2.5 billion parcels were delivered across the UK in 2016 and that figure is only set to rise as more and more of us opt to shop online. Deliveries to retail locations are soon to be overtaken by deliveries straight to consumers’ homes. Great if you’re the consumer but what if you’re the company trying to stay on top of growing delivery demands?
A high price to pay
The cost of failed deliveries in the UK is estimated to be a staggering £1.6 billion according to a 2018 report. Failed deliveries included deliveries that needed re-delivery or collection, those that were lost and those that didn’t arrive within the expected timeframe.
That cost doesn’t just affect the consumer who has to pick up a delivery themselves, or the retailer who has to replace a lost parcel or compensate for late delivery. It also affects the courier who gets tangled up in seemingly endless re-deliveries.
With such a high price to pay, getting your delivery routes right becomes all-important. Shaving off just a few minutes or metres per delivery can mean the difference from making all your scheduled deliveries that day or not.
And even if your deliveries are on time, every time, optimising your delivery routes can give you that competitive edge, saving you hundreds or even thousands of Pounds.
How can you get that edge?
With RaaS (Routing as a Service), an online route planning service for effective dynamic routing and variable route planning.
You set the parameters, your delivery time windows, when your drivers will set off and maximum driving hours. Then you let the system do the hard work of optimising your routes across your fleet.
What do you stand to gain?
Fewer, quicker and shorter routes. But that’s just for starters.
With dynamic routing across your fleet, your workforce gets a balanced workload, your customers get on-time deliveries and your bottom line gets a boost thanks to lower re-delivery costs, more deliveries per day and route problems solved faster. What’s more, all of this is made easily accessible via a straightforward online user interface.
Find out more about RaaS dynamic routing from Integrated Skills here.