Setting up route templates
Many companies are faced with a situation where vehicles start their route from a garage, after which they need to drive to a certain gas station, load at a warehouse, possibly reload at intermediate warehouses (suppliers' warehouses), make deliveries, return to the warehouse, to the garage. Is it common for you? Then set up a route template for each vehicle, specifying in it a sequence of visiting points for each day.
Task 1. The vehicle needs to leave the garage, refuel at a certain gas station, load at the main warehouse, reload at the suppliers' warehouses, deliver the goods to points, deliver documents to the main warehouse and return to the garage.
1. Enter service points in the directory. Directories - Service points - add (+) - select Type (gas station or garage) - specify the Name - enter the Address - OK:
Add a gas station in the same way. In my case Gas atation 1.
To the main warehouse LVCenter, I added an intermediate one: LVC1. (there may be several warehouses)
2. Set up the template. Directories - Vehicles - select the desired vehicle - Route template. By default, the main warehouse LVCenter is picked up at the beginning and end of the route. These points need to be deleted from the template. Select point, delete 4:
The other points had to be also deleted.
3. Add the required points to the route template. For this:
- Press (+) :
- in Point name - select the starting points of the route;
- in Point type - Route start points;
- Mandatory visit - Yes.
Then press the OK button.
In the same way, I added the Gas station 1 gas station, the main warehouse LVCenter and the intermediate warehouse: LVC1.
4. Adding route endpoints, in Point type - specify End points of the route. The finished route template now looks like this:
The blue line in the template separates the start and end points of the route.
5. Import delivery points, calculate the route, evaluate the result:
According to the template, the vehicle visited service points, warehouses, made deliveries, drove to the main warehouse and returned to the garage.
Task 2. Now I will add 2 more intermediate warehouses: LVC2 and LVC3. But the conditions are such that you need to visit additional warehouses only if there is a product for delivery.
1. I will add 2 more warehouses to the template as described above.
Pay attention! Point type - starting points of the route. Mandatory visit - No:
Points with an optional visit in the template are highlighted in light gray.
2. To display loading warehouses in requests, go to Directories - Table settings - Requests (SP) - Warehouse for loading - Show:
3. Now you need to make an Excel file for importing points. Add the column Warehouse_Name, and specify the loading warehouse (in my example LVC1 or LVC2):
4. Import points. Loading warehouses are displayed in the Requests:
5. Now you can calculate the route.
Despite the fact that the LV3 warehouse is included in the route template, it was not included in the route itself, because in this example, there is no unloadingt from it.
If you have 1-2 vehicles, routes can be manually adjusted by adding the necessary points to them. But, as you can see, you have to manage a fleet of at least 5-7 vehicles (and many of our clients have dozens of them), it is much easier to set up a template for each vehicle once. This significantly saves time while planning and eliminates possible errors.If you are interested in the described functionality, we are ready to demonstrate its operation, perform the necessary settings and provide access to the service. To do this, leave a request on the ANT-Logistics website.