What takes place when a domestic courier sends goods via road?

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What takes place when a domestic courier sends goods via road?

Cargo in the form of bulk physical goods that is bound for an in-country destination is often delivered via road.  In addition, as opposed to sending via air, it is often cheaper to deliver a regular sized parcel that is bound for a local destination and is not particularly urgent via road.

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How do courier drivers plan their route?

Certain couriers use a system known as dynamic routing whereby the appropriate software will generate the most optimal route for a courier to follow with the result that more shipments can be delivered safely and timeously using fewer resources.

A system known as the courier-planned route is sometimes used which involves a city map being divided into areas served by a specific courier route in the most optimal manner possible based on historical customer density.  A courier would be given shipments for a dedicated route based on address details and plan their route according to experience.

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Technology versus experience

Nowadays, many courier drivers will use a GPS system to assist them in optimising delivery.  However, even with modern technology pitfalls still exist.  A GPS algorithm does not compensate for gravel or dirt roads or roads with robots that take longer to change.  A GPS often has difficulty in calculating routes that involve new roads or obscure roads in rural areas and this often presents a problem with the result that most professional courier drivers would instead turn to their experience and expertise to guide them as opposed to relying solely on technology driven solutions to calculate these routes.

Most courier drivers are masters at learning and memorising roads and the distances in between and often require up to at least two months of solid training to attain a suitable level of proficiency prior to taking on a route ‘solo’.

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