Tips for Printing Delivery and Fleet Optimization

If you’re in the business of printing, you’re probably also, perhaps reluctantly, in the business of delivery. With hundreds of customer orders completed each week, routing and dispatching delivery of these items takes a lot of valuable time and resources. And ensuring that each route is as optimized as it can be creates even more complexity. Here are some tips to make printing delivery easier and more efficient.

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Snapshot Your Fleet’s Performance

The first step is to gain visibility into the efficiency, or lack thereof, of your drivers, routes, and loading times. Assess your vehicle maintenance and fuel costs to paint a full picture of your fleet’s performance. From there you can begin to understand how you can cut costs, time, and inefficiencies.

Take Advantage of Round Trips

More often than not, you’re probably wasting miles on vehicles returning from a delivery empty-handed. Schedule routes with delivery from one order and pickup from another in the same vicinity and perform double the deliveries in half the time and at half the cost.

Downsize Your Fleet

Once routing has been optimized, it’s crucial to analyze how many vehicles are actually in use throughout the day. Do mornings keep all vehicles occupied? Are afternoons more sporadic? If your printing business has a steady pattern of highs and lows throughout the day, try to spread deliveries out to maintain consistency. This may allow you to downsize your fleet while keeping drivers busy performing printing deliveries at all times.

Anticipate Orders Early

Reduce time spent waiting for orders to be completed and loaded up by having them ready and organized ahead of time. At the end of each day, get the next morning’s printing deliveries ready. You can even go as far as loading them into vehicles. Look for opportunities to reduce moving and handling and master a process that trims loading and wait times as much as possible.

Fleet Replacement

Our final tip for maximizing printing delivery efficiency is to ignore everything stated above and simply opt for replacing your fleet with a courier service that has experience in the delivery of commercial printing products. Stop wasting massive amounts of time, energy, money, and resources trying to maintain an in-house fleet and get back to the most important aspects of running your printing company.

At Dropoff, we’ve mastered what it takes to deliver large printing and promotional items. Our driver Agents are background-checked, insured, branded, and have customer service experience so you never have to worry about who is interacting with your customers. We drive large and small vans and vehicles to accommodate any-size delivery -- from full pallets to a single box of business cards.

With Dropoff, you can utilize our on-demand, same-day courier service for delivery at your and your customers convenience. Let’s face it, purchasing and maintaining an in-house fleet is a costly and risky endeavor, and gauging the amount of drivers you need during busy hours versus slow is tough. Too few drivers and you risk deliveries arriving late. Too many drivers and you’re paying for unused time. With Dropoff’s on-demand delivery services, you only pay for services when you need them and never for round trips.

With our live map, real-time tracking, you can watch exactly where your package is in the delivery process. Email confirmations instantly notify you when your Dropoff has been picked up and delivered, and delivery signature verifications provide you with the ultimate assurance.

With Dropoff’s printing delivery service, cut maintenance and vehicle costs, driver salaries, and wasted time and provide customers with a reliable and professional service.

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“The most important thing in a courier service is the speed of delivery and responsiveness of customer service. Dropoff has both. Their online ordering system and tracking capabilities have enabled us to monitor each and every printing delivery we place. We’ve been extremely happy with the service Dropoff provides. They always make good on their promise of efficient, on-time, and professional delivery.”

George Ayoub - Owner, Minuteman Press - Downtown Houston

"I've used lots of courier services over the years and Dropoff is by far my favorite. The drivers are neat, courteous, in uniform and friendly. I love the web functionality - you can literally see on a map exactly where your package is at any moment! Also, the mobile version of their website works great and makes scheduling a breeze, even when I'm not at my desk. I can't imagine using anyone else again!"

ANDI VOPALENSKY MORALES - SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, ZAZZLE

 "In this fast paced Austin hotel environment, we are always in demand for the highest level of service providers. Dropoff is one such provider, and our “go to” for all of our courier needs. They are swift, professional, and fairly priced for our guests. Their online system is a breeze, and we always know a driver will be here to pick-up or drop-off on time, with a smile!"

SHEENA GENDRON - Concierge Supervisor, JW Marriott Austin
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