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To optimize a route, select the map button in the main navigation bar of the app which will open the standard map view, showing all available consignments. Then, on selecting "Optimize" from the menu bar, the optimization window will be displayed.


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Selecting a Start and End Point

For both the start and the end point of the optimized route there are several options available to the user.


Start Point Options

End Point Options

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  • Current Location: Mobile device's current location. Start or end your route right where you are.
  • Select consignment: Select a consignment pin on the map to be used to start or end your optimized route. See below for more information.
  • Last Drop (End Point only): Automatically select the last consignment from your job list.
  • Address: Either select an already existing address or manually add an address to be used as either a start or end point for the optimized route. For example, add your home address and choose it as the end point of your route. See below for more information.

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If you are choosing to add a new address, you will first be redirected to a search view to search for the address you want to add. Once you have selected the desired address, a pint will be added to the map in the corresponding location and additional information about the location displayed. Tap the information window to confirm you selection. Upon selection you will be asked to confirm the address as either a start or end point of your route optimization. Additionally, you will be required to give the address a nick name, e.g. "Home".


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Then, you will see the address on the map as part of the optimization setup, in the example below as an end point (light blue pin) in combination with the current location as a start point (green pin). This also the view that will be displayed if you choose an already existing address from the options list on selecting a start or end point.

Optimizing

Once you have chosen your start and end point, you are ready to optimize. Simply select the "Optimize" button in the Optimize Window. A loading screen will appear while the required optimization calculations are being performed. Please note that you will require an Internet connection for this stage to be completed successfully.

Info

If errors have been lodged against any of the consignments that are about to be optimized, you will be asked whether to include these consignments in the optimization as you select the "Optimize" button.

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Note

Consignments without a valid geo code will not be considered for the route optimization due to the lack of information about their location.

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On successful completion of the optimization you will be presented with the map view once again, with the consignment pins sorted as per the optimization. In the example below, the route has been optimized using the current location as both the start and end point (Please note the arrows in the example have been added for illustration purposes only and won't be visible in the app.).

Additionally, the sortable list view will now be showing the consignments in the optimized order as well. The order of consignments in the sectioned list view, organised by delivery runs, will not be affected by the optimization.

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As the consignment is locked in its position, only the consignments before and after it will be optimized. These consignments will be optimized within their "groups" that are separated by the locked consignment. For example, locking the consignment in position 3 means that consignments 1 and 2 will be optimized between them, leading up to consignment 3 and consignments 4, 5 and 6 will be optimized as a group as well, starting from consignment 3's location. See below how the example route optimized after locking consignment 3 will be displayed on the map (arrows shown for illustration purposes only):

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