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Software to help with Routing

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by Keith_480231, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. Keith_480231

    Keith_480231 Senior Member
    Messages: 389

    Does anyone know of any kind of software that you can buy to set up routes that will sort to the fastest or best way of doing customers? Would like to use the "search" function here but what would I search under? Thanks for your help Keith
     
  2. M&M Services

    M&M Services Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 485

    I am also interested in this....:waving:
     
  3. Keith_480231

    Keith_480231 Senior Member
    Messages: 389

    Anybody have suggestions????
     
  4. bigjoe871

    bigjoe871 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    Microsoft Streets & Trips has a function to optimize stops along a route. You can even move them manually after optimizing in case you have some high priority customers.

    It's pretty cheap at Staples and office supply places.
     
  5. Keith_480231

    Keith_480231 Senior Member
    Messages: 389

    With this software you can input addresses into it and it will route them for you????
     
  6. bigjoe871

    bigjoe871 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    That's exactly what it can do.

    Email some addresses and I will route them and send them back so you can see. I dont know your area at all so we can both see how well it actually works.

    bigpita@verizon.net
     
  7. Keith_480231

    Keith_480231 Senior Member
    Messages: 389

    Alright will do. Appreciate the help man. If this works it will save COUNTLESS hours of work.:) :)
     
  8. AzonPM

    AzonPM Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I used microsoft streets and trips last year. Awesome program. Makes life a breeze. Does more than just create a route it estimates gas cost and useage, allows you to add stops and give you a total time line. It worth the money.
     
  9. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    I use Blizzard Buster
     
  10. pbeering

    pbeering Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    Take a look at Mapsource which is bundled with the upper-end Garmin products.

    We use Garmin and have optimized our routes with it. They have a package that will do route optimization on the fly. (Several of the freight companies use it)
     
  11. Keith_480231

    Keith_480231 Senior Member
    Messages: 389

    Sounds like I am going to give Streets and Trips a shot. How much is it????
     
  12. AzonPM

    AzonPM Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Streets and Trips is only good for creating the route at home and printing it. If you have any kind of GPS system and software thats the best way to go.

    With Streets and Trips I print out the route ever plow and on that sheet is where I note times, inches etc.
     
  13. ALarsh

    ALarsh Senior Member
    Messages: 203

    Streets and Trips will only put you on the street that the house is on. I have tried it and it will not put the cursor on the EXACT location of the house, just the street so be aware.