Territory Orders Routing – Plan Routes With Order Territories

Route4Me’s Delivery Management System enables you to easily import, store, manage, and optimize routes with hundreds of thousands of orders. Additionally, you can sort your orders by custom-shaped geographical territories based on your unique routing and business needs. Furthermore, you can use your Order Territories to optimize multi-driver and multi-vehicle last mile routing. In this guide, you can learn how to open and manage your Order Territories, filter orders by territory and status, and use your territories for optimizing routes. Additionally, you can learn how to plan routes using your Orders List.

Route4Me's Territory Orders are used for optimizing multi-stop routes within geographical areas.

NOTE: Depending on your account configurations, you may have different features enabled. To enable or disable specific features, please contact your Routing Expert or Route4Me’s Support Team.

 

 

Open and Manage Order Territories

To open the list of all Order Territories available on your account, go to”Orders” and “Territory Orders” from the Navigation Menu. To manage a specific Territory, click the Three-dot Icon next to a Territory and select the preferred option. Specifically, you can use the Territory for planning routes, change the Territory’s name and color, and delete the Territory.

Additionally, you can select a custom Optimization Profile for each individual Territory. An Optimization Profile is a template with predefined route settings and optimization constraints. Accordingly, when you plan routes using a specific Territory, its selected Optimization Profile will be automatically applied, and the routes will be optimized based on that profile’s settings. Additionally, learn how to create and use Optimization Profiles.

Open and manage order territories available on your Route4Me account.

The “You Have N Orders Outside Territories” indicator shows how many orders that are scheduled for the selected date are located outside the displayed territories. Accordingly, orders located outside the displayed and selected Territories will not be included in the routes planned using those Territories.

 

A Route4Me Territory is a geographical area on the map that is defined by its custom-shaped borders. You can create Territories by simply drawing them on the map. Accordingly, if the address of an order is located within the borders of a specific Territory, this order is automatically associated with that Territory. Additionally, you can learn how to Create and Manage Territories.

Order territories are geographical areas on the map that group delivery orders by order address.

 

Plan and Optimize Routes Using Territory Orders

To plan routes with Territory Orders, filter Orders by date or date range using the “Time Period” calendar. Next, filter orders by the “Destination Type” (i.e., Delivery, Pickup, etc.) and “Order Status“. Specifically, only Sorted and Scheduled orders can be used for planning routes. Additionally, you can learn more about Route4Me’s Order Management System Order Statuses.

After filtering orders by date, type, and status, the “Total Orders” column will display the total number of orders within each territory that are scheduled for the selected dates and fit the specified filters. After that, you can select a single or multiple Territories for planning combined or separate routes.

Filter territory orders by scheduled order date and order status to plan territory order routes.

 

Plan Combined Route – Optimize Single Route with All Orders

The “Plan Combined Route” option allows you to plan a single route with all orders within all selected Territories. First, select one or multiple Territories that you want to use for planning the route by checking the boxes next to them. After that, click the “Plan Combined Route” button.

Select order territories to plan and optimize a single route with all orders in all selected order territories.

 

Next, schedule the route by selecting the preferred date in the “Route Start Date” calendar. After that, select the preferred Optimization Profile that will be used to optimize the route. Finally, click the “Continue” button to optimize the route.

Schedule, plan, and optimize separate routes using the orders within each selected order territory.

 

Next, the system will plan and optimize a single route with all orders within the selected Territories. Accordingly, the route will be optimized based on the settings in the selected Optimization Profile and scheduled for the selected date. When the system plans and optimizes a single route, this route is automatically opened in Route4Me’s Route Editor.

Combined route is a single optimized route that includes orders from all selected order territories.

 

Plan Separate Routes – Optimize Routes with Separate Territories

The “Plan Separate Routes” option allows you to plan separate routes with the orders within each individual Territory without overlapping with other Territories. First, select one or multiple Territories that you want to use for planning routes by checking the boxes next to them. After that, click the “Plan Separate Routes” button.

Plan separate routes with orders in each selected order territory.

 

Next, schedule all routes by selecting the preferred date in the “Route Start Date” calendar. After that, you can change or keep the same assigned Optimization Profile for each of the selected Territories. Additionally, you can remove selected Territories from the list by clicking on the X icon next to them. Finally, click the “Continue” button to optimize the routes.

Schedule, plan, and optimize separate routes using the orders within each selected order territory.

 

Next, the system will plan and optimize one or multiple routes with the orders within each individual Territory, without overlapping with other Territories. Equally important, routes within each individual Territory are planned based on its assigned Optimization Profile settings. Accordingly, depending on the Optimization Profile assigned to a Territory, the system can plan one or multiple routes with the orders within this Territory. When the system optimizes multiple routes, they are automatically opened on Route4Me’s Routes Map, where you can simultaneously view and manage multiple routes.

Planned and optimized separate routes with the orders within each selected order territory based on each territory's optimization settings.

 

Dispatch Routes to Drivers and Track Order Progress

Furthermore, you can dispatch optimized routes to your drivers and vehicles. When using Optimization Profiles, routes are automatically dispatched to the driver and vehicle assigned in the used profile. Additionally, you can dispatch routes to drivers and vehicles manually. To manually dispatch a route to a driver or vehicle, assign the preferred user to the route or assign the preferred vehicle to the route.

Accordingly, when a driver is assigned to a route, this driver can open and complete the route using Route4Me’s Android Route Planning App or iPhone Route Planning App. As drivers navigate and complete routes, the orders on those routes automatically change their status in real-time.

Dispatch territory-based optimized routes with orders from order territories to Route4Me's driver mobile app.

 

Moreover, as orders are loaded on routes, delivered, and completed, they change their status in real-time. In detail, once an order is included in a route, the route is dispatched to the driver. Next, the driver can use Route4Me’s Mobile Driver App to load the order on the route, deliver, and complete the order. When the driver updates the order’s status, the route progress and the order’s status are automatically updated in your Orders List in real-time. When an order is successfully delivered or completed, it gets the “Done” status. Additionally, learn more about Route4Me’s Delivery System Order Statuses and Order Lifecycle.

Track delivery route progress and done order statuses in real-time.

 

 

Was this article helpful?
Still can't find what you're looking for? Contact us
Route4Me

About Route4Me

Route4Me has over 40,000 customers globally. Route4Me's Android and iPhone mobile apps have been downloaded over 2 million times since 2009. Extremely easy-to-use, Route4Me's apps create optimized routes, synchronize routes to mobile devices, enable communication with drivers and customers, offer turn-by-turn directions, delivery confirmation, and more. Behind the scenes, Route4Me's operational optimization platform combines high-performance algorithms with data science, machine learning, and big data to plan, optimize, and analyze routes of almost any size in real-time.