May 04 2020

Choosing a Delivery Management System

1. Identify what your particular needs are

Whether you're a wholesale or van sales business, looking for a system enabling direct-to-customer deliveries, an established wholesaler looking to proliferate productivity, or a van sales distributor seeking better visibility over sales, there are many Route Accounting and Delivery Systems out there to choose from. This means that it is important to reflect on what you need to progress when finding the right system.

2. Consider your size

A large business will need a more extensive system to accommodate a greater amount of products, warehouses and inventories.

What is the scale of your delivery service? Are you a restaurant or pub looking to take a direct-to-consumer approach? Are you a nation-wide Wholesale business looking for a digital delivery system that can handles a lot of data? These questions are important when looking for the right answer.

A larger fleet will no doubt require a more personalised system to accommodate for the particularities. Every business is different, so doing a thorough research and talking with software experts to set out a plan helps you get the most effective custom system.

3. Analytics & Data Capabilities

Many Systems offer data insights into your businesses' productivity. However, some systems provide insights which are not easily-digestible, and are confusing and time-consuming to draw useful information from. Alternatively, many systems offer deep insights in a easy-to-digest format, which is important depending again on your personal business.

4. Consider the ease of Integration

Slow integration is one of the major reasons why businesses shy away from new systems. The Supply-Chain, as we know, demands perpetual motion. Slowed and stopped services directly impacts profits, right away. This is why a fast, and easy integration period when incorporation a new system is so vital. Again, this requires market research and talking with teams about your requirements. Luckily, modern technologies are designed with these needs accommodated for, and new systems can be up & running within a few weeks.

5. Look for worker friendly systems

Similar to point 4, a system that is easy to learn and use by your workforce is of equal importance. How useful is a system that allows you to track & trace in real-time if your workers can't use it?

Again, this is something that companies understand, purposefully designing their product to be as user-friendly as possible.

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