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Detrack, which offers your first driver FREE - forever - is a powerful delivery management software that lets you track your vehicles live on a map and capture real-time electronic proof of delivery (E-POD) using just our iOS / An...Read more
ElasticRoute is a proprietary heuristic-based route planning algorithm that solves the vehicle routing problem for businesses in field service and logistics, worldwide.
It is able to generate optimized and planned routes (benchma...Read more
Route4Me is a cloud-based fleet management solution designed for small, midsize and large businesses. Primary features include route planning and routing guides. It allows users to type-in or upload customer addresses and plan a r...Read more
Tookan is a cloud-based delivery management solution that helps delivery businesses manage fleet and automate dispatching operations. It lets users assign tasks to delivery agents as per their schedules and track the live location...Read more
WorkWave Route Manager is a cloud-based route planning solution that allows delivery and service providers to build routes, track drivers and stay connected. Route Manager enables users to plan around time-windows and customer req...Read more
OPT Runner is a fleet management system suitable for trucking and transportation businesses of any size. Both on-premise and cloud-based deployments are available. Key features include transport planning, fleet scheduling and vehi...Read more
Over 55,000 fleets of all types, from field services to trucking, use KeepTruckin fleet management for GPS tracking, cost control, safety, and compliance. With KeepTruckin, you can: Track drivers, vehicles, and assets and equipme...Read more
Samsara is a cloud-based fleet management solution that offers features such as GPS tracking, trailer tracking, dashboard camera, routing and dispatch, reefer monitoring and more. It is designed to help small and midsize fleet bus...Read more
IntelliShift is the enterprise alternative to todays one-size-fits-all telematics and fleet management solutions for fleets of 75+ vehicles or assets.
IntelliShift connects people, processes, vehicles, equipment and data in an a...Read more
Onfleet is a cloud-based fleet management solution that offers route optimization, auto-dispatching, delivery analytics, and customer communications. iOS and Android apps provide real-time driver tracking, proof of delivery, chat,...Read more
Fleet Complete is cloud-based fleet management solution for businesses of all sizes. The solution is used in a wide range of industries including oil and gas, government, construction, manufacturing and many more. Fleet Complete o...Read more
Routeware is a cloud-based fleet management solution that offers tools for work order management, route planning and driver performance tracking. Key features include a dashboard, fork sensors, trip inspections and hardware integr...Read more
PCS TMS is a transportation management system that helps businesses leverage artificial intelligence (AI) technology to handle and streamline shipping operations. Professionals can optimize routes, control inbound/outbound transpo...Read more
CRO Software is a cloud-based route planning solution that provides routing, invoicing, dispatching and asset tracking. The solution is designed for various sectors such as rentals, construction and demolition, oil and gas, waste ...Read more
NexTraq is a cloud-based fleet management solution that caters to businesses in industries such as construction and heavy equipment, food and beverage, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, utilities and more. Key features i...Read more
With its fully integrated fleet management platform, Roadnet Technologies has almost 30 years of industry experience. Roadnet Transportation Suite help companies lower costs, increase safety and improve customer service....Read more
Track-POD is a cost-cutting tool that covers all bases of last-mile delivery management via a web dispatcher dashboard and a driver app.
1. AI-powered route planning & fleet optimization.
2. Real-time driver tracking & notificati...Read more
Routific is a cloud-based fleet management solution for small and mid-sized businesses. Key features include key route optimization factors such as time windows, stop durations, vehicle types, vehicle capacities and lunch breaks.
Deliforce is a cloud-based delivery tracking and management solution. The solution is used by organizations of all sizes across industries such as manufacturing, retail and pharmacy.
Deliforce allows users to assign tasks to ...Read more
EROAD is a cloud-based solution that enables businesses to streamline processes related to fleet management, tax reporting, maintenance scheduling and more. It helps managers locate drivers and assets across locations, record vehi...Read more
It’s safe to say that most of us have recently used some form of route planning software. Consumer apps such as Google Maps and Waze are commonplace among smartphone users. These platforms provide directional commands (aka routing) which constitute the essence of formal route planning software.
You might be asking: “Then, why do I need route planning software? Why not have all my drivers download Google Maps and use that to get around?”
This is certainly an understandably tempting proposition, but it may be dangerous thinking.
Formal route planning software for fleet-based businesses supports scheduling and routing decisions by generating the most efficient route for any number of vehicles. Most route planning systems also optimize the course drivers take to each location based on real-time traffic information.
When it comes to software offering route planning capabilities, there are multiple types to choose from. These include:
Stand-alone route planning. There are many software options on the market that specialize solely in route planning. Some of these systems may offer additional operational features, but their core competency revolves around route planning.
Full fleet management. Formal fleet management systems offer numerous capabilities for managing both the front and back office of a fleet-based business. These include inventory and asset tracking capabilities, route and schedule optimization and risk management as it pertains to fleet maintenance.
Field service management. Field service management systems provide route planning components. After all, the innately mobile nature of HVAC, plumbing, lawn care and other home and industrial maintenance operations makes route planning a near necessity. But, these systems offer tons of operational features for the entire business, not just route planning.
Common Features of Route Planning Software
Regardless of which route you take, you should ensure these core features are included in any route planning software system you consider:
Obviously, your route planning software will offer this basic functionality, but what does that mean? Features can vary from system to system. For example, some offer the ability to specify between planning for a round-trip or a one-way, start-to-finish excursion. Many include fuel management features to optimize fuel efficiency. Be sure you know the capabilities of your route planning software.
Once routes are created and optimized, they need to be assigned to a driver. That’s where dispatching comes in. This disseminates routes to drivers and provides any updates or adjustments to your mobile assets on the road.
Voice command directions
You don’t want the eyes of your drivers focused on anything other than the road, regardless of whether it’s paper or a digital device. Built-in voice command capabilities can direct drivers while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes where they should be.
Driver performance analytics
Route planning software increases efficiency due to its ability to track and monitor driver behaviors and tendencies. You can create alerts and hold drivers accountable for safe driving practices, including average speeds, proper acceleration, idling and other driving metrics.
Driver note logs
For routine jobs, drivers can take notes about their route that would be good to know/remember down the road (i.e. “the delivery entrance is around back” or “multiple aggressive dogs here.”)
Benefits of Route Planning Software
Regardless of your type of business, route planning software should offer newfound efficiency and increased productivity for your mobile assets.
Our research shows that telematics capabilities have profoundly positive benefits on organizations. Telematics systems record information about vehicles, then send, receive, process and store that information via telecommunications channels (i.e., GPS and cellular).
Revenue-Boosting Benefits of Telematics-Enabled Software
These financial and operational benefits are the result of the newfound efficiencies provided by route planning software. Optimized routes and schedules help drivers stay on track and meet appointment times. Less time traveling from job to job means more work orders can be completed during the day. And, quite logically, all of these efficiencies translate to a reduction in fuel costs.
What Type of Buyer Are You?
While any form of route planning software can increase the efficiency of your business, you need to research the various options and choose the one that’s the best fit. It helps to start by identifying what type of buyer you are, based on your fleet operations.
There are many different types of fleet-based businesses, including long-haul shippers, local delivery drivers, heavy construction and machinery movers, municipal organizations and even health care transportation services.
Each of these buyer types has unique needs based on the nature of their operations. Take a look at these common buyers, and see which one you and your organization most align with:
For-hire carriers. Trucking and shipping organizations that haul cargo for other businesses should consider a full fleet management suite. They’ll likely want to manage the full range of operations and business management capabilities for freight and logistics industries, including detailed route planning.
Private shipping fleets. Transportation wings of companies that aren’t solely focused on transportation might consider a comprehensive enterprise suite aimed at capabilities for the company’s core business process, including transportation and route planning needs.
Appointment-based businesses. Business reliant on mobile employees making repeated appointments throughout the day have the widest range of options. For example, field service businesses could get by with a software dedicated solely to route planning, as long as they have additional software in place to manage their overall operation.
Delivery services. Delivery fleets transporting food, industry equipment or other loads will likely want to go with a route optimization-specific option. Proper route planning and dispatching is the operational essence of their business, so a software specialized in such capabilities is best.