How to Transition Your Operations from Garmin to a Routing Suite

Run and manage an effective fleet with delivery and business management software

The drawbacks of using GPS navigators to route your fleet

Delivery companies must monitor dozens — if not hundreds — of drivers at a time, stay compliant with DOT and labor laws, satisfy customer expectations, analyze relevant data and metrics to increase efficiency, adjust routes, and handle unexpected problems as they appear. With so many moving pieces to manage, inefficient solutions like Garmin or GPS devices only add more burdens to a delivery company’s operations.

1. Manual route uploads

Garmin tablets and other standalone navigation devices require courier delivery services to manually upload pre-set routes every day. This process is time consuming and requires each device to connect to a computer through a USB cable in order to upload pre-set routes. The GPS navigators must then be placed back in the appropriate vehicles for drivers to receive navigation to each scheduled stop.

2. Unreliable maps

GPS navigators often lack complete mapping data for addresses outside single-family housing. When drivers make deliveries to rural areas, apartment complexes, business parks, fulfillment centers, and other complex areas, GPS can abandon them thousands of feet before they reach the correct delivery or pick-up location.

3. Tablet-use only

Delivery services that use GPS navigators must purchase a device for each vehicle in their fleet. For large fleets, this cost can add up quickly. Over time, tablets may break, get damaged, or become out-of-date and need to be replaced, adding further expenses a company must pay.

4. Inefficient updating process

Each tablet needs regular software and map updates which must be performed manually. Before they can be updated, each GPS navigator has to be plugged into a power source, connected to a wireless network, and be scanned for potential updates. For large and small fleets alike, this process is both tedious and time consuming.

Benefits of switching to a complete business management solution

Delivery management software that adopts new technology and consistently releases practical features has the power to automate essential parts of a logistics business, streamline operations, increase workforce efficiency, drive profit, and solve common delivery problems.

1. Automatic route uploads

Beans Route uses an API (Application Programming Interface) to automatically upload routes each morning. This automation streamlines operations and saves companies time. Drivers, managers, or other company employees no longer need to manually upload pre-set routes to devices. Instead, drivers can access their routes directly on their smartphones through the Beans Route app.

2. AI-powered route planning and dispatch

Beans Route creates and optimizes routes for your drivers and provides you with full visibility of their progress.

3. Smartphone application

Unlike Garmin devices or other delivery management solutions, Beans Route isn’t limited to tablet use. The Beans Route application can be downloaded on any IOS or Android device. Companies that use Beans Route eliminate the hassle of needing to manage multiple devices in order to route their fleet. As long as a driver enables automatic software updates, the application always stays up-to-date without any effort from the driver or delivery service.

4. Notes and customization

Beans Route makes it easy to deliver to every kind of structure with its in-app edit feature that allows drivers to add pins to mark specific locations, draw private roads, move existing pins, and add notes. Being able to add and edit data gives drivers complete control over their routes and equips them with the tools necessary to be most effective with their time. The edit feature is easy to use and is extremely useful for routes that include stops found at docks, warehouses, shipyards, malls, airports, and rural areas.

5. Industry-leading geolocations

With over 8 million apartment units and complex locations mapped, Beans Route geocodes and hosts the largest database of precise multi-tenant locations in the United States. No other company in the US has this data, including the Federal Government.

6. Timesheets and scheduling

7. Stay within one web dashboard

Beans Route makes it easy to stay within one dashboard by offering a complete ecosystem for transportation and logistics management. Strategic partnerships with leading companies allow all relevant data to appear directly on the Beans Route dashboard, including a driver’s safety training and VEDR status. Route progress and stop information is also displayed on the web dashboard so managers and dispatchers no longer need to check other sites, like DSW (Daily Service Worksheet).

How to transition to Beans Route

GPS navigators may have been an efficient way to route a fleet ten years ago. But thanks to the rapid development of technology, delivery companies can now adopt a unified solution like Beans Route to automate essential parts of their business, streamline operations, and use a single dashboard to manage their company.

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