Planning Routes with the Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

With Route4Me’s Advanced Revenue Constraint, you can effortlessly account for the revenue that is expected to be generated from your routes with just a touch of a button. When planning and driving your routes, Route4Me enables you to define the maximum amount of the revenue that is allowed to be generated from the entire route, as well as the revenue that should be generated from each stop on the route. To ensure equal and efficient workload distribution in your team, whenever the maximum revenue constraint is exceeded for one route, the system can automatically plan a new route. Moreover, with Route4Me’s near real-time data synchronization, managers and dispatchers back at the office can make changes to the expected revenue amount 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 apps.

 

To plan routes with the revenue constraint, first, go to “Plan New Route” from the navigation menu.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

 

Next, select one of the preferred route data import methods (Upload a File or Import Data).

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After that, adjust the following route optimization settings:

  1. Go to the “Optimization” tab;
  2. Select “Multiple Drivers Route” optimization type so that the system can automatically plan and optimize more than one route if needed;
  3. Choose where to end the route(s) after the last stop is visited and serviced.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

 

Next, use the corresponding fields for defining the maximum number of routes that can be created from the imported addresses and the maximum time duration (DD:HH:MM) for each created route.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

NOTE: The “Maximum Number of Routes/Vehicles” and “Maximum Route Duration” constraints, as well as the “Multiple Drivers Route” optimization type can be enabled through the Feature Manager as components of the “Route Optimization for Multiple Drivers with No Advanced Constraints” module. Alternatively, when registering a new Route4Me account, select the  “Advanced Route Optimization” package that has both constraints included.

 

Then, in the “Maximum Revenue per Route” field, define the maximum amount of the revenue allowed to be generated from each planned route.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

 

After that, specify the rest of the route parameters to your preference and then click on the “Create Route and Proceed to Add Addresses” button.

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Next, import the route addresses using one of the previously selected methods. When importing a spreadsheet with route data, for it to be successfully processed, the spreadsheet must contain a header row and data rows. The header defines the type of information you are importing, while the corresponding data rows contain the actual information/values that you import into the system. Besides the obligatory “Address” column, you can also include other data columns. In the “Revenue” column, you can define the amount of revenue that is expected to be generated at each route stop.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

To learn more about Route4Me’s spreadsheet requirements, visit this page.

 

Once you uploaded the spreadsheet, Route4Me processes the imported data and displays it in the corresponding window. For the system to process the data automatically, select the “Auto (attempt detection)” option respectively. Alternatively, you can manually match column titles to the data contained in the corresponding columns. To proceed, click on the “Continue to Review” button.

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In the “Verify Addresses on Map” window, you can view all imported and processed addresses on the map, as well as check their geocoding statuses. Green colored dots indicate that the corresponding addresses were successfully geocoded with “High Confidence.” Addresses that have yellow colored dots next to them should be reviewed and fixed accordingly.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

Geocoding is the process of giving/assigning latitude and longitude values/coordinates to street addresses for accurate location detection and precise GPS tracking.

 

Once the route is planned, it is optimized and then opened in the Route Editor where you can modify it, as well as added to the Routes List with all your routes. To view or change the expected revenue 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 its menu. In the “Order” section of the opened stop, you can view its expected revenue value in the “Revenue” field. To modify the “Revenue” value, click on the corresponding field and then input a new value respectively. To apply the same revenue amount to all stops on the route, first, click on the gear icon in the “Revenue” field and then select the corresponding option.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

 

To view the expected revenue 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.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

 

After that, go to the “Vehicle Utilization” tab and then check the following boxes:

  • – Revenue: Displays the total expected revenue for the entire route;
  • – Revenue Maximum: Displays the maximum revenue permitted for the entire route;
  • – Revenue Utilization: Displays how much revenue is actually generated throughout the entire route based on the aggregated data of all route stops (in percentage).

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Once enabled, the “Revenue,” “Revenue Maximum,” and “Revenue Utilization” values of the entire route are aggregated based on the revenue data of all route stops and displayed in the Summary Table at the bottom of the interactive map. To get an overview of how the revenue is distributed throughout the entire route, you can use the Route Manifest. To learn more about using the Route Manifest for viewing the revenue of each stop, visit this page.

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Depending on the “Maximum Number of Routes/Vehicles,” “Maximum Route Duration,” and “Maximum Revenue per Route” constraints’ settings, the system automatically plans the corresponding number of equally-sized and efficiently optimized routes. When the “Maximum Revenue per Route” constraint is exceeded for one route, new routes are planned accordingly.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

 

If multiple routes are planned, then they are automatically opened in the Routes Map. When the system plans multiple routes, each route is suffixed with its corresponding progression “Part” number next to the original name of the route.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

 

Once you planned one or multiple routes, you can start assigning users and vehicles to them. To do so, click on the gear icon next to a particular route and then select the preferred option from the list. To learn more about all methods of assigning users and vehicles to your routes, visit this page.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

 

When the applied “Maximum Number of Routes/Vehicles” constraint is exceeded, the system may automatically plan one or multiple “Unrouted Destinations” routes. The “Unrouted Destinations” routes contain the stops that did not fit into the planned routes due to the exceeded optimization constraints. When you have one or multiple “Unrouted Destinations” routes, you can use the timeline in the Routes Map for moving stops between different routes.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

 

Route4Me’s interactive timeline that operates in real time allows you to move stops from one route to another and instantly synchronize all changes across all associated devices. To do so, click and hold on a particular stop from one route and then drag it to the preferred sequence position on another route. Thus, whenever you have stops that did not fit into planned routes due to the exceeded optimization constraints, you can always manually distribute them to different routes in a fast and effortless manner.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

 

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 expected revenue of any stop/order and instantly synchronize these updates with the mobile devices of the drivers who are out in the field.

Planning Routes with Revenue Advanced Constraint Add-On

 

To learn more about viewing and managing revenue constraints, visit this page.

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