Product Tip v1.0.2 #1 : International parcel delivery.
In EVR version 1.0.2, we have introduced international calculations. This allows EVR to be used, not only in the UK but anywhere in the world (one country per calculation).
In this product tip, we will cover how to run an international calculation, including:
- Log in
- Select Depot Location
- Selecting and adding new drivers and vehicles
- Select parcel file
- Set off calculation
- View results
So… without further ado…
Just like the UK users, all international users will have to log in via the portal – app.evrouting.com
From here you can create a user account or log in to EVR.
Select Depot Location
As shown in the screenshot (below), you can choose an international country just like the UK. The home ribbon shows all the icons for functions within EVR. In this instance, we are going to set up a brand-new depot outside of the UK. Firstly, click the + symbol. This will allow us to select where we want our depot to be. Zooming in will allow us to find the exact place of our depot.
Once we have selected our depot location, we will see this icon.
And, to save this depot location ready for the next step we must click the tick button.
Select drivers and vehicles
The next stage is to choose our drivers, and the vehicles they will be using. As we have selected and saved the depot location, we can now activate the next icon (see below).
Upon clicking the person icon, a pop-up will allow us to select the driver and their vehicle from our list. If we do not have any drivers or vehicles inputted yet we can do that from this window also. To input new driver profiles and/or new vehicle profiles we select the + icon, (shown below).
As we have drivers and vehicles already inputted into EVR we can select the driver we want from the list, once selected they will become colourised to highlight the selection.
From here we follow the same steps for the vehicles. For this example, we will be using a medium sized electric vehicle, so we choose the middle icon (below). Once we have selected the vehicle and clicked to register, we will be shown the list of vehicles to assign to this driver.
This list shows all the details inputted regarding the vehicle type; its vehicle registration details amongst other engine specifications i.e., KW/battery allowance and the vehicles operating range in miles.
Once the vehicle is selected, the vehicle icon will be also become colourised. To finalise these selections, simply click the tick button and we can move on to the next step, parcel upload.
Select parcel file
By clicking the +Parcel’s button, we can upload our parcel file. Clicking on the icon enables a pop-up window where we can select the .CSV file required, from our documents.
Once we have selected the file, we need to match the parameters. The mandatory parameters we need to match are:
- Street name – the street the delivery address is on
- House number – This is either the number or the building name
- Weight – the individual weight of the parcel
- ID – the individual parcel ID number
- Name – the recipient’s name
4a. Checking for errors
Once you have correlated your .CSV headings with the EVR parameters, EVR will run a quick check to establish that all your parcel locations can be identified by the algorithm.
If you have some parcels that were unable to be uploaded, download the report to fix any cells that could not be picked up by EVR, and re–upload an amended .CSV.
No Errors? Great! You are ready to move onto the next step.
Set off a calculation
Once the calculation has been set off, you can close the window and get on with the rest of your to-do list while the EVR algorithm does its thing. You will receive an email when the calculation is complete.
Once you have received your email informing you the results are ready, log back into EVR and from your notifications menu you can view your results.
EVR will highlight any parcels that are “unrouteable,” meaning that within the battery life of the selected vehicles these parcels could not be reached under the selected parameters.
As for our example, we can see we have 0 unrouteable parcels.
EVR not only shows us the most optimal route, but also how much this would cost in electricity, No2 and Co2 (if using diesel or hybrid vehicles).
So here we are. Together we have just set off our very first international calculation. Using EVR internationally works in the same way as planning a parcel delivery route here in the UK.
In our next product tip, we will be reviewing results, downloading the results and reports, and all the other user management options in EVR.
To start your EVR free trial, click here.