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To make your life easier and help you improve the level of service you offer, we've researched the best apps available.

"The days of booking jobs on a bit of paper and sending out printed invoices are long gone. To compete, modern couriers need effective booking, invoicing and routing systems on PC and mobile."
Stuart
Director, Avango Couriers

What software is available to improve my courier operations?

This is the age of technology. If you’re not using specialised courier software, you’re falling behind. There are many apps that can significantly improve how you provide quotes for customers, process your bookings, raise invoices and route your deliveries.

But the question is, which ones are right for you?

Well that’s where Couriers TV comes in. We’ve tried and tested as many programs as we can and we’ll use this page to promote the products we think can offer the best tools for businesses like yours. We’ve analysed everything from PC software to Android and iPhone apps that can automate and speed up your processes.

The Couriers TV Top 5 Recommended Apps/Websites

1 - google maps

We’re sure you probably already know about Google Maps. If you don’t, then where have you been for the last 10 years?

It’s free to use, making using it a no-brainer. You plan your routes with post codes or Googles own reference codes, see traffic updates and send the routes direct to your mobile devices. It even warns you of toll roads.

For anyone starting out this should be on your favourites bar and your phone.

5/5

2 - wave financial

Wave is a FREE accounts app. Yes, FREE.

And whilst often it’s true that you ‘get what you pay for”, the fact is that it’s packed with all the essential features you’re going to need to run your business.

4/5

3 - RouteXL

Whilst Google Maps is able to handle the vast majority of your routing requirements, there are going to be times when you need to plot multi-drop routes and figure out which is the most efficient order to run your deliveries. Route XL makes that effortless. 

4/5

4 - Journease

One of the newest arrivals, but definitely one worth keeping an eye on. It’s free to register as a driver, although with it being new there’s not a huge amount of work – yet.

It’s potential lies in the fact there’s NO bidding. You see a job you can do and the price works for you, you take it.

3/5

5 - waze

I probably don’t need to point this out, but if you’ve used ANYVAN before, then this is the slightly more ‘grown-up’ version. It’s less ‘Man and van’, more ‘Professional Courier’. 

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3/5

the best of the rest

Coda Commerce

Shiply was once a big player due to its ability to draw interest from Ebay, so users could get quotes for large or unusual items to be delivered. Prices often low and would only ever use it for backloads. Free to use.

2/5

InTransIT

Not so much a work sharing website as a large courier company with a huge sub-contractor base, by subscription. Sign up and pay a fee to be notified of work, but you can find many of the jobs on other sites for free!

2/5

Xero

Similar to the Shiply model, this is aimed towards the eBay market, where either individials or businesses post items they need moving, typically on a budget. Free to use.

2/5

DA-Systems

The loads on here are again more of the Shiply and UShip variety, despite the site trying to market itself more towards the Courier Exchange. Falls far short. Paid for service.

2/5

Quickbooks

This site has struggled over the last couple of years, with the only regular work being posted seeming to come from Courier Expert. There are signs of new investment which should improve things greatly. Watch this space.

1/5

Adobe Fill & Sign

Has some kind of cult status among its members. Work seems to get shared between the people that get to know each other one there. Very affordable at £25 for life if you use regularly.

1/5

Missed one?

Are there any websites we haven't included here? Or do you have a different opinion on which sites are worth using? Let us know!