Driven by changing consumer habits amid the pandemic, Vancouver’s Routific announced is experiencing unprecedented growth in 2020.
Today the route planning and delivery management platform announced that they’ve experienced 240% growth this year.
Routific empowers small businesses to deliver more goods with fewer vehicles in less time, helping them stay afloat as Amazon and big box stores increasingly consume market share. The platform has seen growth across a number of SMB home delivery businesses, including those that deliver food, from groceries to farm organics, and beverages ranging from fresh pressed juices to craft beer.
Routific’s proprietary algorithm was modelled after honey bee flight patterns as they brought nectar back to the hive. Routific’s route planning software helps delivery businesses plan and dispatch optimized routes in minutes, saving up to 40% in operating costs.
According to today’s announcement, Routific is the only route optimization and delivery management platform that has built an official integration with Shopify to reach more small businesses, making it easier for them to run successful online shops and profitable home delivery services.
“Now more than ever our customers need to run as optimally and efficiently as possible,” said Suzanne Ma, cofounder of Routific. “Routific helps businesses save up to 40% on operating costs, while simultaneously achieving environmental impacts by way of reduced emissions and fewer cars on the road. We’re grateful for the opportunity to assist local businesses as they work to not only survive, but thrive amid the pandemic.”
Routific’s software is used globally and has extensive reach, working with local businesses across 5,774 cities and 169 countries. In an effort to help those in need, Routific has also offered its software completely free to more than 450 nonprofits around the world who have put themselves on the frontlines delivering essential goods like food, medicine, and masks to high-risk populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adding to its momentum, Routific partnered with DoorDash in 2020 for a flagship social impact program, Project DASH, which uses the DoorDash Drive logistics platform to tackle challenges like hunger and food waste. Project DASH was powering 600 deliveries a week and turned to Routific to scale to more than 10,000 weekly deliveries when the pandemic hit.
Routific has also partnered with Vancouver’s FoodX, a grocery e-commerce software solution for large and small international retailers, including Walmart Canada and Carrefour. Routific has integrated its routing technology into the FoodX platform, which is intended to be an alternative to outsourcing e-commerce and home delivery to third parties such as Instacart, which take a larger share of business profits.
“Routific’s growth is a reflection of the impact they’re having on small businesses all around the world,” said Scott Lake, Hello Ventures CEO, Shopify Co-Founder and Routific investor. “This is a great example of how technology can empower small businesses and give them a chance to thrive in the competitive world of e-commerce.”
Routific is currently hiring in Vancouver.