The role of structured tour planning is becoming increasingly important in vehicle fleets. Finding optimal routes and driving them is not only more environmentally friendly, it also saves valuable time. And not only that. You can also save money with the right tour planning software, since the travel time makes up a large part of the working time.
Our claim: Efficient route optimization for your fleet. With the PTC tour planning software for your tour management, you can get your employees to their destination faster and more efficiently, creating a basis for optimizing working and driving times.
In order to implement processes in tour management and to optimize routes, it is of great advantage today to digitize them. This saves time and money and, above all, ensures more order. Planning, tracking and the target / actual comparison are simplified by digitization and ensure greater efficiency in the entire tour management. Instead of working with lists and printed tour plans, routes are organized digitally, simply and sensibly with the tour planner for the field service and can then be evaluated comprehensively.
The larger a company’s fleet, the more important it is to organize, plan and optimize routes. They should be efficient. According to this principle, the routes have to be planned by the fleet manager.
It is possible to store information about the various locations that the driver can call up with just one click. This means that every employee knows exactly what to look for and where. What needs to be done at location XY? Are there certain conditions that need to be considered when parking? Does the specified stop have other special features?
When creating the route, the exact waypoints are specified in the fleet portal with the software for route planning. Downtimes can be allocated to these breakpoints, which the driver should at best observe. This not only records the journey time in the portal, but the total planned duration of the tour. Of course, it is not always possible to predict exactly how long an appointment will last. However, it usually crystallizes quickly how much time usually has to be calculated for a certain type of appointment.
In the fleet portal, the PTC web portal, you can do just that: with our tour planning software, you can plan routes with all the important details. Various options are available for this. Routes can be planned and created completely freely or based on time or selected from created locations and areas. But not only that. Tours can be named precisely and given an individual description.
Field workers often work in different shifts, with one driver taking over from the other. These shift changes are often associated with a lot of effort and cost time. Thanks to the simple driver change in the app, they are no longer time wasters. The new driver simply enters their personal PIN and the tour assigned to them can be started. This type of tour optimization is an absolute competitive advantage in tour management and creates time to do other tasks.
It is possible to store information about the various locations that the driver can call up with just one click. This means that every employee knows exactly what to look for and where. Are there certain conditions that need to be considered when parking? Does the specified stop have other special features?
When you have sent the route plan, the driver can simply call up the information from the route planning software digitally. The tour plan is displayed on the smartphone or a specially programmed navigation device using the “Tour & Navi” app. The mobile application navigates the driver from one location to the next. Tedious typing in of addresses is a thing of the past with the tour planner for field service and other industries such as handicrafts, and the driver can concentrate entirely on completing his orders.
No matter how good your route optimization is, in day-to-day business it may well be that an order fails. The logging of the routes that can be called up at any time, including precise time information and route information, ensures that time-consuming calls about them are unnecessary. Instead, the order can be easily skipped and the tour can continue as usual. With the live status updates “accept”, “started” or “completed”, drivers always have an overview of their routes and tasks that have already been completed are also automatically marked.
Thanks to the live status updates “assigned”, “accepted”, “start”, “finished” that appear in the web portal, the status can at any time monitor be. With the live status updates, the driver himself can also “accept”, “start” and “complete” the app overview at any time. The traveled routes are the exact route indication and the times recorded and retrieved at any time. Thanks to the live status, time-consuming calls are no longer necessary. Already completed tasks are automatically marked. If an order fails or has already been completed, it can simply be skipped on the tour.
Thanks to the Tour & Navi app, your tour plans are at the desired driver within a second. For this plan, A tour with all important details in the PTC web portal. Thanks to multipoint route planning, you can optimally connect several destinations with each other in one tour. Then assign the order to a driver and “click” – the route is already transmitted. Say goodbye to lists and printed tour plans with the Tour & Navi app – simply transfer all important information digitally. As soon as a tour plan has been sent, it can be opened on the smartphone or a specially programmed navigation system and off you go. The tedious typing in of destination addresses is a thing of the past. Each location created in the tour contains information about the tasks to be done and the address of the location.
Thanks to the driver change on one device, shift changes are no longer a waste of time: the new driver simply enters his personal PIN – and the tour can continue. Thanks to the driver change on one device, shift changes are no longer a waste of time: the new driver simply enters his personal PIN – and the tour can continue. This saves you a lot of time and increases your efficiency. Because time is not just money. Optimizing tour management is an absolute competitive advantage and creates space for other important tasks.