Couriers have one of the toughest jobs in today's economy. Delivering even a single parcel requires solving multiple problems simultaneously. 

Personal apps ease the burden by providing couriers with a wide range of helping tools. Route optimization, recipient, and payment details available on-demand are undoubtedly crucial for courier day-to-day operations.

In this blog post, we will provide an overview of courier companion applications, most common functionality among them and what it takes to launch one.

Courier Delivery Services and Why They Matter

In a world where convenience and speed matter most, courier delivery apps are at the forefront. These apps(in combination with their customer delivery app counterparts) connect senders, couriers, and recipients, enabling clear, real-time communication and updates throughout the delivery process.

Key features of Courier delivery apps

Core focus of any on-demand delivery service app is on the field employees. 

The app should provide a quick, convenient way to access the delivery information, connect with the sender or receiver, and built-in map navigation in order to be useful for the courier. 

Below we’ve listed some of the most commonly used courier app features 

Registration and Profile Management

Enables couriers to create accounts, manage their profiles, and update their availability status. During registration, couriers provide personal information and contact details, along with necessary documents such as driver's license and vehicle registration. Additionally, couriers can update vehicle details including license plate numbers and insurance information for verification and compliance purposes.

Core courier app features.
Courier app features

Order Management

Allows couriers to accept, reject, or change delivery orders assigned to them. Couriers can view details such as pickup and drop-off locations, desired delivery time, and package specifications. Additionally, couriers can access their order history to track past deliveries and performance.

Route Navigation

Route navigation and optimization are crucial features for efficient courier operations. Modern courier apps provide navigation tools and integrate with commonly used mapping and navigation services (e.g., Google Maps, Waze) to offer turn-by-turn directions and optimize routes for efficient delivery. By maximizing fuel and time efficiency, couriers can drastically enhance their delivery performance.

Real-time location Tracking

Many on-demand courier apps offer real-time tracking of delivery status and location — this is especially true with same-day delivery and quick commerce apps. Location tracking allows couriers to provide accurate updates on their current position and estimated time of arrival, enhancing transparency and providing peace of mind to customers awaiting their deliveries.

Proof of Delivery

In instances where high-value or fragile items are being delivered, additional proof of delivery is often necessary. This can include capturing recipient signatures or taking photos at the drop-off location to confirm successful delivery. By providing this additional documentation, couriers can offer assurance to customers and mitigate any potential disputes regarding the delivery of valuable or delicate items.

Courier Performance Metrics

To track their performance, couriers can access customer ratings and on-time delivery completion rates. Such metrics offer valuable insights into courier performance and enable them to identify areas for improvement while ensuring transparency and accountability within the delivery process.

Payment and Earnings Management

Depending on the business model, some apps offer payment status tracking or even courier earnings summaries. This data might include total earnings, breakdowns by delivery, deductions such as platform fees and taxes, user tips, etc. If a payout feature is supported, couriers might manage payment preferences, choosing between bank accounts and options like direct deposit or digital wallets for receiving payments.

Data Security

With order, personal and address information processing delivery apps are always privacy sensitive. To safeguard valuable information, secure data transfer and caching should be implemented.  

Courier Physical Safety

Safety measures to ensure the well-being of couriers during delivery include emergency assistance buttons or features that enable couriers to access help or report emergencies. 

Additionally, apps provide safety tips and guidelines on handling packages, interacting with customers, dealing with complaints, and solving various uncommon scenarios further enhancing their safety and security while on the job.

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Admin panel

Regardless of how the courier or customer apps are built, an admin panel for operational management is essential. Typically done as a web app dashboard, this software enables real-time tracking of the order status, courier management, and tools for prompt resolution of parcel-related issues, ensuring seamless operations.

Collecting data such as most successful delivery rates, delivery speed, and customer satisfaction gives business an insight into courier and their own operation performance. In turn, this facilitates data-driven decision-making and fosters continuous improvement of the service.

Key features of admin’s app usually include:

Operation overview: high-level overview of ongoing and past operations and performance metrics

Courier supervision: managing courier recruitment, sign-up requests, commission rates, etc.

Service coverage management: manage delivery coverage, setup delivery fees for areas based on location.

Location tracking: parcel and courier location monitoring in real-time.

Customer orders: detailed information on customers' orders, including sender and recipient details, parcel cost, weight, etc.

Customer support: connect with customers and drivers through a live chat or calls.

Payment management: Track earnings and financial performance, control delivery prices and rewards.

Courier app development

App development process begins with selecting the right business model and requirements for your application. Define delivery coverage areas, courier cooperation models, and market conditions. Map out desired delivery process from the courier perspective — all this information would be needed to understand what features your app needs.

Choose the Right Business Model

Think about which business model is best for you. Consider things like what your business needs, your long-term goals, who your customers are, and what resources you have available. Determine delivery coverage areas, courier compensation and management models. This process will help a lot in shaping the functionality of your future application.

Identify the Features

Make a detailed feature list plan for your app. Some of the vital features for courier apps are order management, navigation choices, and in-app messaging. You can use the previously provided courier service feature list as a backbone of your own plan.


Once all requirements are defined, it is possible to estimate the project budget and delivery timeline. Core technology and architecture choices are also made at this stage. To support the maximum variety of user devices without compromising the app quality we recommend using cross-platform development. In our experience, Flutter is a great choice for building delivery apps. 


Over the years we’ve successfully delivered a number of delivery and location based applications. At the end, no matter what technology is utilized — key to successful development lies within the planning and management process. 

To simplify, courier application development can be divided into three stages:

  1. Design: At this stage, we produce design mockups featuring app navigation, primary user flows, and interface components.
  2. Development: Based on business requirements and design specifications we start architecting the technical solution for the future courier application. Our engineers choose the appropriate tech stack and frameworks, estimate the delivery timeline, and establish clear development milestones.
  3. Testing and post-launch support: To make sure that the final product is bug-free, our team performs both manual and automated testing. Additionally, we set up application stability and crash rate monitoring to quickly resolve any problems experienced by users.

Launch and Improve

We advocate for fast product launch. We suggest starting with a basic version of your product (MVP) and then improving it based on user and business feedback. Iterative refinement and optimization is the best way to ensure your app meets user needs and stays competitive in the market.

Wrap up

If you're a business aiming to streamline your delivery operations or manage route planning more effectively, developing an on-demand courier app can be a game-changer. These apps enhance efficiency, offer real-time tracking, optimize routes, and provide a seamless user experience for both drivers and recipients, it’s hard to imagine running an efficient logistics operation without one. 

Krootl provides an experienced development team to assist you with this endeavor. We offer free consultations and will help you choose the most suitable solution to improve your delivery operations.

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