Route planning software and route optimization

Forward-looking route scheduling with PLANTOUR

Route planning software and route optimization

PLANTOUR – the cross-industry route scheduling

With tour planning and route optimization, shipping orders are planned for vehicles and efficiently sequenced so that all restrictions (such as business hours, capacities, breaks, etc.) are observed and so that all applicable transportation costs are minimized as much as possible at the same time. Our cross-industry route planning software and route optimization supports you from manual route scheduling to automated, unrestricted optimization.

With its basic functions, our route planning software covers all dispositive business processes, from strategic, tactical and operational planning to implementation and subsequent controlling. In order to meet your individual requirements, our route planning software can be supplemented by various additional modules, which can be activated via remote maintenance without any major installation effort.


Core features of our route planning software

Free Route Optimization

Free Route Optimization

The optimization algorithms developed by PASS carry out automated planning of transportation orders for the most diverse requirements.

Score tours

Score tours

Recurring orders are automatically planned and optimized for predefined routes via score tours.

Planning by drag & drop

Planning by drag & drop

Each planning result can be changed by the dispatcher via drag & drop. Our basic approach: The dispatcher is the expert, our system is the tool.

Collection and delivery operations

Collection and delivery operations

Our route scheduling supports both inbound and outbound logistics including pick-up & shipment as well as orders with varying loading locations.

 

Key performance-indicator-based planning

Key performance-indicator-based planning

You use your own quality criteria to define when the planning is good. Our route planning software enables modeling of your individual KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).

Customizing

Customizing

Our route scheduling adjusts itself to your workflow – not the other way around.

Integration

Integration

The route planning software can work with any other system. Either by using standard interfaces or through our integration layer.

Usage models

Usage models

Buying, renting, in your own data center or in the PASS Cloud – the right usage model for every requirement.

Additional functions

  • Automatic set-up and expansion planning
  • Day/multi-day routes with single/multiple use
  • Can be integrated into terminal server environments
  • Blocking of streets directly by the dispatcher

  • Simulation of various planning variants
  • Planning on the map, the grid or both at the same time
  • Detailed authorization management
  • Multi-user and multi-organization through client server

  • Individual KPIs for measurement of planning quality
  • Replaceable maps (possible additional costs)
  • Support via remote maintenance
  • Multilingualism

Advantages of our route planning software

For your dispatcher

For your dispatcher

  • Tour scheduling through tailor-made algorithms
  • Straightforward detailed scheduling and rescheduling
  • High flexibility, transparency and efficiency
  • Automatic consideration of restrictions
  • Time saving creates space for other activities
For your company

For your company

  • Automation in the age of digitalization
  • Planning reliability and reduction of dependencies
  • Economization of driving and wear and tear
  • Consideration of your individual KPIs
  • Consistent from order picking to controlling
For your customers

For your customers

  • Increase of delivery speed
  • Adherence to lead times and deadlines
  • Responsiveness to deadline changes
  • Confidence through integration into the supply process
  • Satisfaction through adherence to  quality standards
For the environment

For the environment

  • Protection of the environment
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions
  • Economical driving thanks to telematics*
  • Increased road safety *
  • Relaxed drivers thanks to realistic tour guidelines

* Use of telematics and telemetry add-ons required

Savings Calculator

Find out how much money you can save by using our route planning software!

With the help of our Savings Calculator you can easily calculate your individual savings potential.

 

Screenshots of our route planning software

Cross-industry route planning software and route optimization

We have special expertise in the following sectors

Our route planning software is suitable for all industries. We have selected the following industries as examples, in which we have particularly extensive experience:

Furniture

Furniture

Furniture
  • Smart accumulation
  • Planning of two-man crew
  • Consideration of labor values
  • Vehicle contractual constraints such as kitchens, reclamation, etc.
  • Planning of pick-ups from external warehouses
  • Appointment notifications to the customer directly from planning
Beverages

Beverages

Beverages
  • Customer driver commitment by means of score tours
  • Automatic order accumulation
  • Planning of one man and two-man crew
  • Consideration of complication factors
  • Vehicle constraints such as side loaders, etc.
  • Empties management
Trade and food

Trade and food

Trade and food
  • Support of multi-day tours
  • Branch delivery with multiple time windows
  • Vehicle group restrictions for branch access
  • Orders and shipments to the Colli-level
  • Pre-scheduling with approximate volumes
  • Empties and pallet management
Money and valuables transport

Money and valuables transport

Money and valuables transport
  • Cash In / Cash Out / Pickup & Delivery
  • Detailed multiple time windows
  • Special personnel / vehicle group restrictions
  • Rendezvous orders, such as special filling of ATMs
  • Consideration of turn restrictions and median strips

Our customers

These companies already use route scheduling today

Logo Ahlers Getränke

PASS is your competent partner

for the past 25  years

more than 100  installations

mor than 500  users

in 7  European countries


Our added values for your company

Industry know-how

  • We understand the language and requirements of the industries
  • Solution for special challenges such as customer opening times or availability of the orders
  • Reference installation for companies operating nationwide

Algorithm know-how

  • Algorithms developed by PASS for strategic and operational optimization tasks
  • Result of several man-years of development, tried and tested in practical applications
  • Meeting industry-specific requirements by means of targeted algorithms

100 % autonomy

  • PASS is a true optimizer with no third-party components, no white labeling of basic components such as geocoding or optimization algorithms
  • TomTom as partner for geodata in raw format for optimal network coverage

Schedule and tracking in real time

Track & Trace: Mobile order and tour management

Tours planned in PLANTOUR can be sent directly from the dispatching department to the telematics & mobile order processing of our partner AIS using the Track & Trace module. The dispatcher therefore always has up-to-date order and tour data at his disposal.

The real-time route tracking enables the dispatcher to track which orders have already been completed, where the vehicle is currently located and when it is expected to reach the next customer. This ensures fast response times and a high quality of service. Furthermore, drivers and dispatchers can communicate directly within the application via vehicle status reports and messages. Time-consuming telephone calls are no longer necessary.

Last but not least, controlling with extensive possibilities for plan/actual comparisons allows you to identify planning inaccuracies and deviations in the processing of the tour specification. Thus, planning and delivery are subject to a continuous improvement process.

Features

  • Simple integration of planning and delivery process
  • Tracking with status of the individual orders
  • Information on estimated arrival times
  • Live intervention of the dispo in started tours possible
  • Transparent comparison of planned and completed tours

Your benefit

  • Transparency in the execution of tours and order processing
  • Increase in customer satisfaction and service level
  • Increase in productivity by means of improved planning principles
  • Simple detection of inefficiencies
  • Reduced communication costs through integrated messaging

Up to 40 % less in communication costs

Up to 18 % time saving on tours

Up to 11 % reduced driving distance

Up to 15 % lower fuel consumptions

Services overview

Our route planning software offers the following telematics services

 

 

 

Localization

Localization

Real-time tracking of vehicles and orders on the tour while respecting the privacy of drivers.

Bring your own device

Bring your own device

Ready to use on devices delivered by us or from the App Store on your own smartphone. This way, subcontractors can be easily integrated.

Language

Language

Use without language barriers. The driver can choose from more than 15 different app languages for efficient working.

 

Status

Status

Vehicle, tour and order status in real time enable full transparency at any time in the dispatch centre.

Communication

Communication

Simple and secure message exchange directly from the dispatcher to the mobile device including readout and dictation function.

 

Scanning

Scanning

Tour and order identification via integrated barcode scanning enables efficient processing.

Photo

Photo

Damage documentation or nightly delivery with put down can be easily documented in the order file by means of a photo.

 

Signature

Signature

The signature function in the device enables the fully digital shipping note to be sent directly to the customer by e-mail or print.

 

The suitable mobile device

Because the AIS app is Android based, there are no limits to the choice of mobile devices. From fully secured stand-alone mode to your own smartphone, everything is possible. The following device types can also be obtained from our partner AIS:

Rugged smartphone

Professional scanning, rugged and waterproof. The SM10 from M3 Mobile is the right choice for professional use in rugged handling.

 

Tablet computer

You have a lot of interaction with the customer? You use a field service app to accept orders on the device? The AIS App can also be used on a tablet.

Consumer smartphone

The affordable starter solution, which still guarantees the full range of functions. Consumer smartphones allow an easy entry into professional telematics.

 

Modules

ETA monitor

Arrival times at a glance

The best planning works right up to the first traffic jam, whether on the road or in the check-in at the client's premises. The ETA module continuously checks whether the planned tour can be realized without deviation or at all. In this way, you can actively inform your clients about delays or integrate the expected lead time into your own customer portal.

Departure check

Reduce liability

A departure control system not only is a legal requirement for the driver, it is also a good prerequisite for a stress-free and trouble-free journey. With the departure check module, the app supports the driver in his daily inspection tour with configurable checks. You will automatically receive the complete proof required by law.

Scanning

Fast and easy loading and unloading

By using the scan module – depending on the mobile device with professional scanner or smartphone camera – all loading and unloading processes can be initiated by means of barcode scanning. This makes it easy to identify collis, shipments, orders and/or tours, saves considerable time and reduces wrong deliveries due to typing errors.

Digital delivery note

Paperless processes with electronic workflow handling

As part of the digitization process, this module offers paperless electronic procedures for creating delivery notes. Due to the availability of all relevant order data and the work steps involved in mobile processing up to the signature, we can digitally send your delivery note directly to the customer and to your digital archive. If you insist on paper, our mobile Bluetooth printers will help.

Telemetry

Consumption and wear - easy to find the cause of wear and tear

This module enables an easy connection to the vehicle's CAN bus and picks up over 1,500 signals for evaluation. With the resulting data, you train your drivers to drive in a way that saves resources. Furthermore, the telemetry hardware can be used to connect the digital tachograph so that you can archive the DTCO data of your drivers during operation via the connection of the mobile terminal.

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Additional logistics solutions

Take advantage of additional programs from our logistics portfolio directly in PLANTOUR. The complete integration allows for maximum efficiency when evaluating location issues or for make-or-buy decisions at tour level.

 Location planning and optimization

Location planning and optimization

Location matters: strategic location optimization

Evaluate and optimize cost structures on the basis of customer and depot locations by means of a simulation directly on the basis of operative data from tour planning and thus improve your supply structures.

Freight calculation

Freight calculation

Well-founded decision support for the allocation of tours

Achieve make-or-buy decisions for tours directly during planning. Planned tours are evaluated with the tariff structure of your transport service providers and compared with the costs of your own vehicle fleet.

Supplemental add-ons

In addition to the integration of further logistics software, our route planning software can be extended with further components to add functionality.

 

Packaging materials management

No more lost pallets

Do you want transparency with regard to your loading equipment in circulation? The loss due to lost loading equipment quickly amounts to several thousand euros, even for small businesses.

Forget about the use of paper-pallet notes. With the loading equipment management in PLANTOUR and the connected telematics, you automatically manage the loading equipment account towards your customers during order processing with the mobile terminal. You are now able to evaluate the account balance in the planning center. The module can be used for any type of loading equipment as well as for empties.

Delivery notification

Inform your customers directly from the planning stage

Offer top service and avoid waiting times by using the notification module. After completion of the planning process, the planned arrival time is communicated directly from PLANTOUR via mouse click.

If you use our route planning software together with the telematics solution of our partner AIS, planning deviations can be transmitted automatically or automatic reminders can be sent by using geofencing such as: “Your order will be delivered to your location in approximately 60 minutes”.

Tour number matrix

Complex score tours without ERP system

You have complex distributed branch deliveries throughout the week, and would like to display these in score tours? Usually, score tours are specified by the ERP system in which the route number for an order has already been specified before the route scheduling.

With the Tour Number Matrix Module, you can also model complex score tours in PLANTOUR without an ERP system by simply specifying the number per weekday with the customer. You work independently from the ERP system and control the scheduling from where it belongs: directly in the route planning software.

PLANTOUR Business Intelligence

Informed at a glance

Our standard route planning software already offers comprehensive reporting options, both with pre-defined standard reports and with the option of integrating individual customer reports.

We have created the PLANTOUR BI interface for those who would like to gain a deeper insight into the data. The module allows you to integrate the PLANTOUR database into your existing business intelligence tool or you can entrust us with the implementation of your individual analysis requirements in a BI tool.

Screenshots of our route planning software

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