Shortest Route Planning Tools to Maximize Your Business Efficiency

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

Shortest route planning tools to maximize your business efficiency

What’s the shortest way from point A to point B? A straight line, of course. However, when you are planning deliveries, either business to business (b2b) or business to consumer (b2c), a straight line is usually not possible. So how do you go about planning the shortest route for your deliveries? Advanced dispatching software can also be considered a shortest route tool.

The best tools for route planning offer multiple ways to create and order delivery stops, like putting priority customers first, or taking requested time windows into account. But the most popular and efficient tactic is shortest route planning.

Shortest route planning tools use algorithms to build a manifest that offers the shortest route possible to complete all of the required stops. Gone are the days of paper maps, white boards, and guessing on the shortest routes.

There are many benefits to using shortest route tools. Whether you need to complete more deliveries each day, you are trying to be more eco- friendly, or you are trying to cut costs, shortest route planning tools can help your business accomplish all of that.

Decreased Fuel Consumption

When the shortest route is used, the number of miles traveled goes down, and therefore the amount of fuel that is used. Large delivery trucks are not known for their economical gas mileage, so this can make a big difference and be a lot more eco-friendly.

Increased Efficiency

Drivers utilizing the shortest routes can accomplish more within the same amount of time. This means that each driver can visit more locations and complete more deliveries than they could without these manifests optimized for the shortest routes.

Increased profits and productivity

Since deliveries are being accomplished more quickly, your business will benefit from the increased revenue. More deliveries equals more income for your business. Shortest route planning tools can improve your bottom line.

Decreased Costs

Shortest route planning tools can help your business in many ways. Whether your business is experienced in providing delivery services, or you are exploring this option for the first time, an advanced dispatching tool that offers shortest route planning tools can benefit your business in many different ways.

Shortest route planning tools can help your business in many ways. Whether your business is experienced in providing delivery services, or you are exploring this option for the first time, an advanced dispatching tool that offers shortest route planning tools can benefit your business in many different ways.

Colton Ward

Colton Ward

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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!

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