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Does Mappoint built and optimize delivery routes?

This is a discussion on Does Mappoint built and optimize delivery routes? within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; Hello, New guy here... I'm in the dry cleaning business and am looking for software that can easily take my ...

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    Does Mappoint build and optimize delivery routes?

    Hello,

    New guy here... I'm in the dry cleaning business and am looking for software that can easily take my online customer pickup/delivery requests and optimize it for a route driver. I was under the impression mappoint was able to do this but have come accross some posts that suggest route addons for mappoint might be needed. I'd like to know if mappoint is the right software for me before spending a couple hundred bucks on the software.

    Thanks
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    Re: Does Mappoint build and optimize delivery routes?

    Depends what you want to do!

    MapPoint has a free trial download from Microsoft - so give it a try. Only you can say for certain if it will work or you.

    MapPoint does a good job of finding routes between waypoints, and for finding the optimum order for the waypoints in a route.

    The biggest limitation is that you cannot do multi-route optimization. Ie. you cannot do something like "find the five best routes for my five trucks that will visit these 100 customers". An extension of this, it cannot perform other related optimizations (eg. truck capacity) and time windows. You would generally need a much more expensive trucking / logistics package to do these kinds of things - these typically have a starting price 10x the price of MapPoint.

    Third party products (e.g. my MPRouteWriter ) fill in some of the gaps. You may also find them useful as a part of a low cost some-manual-work-involved alternative to the multi-route packages.
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    Re: Does Mappoint build and optimize delivery routes?

    If you need routing like Winwaed Software just mentioned, we can provide it.
    That is, 5 best routes for 5 trucks given 100 customers with time windows.
    Send a ptm with relevant info in origin and destinations;
    We provide route stop order, times and distances, directions, even a summary report (see attached)SampleRoute.jpg
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    Re: Does Mappoint build and optimize delivery routes?

    Here's a link to the trial --
    Download: MapPoint NA 2011 trial - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

    The program definitely does route optimization with tons of options, see attached. There are several screens with a variety of route options.
    routing_options.jpg

    In addition, stops can have Wait time, as well as "Arrive At" and "Depart At" options.
    schedule_stop.jpg

    Without any programming or add-ins, it's really pretty sophisticated, although as Richard noted it doesn't compare to the sort of high end logistics and route balancing monster mainframe enterprise type of software employed by folks like FedEx and UPS. (That said, I actually do quite a bit work with MapPoint for another major carrier I won't name here and many smaller logistics/courier companies).

    Also, I think what makes it a really exciting platform for programmers like us, is that practically everything can be automated, so it can be integrated with other systems. So although if you want to do all the clicking to set up routes without any programming, if it makes sense, you can also write macros or automate MapPoint via the API to save any repetitive clicking.

    Lastly, There are some tutorials in the Help file, but I think only one or two have to do with routing/optimization, most cover data visualization. So, let us know if you get hung up anywhere and we'll see what we can do to help.

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    Re: Does Mappoint build and optimize delivery routes?

    Thanks.... for the input guys. With some tweaking of the way our site prepares the lists i might be able to use mappoint after all. I'll keep in touch. Thanks again for your time guys!

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