Gurnam Singh, Enterprise Architect at DPD: “With AFD, we are equipped with the very best means of rapidly ensuring data integrity in a pressurised environment. We work at the cutting edge of technology and AFD’s solutions meet our data quality.
Every minute counts, and ten to fifteen minutes makes a significant difference – the equivalent of 2- 3 extra deliveries… and when you have thousands of drivers you can see the effect. Equally important, as a people-focused business we want to minimise stress for our drivers. We have achieved this by minimising the time taken to validate, correct or complete addresses at the point of collection or in the depot. The result of raising data integrity is that drivers now spend less time in the depot, are out on the road earlier and have more time available to deliver parcels.”
AFD’s logistics specific data solutions contain address, location and property characteristic data for 33 million unique properties in Great Britain. Every record has unique identifiers in the form of Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) from OS and Unique Delivery Point Reference Number (UDPRN) from Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File (PAF). These identifiers specifically help with logistics companies needing to identify the correct delivery point, avoid data errors and link other datasets. Automatic data updates help ensure your organisation benefits from the latest available data and minimise errors that may occur from older data.
Getting to the postcode is easy, getting to the right address is where the value lies for logistics companies. Many deliveries rely on postcode level grids at the centre of a postcode, in some instances this can be 15 minutes away from the destination potentially leading the delivery to fail or knock on effects on the rest of the driver’s deliveries. Property level grid references give you full confidence that your customer’s address can be navigated to precisely and the delivery will be successful.
What’s the split between B2B and B2C deliveries for your organisation? Are deliveries failing because a driver tried to deliver after 6pm to a Commercial address? All addresses have a property classification, e.g. Residential or Business, allowing for time sensitive deliveries to be planned properly and for insight into the types of deliveries that are taking place each day.