Weight Constraint – Route Planning Business Rule
With Route4Me you can effortlessly account for all weight parameters on your routes with just a touch of a button. When planning and driving your routes, Route4Me enables you to track the dynamic amount of weight loaded on your fleet so that you can always be aware of the current carrying capacity of your vehicles. Whenever your drivers have to visit and service multiple stops of different types to deliver or pick up packages of different sizes, you can make sure that your vehicles always have enough reserved weight capacity and space onboard. Moreover, with Route4Me’s near real-time data synchronization, managers and dispatchers back at the office can make changes to the weight parameters of any order, and the drivers who are out in the field can receive instant live updates on their mobile devices using Route4Me’s Android and iOS apps.
Viewing and Modifying Weight Parameters on the Route4Me Web Platform
To view or change the weight parameters of a particular stop, first, open the route that contains this stop in the Route Editor and then click on the corresponding stop to open it. In the “Order” section of the opened stop, you can view its weight parameters in the “Weight” field. Depending on the stop’s type (Delivery, Pickup, etc.), the weight parameters defined in the corresponding field can be set to be either picked up or delivered at the customer’s location associated with the stop. To modify the “Weight” value, click on the corresponding field and then input a new value respectively. To apply the same weight value to all stops on the route, first, click on the gear icon in the “Weight” field and then select the corresponding option.
To learn more about different stop types, visit this page.
Adjusting the Summary Table to Display Weight Parameters
To view the weight parameters for the entire route, you can use the Summary Table. To do so, first, click on the gear icon next to the route’s name.
After that, go to the “Vehicle Utilization” tab and then check the following boxes:
- – Weight: Displays the total weight being picked up or dropped off on the entire route;
- – Weight Maximum: Displays the maximum weight capacity permitted for the entire route;
- – Weight Utilization: Displays how much weight is actually utilized throughout the entire route based on the aggregated data of all route stops (in percentage).
For the Summary Table to display the “Weight Maximum” and “Weight Utilization” parameters, you need to define the “Maximum Weight per Route” value in the route’s “Optimization” tab when planning the route or when the route is already planned.
Once enabled, “Weight,” “Weight Maximum,” and “Weight Utilization” values of the entire route are aggregated based on the weight data of all route stops and displayed in the Summary Table at the bottom of the interactive map.
To learn more about using and customizing the Summary Table, visit this page.
Viewing Dynamic Weight Parameters in the Route Manifest
To track the dynamic weight capacity for the entire route, you can use the Route Manifest. To do so, in the Route Editor, first, go to “View” and then select “View Manifest” respectively.
Next, in the Route Manifest, check the “Weight” box in the “Order” tab and “Remaining Weight” box in the “Operations” tab. After that, you can track how the weight capacity changes throughout the route, after each stop. Depending on the stop type (Delivery, Pickup, etc.) the weight capacity can increase and decrease accordingly throughout the route.
To learn more about using and customizing your Route Manifest, visit this page.
Exporting Weight Parameters
To export all weight data for the entire route, first, go to “File,” then select “Download as” from the list and after that select “Export CSV” respectively.
Next, check the “Weight” and “Remaining Weight” boxes to add the corresponding data into the export file and then click on the “Export” button to download the file to your device. You can use the “Field search” to find the corresponding boxes.
To learn more about exporting your route data, visit this page.
Viewing Weight Parameters on Route4Me’s Mobile Apps
To view the weight parameters of a particular stop from Route4Me’s iOS and Android mobile applications, first, you need to open the route that contains the corresponding stop. Next, tap to open the stop you want to check and then select “Destination Info” from the stop’s menu. The example below shows how to view the weight parameters of a particular stop using Route4Me’s iOS app. To view the weight parameters of a particular stop from an Android device, repeat the similar process using Route4Me’s Android app.
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 effortlessly synchronized with Route4Me’s iOS and Android mobile apps in a matter of seconds. Thus, managers and dispatchers back at the office can modify the weight parameters of any stop/order and instantly synchronize these updates with the mobile devices of the drivers who are out in the field.
To learn about planning and optimizing routes with the Advanced Weight Constraint, visit this page.