Two men are sitting side by side and smiling into the camera with mugs that have SmartRoutes branding.
David and Blake Walsh. Image: Darragh Kane

Cork start-up SmartRoutes to double headcount with 10 new jobs

27 Apr 2021

In response to growing demand for its route-planning services, SmartRoutes will be hiring software engineers and business developers.

Irish software start-up SmartRoutes will create 10 new jobs this year, doubling its workforce for the second year in a row.

The Cork city-based company said demand for its route-planning solutions has grown during the pandemic, following increases in e-commerce and home deliveries. As a result, it will be hiring for business developers and software engineers and plans to move to a new office space once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

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SmartRoutes was founded by Cork brothers David and Blake Walsh in 2017. It develops software to help businesses plan and optimise delivery routes.

David, who is the company’s CEO, called 2020 a “year of phenomenal growth” for SmartRoutes with a five-fold increase in revenue. “It was amazing to see all the different types of businesses that benefitted from using our platform,” he said.

“Whether they were looking to reduce their distribution costs, reduce their carbon footprint or get greater control and insight over their delivery operations, SmartRoutes was able to provide them with a solution. This has given us great confidence to grow our company and we have aggressive plans to tackle international markets next year.”

SmartRoutes initially focused on the Irish market but it now plans to strengthen its UK operations, having expanded there over the past few months. It also supports clients in New Zealand, Australia, Egypt and Spain. Customers to date have included Homecare Medical, The Irish Independent and Le Patissier.

“It’s great to be in a position to create employment in Cork and we’re hopeful SmartRoutes will continue to grow year on year,” said Blake, who is SmartRoutes’ COO.

“The last few years we have been about understanding the market and building the SmartRoutes platform. We are now in a position to focus heavily on growth by bringing more and more clients onto the platform.”

He added that SmartRoutes worked closely with the Local Enterprise Office in Cork city. “They have worked with and advised many start-ups over the years and were able to help us to avoid any pitfalls.”

Keep an eye out for job updates at SmartRoutes here.

Lisa Ardill
By Lisa Ardill

Lisa Ardill joined Silicon Republic as senior careers reporter in July 2019. She has a BA in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication. She is also a semi-published poet and a big fan of doggos. Lisa briefly served as Careers Editor at Silicon Republic before leaving the company in June 2021.

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