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Flexible Start Time vs Fixed Start Time

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2017 11:56AM EST
Please also see the article about Creating your Vehicles.

Sometimes it is better for Vehicles to leave later and to be on the road for a shorter time or sometimes it is better to leave as early as possible. This option gives the flexibility to put the Vehicle on the road at just the right time to serve their first Order.


A fixed start time comes in handy in those scenarios where it is important to make sure all of your Vehicles leave the Depot at the same time or for example when an employee is paid from 8 o'clock no matter what.

If you check the "Flexible start time" option, Route Manager will postpone the actual departure time if that helps minimize the Vehicle's working time.

With working time we mean the total time between the moment the Driver leaves and hits the road towards their first stop and the moment they finish their route 

For this reason, WorkWave Route Manager may see fit to have Vehicles leave later than the beginning of their set working hours whenever leaving early does not contribute to a shorter working time. For example, because of some Time Windows' settings, Vehicles would have to wait before serving certain Orders and this would generate Idle Time and decrease efficiency.

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