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Jeff Schram, General Manager at UBCR- providing an industry solution to picking up empty beverage containers, explains his relationship with Descartes and describes his success using Descartes’ route planning, fleet management and mobile solutions.

Descartes’ route planning solutions gives logistics professionals the tools to maximize fleet and mobile resource utilization and efficiency. Our tools provide advanced route optimization across a wide variety of planning scenarios from territories and master routes through to extremely dynamic routing environments driven by real-time demand at the point of sale. Descartes’ Route Planning solutions help to decrease costs, improve service, increase productivity, and reduce the environmental impact of your fleet.

Descartes’ route execution solutions unite the planned with the on-road and the at-stop route and driver feedback and vehicle data to help keep plans on track. Great route plans only go so far. Effective fleet operations require the flexibility to adjust and respond to the day-to-day realities once vehicles leave the depot and execute on the road.  Route performance vs. plan should be measured continuously to achieve maximum productivity, meet customer expectations, and support continuous improvement.  At-stop activities like proof of delivery (POD) also need to be effectively tracked and integrated in real-time to back-end systems.

Descartes’ Mobile Applications allow fleet managers to interact with their drivers and field personnel in real time. While many competitive solutions are just simple data collection tools, Descartes’ robust mobile solutions can seamlessly integrate with the route plans, collect comprehensive information and enable dispatchers to provide mobile resources with real-time updates.