Dynamic Stop Insertion – Add Territory Addresses to Routes
When planning routes, besides the most efficient sequence of stops, you also need to figure out the most optimal way to delegate the right tasks to the right team members. Instead of planning over-sized routes and making your workers travel back and forth across the city, you can break your service area up into optimally sized territories and assign each field employee to the most suitable territory. In addition to planning entirely new routes using territories (learn more), you can also insert addresses and contacts from territories into already planned routes. Route4Me’s Dynamic Stop Insertion automatically suggests the most time-efficient and cost-effective routes that are already planned for a particular date and provides precise time and distance shifts for each route. When doing so, the system recalculates the solution to the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP) and the Vehicle Route Problem (VRP) – a process that would take ages to complete manually. Thus, you can ensure that you always effortlessly insert your addresses only into the most optimal routes so that you can cut undesired fuel expenses, as well as avoid wasting valuable time.
To insert addresses from territories into the most optimal and efficient routes, first, go to “Address Book Map” from the navigation menu.
Before displaying territories on the map, you can display on the map only those addresses that have already been used in routes, as well as the addresses that have not been routed. To display on the map only those addresses that have not been used in routes, drag the “Address Visibility” toggle in the top right corner of the screen to the “Unrouted” position.
To display on the map only those addresses that have already been used for planning routes, drag the “Address Visibility” toggle in the top right corner of the screen to the “Routed” position.
To display or hide a particular territory on the map, click on the eye icon next to the corresponding territory in the list. To display or hide all territories, click on the eye icon in the header of the territories list.
To insert an address from a particular territory into the most optimal route, first, right-click on this address and then select “Insert Address into Best Route” from its menu.
Next, use the calendar to suggest the most optimal routes that are scheduled for the preferred date.
Then, select the position at which you want to insert the address into the best route (learn more below).
After that, Route4Me will provide precise metrics on how inserting the corresponding address will influence the time and distance of each suggested route. If the address that is being inserted and the suggested routes have time windows that violate one another, the “Violation” column will display the corresponding metrics.
To select the route into which you want to insert the address, check the corresponding radio button next to this route.
After selecting the preferred route, you can also modify the details of the address before inserting it into the route. In the “Adjust Location Details” tab, the system automatically displays all available details of the address that is being inserted. To modify this data, first, select the field that you want to change and then input the preferred value(s) respectively.
You can also add more data fields to the address before inserting it into the route. To do so, first, select the field that you want to add from the “Field” drop-down list and then input the preferred value(s) respectively.
After selecting the best route and adjusting the details of the address, click on the “Proceed” button to finish.
When you select the “Insert at Optimal Position” option, the address is inserted into the route at the most optimal position in terms of time and distance. (Click on the image below to zoom in ↓)
When you select the “Insert at Optimal Position After Last Visited” option, the address is inserted into the route at the most optimal position after the last stop that was marked as “Visited.” (Click on the image below to zoom in ↓)
When you select the “Insert at End of Route” option, the address is inserted into the route as the last stop (excluding the “End” stop for the “Roundtrip” routes). (Click on the image below to zoom in ↓)
When you select the “Insert at Beginning of Route” option, the address is inserted into the route as the first stop after the “Start.” (Click on the image below to zoom in ↓)
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 automatically synchronized with Route4Me’s iOS and Android mobile apps in a matter of seconds. Thus, managers and dispatchers back at the office can insert addresses from territories into the best routes using the Web Platform and the drivers who are out in the field will be able to receive the corresponding updates on their mobile devices in real-time and swiftly make the needed adjustments.