3 Ways to Cut Delivery Costs with Hidden POS Tools

DeliveryIn a delivery operation, driver pay, fees, mileage, and worker’s compensation premiums can add up to a significant part of your labor cost. This post looks at three ways you can use little-known tools in your POS to cut delivery costs.

1. Calculate driver fees and delivery zones based on distance driven.

Does your POS system allow you to choose how to calculate delivery fees? One popular way to pay driver fees is to make them proportional to distance driven—this method scores points with drivers because it compensates them fairly for extra time and vehicle wear and tear on longer routes. If you’re using an integrated online mapping solution like SpeedLine LiveMaps with your POS, route mileage is calculated by the mapping provider. This provides consistent rates and minimizes driver abuse—and if you pay mileage in addition to a driver fee, the mapping solution can provide a double-check for self-reported odometer readings.

SpeedLine LiveMaps User? Take delivery efficiency one step further, and set your delivery zones based on drive time from the store. That way, you can set both driver fees and delivery charges based on how long it actually takes to deliver the order, so you can be sure you’re covering your actual costs.

2. Apply a tipped minimum wage when drivers are on a delivery run.

Do you pay drivers a tipped minimum wage? If you’ve been struggling with how to separate tipped “out of store” time from non-tipped time, your POS may be able to help. A delivery POS system should track when drivers are out of the store and give you the option of changing their pay rate accordingly. When you choose this option, SpeedLine automatically applies the alternate pay rate you set when a driver is dispatched, and changes the rate back when they return to the store.

3. Separate out-store earnings to reduce worker’s compensation premiums.

In-store versus out-store tracking tools in your POS can have other benefits as well. In many jurisdictions, workers’ compensation premiums are based on the type of work performed, with delivery driving often subject to higher premiums than in-store work (as much as 5 times more). The pay reports in your POS can show how much delivery drivers earned for time spent in the store versus out of the store on deliveries. This makes it easy to apply the lower premium rate to pay earned in-store.

SpeedLine User? Enable on-site/off-site tracking, and then check your Pay Period or Pay Period Details report for In Store Pay and Out Store Pay (a simplified report new in version 7.1).

Have some secret strategies of your own for cutting delivery costs? Please share them in the comments!

 

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