Route planning software for mobile resource management, route optimization, & real-time visibility for your delivery operations.

Descartes Route Planning Software enables you to reduce delivery time windows, address exceptions on the road, plan routes more efficiently and respond to customer changes on the fly. The suite includes:

  • 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.
  • Descartes Reservations™ is a web-based solution for setting appointments and scheduling deliveries that allows customers to request delivery windows, while an optimized appointment booking agent matches available resources and delivery windows. Descartes Reservations facilitates online scheduling of pick-ups and deliveries – either self-service or as a decision support tool for customer service agents. It helps companies effectively tailor service to the demands of key customers while achieving internal profitability goals. An effective capable-to-promise engine, it also confirms that requests can be met and locks the appointment. Features include:

    • Ability to analyze requests for delivery or order by order to consider the delivery schedule and present options for the delivery appointment window.
    • Ability to evaluate the assignment of shipping windows, including profitability of the account and/or order, availability of the time slot in reference to other orders, and other customized business rules.
    • Enables configuration options to restrict costly delivery options, while offering incentives for more beneficial delivery time windows. Allows users to reserve preferred shipping windows for the most profitable customers, and automatically close off time slots to those of lower priority.
  • Descartes Route Planner™ fleet routing solution incrementally builds delivery schedules and vehicle routing plans. As each new order is received, the vehicle route planning schedule is regenerated in real time to reallocate mobile fleet resources to optimize operating efficiencies, deliver priority service to the most profitable accounts and routes, and maintain overall customer service objectives. Descartes route planning solution is a web-based GPS fleet tracking application that helps improve operational efficiency through better route scheduling. It is designed to easily integrate with existing order management or transportation management systems. It helps companies reduce operating costs, which can minimize total route distances and average miles between stops.
  • Descartes Route Planner On-demand™ provides an easy and affordable way to plan, optimize, dispatch routes, track and monitor delivery fleets in real time. This on-demand fleet management solution combines sophisticated functionality with the simplicity of service delivery built to run on the Web. It optimizes both static routes and dynamic routes to maximize efficiency by taking into account geographic zones, time windows and other physical constraints when planning delivery fleets. Route Planner On-demand is comprised of a number of full-featured web-based modules that are distinct in their functionality and operate independently, yet work together seamlessly to create an end-to-end route planning solution including:
    • Order Management enables the automatic transfer of electronic data into the web-based Descartes route planning solution. Intelligent filters improve data integrity and solve problems such as bad addresses while flagging incomplete data for operators to correct.
    • The sophisticated and powerful route planning software geocodes addresses, while a constraint-based engine sequences and optimizes delivery routes with street-level digital maps, estimated times of arrival (ETAs) and sequenced stops based on constraints and economics.
    • Dispatch Management enables dispatchers can access and modify routing plans in real time, while drivers gain visibility into all routes through a mobile phone or other web-enabled device.
    • Order notification functionality allows users to be automatically notified of scheduled or adjusted delivery times via e-mail, web, SMS, or phone call. Customers have real-time visibility into their specific delivery route for ETA, delivery window, and to cancel, accept or modify an order.
    • Real-time tracking and field data capture using any wireless web device providing a variety of data including mileage, productivity tracking, timecards, exception handling, onboard inventory, package tracking, temperature, signatures, etc.
    • Real-time visibility into the delivery status of every order improves service by allowing for proactive issue resolution, managing customer expectations and ensuring delivery windows meet customer needs.
    • Business intelligence module simplifies the decision-making process by providing extensive reports on your delivery operations.
  • Descartes Route Planner™ RS helps improve operational efficiency through better route development. Leveraging market-proven algorithms and geographic network modeling capabilities, it can enhance the order fulfillment process while reducing costs with shorter routes, reduced fuel consumption and enhanced fleet utilization. Descartes Route Planner RS is geared to organizations that need to quickly route large batches of order just in time to hand off to the warehouse; would like to run the software in-house and would like the option to add the Descartes Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL). Descartes Route Planner RS is a desktop route planning solution that supports a wide range of business environments and includes:
    • Enabling users to achieve greater operational efficiencies by identifying and prioritizing the most profitable routes, orders, and customers.
    • Improving truck utilization, time-window management for improved customer service, and drive time.
    • Consideration of customer requirements, contracts, and prospective business in route plans and mobile resource assignments.
    • Precise arrival estimates, routing assignments, and performance metrics.
    • Determining best resources (truck and route) to use, and recommends an order sequence.
    • Route optimization criteria including lowest cost or shortest routes, or shortest distance between stops.
  • Descartes Route Planner™ RV helps reduce the time it takes to plan daily deliveries, while optimizing the performance of the entire operation. Descartes Route Planner RV turns hours of route planning time into minutes, while eliminating manual errors, balancing delivery loads and finding the most efficient route to delivery locations. Without programming, Descartes Route Planner RV can be easily tailored to match customers’ unique operational requirements and environments. Descartes Route Planner RV is geared to organizations that are looking for a low-cost, simple-to-use fleet management application that provides basic route plan sequencing with an option to upgrade to the Descartes Automatic Vehicle Location™ (AVL).

    Descartes Route Planner RV also combines seamlessly with Descartes Wireless/GPS™ to maximize control and decision-making power for routers and supervisors. Using the same mapping interface, users can now have complete real-time information on vehicle locations and status of deliveries, with enhanced communication options to and from their drivers. Descartes Route Planner RV enables dispatchers to address issues before they affect customers. From order to delivery, Descartes enables streamlined, customer-focused decisions on routes and reservations including:

    • Route Planner RV takes order information and turns it into efficient delivery scheduling and route planning helping eliminate hours of tedious manual processing
      • Automatically verifies, corrects and locates addresses
      • Turns hours into minutes while preparing daily route plans
      • Prints accurate and detailed trip manifests and maps
      • Optimizes routes across the delivery operation
    • Route Planner RV leverages three powerful views of your delivery operation, presenting information on a map, graph and summary table. This one-of-a-kind visual presentation allows routers to:
      • Display exact locations of stops
      • Easily compare workloads across the entire fleet
      • Make faster and more accurate decisions regarding deliveries and changes
      • Combine with GPS to view real-time delivery information and out-of-route travel for optimized fleet management
    • With advanced mapping capabilities, users can easily add or remove map contents to view detailed information, including: street detailed maps, exit ramp numbers, one-way streets, block address numbers, stop locations, and route and delivery information.
      • Personally customize your map view to your preference
      • Simplify map views or see detailed street and location data
      • Easily zoom in on a specific region or vehicle by simply dragging your cursor over the area desired
      • Customize stop symbols to your preference
    • Route Planner RV, combined with Descartes Wireless/GPS, provides one screen to see all your critical fleet management data.
      • Route dispatchers have the ability to see one vehicle or more vehicles, along with real-time route scheduling and performance information
      • See in- and out-of-route travel
      • Compare routing plan to actual one on screen
      • Obtain and view route delivery information on main map
  • Descartes Sales & Merchandiser™ solution performs mobile resource planning, route building, route optimization, and fleet tracking across your delivery operations and your mobile workforce – including sales representatives, territory managers and merchandisers – ensuring you have greater visibility and control over all activities in the field.

    Drives Operational Efficiencies:

    • Real-time, automated route planning can optimize and coordinate daily delivery vehicle and mobile resource routes
    • Reduce unnecessary overtime hours by creating a coordinated plan that ensures merchandisers arrive within a narrow delivery time window
    • Track performance of both delivery vehicles and mobile resources throughout the day
    • Measure performance results against historical data for optimal resource allocation
    • Reduce back-office processing of timecards by using a GPS-enabled mobile device to capture date and time stamps for a merchandiser’s arrival/departure at each customer site
    • Be more efficient and productive in deploying resources in the field
    • Standard integration with Descartes’ delivery route planning and scheduling solutions

    Improve Customer Service

    • Ensure the optimal use of the sales representative and merchandiser’s time with the customer
    • Reduce on-shelf out of stocks and improve the effectiveness of promotions
    • Minimize retail store back room space demands when delivery and merchandiser routes are synchronized
  • Descartes Sales & Territory Planner™ evaluates geographic distribution and sales potential for each customer to establish optimal territory and route definitions. Factors considered include minimizing travel time and related costs and balancing opportunities across members of the sales team. Descartes Sales & Territory Planner can help improve the efficiency, visibility and service levels of your routing plans for mobile resources, including:
    • Displays territories, routes and customer locations in full-color, street-level maps with associated cost implications. Provides views for metrics for revenues, standard products, package sizes and territories, etc.
    • Facilitates assessment and allocation of sales resources needed to support new business and new markets.
    • Can be configured to restrict costly delivery options, while offering incentives for more beneficial appointment time slots. Enables the reservation of preferred shipping windows for the most profitable customers, automatically closing off time slots to those of lower priority.
    • Employs an extensive digital road network to support street-level optimization and turn-by-turn directions. Provides more accurate drive-time calculations than traditional point-to-point estimates. Considers weather and traffic-related conditions.