Plan Routes with Advanced Address Search Groups
Your Route4Me Address Book (List/Map) is a centralized database where you and your team of dispatchers, delivery drivers, field sales reps, field service technicians, route planners, logistics managers, and other field employees can securely store and manage the information about customers’ locations, delivery addresses, pick up and drop off locations, depots, commercial facilities, warehouses, and any other relevant prospects or real-world locations. Once you have all that route planning data saved on your account, you also need to be able to properly structure, filter, and use it for your particular business needs or unique business model. Route4Me’s Advanced Search Groups Add-On enables you to create search filters and find addresses easily right on the map using millions of flexible constraints so that you can get a precise visual overview of your customers’ spatial arrangement and make your route optimization and planning more strategical. Thus, when you have a large database with millions of contacts, you can filter them all and find addresses by virtually any parameters, and then Route4Me’s fleet management and dynamic routing software will use customized search groups for generating the most optimal number of efficient and cost-effective routes.
To plan routes with new or existing address search groups, first, go to “Address Book Map” from the navigation menu.
After that, you can display on the map one or multiple search groups that you want to use for planning routes by checking the corresponding boxes. To create a new search group, click on the “Add New Group” button in the top left corner of the screen. Learn more about how to create advanced search groups.
To plan one or multiple routes with a single search group, first, click on the gear icon next to this search group and then select “Plan Route” from its menu.
Alternatively, you can plan routes with multiple search groups at a time. To do so, first, select/display on the map the search groups that you want to use by checking the corresponding boxes.
Once you display and find addresses from the preferred search groups on the map, use one of the drawing tools in the top left corner of the map to draw an area around the addresses/locations that you want to use for planning route(s). After drawing the area, you can also check how many addresses are included into this area in the bottom left corner of the screen.
To plan one or multiple routes with the addresses that are located in the drawn area, first, right-click on this area and then select “Plan Route with Area Addresses” from the menu.
Next, go to the “Departure” tab to set up the start address for the route(s):
- In the “Find Address” field, you can input a new address from which you want to start the route(s);
- Alternatively, you can use one of the selected addresses as the start address for the route(s).
In the “Optimization” tab, you can set up how many and what kind of routes you want to plan by selecting one of the following optimization types: Single Driver Route, Multiple Drivers Route, Balanced Team Route, or Disable Optimization.
After that, specify the rest of the route’s parameters to your preference and then click on the “Create Route” button.
Depending on the selected optimization type and defined constraints, the system can plan one or multiple routes. When multiple routes are planned, then they are automatically opened in the Routes Map where each route is suffixed with its corresponding progression “Part” number next to its original name. Learn how to move stops between planned routes using the timeline in the Routes Map.