Vehicle route planning
Automate your route planning processes with PODFather. Use PODFather to create and optimise your vehicle schedules.
Automated vehicle checks
Drivers can carry out vehicle checks using our driver app. Collect all the necessary information, and store it centrally, before vehicles leave the depot.
Vehicle tracking & ePOD
Using our vehicle tracking app you will always know what’s going on out on the road. Our ePOD functionality ensures you capture that all important proof of delivery information.
Pricing & invoicing
With PODFather you no longer have to rely on paper invoice trails. With everything automated in one system – from job booking to job completion – all pricing and invoicing process can be automated for faster revenue recognition.
Addressing the challenges of running a logistics vehicle fleet.
Planning routes that are efficient and meet customer time window expectations: With PODFather you can automatically, or manually (auto is best), create routes that meet customer time window expectations. Make the best use of your drivers and vehicles at the same time too.
Maintaining vehicle and driver utilisation across your fleet: Plan routes that maximise efficiency across your vehicle & driver fleet. Ensure smooth workflow profiles and adherence to driver hours regulations.
Tracking delivery progress in real time: The PODFather driver app allows you to track vehicle movement without the need for an in-built vehicle telematics system. See where your drivers are in real time, all the time & share this information with both your customers and customer service teams.
Removing the need to return paper tickets before invoicing: Many of our customers used paper tickets before we came along. Tickets can get lost or damaged and operators must wait for them to be returned, scanned and processed before an invoice can be issued. With PODFather you get real time visibility of job completion and invoices can be issued much more quickly than before.
Integrating PODFather into your Logistics business
We understand how important it is for our customers to easily integrate PODFather into their business. Therefore, you can integrate our system into your existing infrastructure using web services. Jobs can be uploaded or pre-routed and PODs downloaded as soon as they are completed. Find out more about integrating PODFather into your business.
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What PODFather’s logistics customers have to say:
Braehead Foods, one of Scotland’s largest independent food wholesalers, is working with PODFather to optimise routes and streamline proof of delivery processes across its UK wide operation. With a fleet of 20 vehicles, and over 1,300 hotel and restaurant customers to serve, Braehead Foods needed a solution that could help modernise its manual transport planning process. PODFather is now used daily to plan driver routes, track vehicle movements, and capture electronic proof of delivery in real time. As a result, the Braehead Foods team is seeing huge benefit – in the form of significant reductions in mileage, driving time and fuel – which equate to a financial saving of over £80,000 a year.
“PODFather is a fantastic system. When we first introduced it there was some hesitancy across the business, from both management and drivers, but as our savings show its introduction has had a huge impact on the way we run our growing business,” comments Andy Clark, Director at Braehead Foods. “We now rely on it every day to create optimised routes for our drivers. This has made a significant difference as the system automatically handles customer delivery windows, opening times and access constraints which makes all our lives a lot easier.” Andy Clark, Director at Braehead Foods
Trimline, the leading supplier of tiling products and solutions is seeing the real time benefits of introducing PODFather’s route optimisation and electronic proof of delivery software to its UK distribution operation. Known for its company commitment to exceptional customer care, the Trimline team wanted a software solution that would help them deliver greater access to quality tile products and quicker response time for customers, whatever the project scale. With PODFather now in place the Trimline team is seeing the benefit of having real time fleet visibility and performance reporting. As a result of the data that PODFather collects, Trimline has been able to dramatically increase its On Time in Full (OTIF) delivery performance by over 12%.
“One of the biggest benefits of introducing PODFather is that we now have real time visibility of what’s going on out on the road. With the PODFather system in place we can optimise the routes we are running, track progress in real time, and capture electronic proof of delivery information without having to rely on the use of paper tickets. As a result of changing our working practices we’ve saved a huge amount of admin time and seen our On Time in Full performance improve by over 12%.” Dave Fletcher, Operations Manager, Trimline
Berry Bros. & Rudd., Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, is using route planning and proof of delivery technology from PODFather to keep wine deliveries flowing during a period of unprecedented demand. Based in London, Berry Bros. & Rudd supply a wide selection of carefully selected fine wines to customers across the UK. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Berry Bros. & Rudd operation has seen an upsurge in home delivery orders as well as high demand from the supermarkets it supplies. Having used PODFather for over ten years Berry Bros. & Rudd has been able to use its existing delivery management system to cope with the significant increase in demand and the introduction of safer, COVID-19 compliant delivery procedures.
“The COVID-19 situation has meant our delivery model is currently focused on home deliveries and has temporarily shifted away from supplying wines to restaurants and hotels. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional product and first-class service. PODFather has really helped us maintain a well-planned and managed home delivery service during these challenging times.” Matt Anderson, Head of Operations at Berry Bros. & Rudd
Aubrey Allen, the premium meat, and artisan food product supplier favoured by Raymond Blanc, has introduced vehicle tracking and electronic proof of delivery software from PODFather. The Royal Warrant holder has a fleet of vehicles delivering goods to catering establishments and customer homes across the UK. With demand on the rise and ensuring quality of service at the forefront of its mind, Aubrey Allen saw the need to introduce a software solution to help with planning and managing its delivery operation. With PODFather rolling out, Aubrey Allen has been able start the process of eradicating paper tickets from its operation as it moves transport management, defect checks, vehicle tracking, automated customer notifications and proof of delivery over to the PODFather system. With drivers now using the PODFather smartphone app, the Aubrey Allen team, and its customers, have real time visibility of all vehicle movements and delivery drop times.
“With PODFather we can share our routes with drivers via the app, which we have running on Android smartphones. Having a cloud-based back office system and the driver app gives us full time visibility of what’s going on across our operation and our customers love the ETA functionality that the PODFather system has introduced to our operation.” Jonathan Highfield, Purchasing Manager at Aubrey Allen
The PODFather solution is about so much more than proof of delivery.
Our focus is on helping companies, like you, to replace slow, paper-based processes with real-time information that brings benefits across the entire organisation. Replacing paper processes speeds the flow of data through your organisation. It allows your office staff to be better informed about the jobs they are managing daily. With PODFather you will know about any issues before they turn into business-critical problems, making you a proactive, rather than reactive organisation.
We’re a company founded by business software specialists.
PODFather began life in 2000. If we ever tell you we’re about more than just POD, we really mean it. We’re about providing solutions that make your company more efficient, more financially robust, and more competitive. Our customers come from a diverse range of business sectors and sizes. PODFather is designed to be meet the needs of different processes and scale to accommodate any size of logistics or haulage operation.
What our clients say
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We can help you get rid of paper tickets in your operation, giving you full visibility and accountability to substantiate what’s going on in your business.
With PODFather you can make sure you are sending the right engineers to the right place at the right time. Maximise your resources, streamline processes, improve customer service and control costs.
With PODFather you can easily track and manage the movement of a wide range of asset types across your operation.