Plan Routes With Scheduled Events – Hybrid Route Editor
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The Route4Me Route Planner enables you to plan routes ahead, schedule deliveries and orders as one-time events, and even schedule routes up to a year in advance. Planning deliveries, prospect visits, and field service tickets in advance will help you get an overview of your fleet’s future availability and capacity. This will give you the ability to stay on top of demand and improve fleet asset allocation. Route4Me’s Hybrid Route Editor is designed to provide full control over your scheduled deliveries and events, allowing you to efficiently manage your route planning activities in one place. With the Hybrid Route Editor, you can plan and optimize new multi-stop routes using the orders and recurring addresses that are scheduled for the same date. The Hybrid Route Editor also enables you to get a comprehensive overview of your scheduled activities on the map for a better understanding of particular routing patterns and geographical arrangements of your customers or assets.
To open the Hybrid Route Editor, first, go to the Routes tab in the navigation menu and then select the corresponding option.
The Hybrid Route Editor is divided into three main sections:
- Addresses and orders section where you can view, add, and modify all events scheduled for the same date, as well as specify optimization parameters and plan routes;
- The interactive map that displays all events scheduled for the selected date;
- Once you planned multiple routes, you can use the timeline for viewing and comparing the corresponding routes one next to another.
Viewing All Events Scheduled for the Same Date
To open all events and deliveries that are scheduled for the same particular date, first, click on the Date Filter in the top left corner of the screen and then select the preferred date from the calendar.
After that, the Hybrid Route Editor will open all events that are scheduled for the selected date and display them on the map.
Events in the Hybrid Route Editor are represented by scheduled orders and addresses with recurring schedules. In the Addresses tab, orders can be distinguished from recurring addresses by the shopping cart icons next to orders and address book icons next to recurring addresses.
To view your scheduled routes, you can use the Routes List or the Routes Map.
Modifying Scheduled Events
To modify a particular event using the interactive map, first, right-click on the event you want to modify and then select the corresponding option.
Alternatively, you can modify events and scheduled deliveries right in the Addresses tab. To do so, in the Addresses tab, click on the event that you want to modify and then make the preferred changes in the corresponding fields.
Adding New Events/Addresses
To add more events for the selected date, you can pick any street address right from the map. To do so, right-click on the location/area of the corresponding address and then select the Add The Nearest Valid Address option. When you use the Add The Nearest Valid Address option, the editor automatically picks a particular valid street address that is located in the nearest proximity to the selected point on the map, geocodes it, and then adds the corresponding address to the list. If you choose the Add This Exact Location option, the editor will add latitude and longitude coordinates of the selected location.
Alternatively, click Add New Address in the Addresses tab.
Then, you can use Route4Me’s Interactive Map Editor for adding geocoded addresses to the list.
Planning Routes in the Hybrid Route Editor
To plan one or multiple routes with all the events that are scheduled for the same date, first, specify the preferred route and optimization parameters in the Settings tab.
After that, click on the Re-Optimize Now button respectively.
Next, click Confirm when prompted to set a depot for the optimization.
Then, input the depot address into the corresponding field and click OK to proceed.
Once the route is planned and optimized, it is displayed in the Hybrid Route Editor, as well as added to your Routes List.
If you select Multiple Drives Route optimization type, the editor can plan more than one route depending on the number of scheduled events and other optimization parameters.
To re-optimize the planned route(s), adjust the optimization settings in the corresponding tab and then click Re-Optimize Now respectively.
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