Creating and Optimizing a Dispatching Process

What Does Route Planning Software Do?

Route planning software helps businesses create and optimize routes. “Optimizing” a route means figuring out the most efficient way to visit a set of stops. The more efficient the route, the more time and gas the business will be able to save.

Why Not Just Plan Routes Myself?

Route planning is complicated. There’s more to it than just figuring out which roads your drivers need to take to get to your customers. There’s also traffic, weather, construction, and other factors to account for. Doing this by yourself can take hours.

The Consequences Of Bad Route Planning

Accounting for all those factors by yourself is difficult. It’s easy to make a mistake and accidentally delay your drivers – that certainly won’t do your reputation any favors. 

But you don’t need to plan routes by yourself. Route planning software does the hard work for you. You just need to plug in your customers’ addresses, and the software will give you a 100% accurate and optimized route in 30 seconds or less. Your drivers will hit all their stops on time, and you’ll be able to maintain a good reputation.

Organize Your Fleet

Planning routes isn’t the only thing route optimization software can do for you. You can also use such software to make your fleet more organized.

It allows you to establish your fleet’s hierarchy and set different permissions for different users. For example, you can set it up so that dispatchers can create and edit routes, while drivers can only view routes and add notes.

Track Your Drivers

If route planning software has a GPS tracking feature, you can see where your drivers are and how fast they’re going in real-time. Whenever you want, you can check in on a driver and make sure they’re doing what you want them to do.

About author: Dominic Walker

Dominic Walker works as a content marketer as part of Route4Me’s worldwide remote workforce. A teacher of over 15 years, Dom knows how to break complex ideas down to the very basics and explain them in a digestible way. He loves answering questions, so if you’re wondering about route optimization, jazz guitar, or how to land a fat bass, Dom is your guy.