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Route Planning and Scheduling
Putting Artificial Intellegence to Work
The Work That Needs To Be Done
When creating a daily work plan, most route planners will state that planned routes that do not cross are
considered 'good' routes.
But there are other considerations.
The road network is not the same in all parts of a delivery area. Routes may cross because many
of the routes will use the same major roads.
Not all stops may be made in the optimal order. Customer requirements may dictate that stops
that are very close have to be done early or late in the day.
Physical requirements have to be considered. If a vehicle is used for both deliveries and pickups,
a large pickup cannot be made if the vehicle is already full before making deliveries.
Customers may have other requirements. For example, a customer without a loading dock may require a
vehicle with a lift gate. But if you have only a limited number of vehicles like this, that vehicle
might have to planned with a less than optimal route.