Stay Ahead of the Curve: How to Create Delivery & Pickup Routes in Advance

Stay Ahead of the Curve: How to Create Delivery & Pickup Routes in Advance, Zeo Route Planner
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Creating and managing delivery and pickup routes efficiently is crucial for businesses that rely on the timely transportation of goods. Whether you’re a small business owner or a logistics manager, creating and optimizing your delivery and pickup routes in advance can save time, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction.

There are certain prerequisites that should be considered before creating delivery and pickup routes in advance.

Prerequisites for Planning Delivery & Pickup Routes in Advance

  1. Understand your Business Requirements
    Understanding your customers’ requirements is essential for planning delivery routes in advance. This includes knowing their delivery preferences, such as delivery times, delivery windows, and special instructions. You must also consider the delivery frequency and possible challenges before creating delivery and pickup routes in advance.
  2. Know your Delivery & Pickup Schedule
    Knowing the delivery windows for each customer can help you plan your routes more efficiently, ensuring that deliveries are made on time and within the allotted time frame. Additionally, you must take into account the delivery volume and the distance before creating delivery routes and schedules.
  3. Identify the Delivery & Pickup Locations
    Your customer database is a valuable source of information for identifying delivery and pickup locations. This should include the customer’s address and contact information. Integrating with Google Maps can help you identify the exact location of each delivery and pickup address.
  4. Optimize the Delivery & Pickup Route
    The most important aspect of planning delivery and pickup routes in advance is ensuring you optimize the routes for maximum business efficiency. Choosing the optimized delivery routes will help you save on fuel costs, time and effort required to complete the delivery.

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How to Create Delivery & Pickup Routes in Advance

  1. Step 1: Add Stops in the Route Planner
    You must add the different stops including start and end delivery points in the route planner software. If you are using a smart route optimization software like Zeo, you can upload excel files or scan barcodes and printed manifests to fetch your stops instead of manually adding them.
  2. Step 2: Schedule the Routes and Locations
    Once all the stops are uploaded, you must identify the start and the end stop that will serve as the start and end locations for your entire delivery process. You must also assign the start time and start location. Fleet managers can schedule routes using their store address as the start location using Zeo.
  3. Step 3: Specify Requirements & Assign to Drivers
    After scheduling the start and end date, you have to assign drivers that will shoulder the responsibility for deliveries in specific locations. With Zeo, the delivery routes are directly updated in the driver application, saving valuable minutes and ensuring faster delivery.

Benefits of Creating Delivery & Pickup Routes in Advance

  1. Improved Business Efficiency
    By creating delivery and pickup routes in advance, businesses can estimate the delivery needs and optimize their routes and schedules to reduce the time required to complete the deliveries. This results in increased productivity and efficiency.
  2. Reduced Downtime & Costs
    Creating and optimizing delivery and pickup routes will help your business save on fuel expenditures and other transportation-related expenses. It becomes easier to manage your fleet once you have scheduled the delivery and pickup routes in advance, reducing downtime.
  3. Increased Customer Satisfaction
    Sticking to estimated delivery and pickup times, businesses can improve their customers’ satisfaction and loyalty. This results in increased sales, customer retention and repeat business.
  4. Better Resource Utilization
    Advanced planning of delivery and pickup routes will help you better allocate your resources including, vehicles, drivers, and inventory. You can eliminate any last-minute hassle or compromises in the delivery routes. This improves overall resource management.

Read More: How to Manage Same Day Deliveries as a Fleet Manager.

How Zeo Makes Advance Route Planning Simple and Effective

  1. Driver Management
    Zeo enables you to onboard drivers within five minutes. You can assign multiple routes to drivers in a single click. To provide end-to-end driver management, Zeo offers live location tracking of drivers to provide a bird-eye view of business operations. Moreover, you can easily track the route progress and get detailed reports on the deliveries.
  2. Route Scheduling
    Zeo lets you add stops the way you want – through search by address, google maps, lat long coordinates and import stops via xls and URLs. After adding the stops, you can set the start date and time along with the start and end locations for the route.
  3. Route Optimization
    Once you enter all the stops on your delivery and pickup route, Zeo takes care of the rest. It analyzes all the stops, pickup locations and delivery paths to optimize the delivery route and present the quickest and the best way to complete your deliveries.
  4. Auto-assigning Drivers
    You never have to manually decide which driver should have which stop. Once you fetch your stops into the app, Zeo auto-assigns them to up to 200 drivers based on their availability and location.

Conclusion

Creating delivery and pickup routes in advance can help you improve business efficiency. If you are a fleet owner looking to create and optimize delivery and pickup routes in advance to grow your business outcomes, get in touch with us for a quick discussion. Zeo not only helps you identify the best delivery route but also helps you improve customer satisfaction and maintain a competitive edge over others.

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    How do I add stop by typing and searching? Web

    Follow these steps to add a stop by typing and searching:

    • Go to Playground Page. You will find a search box in top left.
    • Type in your desired stop and it will show search results as you type.
    • Select one of the search results to add the stop to list of unassigned stops.

    How do I import stops in bulk from an excel file? Web

    Follow these steps to add stops in bulk using an excel file:

    • Go to Playground Page.
    • In top right corner you will see import icon. Press on that icon & a modal will open.
    • If you already have an excel file, press the “Upload stops via flat file” button & a new window will open up.
    • If you don’t have an existing file, you can download a sample file and input all your data accordingly, then upload it.
    • In the new window, upload your file and match the headers & confirm mappings.
    • Review your confirmed data and add the stop.

    How do I import stops from an image? Mobile

    Follow these steps to add stops in bulk by uploading an image:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • Bottom bar has 3 icons in left. Press on image icon.
    • Select the image from gallery if you already have one or take a picture if you don’t have existing.
    • Adjust the crop for the selected image & press crop.
    • Zeo will automatically detect the addresses from the image. Press on done and then save & optimize to create route.

    How do I add a stop using Latitude and Longitude? Mobile

    Follow these steps to add stop if you have Latitude & Longitude of the address:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • You will see a icon. Press on that icon & press on New Route.
    • If you already have an excel file, press the “Upload stops via flat file” button & a new window will open up.
    • Below search bar, select the “by lat long” option and then enter the latitude and longitude in the search bar.
    • You will see results in the search, select one of them.
    • Select additional options according to your need & click on “Done adding stops”.

    How do I add a using a QR Code? Mobile

    Follow these steps to add stop using QR Code:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • You will see a icon. Press on that icon & press on New Route.
    • Bottom bar has 3 icons in left. Press on QR code icon.
    • It will open up a QR Code scanner. You can scan normal QR code as well as FedEx QR code and it will automatically detect address.
    • Add the stop to route with any additional options.

    How do I delete a stop? Mobile

    Follow these steps to delete a stop:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • You will see a icon. Press on that icon & press on New Route.
    • Add some stops using any of the methods & click on save & optimize.
    • From the list of stops that you have, long press on any stop that you want to delete.
    • It will open window asking you to select the stops that you want to remove. Click on Remove button and it will delete the stop from your route.