For ElasticRoute to perform a more realistic route that caters to your time constraints, you may enter your service, traveling and loading times.
Whenever a stop is created, and the times are not being provided, the default values from the settings will be taken as reference for the stop for planning.
The inputs of the settings will affect the generation of the estimated time of arrival (ETA) and assigning of stops to the vehicles.
Step 1: Navigate to Settings > General.
Step 2: Scroll down to the Time section, and key in the data.
Step 3: Click Save when done.
|Time taken to load the goods onto your vehicle prior at your depot.
|This loading time will add a delay time prior to planning the route. For example, if the loading time is set to 20 mins, and that the time window is set to start at 9 am, the first stop will start planning from 9:20 am.
Refer to How To Set Different Loading Times For Each Depot Respectively.
|Add a buffer to the traveling time.
|Can be used to modify for the traveling times between stops to adjust for speed of the vehicle. The higher the number, the longer the traveling time.
Refer to How To Set Buffer For Your Deliveries
|Service time at each stop.
|Time spent at each stop. Can be used to account for the parking and unloading of goods at each stop.
Refer to How To Set Service Time For Your Stops
Fom the table below, with the time settings switch on, the ETA of the first stop was 9:14 AM, compared to 9:40 AM. The difference was due to the 20 mins loading time and the buffer of 40%.
Similary, the ETAs of the subsequent stops were increased by the buffer of 40% and 5 mins of service time.
|ETA (Without Time Settings)
|ETA (With Time Settings)