Route planning is now part-and-parcel of running a reliable and efficient delivery operation. And recently, various route organizer websites and apps have entered the market, helping drivers and dispatchers optimize their routing at the tap of a thumb or the click of a mouse.
But these route planning tools aren’t all created equal — nor do they all serve the unique needs of a modern delivery service. So, in this post, we’ll show you how delivery teams can use Circuit’s route organizer to save time and money, improve delivery performance, and boost customer satisfaction. We’ll cover a range of topics, including:
Originally, there was very little advance route planning in delivery teams. Quite simply, a list of addresses was given to a driver who knew the local area.
Back in the days when delivery services were rarer, efficiency was less important, and technology wasn’t so advanced, this seemed like a satisfactory way of doing things. But that’s not the case anymore.
And even when route planning started to become a key part of delivery operations, the methods haven’t exactly been seamless — and nor did they guarantee optimal routes. Here are three ways route planning has conventionally been done, and why they don’t really help:
The more advanced route planning tools used to be reserved for larger delivery companies, who could afford expensive enterprise software. Fortunately, as we’ll explain, smaller delivery firms and independent businesses offering delivery (e.g. florists, pharmacies, restaurants) can now access the very same route optimization features that the big brands benefit from.
Circuit provides individual drivers and delivery teams with route planning and route optimization rivalling any custom tools the big companies use. You can save hours every week by uploading your list into the Circuit platform and allowing our algorithm to calculate the best route for your deliveries.
We offer two solutions, which we explain in detail below:
The Circuit Route Planner is our mobile application for individual drivers. It is a route optimization app that can be downloaded for Android and iOS devices, working seamlessly with the most popular mapping apps such as Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze, and others.
The free version of the Circuit Route Planner offers route optimization for routes of up to 10 stops. And with a paid subscription to the Pro version, you get:
Circuit’s Route Planner app has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times (and counting), and our app’s route optimization algorithms save drivers up to 25% on fuel and time.
If you need to organize and optimize routes for a team of delivery drivers, Circuit for Teams is the solution for you. This means you get all the route optimization functionality of Circuit’s route planning app, but you also get additional features on a manager-side web app, such as:
Organizing the fastest route for one driver is hard enough, but when you have multiple drivers running various routes across town — with different loads, trucks, and working hours, things get very tricky. Circuit for Teams is designed to make things easier for delivery managers as a whole, meaning your organization is more efficient and scalable — and drivers are happier.
If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of using cost-effective route planning software to plan and complete your routes, sign up for a free trial of Circuit.
We recently compared various route planning softwares in another post, looking at pros and cons, the costs of subscription packages, and who each software suits best.
Below is a brief summary, but for a deep dive into the different route planners available, go over to our post: The Best Route Planning Software: 5 Different Route Planners Compared
Route organizers come in all shapes and sizes. But we feel that delivery teams need software that can help them with multiple aspects of managing a delivery operation. This is why we’ve built on our driver-focused Route Planner app to create Circuit for Teams — making route optimization possible when you have multiple drivers, while helping them do their jobs faster.
An efficient route organizer will help your team deliver more packages quicker, and when route planning is also supported (in a single platform) by real-time driver tracking, proof of delivery, recipient notifications, and other core delivery management features, you’ll be running a smoother organization that can scale more easily.
If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of using a cost-effective route planning software to plan and complete your routes, sign up for a free trial of Circuit.
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