Routes Map – View Multiple Routes on the Map with Timeline
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The Route4Me route optimization software enables you to plan routes with unlimited stops in seconds. The routing system is able to output the most profitable and time-effective multi stop routes so you can put route planning and route optimization on autopilot. Moreover, Route4Me’s Routes Map is designed to provide a visual overview of multiple optimized routes and apply instant changes to several planned routes at the same time, allowing you to map routes and add, remove, and move stops from any route. Using the Routes Map enables you to view multiple routes on a single interactive map, quickly modify route addresses, as well as effortlessly move stops between different optimized routes using the interactive timeline.
Use Routes Map to View Multiple Routes on the Map
To access the Routes Map, go to Routes in the navigation menu, then select Routes Map.
Select Routes to View Map with Stops
Select the optimized routes you want to view on the Map by checking the boxes next to them. Each multi stop route you select will be displayed in a different random color on the Map, on the right-hand side of your screen.
The Map displays useful and configurable information:
- Map settings: allow you to make multiple adjustments to the Map based on what you want it to display;
- Summary table: provides a detailed overview of the relevant metrics for each route;
- Driver tracking: allows you to track drivers’ location in one or multiple routes on the Map.
Use the Routes Timeline on the Map with Stops
The Routes Timeline is available at the bottom of the screen. It shows addresses linearly by the date and time of the planned visit.
Hovering your mouse cursor over a stop displays the information associated with that route stop.
Move Stops Between Routes
You can use the Timeline to move stops between routes.
- Click on and hold the pin corresponding to the address you want to move to another route in the Timeline;
- Drag it to another route’s portion in the Timeline.
The changes will trigger automatic push notifications to all drivers who are assigned to the altered routes, informing them that their routes have been updated.
The changes will be made to the route instantly, and you’ll be able to view them on your interactive Map.
You can make other changes to your routes by right-clicking on a stop in the Timeline and choosing one of the desired actions.
View the Routes that are Scheduled for Different Dates and Move Stops Between Them
Normally you can have multiple optimized routes that are scheduled for different dates. If you want to move route stops between the routes that are scheduled for different dates in the Route Timeline, you can bring them up on one screen.
If you want to bring up one of the selected multi stop routes in the Routes Timeline, click on the title of this route.
The corresponding arrows will point into different directions indicating that the selected routes are scheduled for different dates.
If you want to bring up the selected planned routes that are scheduled for different dates on one screen and move stops between them, check the Show All Routes in 1 Day box at the bottom of the screen. This action will allow you to move stops between the selected routes that are scheduled for different dates without having to replan them, by deleting or inserting stops from multiple routes and re-optimizing them.
View Routes That Involve Cross-Docking Operations
Viewing multiple routes on one map can be useful when they involve cross-docking operations. Cross-docking is the practice of unloading goods from incoming trucks and loading the unloaded cargo directly into outbound trucks with little or no storage in between. Thus you can plan routes that have stops intersecting at the same address at the same time to conduct cross-docking operations.