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It’s a good time to own an eCommerce company.

According to Forrester Research, B2C eCommerce sales will reach $414.0 billion in 2018.

That’s not even the strongest forecast out there – eMarketer has eCommerce sales at $491.5 billion in 2018, and  Statista predicts eCommerce sales will hit $525 billion in 2018, $600 billion in 2019, and $684 billion in 2020.

The B2B eCommerce industry is also doing well, with B2B eCommerce sales expected to reach $12 trillion in global sales by 2020.

Yes sir, the future of eCommerce looks bright indeed.

But growth also burdens your business with new challenges. Consider, for example, how your route planning needs will change if your sales start to soar and you expand into new areas.

To serve those new areas, you’ll have to hire more drivers. It takes a while just to do that, as you’ll have to create a proposal, interview the best candidates, train new hires, etc.

It’ll take you even more time to figure out how to distribute routes among these new drivers so that they have a fairly balanced workload and make all their deliveries on time.

There’s generic route optimization software out there designed to serve many different industries that might help, but this one-size-fits-all approach isn’t ideal for the eCommerce industry and all its little quirks.

That’s why Route4Me has developed a new eCommerce plugin – it’s made specifically for growing eCommerce businesses like yours. It’ll automate your eCommerce orders and deliveries, simplify route planning, and increase your profit margin.

Automated Order Transfer and Route Planning

eCommerce platforms, such as WooCommerce and Shopify, do not have route planning capabilities. You have to move the orders stored on your eCommerce platform to the delivery route planner manually and then plan the routes accordingly. This task eats up a lot of hours, especially if you have a lot of orders to move.

Route4Me’s new eCommerce plugin simplifies this process by automating the transfer and route planning of orders. Whenever an order is received, the data is saved in Route4Me, which results in a much faster route planning process.


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However, you can still manually send orders to Route4Me if you so choose. Just select the “No” option in the Route4Me plugin settings, as shown below.


And don’t forget that with Route4Me, you’re able to plan routes in just 30 seconds! Just imagine what you’ll be able to do with all that extra time… you can watch the following video to learn how Route4Me helps you plan routes in less time than it takes you to wash your hands (we hope this is the case, at least):

Being able to plan routes this quickly is especially helpful for those pesky next-day and same-day orders.

Ensured Delivery to the Correct Address

When employees process a lot of orders, some errors are bound to happen.

Studies show that humans make three to seven errors per hour under normal conditions, and that figure rises to 11 mistakes per hour in stressful situations.

Also, according to the Idaho National Laboratory, latent organizational weaknesses include work processes and, as the following graph shows, they are the biggest cause of human error.

Why did the error occur? The procedure wasn’t followed. Why? Human error. Why was there human error? The work process needs improvement.

When transferring data from one system to another, there are so many moving parts that it’s easy for something to be forgotten or messed up along the way.

For example, an employee might key in the wrong address into the route mapping software by mistake. The driver would then be unable to find the destination, which will waste time and infuriate the customer. Your customer service team will have to ask the customer for their correct address (embarrassing, no?), and the driver will have to drive the route again.

So, you can reduce the risk of human error by automating the order integration into the routing optimization software. That’s where our eCommerce plugin comes in.

Route4Me’s WooCommerce plugin features a built-in geocoder that allows you to confirm that the address listed for each order is correct. The software will flag any address that doesn’t exist in advance, so you don’t have to worry about your drivers being sent to the wrong place.

And if an order does have an incorrect address, Route4Me will suggest several matching addresses, as shown below:



One Less Salary on Your Payroll

If you run a busy eCommerce company, moving orders from WooCommerce to a route optimizer and ensuring all the information is correct would require the services of a full-time administrative assistant. For this, you’d be on the hook for a salary, benefits, and other expensive perks.

According to PayScale, an administrative assistant makes $42,000 annually on average. It might cost you more than that depending on where you live – administrative assistants make $45,000 annually in New York, but $42,000 in Los Angeles.

Spent Planning Routes For Your Drivers

New employees also need training on how to move orders and plan routes, which is time-consuming and expensive. And don’t forget about attrition – no matter how well you pay and treat your staff, you never know when an employee might decide to leave your company for another, and then you’re right back to zero, training a fresh new employee after all that time and money you spent training your former employee.

The Route4Me plugin automates the training process, so you can focus on growing your business rather than showing new employees the ropes.

Three Major eCommerce Platforms Supported

Our last-mile delivery optimization software is currently compatible with three major eCommerce platforms: Big Commerce, Shopify, and WooCommerce.

Soon, we’ll be able to support other popular platforms as well, such as Magento, osCommerce, Volusion, and Squarespace.

Here’s a quick rundown of how our eCommerce plugin can help you:

  • Dynamically plan optimized routes when new orders arrive
  • Dynamic fleet sizing with just-in-time routing
  • Dynamic route optimization with inventory replenishment
  • Dynamic routing with configurable customer address redirection
  • Dynamic wave picking with optimal route sequencing
  • Dynamic SKU slotting optimization with optimal route sequencing
  • Continuous flow picking to route optimization

Do you get the same benefits with your current route optimization software? If not, maybe it’s time to switch over… let us know what you think in the comments section below.


Want To See For Yourself How Route4Me Can Boost Your Profits?

Whether you want to slash the time it takes you to plan routes for your drivers, increase the number of stops they can make, or keep your customers satisfied knowing that your drivers show up on time… Route4Me helps you achieve that!

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About author: Rahul Dasgupta

Rahul Dasgupta is a content writer with over 20 years of work experience. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and has written thousands of blog posts on route planning and scheduling, making it easy for readers to learn about these complex topics. Rahul enjoys playing tennis in his spare time and loves cuddling with his pet labrador Shinu. Rahul is a big fan of Roger Federer, Messi, and Bill Gates - he admires their drive to be the best at what they do and their philanthropic efforts.


About Route4Me

Route4Me has over 40,000 customers globally. Route4Me's Android and iPhone mobile apps have been downloaded over 2 million times since 2009. Extremely easy-to-use, Route4Me's apps create optimized routes, synchronize routes to mobile devices, enable communication with drivers and customers, offer turn-by-turn directions, delivery confirmation, and more. Behind the scenes, Route4Me's operational optimization platform combines high-performance algorithms with data science, machine learning, and big data to plan, optimize, and analyze routes of almost any size in real-time.