The Business Case for BYOD in the Last Mile

Chapter 4

There are three big measurable benefits for post, parcel and express companies implementing BYOD strategies:

  1. Lifecycle investment is typically reduced by two-thirds
  2. Speed and accuracy
  3. Ease-of-use to simply onboard temporary drivers

1. Lifecycle investment is typically reduced by two-thirds

A BYOD strategy replaces costly dedicated scanning hardware with employees’ own mobile devices and reduces the lifecycle investment by two-thirds.

This means there is no need to acquire extra devices for drivers required during peak times.

When replacing hardware scanners with smart devices, even after adding the costs of app integration, software licensing and generous worker reimbursement payments, Scandit customers saved around 70% over the solution’s lifecycle.

2. Speed and accuracy

According to PCA Predict, the average cost of a failed delivery to a retailer is $17.78. With 5% of all online orders never making it to the right person or place first time, these costs can quickly add up.

With Scandit’s high-performing scanning on a phone that’s familiar to the courier, parcel searching, tracking and delivering is faster and error-free compared with other scanning software, even in challenging conditions.

Mis-scans or no scans are mitigated so there are fewer instances of redeliveries or redirected deliveries. These are critical success factors for fast tracking the last mile where speed and accuracy are vital.

How much is your employee’s time worth?

If a company scans 10 million parcels per month, with Scandit’s faster scan speed they would save 20,322 hours over a year’s worth of scanning – the equivalent of two year’s worth of time to manage increasing parcel volumes.

This time-saving is due to the scanning speed of the Scandit SDK, which tested at 0.61 seconds faster than two open source software solutions.

3. Ease-of-use to simply onboard temporary drivers

A personal mobile device is familiar to the user. Scandit-powered scanning integrated into enterprise PP&E apps is therefore intuitive and easy-to-use, so there’s very little need for training.

This is particularly helpful for hiring temporary unskilled drivers during peak times. No need to ship the device or  configure and pick it up at a company office.

A BYOD strategy increases efficiency as the driver can download and install the app remotely, and use their own device immediately.

The American Truck Association predicts a shortage of qualified drivers, which is expected to rise to 174,500 by 2024.

“Scandit technology immediately delivered a level of performance that open source mobile scanning simply couldn’t match.”

Pierre Prygoda, IT Manager, La Poste