UPS delivery route planner

Route planner and optimization app for UPS delivery drivers

Download the Straightaway Route Planner and Optimization Android app on the Google Play store
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The best route planner app for UPS delivery drivers. Dynamic route optimization app.

Optimize your UPS 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 optimal route and navigate to your stops with turn-by-turn directions.


Add stops with the snap of a photo


Optimize for the fastest route


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Delivery route planner and optimization app for UPS drivers

We know how much UPS cares about efficiency of its delivery operations. What we care about is you finishing with your deliveries and getting home earlier. That’s why we built Straightaway, a route planner and optimization app for UPS drivers. Simple add all your stops with the snap a photo, optimize for the fastest route, and navigate to your destination with built-in turn-by-turn directions. Use Straightaway 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.

Features UPS 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 delivery drivers say

Purple Promise
Imvu Vet
"I absolutely love this app!! I drive for FedEx Express and run routes literally in the middle of no where. Straightaway is always spot on with address location even in the sticks. Way better than road warrior! Easier to navigate too! I love returning to the hub empty! Lol :))"
Great app
Lance W. Fedex driver
“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.”
Like magic
Nilesh Ashra
”Ok so this is like magic - works super well. I usually snap a photo of my route and it just organizes it all. The navigation and route tracking works great, SO much better than doing this the manual way like I used to."

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Frequently asked questions

The top 10 answers every UPS delivery driver needs to know

How does UPS optimize routes?

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UPS optimizes their routes by analyzing driver data, such as the characteristics of the best routes and of the drivers themselves. By calculating what makes deliveries take the most time, UPS can come up with the most effective routes. Some of the metrics they analyze to improve delivery times are the contents of the packages, the efficiency of individual drivers, and the difficulty of navigating through specific geographical areas.

UPS has an in-house routing software called ORION and a handheld tool called the DIAD (Delivery Information Acquisition Device) to generate efficient routes for their many couriers.

What routing software does UPS use?

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UPS uses ORION, an acronym for On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation, to calculate delivery routes based on distance, fuel-usage, and time-per-stop. Orion’s unique algorithms and optimization methods have one major goal: reducing the total number of miles a driver must traverse on a single route. Instead of claiming to provide the perfect route between points that is not susceptible to any slowdowns on back-ups, ORION simply claims to come up with workable routes that improve over time with consistent use.

How many deliveries does a UPS driver make in a day?

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Many UPS delivery drivers try to deliver at least 100 packages per shift during the day. This often makes for a jam-packed day full of driving and stopping. This high-effort workday is one reason why UPS drivers make eighteen dollars per hour instead of minimum wage!

How does the DIAD help UPS drivers deliver packages efficiently?

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The DIAD is a mechanism that helps speed up the process of sharing delivery information with the UPS network and the customers waiting for packages. The DIAD uses Gobi technology, a recent creation that connects drivers with their management network, even if their cellular signals are lost during route.

Inside the DIAD, drivers can see their whole daily route ahead of them. If their managers or drivers need to make updates to the route during the day, they can send the information through the DIAD so everyone is on the same page.

How long does a UPS route take?

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A delivery driver at UPS will typically make between 100 and 200 stops per day, which translates to between nine and eleven hours of work depending on the traffic, speed of the driver, breaks during the day, and route-planning efficiency.

If you are a customer waiting for a delivery, you can expect to wait up to twelve hours for your parcel to arrive from the moment the UPS website says “out for delivery.”

Is it true that UPS drivers only turn right?

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UPS truck drivers almost never make a left-handed turn during their delivery route. Orion software is designed to get rid of most left-handed turns during the route to help efficiency in countries with right-handed traffic (like the United States).

Even though this can seem convoluted, left turns usually slow down UPS trucks as they have to wait for larger gaps in traffic to turn. By taking multiple, easier right turns, UPS vehicles can end up making all the same stops in less time.

Do UPS drivers have to finish their routes before clocking out?

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UPS drivers have to finish their route before they can be done for the day. Instead of being done at a set time of today, like five o’clock, UPS drivers need to finish their route or help out other workers who have not completed their daily tasks before their shift is officially over.

When a driver completes their route, they must return the delivery vehicle to a local UPS center and report back to the management staff. Management will review the driver’s number of stops, volume of packages, and the total distance driven before letting them off for the day.

This means that inefficient drivers might have longer work days than their peers. On the other hand, drivers with the most efficient routes can clock out early.

Why don’t UPS trucks have doors?

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If you have been waiting for your package and notice the UPS driver finally pulls up to your house, you may be surprised to see that the UPS van does not have any doors––or at least it looks that way.

However, UPS trucks have sliding doors that retract into the side of the truck instead of “car-like” doors that open outwards. This is because sliding doors can better avoid obstructions when opening, such as other cars, mailboxes, or tight alleyway walls.

Do ORION and the DIAD really work?

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Yes, and no. The usage of ORION and DIAD has correlated with improved efficiency for the average UPS route. According to UPS, they save about eight miles per driver. However, many users still criticize the software for coming up with loony routes. Some drivers report having three stops on the same block separated by hours of driving, while others report a bug that ignores business closing times. Often, drivers must ignore the ORION route to prioritize businesses that will close before the planned arrival time or make other on-the-fly adjustments to make the routes work.

All this is to say, ORION does make drivers more efficient, but not because it optimizes routes perfectly. It works to an extent, then the experienced delivery drivers behind the wheel make corrections to reduce bugs and improve the route.