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Unified Routing Platforms: Evaluating Solutions for Public Works Route Optimization

March 24, 2020
Optimization

Focused on addressing technical challenges, meeting their customers’ needs and operating across numerous geographical markets, public works organizations need unified routing platforms that help them save time, money and hassle.

Unfortunately, not all routing platforms live up to expectations. Some are just downright confusing, others a waste of time and still others create high levels of buyer’s remorse.

The question is, how can you walk into the research and procurement process and come out with a solution that truly fits your organization’s needs?

We’re here to help you answer that question (and more). Over the coming weeks, we’ll outline 10 important criteria for evaluating route optimization solutions. Our ultimate goal for this blog series is to make sure you find the best solution to the real transportation problems that your public works organization faces on a daily basis.

Can You Use a Unified Routing Platform Across Your Entire Enterprise?

Most routing software packages are narrowly focused and developed by companies that lack the resources and expertise to develop comprehensive platforms. This can create major problems for the public works organization that needs an end-to-end solution for its entire operation.

For example, a specialized routing package may shine in one area — say, residential service — but could fall short when called upon to manage the scheduling and optimizing requirements for periodic/multi-day routing for high-value commercial waste customers.

In another example, many packages can’t help you determine whether your roll-off routes need improving (so you can maximize daily resource utilization and increase serviced stops).

Finding a Smart Solution
Here’s the good news: it’s not that difficult to pinpoint a vendor’s specialization areas. With that knowledge in hand, you can start to drill down and figure out if the routing platform will meet your organization’s needs.

If you’re handling residential collection, for example, you’ll want to know whether the solution is smart enough to adjust and solve problems based on predetermined criteria like the new automated side-loaders that you recently purchased.

Handling all Business Areas 
Ultimately, the solution you choose must be able to handle all critical business areas. Finally, make sure you’re purchasing a package from a reliable solution provider that offers a full breadth of functionalities, capabilities and software support.

RouteSmart Technologies has been serving the waste industry for more than 30 years and has proven solutions for residential waste & recycling collection, commercial multi-day and roll-off route optimization. For more information, email Jessica at jcearfoss@routesmart.com.

Catch up on this series:

Part 2 | April 2, 2020

AUTOMATED ROUTE BALANCING

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Part 3 | April 9, 2020

AUTOMATED SEQUENCING

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Part 4 | April 21, 2020

SIDE OF STREET GEOCODING

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Part 5 | May 4, 2020

SIDE OF STREET ROUTING

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Part 6 | May 20, 2020

INTELLIGENT AND SAFE TURNS

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Part 7 | July 10, 2020

Tools to Handle Local Knowledge

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Part 8 | August 26, 2020

Objective Route Planning

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Part 9 | October 16, 2020

YOU NEED ROUTING AND NAVIGATION SYSTEMS THAT HANDLE SIDE-OF-STREET, HIGH-DENSITY ACCURACY

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Jessica Cearfoss, Business Development Manager

Jessica specializes in the public works sector, nurturing sales leads to become long-standing customers. As main point of contact for public works customers, Jessica helps prospects understand route optimization and how our software can harness their data to achieve their performance goals. She also conducts demonstrations for our suite of software products targeted to the public works sector, including RouteSmart for ArcGIS, RouteSmart Navigator and RouteSourcing.