Features

Vehicle route planning

Automate your home delivery route plans with PODFather. Use PODFather to create and optimise your home delivery schedules.

Customer ETA notifications

Generate customer ETA notification emails & texts once you’ve planned your schedule for the day. Let your customers know when to expect their order.

Real time delivery tracking

Track your deliveries, & share updated arrival times, with your customers as your vehicles are out on the road. Keep your customers informed about delivery times, all the time.

Customer portal

The PODFather customer portal allows your customers to proactively make bookings, get updates on delivery status or review completed PODs against their account.

The benefits of introducing PODFather to your home delivery operation

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Produce delivery routes plans that are cost effective, resource efficient & meet customer time window preferences.

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Track your deliveries in real time with out the need for in-vehicle telematics.

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Get visibility of any issues, delays or discrepancies and proactively keep your customers informed.

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Invoice faster thanks to real time electronic proof of delivery confirmation. Don’t wait for paper tickets to be returned to complete orders and issue request for payment.

Addressing the challenges of running a food & drink distribution vehicle fleet.

Managing fixed routes & recurring deliveries: You can upload, review, and maintain your fixed route plans with PODFather.  Data can be uploaded via API or SFTP.  Jobs can be dragged and dropped between routes to see change implications.

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Handling dynamic routes & daily volume changes: With PODFather you can generate runs based on pre-defined parameters including driving time, vehicle availability & customer time windows.  Our advanced algorithm will deliver an optimised, cost and time efficient set of routes.

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Capturing accurate proof of delivery: With PODFather you can capture all proof of delivery information electronically.  No more paper tickets.  Just easy to use technology that gives you real time result visibility.

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Meeting & managing customer expectations: Plan routes that automatically meet customer time windows & share reliable ETA information with them.  Provide real time tracking links so that your customers can see when their delivery is due. 

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Integrating PODFather into your Food & Drink 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 food & drink delivery business.

What PODFather’s home delivery customers have to say:

REACH FOOD SERVICE

Reach Food Service, the London based premium foodservice operator, has implemented delivery management, route optimisation and electronic proof of delivery technology from PODFather.  With the Reach business experiencing a fourfold expansion in order volumes and customer deliveries, the management team needed a software system that was both easy to use and could offer unparalleled functionality, fast.  As a result, the Reach team turned to PODFather, the UK’s leading supplier of advanced cloud-based route planning, vehicle tracking and ePOD services.

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“With PODFather my team and I can be confident that our deliveries are optimised, our vehicles are tracked, our customers are receiving timely notifications via text and email, and that we, as a transport team are collecting all our proof of delivery notifications with ease.” Abbas Lalljee, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Reach Food Service.

WRIGHT BROTHERS

Wright Brothers, the quality-led seafood specialist, has introduced PODFather’s route planning, customer notification and electronic proof of delivery software to help plan and manage its wholesale and home delivery operations.  With vehicles making hundreds of deliveries every week to iconic chefs, hotels, restaurants and customer homes in the Greater London area, the Wright Brothers team needed a robust solution capable of getting premium products to the right place in the most time, cost and resource efficient manner. 

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“Our customers love the time slot notifications that PODFather enables us to send out. Premium seafood products need to be kept refrigerated so it’s great that our customers know when their delivery is expected so they can be there to accept it in person.” Ben Wright, Founder & CEO, Wright Brothers.

CLASSIC FINE FOODS

Classic Fine Foods, the specialist fine food purveyor and distributor, has selected dynamic route planning, job tracking and electronic proof of delivery software from PODFather.  With its fleet of temperature-controlled vehicles running a next day, six day a week delivery service to a network of over customers across the breadth of the country, Classic Fine Foods needed a premium planning solution that could ensure continuity, reliability and great service across its distribution operation.  Having reviewed what systems the market had to offer PODFather’s proven results, ease of integration and wealth of experience in the foodservice and home delivery sectors made it the obvious choice for Classic Fine Foods.

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“As a business, Classic Fine Foods is passionate about delivering both exceptional products and a first-class service, that’s why we needed a software supplier with the same company ethos as our own. From our first meeting it was clear that PODFather could give us an easy to use solution to tackling the complex problem of getting our premium fresh produce to the right place, at the right time and in the most efficient manner.” Philip Tucker, Operations Manager, Classic Fine Foods.

BERRY BROS. & RUDD

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. 

Berry Brothers & Rudd Wine Merchants

“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, Berry Bros. & Rudd.

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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.

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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

The real time visibility that PODFather gives us has some big customer service benefits. Not only can we now automatically notify customers of their ETA once our drivers have completed and logged their vehicle checks and are ready to leave the depot, we can provide real time status updates on the day, while our vehicles are out on the road. This ensures customers are kept informed and are ready to accept their delivery in a safe and timely manner.

Co-founder | Smith & Brock Ltd

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.