Real-World Route Planning
Feedback from thousands of customers powers our route planning software!
Try Our Routing Platform Free for 30 Days
Sign Up For Free »
Join thousands of small businesses that are already saving time, money, and beating their competition with Route4Me.
- Time wasted driving around town
- Money wasted on gas, tolls, oil changes, wear and tear
- More employees and higher payroll
- Planning routes on the whiteboard or paying someone
- Inferior route planners cost more money
- Less time driving, more time selling
- Money saved, more money in your pocket
- Same or fewer employees, less payroll
- No guessing about route quality. Visualize routes, stay in control, and be efficient
- Our route planner costs less
Route4MeTM Route Planning Software Case Studies
Real Estate Sales
Problem: This afternoon you've got five properties to show your client, but the two of you will be taking your own cars, and your client is new to the area, so doesn't know his way around town all that well. You want to give him a map with driving directions that he can fall back on in case you get separated in traffic.
Solution: Use Route4Me. Go out to www.route4me.com or the Route4Me route planning iPhone/iPad/Android route optimization app and enter the address of the first property you are going to visit on your optimized route as the start address, and then the addresses of all the other properties on your real-estate route. You don't have to worry about entering the other addresses in any sort of optimal order, because Route4Me will do that for you when it generates your optimized route. Simply hit "Plan Route", and get the optimized route listing, together with a map with pins, recommended travel lines, and driving directions. You can share this with your client by sending them an email or by sending them the optimized route's url automatically, or by sharing it on your favorite social network. You can just print off your optimized route listing and hand it to them when you meet at the first property.
Problem: While having an optimized route is usually great, today you know the order you want to visit the properties, and don't care as much about route optimization. But, you still need a map with directions to give your client.
Solution: Use Route4Me. This time enter the stops in the order you want, check the "Disable Optimization" option, and then click "Plan Route". You will get back the route listing you specified, plus the map with pins and route lines, and driving directions. You can share this route with your client, as before.
Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Sales
Problem: You are the sales manager for a team of sales people covering a metropolitan area, and each person has his own sales route and sales territory. Although you reimburse your drivers for mileage related expenses, you want to minimize costs as much as possible. You also want your sales teams selling to the largest number of customers they can in a day, so you want them to keep their time driving between sales calls to a minimum.
Solution: Use Route4Me. Have each sales person get a Route4Me account. They can then enter the addresses of all the doctors, hospitals, labs, and clinics they want to visit that day, and use Route4Me to create an optimized sales route that keeps their mileage and travel time to a minimum. This lowers your costs, and boosts your sales opportunities. After each sales person plans his/her route for that day, you can have him/her send his Route4Me plans to you for your records. If the sales person is using Route4Me's mobile route planning iPhone/iPad/Android application, then your master corporate account will automatically be notified when the sales person arrives at the client's location.
The Cable Guy
Problem: Your job is to do the route planning for your cable company's field support team each day. You show up in the morning at work, and are greeted with an email with a list of addresses of 50-100 customers for each area in your territory that that need to be visited on that day. Your job is to create and distribute optimized route plans for each team member (driver) to minimize their driving time and distance, and to keep the cost of gas and wear and tear on vehicles to a minimum. Your company uses GPS navigational devices, like TomToms, so you'd also like to feed the route data directly into to those devices. Some of your drivers also own personal iPhone or iPad devices that they prefer to use. You have one hour between the time you get in and the field support teams need to hit the road. How can you possibly provide your team with optimal route plans in such a short time period?
Solution: Use Route4Me. Just batch upload the address files using Route4Me's file upload feature, or copy and paste the addresses into the input field, and then hit "Plan Route". Route4Me accepts virtually all standard input file formats, like .xls, .csv, .txt, .doc, etc., for batch upload. Just specify the number of drivers that are on your team, and within seconds, you will have an optimized route for the day for each of your drivers, a map with pins and route lines, and driving directions for each driver. You can print out the route listings and driving directions for each team member. You can also export the route data in the preferred format for the company GPS navigation device, or send it to an iPhone or iPad, so that they can view the route from those devices. As they arrive at each destination, you'll receive a notification and see where they are on the route map.
Courier/Package Delivery Companies
Problem: Just like the Cable Guy, you need to plan routes involving dozens, even hundreds of stops, you need to share this data to GPS devices, and you need to minimize drive time, and money spent on gas and fleet maintenance. In addition, you need a simple way for your drivers to enter information related to each stop, such as whether delivery was refused, or nobody was home.
Solution: Use Route4Me. Just like with the Cable Guy, you can quickly and easily generate optimized route listings, maps, and directions, and share them with your drivers however you want. But in addition, your drivers can use Route4Me's Notes feature on their mobile devices (e.g., iPads, or netbooks) to enter any stop-specific information they collect on the route. Notes can also be used before the driver departs to provide additional information or instructions for each stop.
Problem: You're going to be taking the family on a road trip in three weeks, and it's time to start doing some detailed planning. It's going to be a two-week vacation, and you will be visiting four cities, plus stops in between. Each day you will be stopping at different spots for sightseeing, eating, and, of course, your hotel at the end of each day. You know once you get the car loaded up, and on the road it will be too late to do all the planning you'll need to do. You also want to be able to share your itinerary with family members so that they know where you are going to be in case of emergency.
Solution: Use Route4Me. For each day create a list of all the places you want to visit, plus the address of the hotel you will be at in the morning, and the one you will be staying at when you turn in for the day. Enter the addresses into Route4Me, select if you want the roundtrip option, which is handy if you are staying at the same hotel in the evening as in the morning, and then hit "Plan Route." (Note that for famous place names, such as Statue of Liberty, or Empire State Building, you don't even need to know the street address.) Once you've got your optimized route you can use Route4Me's GUI-based editing feature to make any "manual" adjustments you want. Route4Me will regenerate the map and driving (or walking) directions for you on the fly. Since its still a few weeks before you will actually be using the route information, just give the route a name, and save it in your free Route4Me account for later reference. You can also share the route with family and friends by email, or by using Twitter, Facebook, or any number of other social networking sites.
Problem: You and three other couples, taking two cars, are going to do some wine tasting in an area none of you have been before. Even though you have a designated driver for each car, its seems like there should be a better way to plan your stops than using the cheesy printed maps provided by the local winery association. Fortunately, there is!
Solution: Use Route4Me. Just enter your starting location, plus the addresses of the wineries you want to visit that day. Decide if you want a one-way or a roundtrip, and then hit "Plan Route." Route4Me will instantly generate an optimized route listing, map with pins and route lines, and driving directions. You can share this route using email,your favorite social network, print it out, or export it to your GPS device. You can also use Route4Me's Notes feature to make any notes you want about each of the wineries you visited.
Problem: You've got a business trip coming up, but will have two days off at the end to take in the sights and it's been a while since you've been to Paris. You've got more places you want to see than you can cram into two days, but you want to make the most of the opportunity, and see as much as you can. Since you won't have a car, getting walking directions is essential.
Solution: Use Route4Me. Route4Me works pretty much anywhere in the world where access to basic mapping and GPS data is available. Just type in the addresses (or just the names in the case of famous places, like the Eiffel Tower, or the Tour d'Eiffel) of the places you want to visit each day, select the "Walking Directions" option, and then hit "Plan Route". You will instantly have a map with pins, route lines, and walking directions. Share it immediately with your friends and co-workers to generate feelings of envy using email, social networks, etc.