Plan and manage all vehicles, drivers and depots in a single view with Stream Go’s Multi-Depot Route Scheduling

Simplify the planning process with centralised delivery / collection route planning and scheduling for all distribution centres.

Multi-depot scheduling is a more efficient solution for businesses scheduling deliveries from multiple depots.

It means that one transport planner can centrally plan and optimise the routes for all depots, offering scalability for organisations of all sizes.

What’s the difference between Stream Go for multi-depot & Stream Go for single depot?

The quick answer: there is no difference!

Multi-depot planning uses all the same features and functionality of Stream’s regular advanced planning functionality. It takes the details entered, including:

  • Deliveries & collections (whether goods need to be collected from a depot for delivery to a customer or retailer, collected from a supplier for delivery to a depot, or trunked between depots)
  • Orders (including the order cube and/or weight information, as well as the delivery location)
  • Users and partners (with information about their delivery locations, as well as service levels, if applicable)
  • Inventory & stock levels (so orders are planned with only the goods in stock at a specific distribution location)
  • Vehicles (with cube and/or weight capacity, as well as availability information)
  • Drivers (with availability and licence information)

With this information, Stream Go produces a set of optimised runs, for you to check and make final adjustments to, as required.

How does multi-depot scheduling work?

First, orders are allocated to a depot automatically, based on postcode, with options for flexible assignment of depots per customer. You are able to manually change the depot an order is allocated to based on the knowledge and expertise of the transport planner.

Then, routes are autoplanned on a depot by depot basis, from a single planner. Multi-depot route scheduling can be managed locally, centrally or both.

After routes have been created, you can adjust them as required. You can view only routes/runs for a specific depot on the map view, or see an overview of all runs and routes.

Finally, you just close the run, sending delivery information to customers and route information to the driver app.

Why use multi-depot routing?

For organisations managing routing and scheduling for more than one location, centralised planning functionality allows you to view resources, drivers and vehicles from every depot.

This allows logistics planners to make the best use of available resources, as they have visibility across the entire organisation.

Even if planning for every depot isn’t centralised, multi-depot options give local transport managers visibility over vehicles and drivers from neighbouring depots. Depot managers are able to collaborate and work together, so the organisation is working as a unified business – instead of each depot acting as a separate entity.

Ultimately, multi-depot planning allows you to manage deliveries from multiple hubs in a single view, gives customers a unified impression of your business and makes the most efficient use of resources to make deliveries promptly.

Trunking goods between depots

If you have multiple depots, you may not stock every item at every depot/warehouse/store/location. Using Stream’s trunking functionality, those goods can easily be trunked between depots as required, with full visibility over inventory at all times.

Once an order has been allocated to the most convenient depot for delivery, goods may need to be trunked into that depot to complete the order.

Stock in any warehouse can be moved onto a trunk run through Stream’s route planning module. Stock is scanned onto the vehicle and then scanned off at the other end, so you always know the location of goods within the delivery system.

Once the product is in transit from one depot/warehouse/location to another, they can be allocated to stock at the target site and planned onto a delivery run accordingly.