Route optimization saves delivery fleet 37% on fuel

March 26, 2015

As Landon Goold was preparing to organize the Spring Hope Food Drive, an annual event to help combat the low level of food bank donations in Vancouver during the summer months, he realized he had a major logistics problem on his hands.

He had close to 150 addresses in a spreadsheet and was planning to recruit 30 drivers to help cover all that ground. But planning and scheduling their routes manually was proving to be a major headache.

“I absolutely hate wasting time,” said Goold, a 22-year-old commerce student at the University of British Columbia.

“In the year 2015, there is no reason that someone with even half a complex job as mine should be thinking of planning routes manually unless they are a fan of wasting time, resources and money.”

Goold approached the team at Routific, and we were more than happy to provide a solution. Routing, after all, is what we do best.

Landon’s initiative was facing the same logistical headache that many businesses face. Unless you are UPS, businesses often don’t have access to a solution.

“Our charity has absolutely no budget for anything,” said Goold. “Thankfully, Routific was kind enough to donate the use of their software.”

What kind of savings were Landon and Spring Hope able to derive from route optimization?

The results were staggering:

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Infographic by Pablo Navarro Castillo

Landon spent a painful 4 hours manually routing his drivers. He calculated a need for 30 cars that would have spent a whopping 15.5 hours on the road.

In contrast, Routific was able to return optimized routes within a few minutes, calculating a need for only 22 cars and 9.7 hours on the road — a 37% savings in time, distance and fuel! Wowza!

“Routific came up with the most efficient routes that my human brain could not compute,” Goold said. “I could have thrown 20 hours into planning routes manually and they still would not be as efficient as what Routific was able to create for me in minutes.”

Goold and his team of volunteers hit the road Wednesday March 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. PT, and Thursday March 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. PT.

They hope to collect at least 240 pounds of food for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, which receives about 70 per cent of its annual donations in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but not much during the summer when children, who depend on the food bank, are out of school and don’t have access to lunch programs.

For more information on Spring Hope, click here.