I don't know if any of the following companies will provide an
acceptable option for you, but since you seem open to suggestions,
here are the best (and only) web-based route optimization services I
have found. Whether they are cost-efficient or applicable to your
delivery service will have to be determined through contact with the
provider. You are the only one who can truly determine the "best
value." I did manage to find a few other web-based delivery
optimization companies, but they only service specific industries at
the present time.
In minutes, Cube Route's sophisticated and powerful constraint-based
optimizing engine geocodes, sequences and optimizes delivery routes,
which are structured, based on street level digital maps. The system
assigns estimated times of arrival (ETA) and sequences stops based on
constraints. Routes are then reviewed by the dispatcher and deployed
to the fleet. This module incorporates exceptions and recalibrates
routes in the event of changes, making dynamic optimization,
sequencing within a zone, and periodic zone rebalancing possible. This
drives operational improvements that translate into real savings and
improves service by narrowing the delivery windows.
"Improving last mile delivery is not just about getting the latest
technology on board. It's about managing a business process. By
combining the power of wireless technology with the flexibility and
convenience of Web-based logistics applications, fleet operators can
now make the last mile delivery as efficient as the rest of their
supply chain operations."
* The downside of this recommendation is that I see no pricing on the
site. However, the apprea to offer a "pay as you go" feature, as seen
in this case example:
"While Village Nurseries had researched a number of other logistics
solutions, Cube Route was a perfect fit for their business. "The
software-as-a-service model was extremely attractive to us, and a
major factor in our decision to work with Cube Route. We didn?t have
to pay any upfront startup or licensing costs, and we automatically
get feature upgrades as part of the package. The pay-as-you-go
subscription also means that seasonal variances in our business are
factored in," explained Chesshir.
Also see "Cube Route Establishes U.S. Sales Headquarters." January 18, 2006
"Cube Route facilitates the management of the delivery process for
transportation and field service organizations. Offered on a
pay-as-you-go subscription basis,......
"NetRouteris a Web-based application that can save up to 25% of
delivery and service call costs through optimization of distribution
and route assignments. It combines the power and simplicity of the Web
with the proven experience of a workhorse proprietary optimization
Know the application in an hour - A clear menu system with logical
flow helps you stay focused on your routing problems. All you need is
a computer with a web browser to reap the savings of optimized
Create daily results in minutes - Even complex distributions involving
hundreds of trucks with thousands of customers are completed in
Save up to 25% of your distribution costs - Our customers experience
significant savings utilizing our proprietary optimized routing
routines to minimize distance traveled and trucks used to deliver
goods from distributing centers to customer sites.
Minimize your total cost of ownership - Don't spend thousands on
unnecessary supply chain software, hardware, or additional personel
** Use our application as you need it.
NetRouter, Incorporated?s expertise is in designing, developing, and
consulting with companies with their own private truck fleet, or
service call vehicles, to optimize the distribution function such that
costs are minimized, while maintaining a high-level of customer
service. NetRouter can be used for optimizing service calls,
deliveries and irregular routes in both metropolitan areas and between
* This company offers a 30-day free trial. The downside is that there
is not enough information on the site to know if they provide mapping,
and they do not mention pricing.
RouteSmith Pro is ideal for medium to large delivery and service
operations that manage 100 to 150+ stops per week. RouteSmith Pro
includes all of the same great features as our standard product, plus
these great features:
* Unlimited stops per month
* Custom account configuration
* Integration with GPS track & trace services such as, Xora, TeleNavTrack, and
* Advanced data import capabilities through RouteSmith web services, e.g.,
automatically import order information from your enterprise software
* Distribution from multiple warehouse locations
* Advanced mapping utilities
* Barcode and inventory management capabilities
* Call center & phone notification capabilities
* Automated e-mail services
* Advanced reporting
* Multiple payment options and pre-payment discounts
* Enhanced account support
Pricing Schedule - At RouteSmith our pricing model is based on the
number of deliveries we service within a given billing cycle. The
premise is simple: the more you use RouteSmith, the lower your price.
* Pricing starts at 99¢ per delivery and goes down based on delivery volume.
* Pre payment discounts are available and can reduce your costs by up to 20%.
* Custom modifications
This might be another option, but there is no pricing on their site
and I have a feeling it is a very expensive product that is probably
more than you need.
"Service providers, including recycling, document retention, uniforms,
workplace support, equipment maintenance, inspection and security,
thrive based upon the efficiency and effectiveness of their pick-up
and delivery operations. They must be able to offer pick-up and
delivery services performance that is differentiated by
responsiveness, reliability and time in front of the customer.
Simultaneously, service providers need to optimize the utilization of
their resources to maximize profits and minimize investment."
Descartes helps service providers:
* Experience significant reduction in costs and improved operational efficiency
through more effective territory design and service policy strategies.
* Capture a greater market share and increase current customers? business
through dynamic routing that can react to last minute opportunities and
changes in customer demand.
* Improve customer service through better on-time performance, more efficient
routes that allow for more time in front of the customer and up-to-the-minute
status via integrated real-time wireless dispatch and tracking.
* Use Web-based scheduling and delivery status to create revenue-generating
opportunities by offering direct scheduling access to customers, premium
levels of service and pick up and delivery tracking.
* Collect and organize pick up and delivery and compliance statistics to
improve operational performance and better manage customer relationships.
In case you decide to resort to non web-based software, you might be
interested in looking over the "2006 Vehicle Routing Software Survey."
See "On the Road to Integration - 2006 survey of vehicle routing
software spotlights critical supply chain management role," By
Vehicle Routing Software Survey
I hope one of these solutions works for you. Best of luck!
web-based delivery route optimization
web-based vehicle routing