Grab and Go – Scan Order Barcodes to Plan Routes
Route4Me’s iPhone Route Planner app provides seamless continuity throughout the entire process of planning, optimizing, navigating, and completing multi-stop routes. In this guide, you can learn about Route4Me’s Grab and Go process. Specifically, how to scan barcodes on orders to add route stop addresses, optimize routes with orders, navigate and complete routes.
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Scan Order Barcodes, Add Order Addresses, Plan Delivery Route
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.
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.
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.
Start and Navigate Route 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.
Unload Orders, Set Stop Statuses, 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.
Failed Stop Status – Unable to Unload Order and Failed 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.
Done Stop Status – Unload Order 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.
End Route – 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.