FleetPlan determines routes for your fleets to travel that will cost as little as possible. By following proven road network solutions across the country, FleetPlan improves service, reduces running costs and frees up your resources. The benefits of the FleetPlan fleet manager speak for themselves:
- Optimal routes for deliveries and collections are based on real road networks
- FleetPlan fleet management improves your capacity and use of resources and vehicles
- Overtime, running costs and operating costs are reduced
- FleetPlan also provides routing, distribution centre site locations and multi depot planning strategies
- Use FleetPlan to assign services, configure fleet exercises and optimise your rep calling cycle
Smart Operational Tool
FleetPlan puts master routing in your hands. You predefine more economical routes for daily orders. These should be easy to change for client or industry requirements. The routes are based on optimising the territory coupled with SDA exercises. Furthermore, an optimisation strategy determines the rigidity or flexibility of the master routes.
Master Route Optimisation
You can create the most effective number of balanced routes based on vehicles, weight, time and customers. You can also design different models suited to different industries. Based on customer location,average delivery size and frequency, you can determine the most economic depot location with regard to lowest km’s, travel time and service.
You can split large areas into your ideal number of smaller distribution and or sales territories. This allows you to balance your workload across a wide spectrum of tasks including planned service days, master route optimisation exercises, streamlined rep calling cycles and assigning customers to distribution centres. Territory balancing also provides a strategic edge for different product and commodity distribution such as local vs. country and bottom vs. top end.
Service Day Assignment
Plan a calendar of deliveries by week or month to minimise distribution costs. You can plot stops, types of vehicles, service time and weight and volume of merchandise. Service day assignment also allows for accurate demand forecasting and distribution. Historic order frequency and average order size can be made quickly while assessing the impact on distribution. This creates a base from where current model and distribution strategy can be scrutinised. Examples: geographic clustering of NDDs, justification of multiple weekly NDDs, (over-servicing), fleet configuration, excessive travel times and distances, fleet and time utilisation and under value orders.
Rep Calling Cycle Optimisation
The balancing of rep calling cycles is based on order frequency plus a calling strategy. Ideally this should be linked to SDA (NDDs) based on lead time. Where there is no NDD, calling cycles can have a similar impact as an SDA where set cycles and lead times determine delivery days. The cycle considers numerous prerequisites:
- The time for predetermined meetings and admin etc
- Customer and specific customer types assigned to specific reps and levels of expertise
- Proximity to the rep’s home base if required
- Minimising travel time/distance and increasing the total customers serviced through balancing the total time used daily
Fleet Configuration Exercises
By defining the optimum fleet size and configuration you can maximise capacity and minimise vehicle costs. The exercises take peaks and valleys into consideration and are built around predetermined and agreed distribution strategies.