Planning Routes with Orders on the Orders Map
Route4Me’s dynamic routing software is compatible with such e-commerce platforms as Shopify, Magento, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, osCommerce, Squarespace, Volusion, and other resources that are widely used by many businesses for supporting their e-commerce sites. To make your routing operations and logistics transactions as easy and fast as possible, Route4Me enables you to effortlessly import all your orders from various e-commerce platforms and use them for planning efficient and optimized routes. Planning routes with imported or newly generated orders right on the map enables you to get a visual overview of your customers’ spacial arrangement, improve your routing patterns, and make your logistics transactions more strategical.
To plan one or multiple routes with orders on the Orders Map, first, go to “Orders” from the navigation menu.
Next, go to the Orders Map by clicking on the globe icon in the top right corner of the screen.
After that, use the calendar to display on the map all orders that are scheduled within the preferred time interval. Alternatively, you can use the search to find orders by their corresponding attributes (Alias, First Name, E-mail, etc.).
After that, use one of the drawing tools in the top left corner of the map to draw an area around the orders that you want to use for planning one or multiple routes. After drawing the area, right-click on it and then select “Plan Route with Area Orders” from its menu.
Alternatively, after drawing the area, go to “File” and then select “Plan Route with Select” from the menu.
Next, go to the “Departure” tab and then input the address from which you want to start the route(s) into the corresponding field.
After that, set up how many and what kind of routes you want to plan:
- Go to the “Optimization” tab;
- Select one of the following optimization types: Single Driver Route, Multiple Drivers Route, Balanced Team Route, or Disable Optimization;
- Choose where to end the route(s) after the last stop is visited and serviced:
- – End route at any address: The system automatically chooses the most efficient and optimal stop for ending each route;
- – End route at Departure address (Roundtrip): Each route ends at the same stop/address where it starts;
- – End route at last address: The route ends at the stop that matches the last stop in the uploaded route file/spreadsheet (works only with spreadsheets and disabled for orders).
After that, specify the rest of the route’s parameters to your preference and then click on the “Create Route” button.
If one or multiple selected orders contain time windows, you need to select the “Multiple Drivers Route” optimization for the time windows to be applied accordingly. To learn more about routing with time windows, visit this page.
Depending on the selected optimization type and defined constraints, the system can plan one or multiple routes. When multiple routes are planned, then they are automatically opened in the Routes Map where each route is suffixed with its corresponding progression “Part” number next to its original name. To learn how to move stops between planned routes using the timeline in the Routes Map, visit this page.
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 automatically synchronized with Route4Me’s iOS and Android mobile apps in a matter of seconds. Thus, managers and dispatchers back at the office can plan routes with orders using the Web Platform and instantly dispatch these routes to the mobile devices of the drivers who are out in the field.