TruckStops (http://www.truckstopsrouting.com) is the world’s most widely-deployed and best-established vehicle routing and scheduling optimisation systems and OptiSite is the associated network modelling system commonly used for depot site location and optimisation of customer allocation.
"This represents an exciting development for our customers and for the whole routing and scheduling optimisation market," said Mary Short, Chairman of MapMechanics, who will take overall charge of future TruckStops business.
MicroAnalytics has always strongly supported its UK market base, and in association with MapMechanics the company has included numerous localisation features to reflect the specific requirements of UK users.
By acquiring the products outright, MapMechanics now plans to advance this localisation to a new level, adapting the core products to match users’ business needs and operating conditions even more closely. This direct product involvement will engender further development of TruckStops and OptiSite, which will also continue to embody all the functionality of the existing products, while gaining a range of new features - taking the systems into their next generation.
The company will continue to provide full support to users and Mike Hooban, founder and president of MicroAnalytics, will help ensure continuity by working alongside the MapMechanics development team.
TruckStops vehicle routing and scheduling has been adopted by many leading names including organisations as diverse as UPS Logistics, Wincanton, Gregory Distribution, Owens Corning, Alliance Boots, Solaglas, Fenland Laundries, Richard Burbidge and Spicers.
MapMechanics has developed a range of related products such as solutions for full-load optimisation, and for determining which traffic to deliver in-house and which items to pass to external contractors. In future, these products will be integrated more tightly into the core TruckStops product, forming components of an expanding TruckStops solutions suite.
“We see this acquisition as the start of a whole new phase for TruckStops,”
TruckStops is a fully featured, flexible, easy-to-use, single- and multi-depot routing and scheduling optimisation solution. It enables users to plan the movements of people or goods automatically – either every day, reflecting the specific delivery tasks for that day, or on a fixed basis where routes change little over time. It is frequently also used to model alternative delivery scenarios, helping users to determine the optimum number and location of depots and fleet size. TruckStops can take account of numerous special requirements such as available drivers’ hours, call duration, load size and weight, delivery time windows, special driver skills and vehicle configuration details, and has numerous reporting options.
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MapMechanics provide innovative map based solutions. Based in the United Kingdom they have been providing software, data and consultancy for logistics and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for over twenty years.