• Time and again we receive fundamental questions about fleet optimisation: How does route planning and scheduling software work? Would my company benefit from it? And does the software replace planners? Find answers to these and other questions here.

    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 optimisation 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 optimisation software like PTV Route Optimiser comes in: The tool automatically combines orders into efficient schedules and calculates optimal routes. Thereby, it ensures an optimal use of your fleet.

  • How much does route planning software cost?
    • It varies. The overall costs depend on additional factors such as the number of planners who will work with the tool and the vehicles at your disposal. Our experience shows: PTV Route Optimiser pays for itself within a few months, including initial setup and annual maintenance costs as well as operational expenses. We are happy to provide you with an individual cost estimate and offer.

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  • Why should I work with fleet optimisation software?
    • Fleet optimisation software is already 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. Algorithms tackle this challenge and solve it optimally. This frees up the planners’ capacities and gives them more time to focus on strategic tasks. Additionally, the software increases the efficiency of your transports and thus saves you kilometres, time and costs, thereby paying for itself within a very short time.

  • What do I need to work with PTV Route Optimiser?
    • You need correct data from a transport management, CRM or ERP system, that includes all orders and delivery addresses, as well as agreed upon delivery times. Interfaces enable the automatic exchange of all relevant information between the systems. Planned routes can be forwarded quickly and easily to the drivers’ on-board computers.

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  • Does the PTV Route Optimiser take my specifications and restrictions into account?
    • The software takes all restrictions, including opening hours, delivery windows, driving and rest times, vehicle profiles, loading and unloading point requirements, load dimensions and weight as well as 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 is a decision support software for your transport operation, giving planners more time for strategic tasks. Additionally, the software helps keeping an overview of all orders and key figures and enables planners to 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 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 push of a button and determines the shortest, fastest or most efficient schedule. In 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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