Route Optimization Increases Efficiency of Daily Operations

by | Feb 4, 2022 | Blog, Routing & Dispatch

Route Optimization Increases Efficiency of Daily Operations

Scheduling of deliveries, pick-ups, or service stops can be a difficult and daunting task, especially when you have a large number of stops to make over a large area. Planning an optimized route by hand is challenging because of the vast number of variables that must be considered.

How does one plan out a route that covers the shortest distance, in the shortest time? How many drivers are needed to accomplish the necessary tasks? Are there routes that have current construction, and would slow a driver’s progress?

A route optimization tool is far more efficient and effective than planning routes by hand, due to the advanced algorithms the software utilizes. Optimized routes are the first step in ensuring efficiency in your delivery or service operations.

By utilizing Elite EXTRA’s optimization engine, your routes will be built according to promised customer time windows, traffic, proximity, customer preferences, and much more. Route optimization is defined as the process of finding the most cost-effective route for a set of stops and leveraging tools that are able to do this can result in many benefits for an organization.


Key benefits of Route Optimization include:

  1. Improved Cost-effectiveness
    1. An optimized route is a cost-effective route. The selected route will include the least amount of backtracking and overlapping of travel.
  2. Increased efficiency
    1. Optimized routes allow for more efficient delivery of goods and services. Drivers can accomplish more stops in a shorter period of time.
  3. Reduced mileage for drivers
    1. My intelligently assigning stops to drivers, route optimization tools reduce the amount of time drivers are on the road. Less time on the road means reduced fuel consumption and costs, reduced vehicle maintenance costs, reduced wear and tear, and reduces the chances of accidents or violations.
  4. Improved customer satisfaction
    1. Increased capacity for deliveries results in improved customer satisfaction as orders arrive more quickly.
  5. Increased maximum number of deliveries per day
    1. Because drivers are traveling the shortest possible times and distance their capacity for deliveries is increased, resulting in a higher quantity of possible deliveries per day.

Elite EXTRA’s Route Optimization Feature

When a dispatcher is using the Elite EXTRA advanced dispatching tool, routes are automatically generated in the most optimal order. Using advanced GIS and mapping technologies, the stops are organized according to the shortest time and distance traveled. The expected time and miles traveled are displayed with the route. The tool allows for modifications, if, for example, a particular customer needs to receive their order first, that customer can be locked into the first position and the route will be optimized following that stop. Additionally, changes to the optimization can be altered by specific requirements and configurations.

Contact Elite EXTRA to learn more about how route optimization can benefit your delivery processes.

For more information please contact the Elite EXTRA Sales team at 1-888-484-8729 or by simply emailing sales@eliteextra.com.

Colton Ward

Colton Ward

Author

Colton Ward is our Strategic Marketing Coordinator and Marketing Video Producer. Get it? "Marketing Video Producer" = "MVP" (He came up with that title himself...). On a typical work day you can find him squashing website bugs (or being squashed by them) and swinging a camera around the office for the company's next video. When not at work, he enjoys boating and skiing his way around Wisconsin's beautiful lakes!

Subscribe to our newsletter!

Explore our solutions:

Routing & Dispatch

Delivery Network

Returns Automation

Want more industry insights? Check out some more of our recent site content!

Let's talk logistics

Have questions or want to learn more? Contact our team today to discover how Elite EXTRA can streamline your proof of delivery in  logistics. Fill out the form or contact us from the email or phone number below to start a conversation.

Email Us: sales@eliteextra.com

Call us: 1.888.484.8729 

We look forward to working with you!

 

Please fill out the form:

(Fields marked with * are required)

Stay informed!

Sign up for our newsletter and follow our socials to receive relevant industry insights and updates about our solutions!