FedEx delivery route planner

Plan and optimize your route with the snap your delivery manifest

Route planner and optimization app for FedEx drivers and ISPs

Straightaway packs complex optimization algorithms behind a simple, beautiful interface. Simply take a picture of each page of your FedEx manifest to add all your stops, optimize your stops for the fastest route, and drive the most efficient route without switching apps. No more relying on the Fedex DRO system, connecting to Garmin GPS, or manually adding addresses to get to your stops. Use Straightaway route planner and optimization app to save up to an hour a day, cut down on fuel costs, and get home early. Don't go the extra mile. Go Straightaway.

Optimize your FedEx route in 3 steps

Getting started with Straightaway is as easy as 1-2-3. Simply take a picture of your manifest and the app will automatically recognize and populate the addresses. Click “Optimize” to find the fastest route and navigate to your stops without switching apps.

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Snap a picture of your manifest

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Optimize for the fastest route

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Navigate without switching apps

Features FedEx drivers love

Birds-eye view

When delivering hundreds of packages in dense areas, you just want to see an overview of stops. With birds-eye overview feature, you will be able to see exactly where you are, and all the upcoming stops in the area. Keep an eye on your progress and what needs to get done with our innovative at-a-glance overview.

Straightaway app birds-eye view feature. See all your delivery stops.

Simple, beautiful interface

Beautiful design and simple user interface are the core of our product experience. Other apps overwhelm you with multitudes of features, settings, and choices. We obsess over taking away the complexity and delivering a seamless user experience. Simply take a picture and get going.

More stops

Other delivery route planning apps on the market can only analyze up to 50 or 100 stops per route. That doesn’t do you much good when you need to make 135 stops on your delivery route. Add as many as 500 stops in a single trip without sacrificing speed or accuracy.

Straightaway route planner app - add stops by searching addresses. Reorder the list of stops for the fastest route.

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What our users say

Lance W.

11.12.2019

“I know my route very well, so I didn’t think I would benefit from a driving route planner, to be honest. I’ll never forget the first day I tried out his new route planner app. I finished my route two hours faster than usual, and I went home to play with my daughter. It was the greatest feeling. Now I use Straightaway every day. Over the last six months, I’ve saved over 140 hours of driving.”

Dj Simone

05.05.2020

“I’ve never written a review for an app before. This one deserves it. App is incredible. Taking a picture of the manifest is amazing. Love this app. Changed my life. ”

Delivery Driver

10.04.2018

“I’ve been using this app over the past week and it works great. Captures the addresses and is very accurate!! Saved me so much time and now I feel like I can drive any route.”

Frequently asked questions

The top 10 answers every Fedex delivery driver needs to know

What is route optimization, and why is it so important?

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Route optimization is the process of calculating the quickest and easiest route with a given number of stops. When delivering packages, drivers need to consider traffic, stop order, and time-sensitivity to devise the best possible route. Route optimization software does this process in seconds, factoring in various data points to provide the driver with an efficient path.

Using route optimization helps reduce fuel consumption, time on the road, and missed stops. This saves the company money, makes the driver’s job easier, and leads to more satisfied customers. With route optimization, delivery companies run better.

Does Waze optimize routes?

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If you have a smart phone and want to speed up your driving commute, you’ve probably heard of Waze. Most default map apps like Google Maps or Apple Maps don’t do a ton of optimization. Typically, you punch in your address and accept your fate, which might be an hour of bumper-to-bumper traffic––but Waze does something different.

Waze seems to navigate you around backstreets and quiet country roads to make your trip faster… But is Waze reliable and effective enough for delivery drivers? 

The benefits of using Waze are the community-influenced aspects such as the real-time construction zone updates, speed limit alerts, police notifications, and gas price updates. In addition, Waze uses specific algorithms to optimize the routes of its users, taking them off the beaten path and potentially around blocks of traffic.

However, Waze will only optimize the route in the stop order you input. This means that if you do not research the fastest stop order before inputting the addresses, Waze will assume you want to travel in that precise order with no rearranging––which might not save time at all if you don’t carefully consider stop order in advance. This can be a dealbreaker for couriers who have 100 or more stops per day, which is why FedEx drivers usually opt for more powerful software.

Can you optimize routes using Google Maps?

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Google Maps is aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-use, intuitive, and contains nearly every business, landmark, house, and other geographical feature you want to find on a map. But how does Google Maps stack up against other route-planning apps when it comes to optimization?

The best way to use Google Maps for route planning is to break up the route in small batches. You can do this by assigning certain postcodes or neighborhoods to certain batches. Then, you need to list the stops in the order you’d like to reach them. Next, enter up to ten addresses and Google Maps will optimize the route.

Although this can work with some planning, the steps needed for efficient route planning can be far too time-consuming and tedious. Plus, if you ever need to re-route, you have to start over from scratch. This is another example of an app that isn’t catered for the amount of stops the typical FedEx driver has to make.

How does FedEx optimize routes?

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FedEx uses a technology called Dynamic Route Optimization, or DRO, to optimize the routes given to FedEx drivers. First released in 2019, this tool rivals similar apps such as Orion from UPS to help compete in terms of delivery time, driver efficiency, and customer satisfaction.

Like other route optimization software, DRO plans and orders dozens of stops into an efficient order. Users do not need to stop and recalculate along the way to maximize efficiency because DRO is already on it.

What are the negatives of using FedEx DRO?

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Unfortunately, since the release of FedEx DRO, there have been numerous complaints regarding this technology––especially from FedEx drivers. FedEx DRO has failed to be as successful as the company initially thought, with drivers stating this software has actually led to greater time-eating issues when compared to pre-DRO time.

Many experienced drivers find themselves fighting the in-house technology to get their job done on time, exposing a discrepancy between delivery veterans’ route planning and the software’s route planning.

How does FedEx determine its delivery routes?

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FedEx routes are assigned to drivers in a geographical area by the zip or postal code. The route’s boundaries, which also correspond to the driver’s work area, are determined in advance to prevent the drivers from having to wait between destinations or package deliveries. As soon as orders are placed in the FedEx system, route planning managers along with DRO take the information, add it to the route, and inform the proper driver.

How much do you make as a FedEx courier?

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FedEx couriers typically earn between eighteen and twenty dollars per hour, for an average annual income of around $40,000. According to ZipRecruiter, top earners make about $50,000 per year as FedEx delivery drivers.

How much do you make owning a FedEx route?

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If you obtain the rights to a FedEx route, as an owner, you can make between an average of $30,000 and $50,000 per route depending on the business contract with FedEx. Each contract will determine how you will be paid based on its average number of stops and deliveries. As a fleet manager, you might expand your business and take on multiple routes to increase your annual income.

Can I make an efficient delivery route for free?

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There are many free route planning apps and software you can use to plan a free delivery route for your products or your company. Taking advantage of free route planning software is key if you need to make your deliveries more efficient, but don’t want to use DRO or a pricey alternative. While Google Maps might work for smaller deliveries, like ten stops or less per route, there are other apps like Straightaway that will optimize up to twenty-five stops for free, and up to 250 stops for $7.99/mo if you sign up for twelve months.

Can FedEx Drivers benefit from using Straightaway?

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Yes!

Although FedEx has its own route planning software with FedEx DRO, we see that this technology is not considered the most customer-friendly or user-efficient when it comes to creating seamless routes. Instead, FedEx drivers should consider switching its route optimization software to allow for a greater level of ease regarding driver use. Whether you want to drive for FedEx, own a FedEx route, or start your own delivery business, consider Straightaway to make everything run on time.