In this post, we’re going to be comparing one route planning and optimization software, Upper, against our own platform, MyWay Route Planner.
MyWay Route Planner is the #1 alternative to Upper Route Planner
Upper is another route planning tool which is doing route optimization. However, unlike some route optimizers, which do only route optimization - Upper is route planning software which has some other things onboard like Proof of Delivery and was designed especially for courier drivers.
This article's primary goal is to highlight the main features of two route planners - Upper and MyWay and help you understand which one suits your needs the best. We will walk you through features, usability, pricing tiers, and other aspects of Upper and MyWay apps and proof there is only one alternative for Upper Route Planner on the market.
So, if you're looking for a platform to help you with simple route planning and route optimization, you can download the MyWay Route Planner app from the Apple App Store (for iPhone/iOS) or Google Play Store* (for Android, *coming soon). Upper also has an iOS app and Android app, as well as it has a web version. Our experience tells us in our days' the web version is not a must (after all, iPad even replaced bulk and complex cash registers), but having a web version can be pretty handy in some cases.
If you look on an Upper website, you can find articles when they compare their solution to others like Circuit, Route4Me, RoadWarrior, etc. We also spent some time on our own trying to figure out what unique features Upper offers or if they have any advantages over competitors.
Upper has pretty decent statistics. It has a web interface and one-click despatch. They claim everything other route planners claim: optimize in a few clicks (✔️), save time and money (✔️), driver mobile app (✔️), ... that's about it. Even if you read their own article on why they are better than the alternatives, you will be able to find that:
Okay, so every route planner on the market allows you to use your favourite navigational software like Google Maps and Apple Maps. Do not take us wrong - Upper is pretty decent software, but it does not either create any innovation in the industry or do things much better than others.
The good thing about Upper is their despatch system. It looks very decent with many good options in place. Web UI looks pretty simple and clean. Overall, Upper has a pretty solid pack of features available - all must things are there.
MyWay Route Planner has on-board some great features which will have you covered regardless of your work industry. MyWay will have you covered if you work in sales, pest control, real estate, etc. It suits those who work in delivery and those who simply need to visit multiple places during the day.
One of the best features MyWay has is customizable fields, which you can set up for your specific needs. This feature will allow you to have personalized, unique data fields to simplify your operations. In addition to that, MyWay also has some route optimization settings that can change route optimization to work better for your needs. Also, MyWay supports two mods: map and list, which you can choose based on your preference. They are both designed for different needs and can make your life easier when delivering parcels or simply visiting stops.
Upper user interface will look familiar to anyone who has been using Windows 8. Most of the elements and design patterns will remind you of those days. We have tried to use a lot of Route Planners (and after all, we have been building one), but so far, Upper Route Planner is one of the worst from a usability point of view. Basic iOS gestures are working incorrectly or not working at all, windows animation effects simply do not exist, and the app does not allow you to close or drag screens with a swipe gesture, so you have to find that button which will close it for you.
In addition to a user interface, there are significant issues with route optimization. Some route optimization options seem like they do not do much. For example, optimize for shortest/fastest works, but if you optimize for the shortest, it will be a really, really long trip. Many vehicle types Upper has - seem like they do not work. We feel ashamed we have to write this about a fellow route planner, but it is how it is.
If we talk about usability and user experience, you can find that MyWay is a much better looking and working route planner. The interface is nice and simple. All swipe gestures are working like in the native iOS app. All critical information is highlighted, so it's pretty easy to find it. The important user interface parts are not hidden behind endless scrolls, etc.
All it's being said, the MyWay is optimized for driver operation efficiency. MyWay Route Planner saves you a second here, half a second there when you perform simple operations (like closing stops). Overall on a route with hundreds of stops, you will save 3-5 minutes on average - yes, it does not feel much, but trust me, when you use the app every day, it makes a huge difference. Try it yourself and see.
Upper and MyWay Route Planner have similar pricing structures, but very different prices. Upper, same as MyWay, has a Monthly Premium plan and Yearly Premium plan. Let's dive into each.
The Upper Essential plan is an Upper Premium that allows you to optimize up to 250 stops. Unfortunately, it does not allow you to use stop time windows or parcel locations, so you must pay $49.99 per driver per month if you want those. Upper set of features is pretty long, with some being part of the Essential plan and some being part of Growth, but all indeed are only included in Enterprise. Users can try Upper for seven days trial and then have to choose some premium plan.
MyWay Route Planner pricing structure is pretty simple. On a free plan, you can get up to 20 stops without no other features being limited. MyWay Route Planner has three types of premium subscriptions: 3 days plan, a 1-month plan, 1-year plan. Each plan has a limit of 200 stops and no other limitations. So all you need is to choose how many stops you need to optimize and pick the cadence you want to pay for (or use it for free).
Both Upper and MyWay use robust routing algorithms when it comes to route planning and optimization. However, the clear winner is MyWay, as it considers all route optimization settings. Upper has more settings than MyWay, but it seems like some of these do not change anything (even when they clearly have to). Both Upper and MyWay can save time and money to the driver or small business owner.
Upper Route Planner has a clean advantage of having a web version and a one-click despatch product, but it is also more expensive. However, upper also offers some nice features like most of the route planners on the market, and overall the package is good.
The MyWay Route Planner app is a much cheaper alternative but, unfortunately, does not have a web version and, at this stage, is missing some features which can be handy for the enterprise.
If you try to find the best solution for your route optimization, you probably want to decide what is more essential for you. Have all things Upper offers in a package for high tier price (but you have to deal with its downsides), or choose MyWay and have a great driver app (but the lack of a web version and some other features for now).
"This app gets better with every update. The developer clearly has an understanding of transportation and routing. Every update makes this even better. Excellent route planning tool with many cool features. A clear winner for me.”
"After endless hours spent on choosing a good delivery planner, I finally have found this one. Good looking, with good address coverage, allows you to optimize stops without any need to buy a subscription. Just amazing.”
"It’s made it simple and understandable for non-technical inclined users such as myself. It has convenient features that make it easy to complete my route and be time and cost-efficient. Would recommend to everyone.”