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The Agony Of Pen And Paper Route Planning

There’s more to route planning than figuring out which roads your drivers must take to get to your customers.

You also need to account for traffic, weather, construction, customer availability, and other factors.

That can take a long time. If you have dozens of customers and multiple drivers, it can take hours.

Managing Your Resources Is a Zero-Sum Game

Every hour spent planning routes is an hour that could have been spent acquiring new customers, training employees, managing workflows, etc.

That makes manual route planning terrible for your bottom line. It gets in the way of you doing what you need to do to make more money.

Nobody’s Perfect

Another problem with planning routes manually is that there’s no guarantee the routes you come up with are efficient or accurate.

Route planning is complicated. It’s easy to make a mistake when you try to do it by yourself. All it takes is one typo to mess up an entire route, and that would delay your drivers and upset your customers.

But there’s no reason to do this by yourself. With route optimization software, you can provide your drivers with routes that are free of errors. They’ll have everything they need to show up on time.

Shave Hours Down To Seconds

The beauty of route planning software is that it allows you to save a lot of time, too.

Remember how planning routes manually takes hours? Well, with route optimization software, planning routes only takes 30 seconds. All you need to do is plug in the addresses of your customers, and then you’re good to go.

About author: Dominic Walker

Dominic Walker works as a content marketer as part of Route4Me’s worldwide remote workforce. A teacher of over 15 years, Dom knows how to break complex ideas down to the very basics and explain them in a digestible way. He loves answering questions, so if you’re wondering about route optimization, jazz guitar, or how to land a fat bass, Dom is your guy.