Planning Routes with the Single Driver Route Optimization Using the Route4Me Enterprise Architect
Route4Me’s Enterprise Architect is designed for geocoding and optimizing millions of points and producing the most efficient routes and address territories with hundreds of thousands of addresses in a smooth and quick manner. With the Single Driver Route optimization, you can plan and optimize a single most efficient route for one driver or field employee with any number of imported addresses. Thus, you can use hundreds of thousands of addresses and put them all in the most efficient sequence within a single route. To learn more about using the Single Driver Route optimization on the Route4Me Web Platform, visit this page.
To use the Single Driver Route optimization, first, import the addresses that you want to use into the Enterprise Architect and then geocode them for the most efficient and accurate optimization. To geocode addresses, first, go to the “Addresses” tab and then import the addresses that you want to geocode by clicking on the “Import” button and then uploading the spreadsheet with addresses (in CSV format) from your device.
For the spreadsheet to be successfully processed, it must contain a header row and data rows. The header row defines the type of information you are importing, while the corresponding data rows contain the actual data that is being imported into the app. In addition to the obligatory “Address” column, you can also include other data columns with Route4Me’s reserved attributes (i.e., Revenue, Weight, etc.) and custom data. To learn more about Route4Me’s spreadsheet requirements, visit this page.
Once the spreadsheet is imported, all columns with their corresponding data are automatically uploaded to the “Addresses” tab. To geocode the imported addresses, click on the “Geocode” button respectively.
After that, select the column that contains the addresses that you want to geocode and then transfer it from the left-side list to the right-side list by clicking on the corresponding button. If you want to automatically upload all geocoded addresses to your Route4Me Synchronized Address Book, check the corresponding box and then click on the “Start” button to initiate geocoding.
Once the addresses are geocoded, the app assigns unique latitude and longitude coordinates to each geocoded address, as well as automatically corrects and completes all geocoded address (“fixed_address” column). Next, to use the geocoded addresses for planning a Single Driver Route, click on the “Optimize” button.
After that, in the “General” tab, input the name for the route into the corresponding field and then adjust the route’s schedule accordingly. In the “Service Time per Stop” field, you can define the preferred service time that will be applied to each stop/address on the planned route (learn more).
Next, use the corresponding field to add the address of the route’s depot/starting point and then click on the “Geocode” button to geocode the added address.
In the “Optimization” tab, first, select the “Single Route” optimization type by checking the corresponding box and then choose where to end the route after the last stop on the route is visited.
In the “User and Vehicle” tab, you can assign a team member (learn more) and a vehicle to the route. To finish and plan the route, click on the “Start” button.
Once the route is planned, it is added to the Routes List where you can manage it accordingly (learn more). To view the planned route on the map in the Enterprise Architect, first, select this route and then click on the “Show Selected” button.
After that, you can view the planned route on the map, as well as view the list of the route’s stops in the left-side menu and all metrics of the route in the Summary Table. When using the Single Driver Route optimization, the Enterprise Architect takes all imported addresses and plans a single route with the most optimal and efficient sequence of stops.
Route4Me’s Enterprise Architect supports near real-time data synchronization with your Route4Me account. Thus, when you plan a new route using the Enterprise Architect, this route is instantly synchronized with your Route4Me account and becomes available in your Routes List on the Route4Me Web Platform.