Title COU.R.I.E.L - COUrier Routing through Innovative Emulation Learning program
Project Number 2008-1-GR1-LEO05-00607
Product Training using state-of-the-art Routing and Scheduling Tools
Title Training using state-of-the-art Routing and Scheduling Tools
Product Type teaching material
A demo version of a suitable commercial routing software (ORTEC SHORTREC®) selected among several evaluated commercial products, to support both in the educational needs and training purposes (demonstration & practice) of the COURIEL project. Using the selected product the trainees are provided with an actual application of the theoretical material to evaluate by themselves the benefits gained by utilizing routing software in daily routing and fleet management operations. The trainees are provided with an explanatory guidance on how-to-use relevant routing software and are provided with skills on using IT and routing technologies.
The presentation of such a software helps in understanding how their daily distribution operations can be implemented with the help of routing software. The trainees can compare their current practices and understand why and how such systems can minimize the trivial daily workload, leaving more time for the personnel to deal with critical operations.
In addition, an analytical manual was developed for the trainers, in order to learn to use the suggested software. During the lab sessions, the trainees were able to use the software by their own, with assistance from the trainers.
Target group Project partners' trainers and trainees
Based on trainees' statements, the selected system:
- Was easy, not complex and with a friendly user interface supporting trainees to understand quickly its basic routines
- Included several modules that are critical and very useful in routing and distribution (such as geocoding, reporting, etc.)
- Explained how all the operational and business constraints of the daily routing operations can be modeled through a commercial system, and
- Generally, covered the educational and training needs regarding practical applications of routing and scheduling and serving as a solid starting point for understanding routing IT software and how to use them.
Area of application Project partners' training program