Delivery Route Planner Software - Fleet management solution designed for small package & LTL carriers to improve pick-up and delivery productivity.
Descartes Area Planner™ is a route planning solution that has been specifically designed for small package, less than truckload (LTL) carriers and couriers to help them improve pick-up and delivery productivity and dramatically lower their costs, without having to implement drastic changes to daily vehicle routing activities. Developed in conjunction with one of the world’s leading small package carriers, Descartes Area Planner combines advanced planning features with mobile GPS vehicle tracking technology, so that LTL operators and couriers can “right size” their fleets and determine operational requirements.
Descartes Area Planner is made up of two main components:
- Route Plan – This component works with available data to establish parameters and shift times for defining daily deliveries, scheduled stops and routing. The output provides an outline of deliver/pick-up stops or sequences with geographic representation of the vehicle path.
- Dataset Management – This component collects historical, theoretical and actual data sets on drivers, stops, locations, area metrics, time commitments and volumes to allow users to improve route planning, analysis and reporting. This data feeds the Route Planning function.
Benefits of Descartes Delivery Route Planner Software:
Greater Flexibility and Insight
Variable network approach goes beyond the fixed network used by traditional systems to enable better modeling of network demand, pick-up and delivery density and capacity
Area Planner uses simulation techniques to help managers determine the right number of vehicles and drivers and the requirements to support time-critical services before delivery.
Improved Real-time Accuracy
When used in conjunction with Descartes Dispatch and either Descartes’ or partner’s mobile technology, Descartes Area Planner can receive the actual performance of drivers and areas to plan for continuous improvement. This helps ensure that strategies developed in area planner deliver the greatest operational value.
Enhanced Customer Service
Area Planner helps generate robust plans that meet customer service requirements. When that plan is executed and monitored with Descartes Dispatch and either Descartes’ or partner’s mobile technology for real-time tracking of field activities, organizations can provide more accurate delivery windows, as well as notify customers of any unexpected delays.
Descartes Area Planner is an on-demand, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that requires minimal infrastructure change, can be rapidly deployed, and deliver a rapid return on investment.
Improved Productivity Through Effective Reporting
Area Planner can generate manifests and driver route books to help drivers stay on plan, and route reports and metrics to help quantify the productivity of route plans, loading and dispatch.
Allow a territory to flex in size based on the days volume as needed. The goal is to keep a route/worker in their core area while allowing flexibility to adapt to variable demand.
High performance mapping, geocoding, polygon and territory boundary display and manipulation, and location management are all included in Descartes Area Planner.