Priority Constraint – Route Planning Business Rule
Route4Me provides multiple route optimization options that allow you to get the most efficient and cost-effective stop sequences. For more control over your routes, Route4Me enables you to define a priority value for each stop on the route. The higher the priority, the closer to the beginning of the route a stop will be inserted (“1” is the highest priority and “999999” is the lowest priority). The Priority Constraint can be applied in numerous use cases, for example, when you first want to visit VIP customers or those who paid more for the earlier in the day service. You might also want to assign a higher priority to perishable or fragile items to make sure that they are handled earlier in the day. Moreover, with Route4Me’s near real-time data synchronization, managers and dispatchers back at the office can make changes to the priority of particular stops, 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.
Viewing and Changing Priority of Stops from the Route4Me Web Platform
To view or change the priority 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 it. In the “Order” section of the opened stop, you can view its sequence priority on the route in the “Priority” field.
To change the priority of the stop:
- Input the preferred stop sequence number into the “Priority” field;
- After changing the priority of a particular stop, you need to re-optimize the route to apply the changes. To do so, go to “Route” and then select “Re-optimize this route” from the list.
Once the route is re-optimized, the stops on the route are re-sequenced according to their priority (“1” is the highest priority and “999999” is the lowest priority). The stops without defined priority are automatically sequenced in the most efficient way based on the route optimization settings.
Alternatively, you can upload a route file with the “Priority” column that determines the sequence of stops on the route. To learn more about uploading spreadsheets and spreadsheet requirements, visit this page.
Viewing Stops’ Priority in the Route Manifest
To get an overview of the stops’ priority on the entire route, you can use the Route Manifest. To do so, in the Route Editor, first, go to “View” and then select “View Manifest” respectively.
Next, in the Route Manifest, check the “Priority” box in the “Order” tab. After that, you can get a comprehensive overview of the entire route and view the priority of each stop.
To learn more about using and customizing your Route Manifest, visit this page.
Exporting Stops’ Priority Data
To export route stops’ priority data, first, go to “File,” then select “Download as” from the list and after that select “Export CSV” respectively.
Next, check the “Priority” box to add the corresponding data into the export file and then click on the “Export” button to download the file to your device. You can use the “Field search” to find the corresponding box.
To learn more about exporting your route data, visit this page.
Viewing Stops’ Priority on Route4Me’s Mobile Apps
To view the priority of a particular stop from Route4Me’s iOS and Android mobile applications, first, you need to open the route that contains the corresponding stop. Next, tap to open the stop you want to check and then select “Destination Info” from the stop’s menu. The example below shows how to view the priority of a particular stop using Route4Me’s iOS app. To view the priority number of a particular stop from an Android device, repeat the similar process using Route4Me’s Android app.
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 priority of any stop, re-optimize the route, and then instantly synchronize these updates with the mobile devices of the drivers who are out in the field.