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Evolution of Vehicle Routing and Scheduling

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The evolution of vehicle route planning and execution is quite an intriguing subject in logistics and supply chain management. In this E-book, we talk about the transformation of route planning and scheduling operation from being a cumbersome and inefficient manual activity to a seamless Artificial Intelligence and algorithms-led operation.

Key Takeaways From the E-book

Read how vehicle routing, logistics planning and scheduling activities have evolved over the years, from being manual, time-taking operations to becoming completely automated, strategic and tactical activities powered by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

A Brief History of Vehicle Routing
What was vehicle routing like long ago, and how have changing times led to the transformation of route planning and scheduling?

  • Phase 1: Static or Predictive Routing:Pre 2005
    Learn about “Computerized Vehicle Routing and Scheduling System” — the first technology phase in vehicle routing, post the manual route planning era.
  • Phase 2: Dynamic or Reactive Routing
    Around the mid of the previous decade, as supply chains started becoming global and complex, read how dynamic routes enabled businesses to incorporate a more flexible logistics model.
  • Phase 3: End-to-End Visibility, Real-time Tracking and Dispatch Execution
    By the end of the last decade, as focus turned towards using the planned routes in the most efficient way possible, visibility and real-time tracking took up the center stage.
  • Phase 4: Customer convenience and Artificial Intelligence: The Present
    Understand how vehicle route planning and on-demand scheduling is done in the present day, and the role of AI-based algorithms in optimizing the process. Read how does route optimization software solve the vehicle routing problem?
  • Phase 5: Autonomous Vehicles, Drones and Sustainability: The Future
    What lies ahead of businesses in logistics and supply chains, and how vehicle routing and scheduling will evolve further with advancements in technology.

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How can Locus help manage your logistics?

  • Locus’ proprietary geocoding engine converts the fuzziest of the addresses into precise geographical coordinates thereby helping your on-ground executives locate addresses easily.
  • Digitize all your operational variables such as fleets, delivery persons, etc to come up with the best route plan every day.
  • Track your orders in real-time with the Locus Live Dashboard. Locus’ last-mile delivery app Locus On The Road (LOTR) helps delivery partners process orders.
  • Visualize and tweak your scheduled plans via three key metrics— geography, time, & vehicle(fleet)—with a birds-eye view of your entire operations.
  • Build your own reports and analyze important parameters that you need to make key decisions.

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