Grab And Go – Scan Barcodes To Plan Routes With Load Assist

Route4Me’s Mobile Route Planner app for iOS and Android provides seamless continuity throughout the entire process of multi-stop route planning and optimization, as well as mobile route navigation and completion. In this guide, you can learn about Route4Me’s Grab and Go process. Specifically, how to scan labels on orders to add route addresses, optimize routes with orders, navigate and complete delivery routes, and more.

Using Route4Me's Route Planner barcode scanner to scan addresses on orders and plan multi-stop delivery routes.

 

 

Set Grab And Go User Permissions

When the Grab & Go feature for scanning labels and barcodes to plan routes is enabled on your Route4Me account, you can adjust the associated User Permissions settings when creating a new user. Specifically, whether the user is allowed to scan order barcodes to plan routes, make changes to routes, addresses, orders, users, and work assigned to them, or only travel routes. The Optimization Profile setting you can adjust when creating a new user specifies the Optimization Profile that will automatically be used to optimize routes when a driver scans labels to add orders to routes as destinations. To enable the Grab & Go feature, please contact Route4Me Support.

Adjust User Permissions when creating users with Grab and Go enabled. Set travel-only, travel and plan routes, and travel and plan routes with orders permissions.

User PermissionsField Description
Travel-onlyEquivalent to enabling Read-Only Mode when creating users without the Grab & Go feature. The user can see the routes, addresses, orders, users, and work assigned to them but can’t edit routes, addresses, orders, users, and work assigned to them.
Travel and plan routes with ordersEnables the user to scan barcodes on orders and add them as stops to a route. Routes planned this way will be optimized with the user’s associated Optimization Profile. Additionally, learn more about scanning barcodes on iPhone and using the Android mobile barcode scanner.
Travel and plan routesEquivalent to Read-Only Mode disabled when creating users without the Grab and Go feature. The user can see and edit the routes, addresses, orders, users, and work assigned to them.

 

Scan Order Barcodes, Add Order Addresses And Plan Delivery Routes

First, go to “Routes” from the navigation menu at the bottom of the screen and then tap on the “Add New Route” button. Next, the app will automatically open the route’s depot address on the map. After that, tap on the “Add Stops” button to launch the barcode scanner and start loading orders and adding stops to the route.

Add new driver route and scan barcodes on packages to add route addresses.

 

Next, scan barcodes on the orders that need to be loaded and added to the route. You can continuously scan multiple order barcodes without closing the barcode scanner. As you scan and add each order, the app shows the address where the order needs to be delivered. Accordingly, Route4Me automatically adds the address from each scanned order as a stop to the route.

Additionally, the app assigns a Package ID to each scanned order – a unique serial number assigned to the order’s route stop in the order it is scanned. After scanning all required order barcodes, tap on the “Go to Route” button.

Using Route4Me's route barcode scanner to scan barcodes on packages and add stop addresses to the delivery route.

 

After scanning all required orders and adding the respective order addresses, you can check them on the map and the route’s stops screen. Accordingly, each scanned and loaded order must have the “Loaded” status and the respective Package ID number.

Next, tap and hold the “Hold to Plan Route” button to optimize the route. Accordingly, Route4Me will use the corresponding optimization profile and automatically sequence all added order addresses for the most optimal visitation sequence.

Plan route with addresses from scanned barcodes on scanned packages loaded on the vehicle.

 

Start And Navigate Routes To Deliver And Unload Orders

Next, start the route by tapping and holding the “Hold to Start Route” button. Additionally, once you start the route, the route’s start time and date are automatically updated to the current time and date.

After starting the route, navigate to route stops from your current location. First, tap on the “Navigate” button next to a route stop. Next, select the preferred navigation app, or Route4Me will automatically launch your default navigation app. Accordingly, you can navigate the route using Route4Me’s In-App Voice-Guided Navigation. Additionally, you can navigate Route4Me optimized routes with Google Maps route planner, Apple Maps route planner, CoPilot, Waze, and other navigation apps.

Start and navigate the route to visit route stops and deliver packages with scanned barcodes.

 

Unload Orders, Set Stop Statuses And Complete Mandatory Tasks

Next, when you arrive at a route stop for unloading the respective order, tap on the “Arrived” button and then the “Set Status” button. After that, complete all required Mandatory Tasks for unloading the order and collecting proof of delivery.

Set stop statuses to route stops to confirm or cancel package delivery.

 

Failed Orders – Unable To Unload Order And Fail Reason

When you can’t unload an order at its route stop, mark the respective stop as Failed. To do so, select the “Failed” stop status and then tap on the “Failed Reason” plus icon. Next, select the respective reason for not being able to unload the order and then tap on the “Set Exception Code” button. Finally, tap on the “Mark as Failed” button to set the “Failed” status to the stop.

Set the Failed stops status and specify the reason the stop couldn't be visited and the package couldn't be delivered.

 

Done Orders – Unload Orders And Complete Mandatory Tasks

To unload an order at its respective route stop, select the “Done” status. Next, tap on the “Delivery Scan” plus icon and then scan the order’s barcode using the barcode scanner. After that, complete other Mandatory Tasks to unload the order. For example, Mandatory Tasks can include collecting an electronic signature, attaching a receipt photo, verifying ID, and more. Additionally, learn more about completing Mandatory Tasks on Route4Me’s iOS Route Planner App.

Set the Done stop status, scan the barcode on the package for delivery and attach proof of visit to the route stop.

 

End Routes – Completed Route Summary With Route KPIs

When you set a status to the last stop on the route, the app automatically prompts you to end the route. Alternatively, you can end the route manually by tapping on the “End Route” button at the bottom of the route’s stops list.

Additionally, if you have route stops without a status when ending the route, Route4Me automatically shows all stops that don’t have a status. Accordingly, to set the status to the remaining stops, select each stop and then set the respective status. Furthermore, after ending the route, the app generates the Route Summary that shows such route KPIs as the total traveled distance and time, number of visited stops, done vs. failed, and more.

To complete the route, end the route by setting done and failed delivery statuses to route stops.

 

 

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