Planning Routes with Multiple Depots
The Route4Me platform allows you to plan multiple routes with multiple depots in a single optimization. This feature is available through the “Upload a File” and “Import Data” options for adding addresses.
The Route4Me optimization engine can handle three different case scenarios:
– Routes with multiple depots, no address distribution constraints;
– Routes with multiple depots and predefined distribution of addresses per depot;
– Routes with multiple depots and predefined address distribution and sequence.
Planning a route with multiple depots, no address distribution constraints
To plan a route with multiple depots and let the system decide the best optimization sequence, you need to prepare a spreadsheet file with the following columns:
The depots must be marked with “1” in the “Depot” column. You can optionally mark the destinations with “0.”
Setting up an address list in this manner will allow the system to distribute destinations to each depot, considering the constraints you put in when you set the route parameters (route duration, number of drivers, etc.)
Routes with multiple depots and predefined distribution of addresses per depot
If you already have addresses assigned to your depots and only want the system to provide the best possible visitation sequence, you need to add a column to your spreadsheet file, titled “Route.”
The “Route” column should contain the number associated with the route a certain address is assigned to.
Routes with multiple depots and predefined address distribution and sequence
If you want to keep your current address sequence and upload your routes to Route4Me without making any changes in the address sequence, you must insert an additional column titled “sequence_no.” You’ll need to insert a separate sequence for each route.
This will ensure that all destinations assigned to a route will be visited in your preferred sequence.