When optimizing routes, you can now add weighted priorities to stops on a route.
Why add priority attributes?
- To visit VIP (or frequent) destinations first
- To prioritize a visit to destinations (or customers) that you were unable to service (or deliver, or pickup) on a previous occasion
- To sort your route destinations based on any numerical value, such as “Gross Sales”, to visit under performing stores earlier in the day
- The routes generated will still be highly optimized, but will place destinations with a higher numerical value earlier in the route
- All the stops that cannot be visited will be placed into a sub-route called “Unrouted”
While some of our customers have guaranteed AM pickups/deliveries, others have a more flexible visitation schedule.
Because highly efficient routes are so critical to our users, multiple-time windows now permit our optimization engine to squeeze in destinations on routes where they may not have previously fit.
For example, in the past you could only have a single time window. If that time-window was 6AM to 12PM, and the destination was much closer to your PM routes, your driver would have made a big detour to rush their in the morning.
With multiple-time windows, you can now add a 2PM to 4PM time slot to this distant address, and it will be clustered closer to the PM route destinations.
Both features are exposed through the Route4Me API.
Released By: Dragos, Roman, Vladimir, Sergey