Restrictions and constraints
Rapidis Logistics Planner is very configurable making it possible to meet most restrictions and constraints related to both delivery tasks and the complete routes. Examples are advanced use of time windows and required qualifications related to individual tasks.
Most professionals working with last mile route optimization for parcel distribution will attempt to have their resources do as many deliveries per vehicle per day as possible.
Obviously they will prefer to assign stops close to each other to the same vehicle. Many organizations have created a network of districts making it easy to decide to which route or vehicle a delivery should be assigned.
Both methods have a number of built-in challenges that makes it almost impossible to create exactly the routes that will efficiently utilize a fleet of vehicles and maximize the number of deliveries they can manage to do.
The planner who should decide which deliveries are close enough to each other to be assigned to the same vehicles needs geographic insight at a very high level. The planning job tends to be even more complicated when vehicle capacities and work time are limiting factors and individual time windows for deliveries will make it increasingly harder to optimize last mile delivery without using dedicated route planning software.