Before you start thinking about where to start, first we need to set a target. Either I am looking for cost savings on deliveries, or I want to beat the delivery timeline. It’s better to have one goal at a time for better results. In some cases, you can aim for more than one target at the same time.
2) Identify constraints/variables
It is essential to factor in most of the variables that we might get during our execution.
What are the urgent tasks?
Do we need a particular skill to complete the job?
What is the capacity we can consider?
Can we group a few of the tasks?
All the above questions will be your constraints to feed while you plan your schedule. We also need to segregate our constraints into resource constraints and task constraints.
While starting the planning exercise, we need to keep priority tasks first to help you move one step closer to your target. Once you have planned all the critical tasks, you should look into the remaining tasks and segregate them into urgent vs. low priority tasks, repeat this till you complete all your tasks.
When you start your day as per the optimized schedule, a lot of real-time constraints can come. A classic example of a delivery use case could be one of the delivery agents on emergency leave. To meet all the SLAs, we need to replicate the same and optimize with the current resources at the disposal.
The review is one of the most critical steps of the scheduling and route optimization because a lot can change in real-world dynamics.
Send the optimized schedule to your resources and sit back and relax, and feel the power of optimized workflow.
How Dista helps organizations with scheduling & route planning
At Dista, we help companies with optimized deliveries, pickups, reverse pickups, sales & services schedules for their feet on the street (mobile workforce). This includes use cases from industries like logistics, food delivery, quick service restaurants, ride-hailing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, eCommerce, retail, FMCG/FMCD, telecom, banking, insurance, and other financial institutes.
Below is the step by step breakdown of how Dista helps business with their scheduling and route planning exercise.
Dista helps in achieving below mentioned targets/goals.
2) Identify constraints and variables
Businesses need to upload (API integrations) the order master into the Dista platform with all the mobile workforce’s input constraints, capacity, and skills. You can also add service or delivery level constraints or specifications that can be used right away or at any event trigger. Dista is a highly customizable platform, and we can add any constraints that suit your business requirements.