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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!

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.