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CVRS - Computerised Vehicle Routing and Scheduling

CVRS is generally used by organisations operating a number of vehicles, particularly for multi-drop work, where the scheduling task is complex and limited time is available for planning. CVRS can also be used to ‘model’ possible changes to a transport operation, carry out strategic reviews (fixed route revision) and quantify the impact on operations of more immediate changes.

What are the benefits?.

    Bullet Enables quicker reaction to changes and offers the ability to divert vehicles for additional work, or pre- warn customers of a late delivery or collection.

    Bullet Reduces journey times, fewer late deliveries and reduced stress on staff.

    Bullet Improves communications and better planning.

    Bullet Reduces operating costs and improved customer satisfaction.

    Bullet Fewer resources required – including vehicles, drivers, fuel, tyres.

Things to consider:

    Bullet A CVRS system may help you adapt and keep pace with transport operation developments in the industry.

    Bullet It’s worthwhile to prepare a carefully constructed plan in order to adopt CVRS and ensure you get the most from the system.

    Bullet If you operate a small fleet, smaller scale telematics options such as Sat-Nav may be more viable.

TMS products can vary in cost and complexity with prices ranging from a few thousand £’s to potentially hundreds of thousands £’s.

Implementation of CVRS can be very company-specific, depending on many factors such as size of the operation and what is expected from the system. Support, training and development are critical if the system is to produce the best results.

CVRS in a Nutshell

Computerised Vehicle Routing Systems,
what are they ?

A computerised vehicle routing and scheduling (CVRS) system combines customer location data, such as postcodes, with delivery or collection data, such as product type, weight and quantity, to create the most efficient schedule for a fleet of vehicles and drivers.

The Benefits

    Bullet Substantial reductions in planning time

    Bullet Greater fleet utilisation may facilitate fleet rationalisation

    Bullet Can integrate with order processing and invoicing systems

    Bullet Can incorporate customer delivery conditions such as an inability to accept certain sized vehicles or deliveries at specified times

    Bullet Can identify incompatible loads

    Bullet Can be used to model and test delivery scenarios

How much does a CVRS cost ?

Systems are generally tailored to meet the specific needs of an organisation, with costs dependent on functions required, number of system users, size of vehicle fleet to be routed and scheduled, number of depots within the organisation, and the number of customers and calls to be routed. A single user system to plan the work for a fleet of 20 - 25 vehicles typically costs in the region of £35,000 - £40,000, with on- going licences and support likely to cost around £5,000 per year.

Issues to consider

    Bullet Compatibility with other systems

    Bullet Route scheduling systems can be complicated for operators to learn how to use

    Bullet The initial set-up can be time-consuming, as all addresses need to be input into a master file, with information on delivery windows, and vehicle restrictions and capacities in relation to the different product sizes and weights