Optimize your routes


We recommend a bottom up approach. Take smallest group, make sure mapping correct. Then move stops to minimize excessive driving  Once this is completed the general process of using route recommendation tool and periodic route reorganizations , seasonal changes should keep routes optimized.


It is always good to monitor production tracking so you have a number that represents how productive the routes are. Options available are

  • Single entry per route for each day
  • Web service tablets that track stop by stop service
  • Web service that can supply stop time interval to identify loss leaders on a route




Single route optimization - Start from the bottom up 

  1. Take one route day e.g. Monday and display on route optimization tool.Remap any site that maps outside of the zone the route is to service
    1. Display route until stops show a stable grouping
    2. Repeat for all the days of the week T,W,H,F,S,U
    3. Display all days for single route
      1. Move stops to service day to minimize
        1. Driving across large areas
        2. Cross overs - covering same area on different days
        3. Thin routes - not enough units/stops for a full day e.g. run fewer days per week
  2. Repeat for next route so each driver route is organized and optimized onto it self

Single Day Optimization - across multiple routes
Looking for all routes display on same day to show one of the following groupings
  • Cluster - all stops the same color in a confined area
  • Dumbell - Two clusters of stops connected via a high speed road
  • necklaces -   Route runs a long a high speed route stopping to service clusters of units in a small area

Use the mapping optimization tool to display routes.
  • Display all the routes for one day e.g. M
  • Move stops to route to minimize

    • Driving across large areas
    • Cross overs - covering same area on different days
    • Thin routes - not enough units/stops for a full day e.g. run fewer days per week