Routing

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by srl28, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What are you guys using to route crew/crews to maintenance accounts each week? Anyone using software to do it or somehow using a google maps type system to route?
     
  2. coyote10

    coyote10 LawnSite Member
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    I don't have crews, but when I used to work route delivery we got a cork board, a paper map and different colored push pins (the ones with the colored round balls on the end) or thumb tacks. Different color every day of the week. Easy to visualize the routes.
     
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    I am a one man show, but I use Lawn Monkey for all my routing and invoicing. You can assign crew to specific customer and print out a route sheet in the morning. The route sheets are fully customizible. I have an area that I can put my start and stop times. I usually don't print them just for myself, but on occasion when I have a hard time remember some new customers I will. It's pricy though....around $1200, but it has lots of bells and whistles. Area for just employees, equipment maintenance and other stuff. You can set up job profiles for like weed/feed programs. Instead of adding 6 individual step, just one 6 step program. You can schedule apps by zones. For an additional $400 or so, you can purchase the mapping software that will print out a map for your crews to follow. It does have some limited accounting features.

    You can also get Qxpress, also made my Alocet that intergrates with Quickbooks. It's a little cheaper I think.

    I will tell you the downfall. Support is up after 1 year and will cost you $300 a year if you want to keeps support.
     
  4. Gone Green

    Gone Green LawnSite Member
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    If you're personally managing the routing and know the stops by heart then QXPress, in my opinion, is the most cost effective while providing that hands on function. Be ready to put as much effort into setting it up!
     
  5. Ted at HindSite

    Ted at HindSite Inactive
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    Are you doing multiple crews? We've got a nice interface with MapPoint, puts all the accounts on the map so you can just drag a box around an area and assign it to one crew's schedule (and yes, actually route it after that). Really easy to use.
     
  6. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just heard about mappoint actually. Do you have any more info on it? And yes,m most likely more than 1 crew to be setup on this system.
     
  7. Ted at HindSite

    Ted at HindSite Inactive
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    MapPoint won't handle any of the scheduling, but it does a decent job of routing if the list doesn't get too big. We can take the lats and lons and plug them into our scheduler.

    We like it because it's easy for our software to work with it, but I'm not sure if you want to buy it as a standalone... for just working out a schedule on a map, I'd stick to Google maps, just because it's free. Here's a link to it on amazon...
     
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    That's what Lawn Monkey uses for mapping....Map Point.
     
  9. Green Feet Lawn

    Green Feet Lawn LawnSite Member
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    I have Microsoft streets and trips. It allows me to put every address in and chose where I want to start and finish. Then it will optimize the stops. For my weekly maintenance, I follow this. Whenever I sign up a new customer, I add the address and optimize and it puts it right in the route.

    I really love it for my snowplowing routes.
     
  10. tradeyouraccounts

    tradeyouraccounts Banned
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    Is there are charge for Microsoft streets and trips?
     

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