Finding The Right Route Optimization Platform Can Be A Challenge
There are dozens of different route planners to choose from. How do you know which one is right for your business? It’s all about features. While every route planner can take a set of stops and turn it into an efficient route, not every route planner has extra features like GPS tracking, geofencing, and territory mapping. Route optimization will improve efficiency, but it’s these extra features that will really work wonders for your bottom line.
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.“
– Bill Gates
5 Must-Have Route Planner Features
Not all route planner are equal. Some companies haven’t quite figured out their algorithm yet, and the routes their products come up with aren’t 100% efficient. Other companies are much better – their products guarantee that every route you give your drivers is the most efficient route possible, and they offer additional features that will make your business even more efficient.
Before you invest in route planning software, make sure it has the following five features:
The first feature to look for is turn restrictions.
UPS saves hundreds of millions of dollars every year by avoiding left turns.
You could save money by doing this, too. Think about it: every time your driver tries to turn left, they need to wait for traffic to clear before they can go. They don’t have the right of way. All that idling eats up a lot of time and gas…
Route planners with a turn restriction feature produce routes that take you to all your stops while avoiding left turns. Your drivers will be able to complete their routes more efficiently.
Download this eBook to learn more about the other features.