Have you ever made three or four errands in a row, traveling from place-to-place, meticulously crossing the errands off your list? If you have, chances are good you didn\u2019t input all of your stops into a smart routing system that used advanced algorithms to determine the best order, and most efficient routes for your errands. But if you did, just imagine how much time you could have saved, compounded over all the errands you\u2019ve made in your lifetime. Today, many small businesses still rely on similar methods to deliver goods and services to their customers with a fleet of vehicles; often times grouping jobs together loosely based on location, letting drivers decide, or plotting what seems to be the most efficient route on a free online mapping service. Unfortunately, these methods can be very time-consuming and often don\u2019t produce the best results. The good news is that there is a new technology for small businesses that can make routing easier and more efficient. FLEETMATICS ROUTIST, A TECHNOLOGY DESIGNED FOR SMALL BUSINESS Today\u2019s digital economy is dominated by a small handful of technology companies, and although each company supports small businesses in some way, their primary focus isn\u2019t to deliver new and innovative technologies that cater primarily to small businesses. Fleetmatics, a company co-based in Dublin, Ireland and Boston, Massachusetts, has been delivering technology solutions tailored specifically for small businesses for over a decade. They\u2019ve helped tens of thousands of small businesses from across the globe gain increased visibility into their fleet of vehicles, drivers and jobs. That\u2019s why they introduced a new product called Fleetmatics Routist, an intelligent routing optimization solution that takes routing to an entirely new level. According to Todd Ewing, Director of Product Marketing at Fleetmatics, \u201cFleetmatics Routist systematically builds cost-effective, customer-friendly routes and operates by taking locations, vehicles, time windows, technician skills, and costs and capacities into consideration, among other inputs.\u201d Interestingly, Fleetmatics Routist also incorporates historical traffic data into its algorithm, elevating traffic and routing optimization for drivers in metropolitan areas. It can even match drivers to jobs based on their skillset and history with customers. Ewing added, \u201cSmall business owners and operations managers tasked with planning routes say that Fleetmatics Routist saves them a lot of time, and is simple and intuitive to use. It\u2019s as easy as selecting your drivers, the jobs that need to be completed, and hitting the optimize button.\u201d Once you select optimize, Fleetmatics Routist generates a timeline view where users can see the number of jobs, distance traveled, and time expectancy for the day \u2013 giving small business owners and operations managers more time to focus on other areas of their business. EARLY ADOPTERS: FROM TRADITIONAL TO CONTEMPORARY From carpenters and coffee shops to farmers and food delivery services, small business can benefit from more efficient routing. Take Joyride Coffee, for example, a company based in New York City that provides \u201cthe world\u2019s best coffee, tea and cold brew on tap to America\u2019s most innovative offices and cafes.\u201d Joyride is one of the early adopters of Fleetmatics Routist, and found that they have experienced significant time savings since using the tool. \u201cWe deliver in Manhattan, which is a challenge,\u201d said Adam Belanich, President of Joyride Coffee. \u201cDelivering to 18 miles of coverage can take up to six hours depending on traffic. And with many one-way streets plus strict rules on right turns for commercial vehicles, we needed a system that would take everything into account and determine our routes for us.\u201d Take a look at this video to see how Joyride Coffee is using Fleetmatics Routist to solve its biggest fleet management and routing challenges. According to Belanich, \u201cWe\u2019ve also seen an increase in driver safety since installing the tracking devices on our vans. Now that our drivers know they are being monitored, their behavior has improved without any interference from our managers.\u201d PEACE OF MIND, FOR YOU AND YOUR MOBILE WORKFORCE Once your routes are live, dispatchers and managers can stay current on a driver\u2019s progress against route stops in near real-time and make adjustments as needed. Drivers can also receive their daily routes and notifications on mobile devices, meaning there is little to no paperwork, or a need to touch base frequently about stops throughout the day. Finally, when the day is complete, actual versus plan analysis is available to compare stops made against work orders, so managers can provide appropriate coaching around route deviations. For more information about Routist \u2013 which is available as an add-on module to Fleetmatics\u2019 REVEAL solution \u2013 you can visit https://www.fleetmatics.com/reveal/route-optimization. \u00a0 Copyright \u00a92017 Fleetmatics Development Limited. All rights reserved. Fleetmatics and the Fleetmatics logo are registered trademarks of Fleetmatics in the U.S. and other countries.