Route planning with TMS means route optimization - an error that many companies believe and use their transport management system to create the supposedly best route. Not knowing what optimization potential they are missing out on. A mistake that costs time and money. Transport management systems are indispensable for the effective and flexible administration and distribution of orders to the individual vehicles, but rarely go beyond the disposition and other organizational functions. There is therefore some catching up to do in the area of route planning.
Dispatchers are not route planners
The extent to which route planning software outperforms the functions of TMS (such as vehicle location or route monitoring) can already be seen with its main users: route planning software is used less by dispatchers than by the actual route planners. The software for route planning must therefore do more than simply optimize the sequence of stops. With an increasing number of locations to be approached, delivery time windows and spatial restrictions, route planning software can generate great added value for companies and customers.
Tours in regional traffic optimally planned
With the more precise route, more stops can be approached per tour - and thus save fuel. An economic and sustainable advantage. The tour optimization also makes travel times more calculable. In addition, short-term planning changes or spontaneously changed customer requirements can be implemented automatically. Tour planning software therefore not only saves time on the routes themselves, but also in previous planning processes.