Track the Dynamic Capacity of your Fleet
Route4Me’s dynamic routing software and proprietary route optimization algorithm process and compute millions of routing scenarios and various variables in seconds to output the most cost-efficient and time-effective routes as well as the most accurate route metrics. When planning or driving your optimized multi stop routes, Route4Me route optimization software allows you to track the dynamic capacity of your fleet. This feature enables you to always be aware of the current loading and carrying capacity of your fleet vehicles in terms of cubic volume, weight, and the number of pieces that can be loaded inside each vehicle. Whenever your drivers have to visit multiple stops of different types to deliver and/or pick up packages, you can make sure that your vehicles always cube out their capacity and there is always enough space on board of your vehicles.
To define the values for such variables as Cube, Weight, as well as Pieces and check the dynamic capacity of a route, first, go to your Routes List from the navigation menu.
In the Routes List, select one of the planned routes that you want to track.
To define the variables for one or multiple stops, in the Route Editor, click on the stop to open its menu.
Depending on the Address Stop Type, Route4Me provides different figures that represent the dynamic capacity in terms of the remaining space on a vehicle after picking up or dropping off packages. When visiting a stop that has Delivery Address Stop Type, Route4Me subtracts the predefined values of the Cube, Pieces, and Weight variables and calculates the remaining capacity of a vehicle which provides gradual and predictable cubing out of your fleet.
To define values for Cube, Pieces, and Weight variables of a stop, type them into the corresponding fields in the Order section of the stop’s menu.
If you want to apply the same Cube, Pieces, and Weight values to all stops on the route, click the gear icon next to the corresponding variables and select Apply to All.
The Summary Table displays the totals of the defined values.
Route4Me provides two ways to track the dynamic capacity of your fleet:
To monitor the dynamic capacity of your fleet through the Route Manifest, in the Route Editor, click File and select View Manifest.
You can customize the route manifest to display various information about the route. To display the dynamic capacity, check the Remaining Weight, Reaming Pieces, and Remaining Cube boxes in the Operations tab.
Locate the Remaining Weight, Reaming Pieces, and Remaining Cube columns in the main body of the route manifest.
When visiting stops with the Delivery Address Stop Type, at the start of the route, the Remaining Weight, Reaming Pieces and Remaining Cube shows the total loaded amount of Cube, Pieces, and Weight. When the route is set in progress, Route4Me subtracts the predefined values of Cube, Pieces, and Weight after each stop and displays the remaining amount in the Remaining Cube, Reaming Pieces, and Remaining Weight columns respectively.
Alternatively, you can track the dynamic capacity of a vehicle by exporting a file with the route data and monitoring the corresponding columns mentioned above.
Route4Me tracks dynamic capacity based on the Address Stop Types. Pickup Address Stop Type implies that the predefined Cube, Pieces, and Weight values should be picked up from a stop upon visit. Such stop types as Break, Meetup, Service, Visit, Drive By do not affect the dynamic capacity of a vehicle.
Provided that the stops on a route are set to the Pickup Address Stop Type, Route4Me displays Remaining Weight, Reaming Pieces and Remaining Cube as negative values in the route manifest or an exported file. Negative values represent the reserved space on a vehicle.
When visiting stops with the Pickup Address Stop Type, at the start of the route, Route4Me calculates the total capacity of a vehicle (maximum capacity) and displays it as a set of negative values. The negative values represent the reserved space on a vehicle. As the route progresses the vehicle picks up packages from each stop and Route4Me adds predefined Cube, Pieces, and Weight values to the vehicle’s load capacity. In the example provided below, -2700 is the reserved weight for the vehicle that is empty at the start of the route and 0 is the filled maximum weight capacity of the vehicle after visiting the last stop.
NOTE: If a route contains multiple stops of different Address Stop Types, Route4Me either subtracts, adds, or doesn’t change the values of dynamic capacity respectively. Thus as a route progresses, Route4Me will add predefined values to the remaining capacity of a vehicle after each Pickup stop and subtract predefined values from the vehicle’s capacity after each Delivery stop. Such stop types as Break, Meetup, Service, Visit, Drive By do not affect the dynamic capacity of a vehicle.