How Adding Direct-to-Consumer Delivery Helped Stoke Cold Pressed Juice during COVID-19
Before COVID-19, Stoke Cold Pressed Juice sold roughly 95% of its cold-pressed juices to cafes and restaurants, with the remaining 5% sold out of its storefront.
Jill Bentley-Lobban, the owner of Stoke Cold Pressed Juice, had started selling juices because they had left-over produce from their organic market. Instead of wasting that produce, they decided to expand their business and create tasty, healthy bottled juices. Soon this side of the business grew into its own entity. Jill now sources most of her fruits and vegetables from local farms, keeping her product’s quality high and the carbon footprint of her company low.
Originally, Stoke Cold Pressed Juice delivered to its business clients without the need for any kind of delivery planning or route optimization software.
All of our deliveries were to recurring accounts, so the routes didn’t change week to week.
Because of that, we didn’t need to worry about route optimization or route monitoring.
But this changed as her city went into lockdown to reduce the spread of the viral pandemic.
More customers wanted more from Stoke cold pressed juice — along with fresh produce, which Jill sells out of her other business — delivered directly to their homes.
Even after restrictions were lifted, direct-to-consumer orders account for 20% of Jill’s business.
Jill knew she needed to deliver the juices quickly — cold-pressed juices are best within three days of being bottled — and she needed a system that let her efficiently deliver to multiple stops per day.
She brought on two part-time delivery drivers to help with the increased demand. But, she also needed something more sophisticated than Google Maps to help her plan deliveries.
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How Jill Uses Circuit for Teams to Plan and Make Her Deliveries
Jill’s drivers completed roughly six routes every two weeks (with anywhere from 10-25 stops per route).
At the recommendation of her website developer, she started using Circuit for Teams.
With Circuit for Teams, she didn’t need to spend time trying to optimize multi-stop routes. She simply loaded the addresses into Circuit for Teams and let the Circuit algorithm optimize a route for her drivers. This allows Stoke to deliver more orders on a given day.
Plus, Jill saves time along with giving increased customer satisfaction by using the Circuit for Teams route monitoring feature.
It’s really great to be able to monitor where our drivers are,” Jill said. “If a customer calls and asks about the ETA of their delivery, I can just look at my screen and give the customer an accurate update of when their order will arrive.
Stoke Cold Pressed Juice: Going Forward
As stay-at-home orders lifted, Jill saw some of her business clients increase their orders, but it doesn’t seem like her direct-to-consumer business will go away anytime soon.
First, most restaurants and cafes where Stoke sold its cold-pressed juices are only opening at 50% capacity — so they’re still not ordering as much inventory as they once did.
Second, people are accustomed to getting their juices delivered straight to their doorstep.
Whether the direct-to-consumer side of her business plateaus or continues to grow, she’ll be able to use Circuit for Teams to optimize routes, monitor her drivers, and provide excellent customer services.
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