PODFather, the route optimisation and delivery management software specialists, is keeping its team fit and motivated during the current lockdown with a distance-based challenge.  Taking inspiration from series one of the BBC’s Race Across the World which saw contestants’ race from London to Singapore, the PODFather team is working as a collective to travel the same route as the series participants, attempting to cover a distance of over 12,000 miles by any means possible.  As a result, the team is currently covering around 750km a week, an impressive feat for a group of around 40 employees.

“The race across the world started as a bit of fun amongst those of us in the business who are keen runners,” comments Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather, “but it’s quickly captured the imagination of the whole team and we now have runners, cyclists, walkers and even canoeists helping us rack up the 12,000 miles we need to race across the world.  It’s been a great morale booster during the current lockdown situation.”

The PODFather team must log every mile covered, by whatever means necessary, using an online app and each week the team shares in the success of reaching a new destination.  “As things stand, we have currently reached Batumi in Georgia so we’re all learning a bit about the countries we’ve been through as our journey progresses,” adds Colin Hoare, PODFathers Operations Manager.  “It’s great to see the miles adding up each week as more and more of the team come on board and get involved.”

Edinburgh-based PODFather specialises in the development and implementation of route optimisation and electronic proof of delivery technology for companies within the construction, logistics, field service and healthcare sectors.  System functionality includes routing and scheduling optimisation, automated vehicle check technology, a driver app for job sharing and status monitoring, vehicle tracking, electronic proof of delivery and invoicing.  Well known for its work with Tarmac, the NHS, Bidfresh, Oxfam and many more, PODFather is currently relied upon by over 30,000 users every day.

“I’m very proud of each and every one of the team who has stepped up to get involved in this challenge,” adds McCreadie.  “These are difficult times for us all, but exercise is known to have a positive effect on all our mental well-being.  It’s been great to see people get on board and embracing this challenge.  At this rate we’ll have hit our target mileage in no time…. then maybe we can race back again!”

Jane Geary

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