Taking account of available resources
Truckstops professional route planning software is very flexible and makes it easy for you to specify vehicle attributes, staff skills, running costs. The system matches the needs of each call point to the resources available, ensuring the right size vehicle with appropriately skilled staff is allocated to each call. It also ensures schedules comply with agreed time windows and drivers hours and that vehicle and/or call point exclusions can be defined when required.
The truck and driver information can be entered into the truck file via the easy user interface or directly from your in-house systems (WMS, TMS, ERP or similar).
Special Features (truck facilities or driver skills)
Truckstops makes it easy to specify whether individual vehicles have special features e.g. it has a tail lift, is small enough to access any call point or can do congestion zone calls.
Vehicle Bases (start and end locations)
In Truckstops any vehicle can start and end at a different location, e.g. start from home, first call is a parts box, last call is a service centre.
One of the attractions of Truckstops is that it makes it easy to schedule specific vehicles to start or finish at somewhere other than the main operating base, so we can schedule outbased vehicles along with those from our own area.
PDQ, Plant deliveries
Truckstops can take into account the rules that regulate how much driving can be done and when breaks can be taken etc.
Excluding Specific Vehicles From A Route
A switch is provided to exclude vehicles from the schedule. This is very useful for regular spot hire vehicles or when resources are unavailable for some reason.
Similarly individual delivery stops can be removed from regularly traveled routes. This is essential when organisations operate a fixed routing system.
Truck Unload Rates
Use the flexible Truckstops configuration to adjust unload rates for specific vehicles – perhaps a two-man crew can deliver faster than the default unloading speed.
Truckstops enables the user to specify whether the vehicle can do more than one trip in the total work period, and if so how long it takes to turn it round and whether it’s sent out with the same driver each time.
Overnight trips can arise when a driver has to travel long distances to a call point or group of calls, and it is more efficient for him to stay in the area overnight than to return home and then go back there next day.
It’s particularly effective at complex tasks like planning ‘night out of town’ trips.
Bonded Filter, Filter Service Engineers
You can specify how much can be handled by each resource in whichever way best suits your business, e.g. kilograms, cases and pallets.
Truck and Driver Cost Information
Cost information may include rates per km, per hour, for overtime and fixed costs. It is exceptionally easy to include parcels and pallet carriers into your routing by specifying a set cost per drop or per case or at a pallet rate.