the right header for each column (Address/Title/Service Time/Filter-in/Filter-out/Ignore).
  6. Review the import result and click Import Now.

Route planner import wizard 

B. Now that your list was imported, you should set all the needed routes parameters:

  1. Check the Return box, to make sure your routes start and end at the office.
  2. Departure time is 9:00.
  3. Service time is the time the leaflet distributors spend at each stop (school).
  4. Number of routes is 2 since you have two leaflet distributors. This may change according to your personnel or vehicles etc.

C. You can also set Multi-Route parameters (Max. Route Duration or Max Stops per route) but this is usually used when there are more addresses to visit.

D. Select your Goal:

    Minimize Distance will reorder your multiple addresses to receive the shortest route.

    Minimize Time will reorder your multiple addresses to receive the fastest route.

    Balance Time and Distance will reorder your multiple addresses to receive the most efficient route considering Time and Distance.

    Keep Order As Is will keep the order of your list of addresses but will give you a route plan connecting them.

E. Click Plan My Route – You will receive the best route for your selected Goal. In this example it was Minimize Distance.

Route plan Chicago 

F. After planning your route, click Send to my Email. In case you planned more than 1 route, you may choose to send 1 route or all routes to your email.

In the Email to section, your email address will appear as default but you can change it or send it to both your distributors at once, using a comma to separate their email addresses.

If you need this route plan to be used with your GPS device, change the GPS Files section to include the format you need.

Add a name for the route or any other message under Free Text and click Send Email.

 Email route plan

Your email will include a map and the original parameters you set in the route planner:

Emailed route plan 

And below you will find the route plans themselves with a link to get driving directions:

Route 1 Chicago 

Route 2 Chicago

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.

Automatic route planning, that’s the way to move things around here.

You shouldn’t spend too much time on planning your routes, especially if there’s an automatic online solution.

Instead of having your drivers or your transportation planning team work hours on planning delivery routes, use an automatic route planner. This will reduce their time spent on planning routes and deliver better results since this optimization task is better left to computers. Of course you can do it, you and your team have done this for years and it is simple when there are only 10 deliveries to make. But your business has grown so much that the 50 deliveries don’t just add 5 hours to the planning task, they make this operation so much more complicated and honestly you don’t need this headache, especially since the solution is here and affordable. Routing optimization reduces operating costs and improves delivery performance and customer service.

Each of your drivers will receive his itinerary, maps and turn-by-turn driving directions and will know exactly where to go, how to get there and the time to spend in each delivery stop.
Your driver’s arrival time in each stop is predictable and so is his whole route so you can follow and manage your vehicle fleet and avoid any dead time between routes.  Everything becomes known and manageable and questions marks are left behind (or in the parking lot).

Try an automatic route planner.

Do you have Driving Directions?

Do you find yourself looking for a house that “has to be here” but find it on the other side of town?

Your delivery drivers drive in circles to find the right address and they even drive back and forth to the same area in one route, to deliver two separate parcels. That’s a shame for they are spending too much time on the roads. This shouldn’t happen, but it does. Because A. their driving directions if they have any are not accurate enough and B. it’s hard to find the best route between all the deliveries they have.

You can’t blame them – you can help them, and make sure they reduce distances covered and time spent travelling. Plan a route using a Route Planner so that each driver will benefit from a balanced delivery territory and a known daily workload. These two together will keep them happy and will in turn positively influence your customers’ satisfaction.

Need driving directions? contact us for more info.