Routes represent the way zones link together. Routes can be configured individually for any pair of Zones. They are useful in establishing different base prices for the same transport. For example, some routes can be configured to avoid toll roads, thus offering multiple shipping lanes within a defined perimeter.
To add a Route at least one Zone are needed. Press New and select a name and optionally a description for the new Route and press the green checkmark to confirm.
Once created, press the arrow to define the Route’s endpoints. The endpoints are chosen from the Zone list. Press New and choose Z1 as sender and Z2 as receiver.
We now apply the same concept to our Distance vs Weight matrix. We consider each distance interval as a Route. Therefore we mark the Sender Zone as N/A and the Receiver will be one of the Zones. The way this works is by comparing the total transport distance to all the listed intervals. If the distance is between 1-2000 km the distance value must fall inside one of the 64 intervals. Sender zone remains undefined because the origin of the transport is not considered, rather we are interested in where the total distance fits inside the matrix. To make it work we define 64 routes corresponding to 64 Zones.
Continue to map the remaining Routes. RouteZ2 will receive to Z2, RouteZ3 to Z3, etc.
Below we obtain the file corresponding to mapping Routes for the Distance Interval scenario where we distinguish the Routes as RouteZx, where x=1…64.
<Route Name="Test Route1" Description="">
<Link SenderZoneName="N/A" ReceiverZoneName="R1" />
<Route Name="Test Route2" Description="">
<Link SenderZoneName="N/A" ReceiverZoneName="R2" />