How To Set Blackout (Do-Not-Deliver) Time Window For Your Stops

The Blackout Window is a time-constraint feature that you may indicate for your stops for the systems to avoid assigning vehicles to it during a time range, i.e. the generated Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) will be out of the Blackout Window.

It functions like a Do-Not-Deliver time range for your stops, and be used in cases when the recipient is not at home or that the stop is unavailable to receive the goods a particular time range.

Without Blackout Window

Assuming there are 8 stops, and without indicating any Blackout Window for any of the stops, the systems will try to plan a route to service all of the stops normally.

Image Of Planned Results Without Setting Blackout Window

Stops with the Blackout Windows

Assuming that all of the stops have the same Blackout Window from 10 am to 12 pm, the systems will plan the run in a way that would avoid the generation of an ETA within that time range for all of the stops.

Notice that none of the stops have an ETA within the Blackout Window from 10 am to 12 pm, with the ETA of the fourth stops starting from 12 pm.

Image of Planned Results With The Same Blackout Window

Single stop with a Blackout Window

Assuming that there is a “Special" Stop that cannot be served from 10 am to 11 am. You may indicate the Blackout Window for that particular stop; and during planning, the systems will plan to avoid assigning the vehicle to that stop within that time range.

Image Of Planned Results Of A Single Stop With Blackout Window

Stops with varying Blackout Windows

This Blackout Window feature may further be applied to all of your stops, for the systems to perform planning; with all of the generated ETAs outside the Blackout Window.

Image Of Planned Results With Varying Blackout Windows

How To Set Up

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Blackout Windows.

Step 2: Click Add Blackout Window.

Step 3: Fill in the data. For example:

Step 4: Click Save.

Repeat Steps 2 – 4 if required.

How To Use The Blackout Window

Manual Addition of Stops

When creating jobs, you may specify the Blackout Window.

Import Of CSV File

In your CSV file, you may specify the Blackout Window, prior to importing the file.

List Of Stops For Planning
Name Latitude Longitude Blackout Window
S1 1.39003103 103.8711549 10 am to 11 am
S2 1.39509898 103.8893044 10 am to 11 am
S3 1.38474266 103.9285193 10 am to 11 am
S4 1.37138351 103.9436361 10 am to 11 am
S5 1.33344644 103.9461218 10 am to 11 am
S6 1.32590878 103.9246479 10 am to 11 am
S7 1.32856144 103.9004074 10 am to 11 am
S8 1.34379895 103.8808246 10 am to 11 am

Results

A list of stops was planned to demonstrate the effects of the Blackout Window feature.

Screenshot Of Stops Before Planning

Stops with the Blackout Windows

From the table below, with the use of the Blackout Window feature, the ETA of the stops was out of the defined Blackout Time Window of 10 to 11 am.

Results Without The Use Of Blackout Windows

Planned Results
Name Latitude Longitude Blackout Window ETA Blackout Window ETA
S1 1.39003103 103.8711549 None 9:08 AM 10 am to 11 am 9:08 AM
S2 1.39509898 103.8893044 9:24 AM 9:29 AM
S3 1.38474266 103.9285193 9:46 AM 9:55 AM
S4 1.37138351 103.9436361 10:02 AM 11:00 AM
S5 1.33344644 103.9461218 10:21 AM 11:24 PM
S6 1.32590878 103.9246479 10:36 PM 11:45 PM
S7 1.32856144 103.9004074 10:51 PM 12:05 PM
S8 1.34379895 103.8808246 11:05 PM 12:24 PM

Screenshot Of Stops After Planning Without Blackout Window

Screenshot Of Map Display Of Stops After Planning

Screenshot of Stops After Planning With Blackout WIndow Set to 10 to 11 am

Screenshot of Map Display Of Stops After Planning With Blackout Window

Single stop with a Blackout Window

The following was being imported into ElasticRoute for demonstrating the use of the Blackout Window for a single stop, S4.

List Of Stops For Planning
Name Latitude Longitude Blackout Window
S1 1.39003103 103.8711549
S2 1.39509898 103.8893044
S3 1.38474266 103.9285193
S4 1.37138351 103.9436361 10 am to 11 am
S5 1.33344644 103.9461218
S6 1.32590878 103.9246479
S7 1.32856144 103.9004074
S8 1.34379895 103.8808246

Results Without The Use Of Blackout Windows

As shown in the below table, the systems had replanned the entire route, and avoided assigning and planning

Planned Results Of Without Blackout Window And A Single Stop With The Feature Enabled
Job Sequence Name Blackout Window ETA Name Blackout Window ETA
1 S1 None 9:08 AM S1 None 9:08 AM
2 S2 9:24 AM S2 9:29 AM
3 S3 9:46 AM S8 9:59 AM
4 S4 10:02 AM S7 10:18 AM
5 S5 10:21 AM S6 10:39 PM
6 S6 10:36 PM S5 11:00 PM
7 S7 10:51 PM S4 10 am to 11 am 11:24 PM
8 S8 11:05 PM S3 None 11:43 PM

Screenshot Of Stops After Planning Without Blackout Window

Screenshot Of Map Display Of Stops After Planning

Screenshot Of Planned Results With A Single Stop With Blackout Window Enabled

Screenshot Of Planned Results With A Single Stop With Blackout Window Enabled