Route planning for logistics

Logistics teams require route planning and optimization tools to ensure efficient delivery rates and to reduce costs. Learn how to implement it here.

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Logistics firms involved in last-mile delivery are both going through a boom time but are also under more pressure than ever before. A rise in online consumerism and home-delivery services has increased customer service demands to new heights for last-mile deliveries. Matched with this is rising fleet and labour costs, increased traffic congestion, and market competition. For logistics firms route planning is more complex than ever before and the ability to make money is dependent on being highly efficient.

At SmartRoutes, we have leveraged innovative technology to keep you ahead of the game and ensure your Logistics & 3PL services meet the highest standards.

How to do route planning and optimization

  • Cut hours of admin and planning time by having multiple delivery routes, created at the click of a button with optimization software
  • Utilise Zip codes, Post codes and GPS coordinates to quickly and accurately plan deliveries
  • Create flexible geographical zones and automatically assign work within those parameters
  • Optimize vehicle efficiency with smart load-balancing that means vehicles go out fully loaded
  • Dispatch routes to drivers via their own app
  • Include dispatch notes for drivers so they know what to do/expect
SmartRoutes Logistics Route Optimiser

Route & Vehicle Optimisation

  • Increase capacity and reduce fleet size with industry-leading route optimisation
  • Use Postcodes, Zipcodes, GPS Co-Ordinates & what3words to ensure accurate delivery addresses
  • Flexible zoning, incorporating vehicle and driver assignment to specific areas
  • Save money with smart load-balancing
  • Advanced insights and analytics from machine-learned routing data

Driver retail delivery app

  • Let drivers get their routes assigned automatically
  • Give them clarity on their working hours for the day
  • Give dispatch notes to drivers by individual stop/customer so they know exactly what to do
  • Allow drivers to navigate their route effectively and on-time
  • Allow drivers take driver notes for end-of-day reports without having to talk to dispatch manager directly
  • Record signatures, notes and proof-of-delivery
  • Provide a live package tracking portal to customers for a great delivery experience
  • Let driver routes be tracked in real-time to prove out efficiency and record work done
  • Improve data protection and security with a totally digital process
SmartRoutes Logistics Driver App Features

Data Cleansing & Address Verification

  • Automate the cleaning and update of inaccurate addresses
  • Automatically verify the authenticity and location accuracy of addresses provided by customers

Reporting and insights

  • See end-of-day/week reports on driving time, efficiency and route diversions
  • Automate weekly or monthly DOT, CSAT, NPS etc.
  • Become a data-driven home delivery operation and generate insights to improve the experience for drivers and customers
  • Become less reliant on driver local knowledge of routes and individual stops with driver notes reports and historic route data
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Integrations

  • SmartRoutes is experienced in working with third-party software providers and can be seamlessly integrated with your current Telematics and Order Management Systems
  • Easily integrate with your existing Proof-of-Delivery solution