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Route Planning, Scheduling and Dispatching Solutions

No Matter Where You Work. No Matter What You Do. Strategic Movements Gets You There For Less.

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Productivity Tools for Last Mile Manual Routing

Ron Dombrowski July 1, 2020
Dump truck delivering mulch to homeowner

In addition to support for dynamic routes where work to vehicle assignments are made using an artificial intelligence process, and support for static routes where the assignments are made each day based on a master schedule, Strategic Movements also supports two types of manual route planning. Manual route planning with Strategic Movements is useful for organizations that make deliveries of products or provide specialized services that cannot be automatically assigned using dynamic routes and do not recur on regularly scheduled basis.

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Compliance Reporting For Last Mile Deliveries

Ron Dombrowski June 24, 2020
GPS tracking diagram

Most businesses want to reduce overall transportation expenses as much as possible while maintaining their equipment well and providing the level of service that their customers expect. For many businesses, a large part of the savings can be found using a software solution that makes intelligent decisions on assigning work to vehicles in the most cost-effective way. When the overall driving distance is reduced, so are fuel and other mileage-based maintenance costs. When the right assignments are made and the work is properly balanced, overtime costs are also reduced.

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Tracking Work Progress With GPS

Ron Dombrowski June 15, 2020
GPS tracking on map

After route planning has been completed, tracking the execution of those planned routes is a very important part of the daily workflow for many organizations. Strategic Movements provides two parts of the tracking process. First, it can upload the planned routes to a GPS provider using their application interface. Then, as that provider captures tracking data, Strategic Movements can request that data on a regular basis and update the worker or vehicle position and status on the Dispatch Board.

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Coming Soon - Automated Interface Between Acumatica and Strategic Movements

Ron Dombrowski June 12, 2020

Organizations using Acumatica need an efficient and effective way to build routes and schedule their service technicians and product delivery vehicles. Last mile expenses can be reduced using Strategic Movements. Watch for further details.


Using Strategic Movements for Static Routes

Ron Dombrowski June 10, 2020
Static routing results

Many organizations plan their last mile deliveries using routes that do not change very much over time. The customer being visited this Monday is visited by the same person that was there last Monday and will be visited by the same person again next Monday. The case for static routes is that some organizations have a relatively fixed customer base with few changes and that customer base is best served when the same person visits every time an order is delivered.

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Delivery Planning with Manual, Static and Dynamic Routes

Ron Dombrowski June 3, 2020
Dynamic routing results

Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Customer (B2C) models require that someone decides how each service order or delivery ticket is assigned to the proper worker or vehicle for last mile delivery. There are three primary methods used for making those decisions: manual routes, static routes and dynamic routes.

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Automated Interface Between Dynamics GP and Strategic Movements

Ron Dombrowski May 26, 2020
Dynamics GP sales transaction entry screen

Organizations need a cost-effective way to deliver goods and services to a changing customer base in these unsettled economic times. Yesterday’s customer may have gone out of business and another one may be taking its place, but in a different location with different requirements. Business process automation is all about getting the last mile planned efficiently, reducing planning time and reducing transportation expenses. GP Transfer is a codeless feature that requires no specialized installation or configuration on the GP side, and can send data to Strategic Movements with minimal user interaction. It is for ERP customers that want a simple, but powerful, way to plan delivery routes using the data already maintained in their existing system.

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Welcome To Strategic Movements

Why Are We Here?

Experience Put To Work

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Since 1989, the team behind Strategic Movements has been providing solutions for our customers to provide service technician or product delivery route planning, scheduling and dispatching to assign work with the lowest transportation costs.

For product pickup and delivery operations, critical to any supply chain is that 'last mile', where the product moves from the store, warehouse, or distributution center to the customer.

For service operations, providing quality service to both residential and commercial customers requires getting the right technician to the right place on time.

Either way, Strategic Movements provides a business process automation solution to put the right work in the right place to minimize the overall transportation costs.

A Cloud Based Solution

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Some solutions may have browser based screens, but the infrastructure needed for that solution may still be premise based.

Premise based solutions mean that the customer is still responsible for the hardware, internet connections, electricity and cooling. But a cloud based solution takes care of all this, leaving you to focus on your business, not IT issues.

A cloud based solution is infrastructure as a service, and may be significantly less expensive. Rather than using capital dollars for more computers and other infrastructure, expense dollars can be used each month for the services used. And over a period of time, the total cost of ownership is reduced.

By using our cloud infrastructure, not only is there no initial infrastructure investment, but you will never have to upgrade regardless of your growth.

Software As A Service

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At one time, route planning, scheduling and dispatching solutions required an upfront payment plus an annual maintenance fee.

The software as a service business model replaces these two expenses with a single monthly payment based on the number of workers or vehicles that are being scheduled.

As a service it is scalable. As you grow you can add more workers and vehicles. There is no need to buy extra capacity just to be ready when your business grows.

Strategic Movements is always up-to-date. No time consuming and expensive upgrades are ever needed.

How Do You Plan Your Daily Work?

Planning Three Ways

Manual Routing

The simplest way to plan routes is to do it by hand. Placing tickets on a desk, grouping them by area, and then putting each group in order can be effective when only a small number of tickets need to be processed each day.

The downside is that there is no visualization of the route bring created.

How do you do it now?
  • Use printed media.
  • Sort into route by hand.
  • Sort each route into desired order by hand.
How do you use Strategic Movements?
  • Enter or upload service orders or delivery tickets.
  • Drag and drop tickets onto workers or vehicles.
  • See the routes being built on the map.
  • Get accurate drive times and distances.

Static Routing

With static routes, each route is planned in advance, creating a master schedule. This can be very valuable for a business that visits the same customer on some fixed frequency. If, for example, every customer is visited weekly, there would be five (or maybe six) plans for static routes in the master schedule and a different one would be executed on each given day of the week.

How do you do it now?

First, create the master schedule.

  • Divide recurring work by day.
  • Sort the work for each day by hand.
  • Sort each route into desired order by hand.

Then, on a daily basis...

  • Make a copy of the static routes in the master schedule.
  • Make any changes to the route on an as-needed basis.
How do you use Strategic Movements?

First, create the master schedule.

  • Create a schedule by creating static routes for each day of the week.
  • Enter or upload history service orders or delivery tickets.
  • Drag and drop tickets onto workers or vehicles to get accurate drive times and distances.

Then, on a daily basis...

  • Create a daily plan from the master schedule.
  • Make any changes to the route on an as-needed basis.

Dynamic Routing

With dynamic routes, work is assigned to workers or vehicles through a computer-based process each day. Any service order or delivery ticket can be assigned to any worker or vehicle in such a way that customer requirements are met, and the resulting set of routes have the lowest overall transportation cost.

How do you use Strategic Movements?
  • Use the Daily Process tool to upload service orders or delivery tickets.
  • Use the artificial intelligence assignment process to make the most efficient assignments.
  • Automatically consider vehicle cube and weight limits.
  • Automatically consider customer time windows.
Why should you user dynamic routing?
  • The time to plan routes is significanly reduced.
  • The resulting routes are more efficient.
  • You can expect a savings of at least 10 percent over 90 percent of the time.

Connections

Moving Your Data In and Out of Strategic Movements

No One Stands Alone

In today's world, most applications are specialized. You probably won't be able to find an application that provides sales order entry, inventory management, route planning, dispatching and asset tracking with GPS.

Each of these major functions requires an application dedicated to doing a specific task and doing it well.

Strategic Movements provides several ways to move your data by providing simple to implement and easy to use tools.

ERP and Other Applications

No worker or vehicle can be given an assignment unless someone knows what work is to be done.

  • For simple uploading, the work to be done may be placed in a file in any of the common file types: CSV, XLSX, XML, or JSON. The Daily Process tool provides a way to upload and assign work using the artificial intelligence assign process with a few button clicks.
  • If an application can write one or more records into a file, the Walzik Upload Robot can be used to find a newly created file and upload the data automatically without user intervention.
  • In some cases, an additional tool can be installed in an ERP or other application to simplify the process. The GP Transfer tool can be installed as a report into a Microsoft Dynamics GP system so the click of a report button can move the data to Strategic Movement.
  • Other tools like this will be available soon for all major ERP applications.

GPS

Tracking is a two way operation. The GPS tracking application needs to know the routes that are planned and then can return the actual travel paths.

  • Strategic Movements can send planned route data to most commercial GPS application through the application's programmable interface.
  • The GPS application can receive location data from their GPS devices.
  • Strategic Movements can request location data from the GPS application and display it on the Dispatch Board.
  • At the end of the day the actual work times, driving times, and driving distances can be compared to what was planned to show both driver efficiency and compliance.

Who Can Use Strategic Movements?

A Look at Businesses and Job Functions That Need Scheduling and Dispatching

What's Your Business?

No matter what services and products you offer, what types of customers you support, what lines of business your company is involved in, or the size of your company, Strategic Movements can help.

  • Transportation and trucking companies
  • Distribution companies
  • Service and supply industries
  • Retail and service delivery companies
  • Utility services companies
  • Third party logistics providers
  • Commercial GPS providers
  • System integrators

What's Your Function?

Our advanced routing and scheduling services can be used by anyone involved with planning or moving things or people.

  • Routing and scheduling for services
  • Routing and scheduling for goods deliveries and/or pickups
  • Trip planning
  • Fixed route planning
  • Internal planning and operations
  • Logistics planning and analysis
  • Sales and marketing analysis
  • Transportation network modeling and planning
  • Route building to be tracked by a GPS provider

Since 1989, the Walzik team has been providing software solutions to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Here are some of the types of customers that we have serviced over the years.

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Using Strategic Movements

Route Planning, Scheduling and Dispatching for Service Technicians and Product Delivery

Overview

There are six major parts to the daily operation of Strategic Movements. These can be performed individually through the user interface or through the Daily Process, an easy way to further automate your business process.

  • Creating a daily work plan. Specify a place to hold all the workers and/or vehicles, and the jobs to be done by them.
  • Uploading data. Receive data from other business applications.
  • Finding Times and Distances. Find the address on the map, and then travel over a road network to determine the time and distance between any two points.
  • Route Planning and Scheduling. Assign work to a driver or vehicle in the most cost efficient manner considering cube, weight, time windows and other custom constraints.
  • Dispatching. Allow the human dispatcher to make changes to the suggested trips and inform the driver of the work to be done.
  • Tracking. Watch and report the progress of each trip.

Creating a Plan

The single date plan is usually built from a template that specifies the workers and/or vehicles that are usually working on daily basis. If the same resources are available every day, then only a single template needs to be used. If the available resources are different on different days of the week, or weeks of the month, multiple templates can be used.

When creating a plan, a few things need to be specified.

  • The type of plan. A template plan contains information that can be copied into a non-template plan when it is created.
  • For non-template plans, the date on which the work is to be done.
  • Processing parameters that allow various assignment rules to be overridden.
  • Time adjustment to allow longer drive times when inclement weather is expected.

Uploading Data

Having to enter data more than once is slow and error prone.

  • Strategic Movements has a simple to use upload function that reads work data from any of the most widely used file formats: CSV, XLSX, JSON and XML.
  • An easy to use application programming interface (API) is also available for process automation. Let your users start the work assignment process with nothing more than the press of a button.

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Finding Times And Distances

The first step in finding a low cost solution is to find the actual travel time between every pair of locations.

  • Addresses are automatically geocoded. If a bad address is entered thorugh the data upload, it can be manually corrected.
  • No guessing on drive times. Distances are computed over a road network.
  • Bad weather or special circumstances? One parameter setting allows you to easily increase the expected drive time.

Route Planning And Scheduling

An optimization process is used to determine the lowest cost solution of assigning work to drivers or vehicles.

  • Process automation is used to reduce the time needed by the route planner to create efficient schedules.
  • An AI optimization process is used to find the a solution that maximizes work time and minimizes drive time.
  • Service technician assignments may be based on the skill sets.
  • Product delivery and pickup may be based on the capacity of the vehicle. Vehicles of multiple capacities may be used.
  • Assignment always considers customer and job required time windows.

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Dispatching

After a solution is found, the route planner may wish to make last minute changes.

  • See the planned work as a summary, timeline, and/or map.
  • Move jobs from one trip to another using simple drag and drop.
  • Reoptimize trips after making changes.
  • Send the schedules to almost any handheld based system for communications with the driver.

Tracking

Finally, the work assigned may need to be tracked.

  • Strategic Movements works with many commercial GPS vendors to track work activities during the day.
  • At the start of the day, the schedules created by the scheduling process may be sent to the GPS application tracking throughout the day.
  • As the vehicle moves, the position data may be sent from the GPS application back to the Strategic Movements Dispatch Board for viewing or action by the dispatcher.

Daily Process

You can put it all together with the Daily Process.

  • Create a spreadsheet or data file with the work to be scheduled. This can be created by any application that can export a file in any of the common formats: CVS, XLSX, JSON or XML.
  • Start the Daily Process from the Strategic Movements home screen.
  • Create the daily plan. The new plan will use predefined defaults, so unless changes are needed, this is just a single button click.
  • Select the file to process.
  • Submit the plan for processing.
  • Review the results.

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