Cube Constraint – Route Planning Business Rule
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With Route4Me’s dynamic routing software you can effortlessly account for the cubic volume of all your routes with just a touch of a button. When planning and driving your multi stop routes, Route4Me enables you to track the dynamic cubic volume and vehicle cubic capacity of your fleet and always be aware of the current carrying capacity of your vehicles. Whenever your drivers have to visit and service multiple stops of different types to deliver or pick up packages of different sizes, you can make sure that your fleet vehicles always have enough space onboard. Moreover, with Route4Me’s near real-time data synchronization, managers and dispatchers back at the office can make changes to the vehicle cubic capacity of any order, and the drivers who are out in the field can receive instant live updates on their mobile devices using Route4Me’s Android and iOS multi stop route planner apps.
Viewing and Modifying Cube Parameters on the Route4Me Web Platform
To view or change the cubic volume of a particular stop, first, open the route that contains this stop in the Route Editor and then click on the corresponding stop to open it. In the Order section of the opened stop, you can view its cubic volume in the Cube field. Depending on the stop’s type (Delivery, Pickup, etc.), the cubic volume defined in the corresponding field can be set to be either picked up or delivered at the customer’s location associated with the stop. To modify the cubic volume value, click on the corresponding field and then input a new value respectively. To apply the same cube value to all stops on the route, first, click on the gear icon in the Cube field and then select the corresponding option.
Learn more about different stop types.
Adjusting the Summary Table to Display Cube Parameters
To view the cubic volume for the entire route, you can use the Summary Table. To do so, first, click on the gear icon next to the route’s name.
After that, go to the Vehicle Utilization tab and then check the following boxes:
- Cube: Displays the total cubic volume for the entire route;
- Cube Maximum: Displays the maximum vehicle cubic capacity permitted for the corresponding route;
- Cube Utilization: Displays how much cubic volume is actually utilized throughout the entire route based on the aggregated data of all route stops (in percentage).
For the Summary Table to display the Cube Maximum and Cube Utilization parameters, you need to define the Maximum Volume per Route value in the route’s Optimization tab when planning the route or when the route is already planned.
Once enabled, Cube, Cube Maximum, and Cube Utilization values of the entire route are aggregated based on the cubic volume data of all route stops and displayed in the Summary Table at the bottom of the interactive map.
Learn more about how to use and customize the Summary Table.
Viewing Dynamic Vehicle Cubic Capacity (Cube) Parameters in the Route Manifest
To track the dynamic cubic volume capacity of the entire route, you can use the Route Manifest. To do so, in the Route Editor, first, go to View and then select View Manifest respectively.
Next, in the Route Manifest, check the Cube box in the Order tab and Remaining Cube box in the Operations tab. After that, you can track how the cubic volume capacity changes throughout the route, after each stop. Depending on the stop type (Delivery, Pickup, etc.) the cubic volume capacity can increase and decrease accordingly throughout the route.
Learn more about how to use and customize your Route Manifest.
Exporting Vehicle Cubic Capacity (Cube) Parameters
To export all cubic volume data of the entire route, first, go to File, then select Download as from the list and after that select Export CSV respectively.
Next, check the Cube and Remaining Cube boxes to add the corresponding data into the export file and then click on the Export button to download the file to your device. You can use the Field search to find the corresponding boxes.
Learn more about how to export your route data.
Viewing Vehicle Cubic Capacity (Cube) Parameters on Route4Me’s Mobile Apps
To view the cubic volume of a particular stop from Route4Me’s iOS and Android mobile applications, first, you need to open the route that contains the corresponding stop. Next, tap to open the stop you want to check and then select Destination Info from the stop’s menu. The example below shows how to view the cubic volume of a particular stop using Route4Me’s iOS app. To view the cubic volume of a particular stop from an Android device, repeat the similar process using Route4Me’s Android app.
Route4Me provides near real-time data synchronization across all associated computer and mobile devices so that any changes made from the Route4Me Web Platform can be effortlessly synchronized with Route4Me’s iOS and Android mobile apps in a matter of seconds. Thus, managers and dispatchers back at the office can modify the cubic volume of any stop/order and instantly synchronize these updates with the mobile devices of the drivers who are out in the field.
Learn about route planning and route optimization with the Advanced Cube Constraint.
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