Optrak Parcel is an advanced travelling salesman problem optimiser designed to plug into PoD and parcel delivery systems to address the significant inefficiencies of manual parcel routing.
Optrak Parcel can improve fixed area parcel delivery routes by as much as 15%, whilst offering significant operational cost savings and accurate delivery time windows for each package, by bringing route and schedule optimisation techniques and modelling from the vehicle routing space.
Operating as a core, back-end service, Optrak Parcel can be employed by both PoD distributors and parcel delivery organisations alike to significantly improve operational efficiencies in an automated, light-weight fashion.
Optrak Parcel utilises time window functionality typically reserved for traditional distribution markets. Time windows can be set for customers in the system (such as AM/PM or ‘Before 11.30 AM’) which will serve as a constraint in the optimiser’s calculations of the best route.
This gives parcel delivery companies the option to include customer specified delivery slots as an option in their service offering, improving customer satisfaction and minimising missed deliveries.
Optrak Parcel utilises historical road speeds by TomTom; taking the 5 minute interval per road segment to map delivery time against real-world traffic fluctuations such as rush hour.
This allows parcel companies to get clear and accurate vision on the estimate timings of each deliveries at any point in the day – allowing them to provide more precise delivery times to the customer and achieve them in practice.
Optrak Parcel removes the need for drivers to manually plan their routes, reducing their non-driving time whilst removing the requirement for drivers to have intimate knowledge of their area to effectively deliver.
As a light-weight back end application, Optrak Parcel provides a simple tool to export orders from the POD system and get back fully routed trips without manual intervention required by the planner.
Optrak Parcel operates as an add-on tool to PoD systems, managed by planners at the central parcel depot.
When parcels have been sorted and assigned to a driver running a fixed route of the area in the PoD system, planners run the export function to Optrak Parcel. Optrak Parcel takes geolocation and delivery requirement data (such as before 9am or next day) from the PoD system and optimises the most efficient delivery route for those parcels using advanced operational algorithms. The output is a fully automated calculation of best order and timings for deliveries which is then fed back into the PoD system.
Central planners can then push this information to the drivers – either in the PoD system or via an Optrak Parcel messaging system if required – to replace the manual planning drivers typically do prior to delivery runs.
Optrak Parcel is available through the Optrak Partner Programme and suitable for both PoD vendors and systems integrators looking to modernise parcel delivery organisations with a broader technology solution.
As an unobtrusive web service plugin, Optrak Parcel brings significantly improved routing solutions to parcel delivery companies whilst reducing manual planning time in a simple, automated fashion.