Our industrial materials customers include

PODFather is relied upon by over 30,000 users every day across the UK.  You can read about how Trimline, IG Doors, Walls & Ceiling International and Flanagan Flooring are streamlining process flows, reducing admin time, and improving customer experience with PODFather.

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Features

Route planning & optimisation

Use PODFather to automate your route planning process (you can also use it to create routes manually, but auto is best). Let us generate runs that hit your customer time windows with ease.

ETA notifications for customers

We will send automated ETA notifications & live tracking links to your customers to they can proactively track their delivery progress. Offer time windows that you know you can meet.

Vehicle tracking & delivery notifications

Use our driver app to track vehicle movements vs the plan. No need for costly in-vehicle telematics. Get live alerts if a driver is running late or misses a drop. Be proactive, not reactive with live tracking updates.

Electronic proof of delivery

Collect real time notifications when deliveries have been completed. The PODFather driver app allows your drivers to confirm exactly what was delivered, with options to add item adjustment or cancellation codes.

The benefits of introducing PODFather to your building materials operation

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Maximise vehicle loads & reduce empty running with a system that factors capacity & optimises for delivery reliability.

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Eradicate paper tickets & digitise your delivery process. Get real time visibility, & full-time accountability across your whole distribution fleet.

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Eradicate customer calls by giving your customers reliable ETAs & live tracking links. This will help reduce those pressurised “where’s my delivery?” calls.

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Real time ePOD means you can invoice faster. Don’t wait for paper tickets to be returned, scanned & processed. Invoice using reliable ePOD data which you are capturing and reviewing in real time.

Addressing the challenges of running a construction materials delivery fleet

Providing delivery reliability for your customers: With PODFather you can rest assured that your route plans, and delivery drop times, are both efficient and reliable.  Hit your time windows on time every time with our advanced, yet easy to use, route optimisation technology.

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Handling large order volumes: During high volume peaks make sure you are making the most of available vehicle capacity with PODFather.  As part of your system set up you can specify vehicle capacities, weights and driving times.  Produce routes that maximise the use of vehicle capacity, at the same time as making sure vehicle weights and driving times remain legal.

Minimising the use of costly spot hire vehicles: Ensure you maximise use of your own vehicle fleet before turning to costly spot hire vehicles.  However, if you do use third party carriers from time to time the driver only needs to download the PODFather app onto their own smartphone device and away they go.  Just because the driver isn’t one of yours is not a problem when you plan with PODFather.

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Keep your customers informed: Provide your customers with accurate ETA information and live delivery tracking links so that they can track delivery progress themselves.  Minimise calls to your customer service teams and maximise on customer satisfaction.  Watch your customer satisfaction levels soar as PODFather keeps your deliveries on track.

Integrating PODFather into your building materials business

We know how important it is for our customers to integrate PODFather into their existing business ecosystem.  Find out more about our API, and how we can help you make short work of the integration process.

What PODFather’s industrial material customers have to say

Walls & Ceilings International Limited

Walls & Ceilings International Limited, the UK home building supplies specialist, has introduced route planning, automated customer notifications and electronic proof of delivery software from PODFather.  With 20 vehicles delivering to thousands of customers across the UK, and ambitious plans for future growth, Walls & Ceilings International Limited saw the need to update paper-based processes of old with an automated delivery management system.  Having reviewed the solutions the market had to offer Walls & Ceilings International opted for PODFather based on the company’s proven track record, and associated benefits, in the building materials sector.  With PODFather in place Walls & Ceilings International is looking forward to improving service, reducing empty running and optimising fuel usage with PODFather.

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“In a year of uncertainty, and unprecedented times, we are so pleased to be pushing forward as a business.  Our forward thinking and confidence to continue the investment into digitising our operations is definitely the right decision for the future and our customers.”  Julian Workman, Director at Walls & Ceilings International Limited

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IG Doors

IG Doors, the leading supplier of doors to the new build and social housing sectors, is using job management and electronic proof of delivery software from PODFather across both its servicing and installation operations.  With a nationwide team of service and installation engineers and a customer base consisting of the leading housing developers and associations, IG Doors saw the need to improve the paper-based process that had evolved during the company’s 35-year history.  As a result of the PODFather system roll out IG Doors has cut planning and admin time, enhanced customer service and increased the speed at which proof of delivery information flows across its operation. 

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“The customer service benefits of introducing PODFather have been significant.  With PODFather we can automatically issue ETA notifications to customers on the day before delivery, give them live status tracking on the day of delivery and issue electronic delivery confirmation immediately.  The number of customer service calls has fallen dramatically as our customers enjoy the benefit of having full visibility of when their delivery or service engineer is arriving.  It really has been a game changer for us.” James Toyer, IT Systems at IG Doors.

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Trimline

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%.

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“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.

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Book a demo

We’d love to show you just what our ePOD & delivery management system can do. 

Get in touch and we can arrange a 30-minute online demonstration with one of our expert team.

Alternatively give us a call on tel: +44 (0) 131 553 0400 and let’s have a chat.