Frequently asked questions about fleet optimization

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    Frequently asked questions

  • What is route planning and scheduling?
    • In route planning and scheduling, several orders are grouped together and assigned to a vehicle or driver. Then, the optimal order of stops as well as efficient driving routes are calculated.

  • What is fleet optimization software?
    • Experienced dispatchers know that planning pickup and delivery routes and schedules takes a lot of time – even for small fleets. With an increasing amount of orders and vehicles, the number of possible schedules and routes increases exponentially. Restrictions such as opening hours of ramps and delivery windows further enhance the complexity of the planning process. Manual route planning and scheduling with freely available maps and lists quickly reaches its limits. This is where fleet optimization software like PTV Route Optimizer comes in. The tool automatically combines orders into efficient schedules and calculates optimal routes, thereby ensuring optimal use of your fleet.

  • How much does route planning software cost?
    • It varies. The overall costs depend on factors such as the number of planners who will work with the tool and the number vehicles at your disposal. PTV Route Optimizer usually pays for itself within a few months. We’re happy to provide you with an individual cost estimate. Contact us today.

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  • Why should I use fleet optimization software?
    • Fleet optimization software is worthwhile for small companies with a few vehicles that make several stops each. Truck-specific restrictions, customer requirements and legal regulations turn planning and scheduling into a complex and time-consuming challenge. Our algorithms solve these challenges and free up the planners--giving them more time to focus on strategic tasks. Additionally, the software increases the efficiency of your shipments, saving you mileage, time and costs.

  • What do I need to work with PTV Route Optimizer?
    • You need data from a transport management, CRM or ERP system, that includes all orders and delivery addresses, as well as delivery times. Integration makes the exchange of all information quick and easy. Planned routes can then be forwarded quickly and easily to the driver’s on-board computers.

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  • Does PTV Route Optimizer take my information and restrictions into account?
    • The software takes all restrictions, including ramp hours, delivery windows, HOS, vehicle profiles, loading and unloading point requirements, load dimensions and weight, and legal regulations into account.

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  • Does route planning software replace the planner?
    • No, planners will remain indispensable. The perfect schedule results from intelligent software and experienced planners working hand in hand. PTV Route Optimiser creates optimised tours at the push of a button, giving planners more time for strategic tasks. Additionally, the software helps keeping an overview of all orders and key figures and enables planners make more informed strategic decisions. 

  • What is the difference between a transport management system and route planning and scheduling software?
    • "A route planning and scheduling system? We don't need that, our TMS already plans routes and schedules for us." We often hear this statement from transport planners and entrepreneurs. Route planning and scheduling software, however offers many more options than transport management. It optimises all routes at the same time. Using sophisticated algorithms, the system calculates all possible combinations of orders at the touch of a button and determines the shortest, fastest or most efficient schedule. Addition, the software automatically takes all restrictions and specifications into account.

  • Does route planning and scheduling software only make sense for companies with a large fleet?
    • No! Not the number of vehicles, but the complexity of the orders and routes determines whether a planning and scheduling system makes sense. A planner who creates schedules for several trucks that make several stops per trip quickly loses track of things. Besides: The system grows with the company and supports it in growing in a controlled manner. 

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