Routing And Scheduling Software, It Helps Keep You Organized
published on April 12, 2013 by Sonia Mastros
Consider the scenario where you manage more than 100 buses in the district. You assign each bus with a primary route and another bus as a standby. While the routes are in session, you experience three breakdowns, and the communication systems that you are running break down. This means that more than 200 Children will be late for school all around the district. Three of your drivers call in sick, and you cannot get all of the standbys in, they are either unavailable or will get in too late. You switch to contingency and reroute about six buses for the morning schedule that were planned for the afternoon. Your schedule has been disrupted, you're quickly losing time, a few school principals have made calls wondering about the status of some of their kids, you begin to lose your patience as you bark at your staff to deploy the emergency vehicles to make sure everything is running OK.
It's just one of those days when everything seems to go wrong, you wish you could adopt a new system that would project the possibility of such days occurring, and employ measures to counter similar situations from occurring. You've heard of a few routing and scheduling software programs, but who has the time to adopt a new system when there's so much going on?
Great! Now, the safety inspector is here, perfect timing.
Intuitive and Autonomous
Being organized is the ideal approach in being efficient and cost effective. Whether your challenges are as advanced as described or minimal, there is no telling when such scenarios may occur, you want to be ready, you want a system that guides you rather than the record keeping legacy that you run of spreadsheets. A routing and scheduling software program is the solution you need. It provides you with metrics and risk management information that counters possible situations where such scenarios can occur, and provides real time autonomous data on all your buses and their current status and itinerary. With all this information before you, you have more time to plan for eventualities and next week's schedules.
It's the details that will finally get you. That ticking noise in three of your buses, that weather report you've been ignoring, that city road maintenance schedule that will block some of your schedules tomorrow, or that school bus driver with a bad cough. It is such details that can lead to a lot of time waste in the large organism that is your fleet. Without knowing, you will be so far behind that catching up will cost you a significant amount of time, that you just don't have. Picture a routing and scheduling software program that will advice you on impending issues and how they affect your routes and schedules. Imagine if you had one place to enter the school closings, the status of all your buses and vehicles, their service schedules, and schedules for your drivers, and using all this information, you can know exactly what routes are affected with each eventuality, down to the details of which households and neighborhoods will be affected by the anomaly. If you can picture yourself in such efficiency, then it's time you got routing and scheduling software to save your time and redeem your resources for managing the entire fleet for better service.
Time is Money
The most efficient system normally gets more funding to perfect their operations. This is primarily because efficient systems save money, and inadvertently allow funding to be diverted towards more efficiency. With your risk management strategy in place thanks to your routing and scheduling software, you you will get the budget upgrade you've been waiting for, having saved a lot from insurance premiums, cutting back on redundant backup vehicles, and doing more with three quarters of the former workforce. Your buses are in their best condition, and you know exactly where they are at any minute of the day.