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Route Optimization

Best Delivery Route Planner Apps in 2022: Review

March 23, 2022

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Are you tired of doing all your delivery route planning by hand?

Are you looking for a delivery route planner app that will make your life easier and your business more profitable?

You’re in luck! Routific is a routing app that's been in the last-mile delivery industry for over a decade. We've spoken to hundreds of businesses who needed better ways to plan their routes, and we've tried many route planner apps for ourselves. This review will help you choose the delivery planner that's the best fit for your business. 

What's new in this update of our route planning app review

This review was first created in 2019, and a lot has changed since then. The market for route planning apps and route optimization software has exploded, and it seems like there are new tools coming out every month. To help you make the most informed decision, we’ve made several changes in this update. We have:

In our tests we looked at how easy it was to sign up for each route planner app, how easy it was to use, how accurately it interpreted addresses, and the length of the route it suggested. We’ve also included feature information, and how each delivery route planner app rates on software review site Capterra

See a summary of our results at the end of this post.

We’ve ordered these reviews roughly by level of sophistication and capabilities, starting with the simplest. We’ve included a summary of cost, features and rating at the top of each review, as well as at the end. 

Our mission at Routific is to make route optimization accessible to every delivery business. We know that manual route planning leads to a lot of wasted driving time and fuel, which in turn has a lot of other negative consequences. If our routing app can make delivery routes more efficient, we can help achieve a lot of other things as well:

Being radically transparent is at the core of who we are at Routific. We honestly just want to help you adopt delivery route planning software, and we know that you would have done the painful research yourself anyway.

We’ve tried to be as unbiased and factual as possible. Every business is different, so the perfect solution for one might be totally wrong for another. We want to arm you with the data, so that you can make up your own mind about the best delivery route planner app for you.

Basic delivery route planners

RouteXL

Cost: From €35 per month (about $40)
Features for delivery businesses: None
Mobile app available: No
Capterra rating: 3.5 (2 reviews)

Screenshot showing RouteXL's route around the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. The route is highlighted in red on a pale gray background map with little visible detail. Individual stops have black flags with white numbers on them.

RouteXL is one of the oldest simple route optimization apps around. You can upload a list of stops using a spreadsheet, and share the optimized routes to a navigation app or phone. 

A major limitation is that in our test, RouteXL wasn’t able to recognize all the addresses we loaded. In one case, it created a stop in the wrong place. This means that if you want to use this software for your delivery route planning, you will need to check and double check your addresses. 

Also, RouteXL can only route for one vehicle at a time. If you need to create a delivery route for more than one driver you will have to create  a new route for each driver separately, which means you will miss out on some of the benefits of route optimization.

The interface feels a bit old-fashioned and slow, and it’s not all that easy to use.

RouteXL is free to use up to 20 stops. You can get up to 100 or 200 stops per day if you sign up for a paid package.The 100-stop package is  € 35 EUR/month (around $40). This makes it more expensive than many other apps for route planning that we’ve reviewed here. 

To sum up, if you have only one vehicle or driver and can afford to spend time double checking addresses, RouteXL is a delivery route app that's worth testing to see whether the interface suits you. 

Speedy Route

Cost: $39 per driver per month, with up to 100 stops per route
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes
Mobile app available: No
Capterra rating: 3.8 (6 reviews)

Screenshot showing SpeedyRoute's route around the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. The route is highlighted in blue on a background map that looks similar to a Google map, with lots of detail. Individual numbered stops are shown in white callous with a blue border. A side panel shows a list of stops with the address of each stop.

Speedy Route is a simple, bare-bones delivery route planner app and route optimization tool. The free version allows routing up to 10 stops, with paid versions supporting up to 10 drivers and 9,999 stops. 

The web app is attractive and easy to use. You can add stops using copy and paste or by uploading a spreadsheet, and it’s possible to add notes for each stop. Once your route is optimized, you can export it to a spreadsheet file or print it out. There’s no option to send the route to a navigation app directly, although you might be able to upload the spreadsheet to another routing app so that you can get driving directions. 

Speedy Route has no additional features like customer notifications, tracking, or proof of delivery though. If your delivery business needs a delivery route planner app that includes these features, you will need to look elsewhere. 

ElasticRoute

Cost: Starting at $29 per driver per month after free trial
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows
Mobile app available: No
Capterra rating: 5.0 (6 reviews)

Screenshot showing ElasticRoute's route around the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. The route is shown in blue against a background map that highlights main roads in yellow. Individual stop numbers are shown in blue callouts on the map. A sidebar lists stops by name and doesn't show addresses.

ElasticRoute is one of the newer delivery route planner apps on the market, and doesn’t yet have the full range of features that delivery businesses might need. It supports delivery time windows, but not customer notifications or proof of delivery. 

In our tests we found ElasticRoute not as easy to use as many of its competitors, although there is a training video which is helpful for getting started. We did encounter some problems with correctly locating addresses – one of our stops was moved across the country! So, like RouteXL, this is a tool that requires careful attention to the accuracy of your addresses. This is something that gets more and more difficult as the length of your list grows. But if you're just starting out and you have the time to double-check addresses, this might be the best route planner for you.

RouteSavvy

Cost: Starting at $39 per vehicle per month
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, driver tracking
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 4.7 (20 reviews)

Screenshot showing RouteSavvy's route around the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. The route is shown in green on a highly detailed background map. Individual stops are shown in numbered yellow callouts. A sidebar lists all the stops by name.

RouteSavvy offers similar features to ElasticRoute, with the addition of driver tracking – but it doesn’t include any driver notifications or proof of delivery. 

It’s easy to sign up for a 14-day free trial and upload addresses, although like some other basic route planner apps RouteSavvy struggled to interpret one of our test addresses and would have sent us to the wrong place. In the end, we had to copy and paste latitude and longitude coordinates from Google Maps to fix the problem. If we hadn’t known to look for this particular problem we might have missed it. So once again, if you choose this tool you will need to check and recheck the accuracy of your addresses before uploading them. 

RouteSavvy does offer the option to share routes via a web link or to a driver app, but the 14-day free trial version will only share up to 3 addresses.

MyRoute Online

Cost: Starting at $29 for 100 address credits, or $49 per month for 500 credits
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows, driver tracking
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 4.5 (97 reviews)

Screenshot showing MyRoute Online's route around the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. The route is shown in blue on a detailed background map that resembles a Google map. Individual stops are shown in numbered dark blue callouts. A sidebar shows the route name but no stop details.

It’s very easy to get started with MyRoute Online. There’s no signup needed, and you can upload addresses  from a spreadsheet or type them in directly. 

Payment is based on credits: one credit = 1 address, and you can re-use the same address as many times as you like within 30 days. Plans start at $29 for 100 credits, or $49 per month for 500 credits.

This delivery planner app is relatively easy to use, although the interface feels a little old-fashioned at times. Three of the 20 addresses in our test list couldn’t be resolved, and we had to manually check and update them. On the upside, at least MyRoute Online alerted us to the problem so we had the opportunity to fix it! Some of the other software we tested just went ahead with an incorrect address.  

You can print your delivery routes out, or export them to a GPS file that you can share with drivers.  This makes MyRoute Online a good option for organizations that use TomTom or Garmin GPS devices and need a simple, solid route planner app without added extras like proof of delivery or customer notifications.

RoadWarrior

Cost: $10 per driver per month
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows, live tracking
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 4.5 (46 reviews)

Screenshot showing RoadWarrior's route around the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. The screenshot is taken from a mobile phone, unlike all the others on this page which are from desktops. The route is shown in purple on a detailed background map. Individual numbered stops are shown in black-and-red callouts.

RoadWarrior is at core a mobile phone app designed for single drivers. RoadWarrior Flex is their desktop delivery routing app for dispatchers, but there is no free trial so we weren’t able to test it. 

In our mobile test, RoadWarrior worked well for the seven stops that were allowed in the free version. You can choose whether to optimize by time or distance, and this routing app is easy to use. It does not, however, include any delivery management features like customer notifications, tracking, or proof of delivery. 

Upper

Cost: Starting at $16.99 per user per month
Route optimization: Professional
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows, proof of delivery
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 5.0 (1 review)

Screenshot showing Upper's route around the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. Two routes are shown in black and yellow on a greyscale background map. Individual numbered stops are in callouts that match the route color. A sidebar shows a stop list including numbers and addresses.

Upper is a newer route planner app and route optimization software tool that’s easy to use. It has a friendly interface, and users can import up to 500 addresses from a spreadsheet. During our tests it was easy to identify and fix ambiguous addresses.

It’s easy to add drivers with Upper, and once routes are planned they can be shared using a link. 

On the downside, during our tests Upper wasn’t all that great at creating efficient routes, with routes more than 50% longer than the best performers. It also doesn’t support customer notifications.

Advanced delivery route planners

When you run a larger delivery operation with multiple drivers and many stops each day, you will probably need a more sophisticated delivery routing app or route optimization software that offers features like customer notifications and proof of delivery. In this section we explore the best routing software that offers more features for delivery businesses.

Circuit for Teams

Cost: Starting at $40 per driver per month after free trial
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows, live tracking, customer notifications, proof of delivery
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 4.8 (19 reviews)

Screenshot showing Circuit's route around the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. The route is shown in blue on a detailed background map. Individual numbered stops are in white callouts with a blue border. A sidebar shows a stop list that includes addresses.

Circuit began as a popular phone-based route planner app for single drivers. More recently, they’ve expanded their offering to include Circuit for Teams, which enables route planning and dispatch for multiple vehicles. Depending on the plan you choose, it includes several features for last-mile delivery businesses, including time windows, customer notifications and live tracking. 

Both the apps are very easy to use. On the driver app, users have to enter each of their addresses manually, but the process is quick. Once a route is created, it’s easy to send it to their chosen navigation app. 

With Circuit for Teams, users can upload their stops from a spreadsheet or copy and paste them in. Address recognition is excellent. 

Onfleet

Cost: $149 per month for route planning only, or from $349 for route optimization
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows, live tracking, customer notifications, barcode scanning
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 4.7 (81 reviews)

Screenshot showing Onfleet's treatment of the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. Individual stops are shown as purple callouts on a grey and black background map. There is no route visible. A sidebar shows a list of stops including addresses.

Onfleet bills itself as “the world's most advanced logistics software”. Their primary focus since they started in 2012 has been delivery management, but they added route optimization as a paid add-on in 2016.

In our tests Onfleet did moderately well at address recognition and route optimization. It is, however, quite complex and difficult to use, and will definitely involve more of a learning curve than some of the other delivery routing software we review here. On the upside, it does include features like barcode scanning and a tracking page for customers, which many others don’t.

The Starter edition of Onfleet is billed at $149 per month, but route optimization is only available from the Basic package, billed at $349 per month.  Barcode scanning is available on the Premium package from $799 a month. 

OptimoRoute

Cost: $39 per driver per month
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows, live tracking, customer notifications, proof of delivery
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 4.5 (119 reviews)

Screenshot showing Optimoroute's route around the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. The route is highlighted in blue on a detailed map. Individual numbered stops are in blue callouts. A sidebar shows drivers, and stop details for each driver, including addresses, are at the bottom of the screen.

OptimoRoute is a powerful routing app for deliveries that offers sophisticated features, with a lot of flexibility and control for you to set up your routes exactly as you wish. It does, however, require some time to learn and understand.

You can set up individual driver profiles with their own shift schedules (including breaks and overtime), start/end locations, skills (if you’re in the service industry), vehicle types, service areas you want them to stay in, and even cost and speed settings. You can also set up multiple capacity constraints (e.g. weight & volume).

Route4Me

Cost: $239 per month for simple route planning, or from $319 per month for route optimization
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows, live tracking
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 4.4 (305 reviews)

Screenshot showing Route4Me's route around the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. The route is shown in green on a detailed background map. Individually numbered stops are in orange callouts. There are two sidebars. On the left is a list of stops showing names and addresses. On the right are driving directions to the first stop.

Route4Me is one of the oldest route planning and route optimization software tools on the market. It’s a complex tool with a well-developed marketplace of add-on features so that you customize it to your needs. For example, you can add on support for curbside pickup, avoiding left or right turns, or for allocating stops to time windows. 

On the downside, out of all the route planner apps we tested, Route4Me gave the least efficient route. The total length of the route covering our 20 test stops was 36km (22 miles), against an average of 28km (16 miles). (We’ve listed all the test results in a table at the bottom of this post.)

Pricing for Route4Me starts at $319 per month if you want to include route optimization. Features like customer notifications and delivery time windows are add-ons that will increase the cost. Adding time windows, for example, will cost an extra $79 per month. There are no proof of delivery features.

Routific

Cost: Starting at $39 per driver per month
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows, live tracking, customer notifications, proof of delivery
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 4.9 (103 reviews)

Screenshot showing Routific's route around the Chicago stops used as a test for this article. The route is shown in blue on a detailed background map. Individual numbered stops in in blue callouts. At the bottom of the screen is a timeline showing all the stops on the route.

We went back and forth about whether to include our own route planner app in this list. On the one hand we don’t want this post to be self-promoting — but on the other hand, we want to give as much relevant information as possible so you  can make an informed choice. So: Routific is route optimization software that’s specifically built to be easy to use. Our main focus is small to medium-sized local delivery businesses, although service organizations like landscapers or maintenance companies also use us as a route planning app.  

Routific supports delivery time windows, proof of delivery, live driver tracking, and customer notification, with a tracking link to see the driver’s movements in real time. Because route optimization is our major focus, the routes suggested by our algorithm are highly efficient. On average our users cut their distance and drive time by 20-40%.

We also pay attention to creating realistic routes for your drivers: our routes have minimum overlap, and we use local traffic data to provide ETA accuracy.

WorkWave Route Manager

Cost: From $49 per vehicle per month
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows, proof of delivery, customer notifications
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 4.3 (60 reviews)

Screenshot showing the WorkWave interface. Its sample project shows a number of routes around New York. There is a list of vehicles and drivers at the top and a sidebar with additional controls.

WorkWave Route Manager doesn’t offer a free trial, or publish any pricing information apart from “as low as $49 per vehicle per month”. This makes it difficult to evaluate this route planner app without booking a demo — and to do that, you’ll need to call a US number or fill in a form.

WorkWave focusses their products for the pest control and field services industries primarily, but can also be used for delivery routing. It has all the basic route planning functionality such as drag ‘n drop, multiple time-windows, multiple capacities, etc. But they also offer support for more advanced routing needs such as paired pickup and dropoffs and driver territories.

Despite all this, a surprising limitation is that you don’t see the route lines drawn on the map, only coloured dots on a map with numbers on them. This makes it hard to see which roads your drivers are actually taking.

Full-featured delivery management software

Locus DispatchIQ

Cost: $10,000 per year ($833 per month)
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows, proof of delivery, customer notifications
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 4.6 (41 reviews)

Image showing an abstracted Locus route plan on an open laptop.

Locus DispatchHQ is part of a larger suite of solutions that also includes LocusTrackHQ and consulting services. As the high price suggests, Locus is primarily aimed at medium to large enterprises that need comprehensive supply chain solutions, including last mile delivery planning and fleet management. 

Locus doesn’t offer a free trial version — if you’re interested, you will need to book a free demo. The $10,000 per year price tag is probably more power and expense than you need for a delivery business that’s still in the relatively early stages. If you would like to find out more, we recommend trying some other delivery route planners apps on a free trial basis first, so you have a better idea of what you’re looking for and what questions to ask during a demo. 

Elite Extra

Cost: Not disclosed
Features for delivery businesses: Plan multiple routes, delivery time windows, proof of delivery, customer notifications
Mobile app available: Yes
Capterra rating: 4.8 (11 reviews)

Screenshot from Elite Extra's website showing companies in their delivery network. Four companies are listed: Lyft, Curri, Tonquin and FastDeliveryInc. Each company detail card included an estimated cost and time of delivery. A "More" arrow at right suggests there are other options to consider. There are input fields for pickup and dropoff notes, and an "Approve" button at the bottom of the window.

Elite Extra offers comprehensive delivery and courier management software for larger companies with more complex needs. It integrates with many point of sale, ERP, and e-commerce platforms so it’s easy to track orders all the way from checkout to delivery.  

One noteworthy feature of Elite Extra is its third-party delivery network. Users can choose from a number of different delivery companies right inside the app — so if you don’t have your own fleet, or want to keep it streamlined, this is an excellent option.

All this does mean that Elite Extra’s software suite is more complex to implement, and likely to be more expensive (they don’t disclose their pricing upfront). This is not a route planner app you can just sign up for and start using. That said, if your company has grown to the point where you need powerful end–to-end delivery management software that’s customizable to your needs, this is an option worth investigating. 

Delivery route planners feature comparison

A table summarizing the features of each route planning app we've reviewed.

Delivery route planner ratings

This table summarizes how each routing app we’ve reviewed is rated by its users on Capterra. Capterra was founded in 1999 to help businesses choose software, and was bought by Gartner in 2015. It’s widely regarded as the world’s leading business software review platform. We’ve included the rating for each route planner app with a link to its page on Capterra, and also the number of reviews each app has. These numbers were updated at the end of February 2022.

A summary table of the Capterra ratings of all the route planner apps we've tested in this post.

Delivery route planners: routing efficiency

For route planner apps that offer a free trial version, we ran some basic tests of our own to assess how easy each routing app was to use, and how good it was at identifying addresses (“geocoding”) and creating efficient routes. We used the same set of 20 stops in Chicago in each case. Our test results are summarized in the table below. (Our “ease of use” rating is obviously subjective — your experience may be different!)

A table summarizing routing efficiency results for each of the route planner apps we've tested. We've used route length as an indicator of efficiency.

We hope the information we’ve given here will help you identify a shortlist of the best route planning apps and best route optimization software, so you can run your own tests and see what suits you — good luck! And if you're interested in Routific, we offer a free 7 day trial — no credit card required.

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Pam Sykes has a PhD in History and a background in Journalism. She is the Lead Content Strategist at Routific with a focus on delivery management, delivery experience, route planning, and the last-mile industry in general. She has a passion to help delivery businesses scale with her craft of storytelling.