We spend a lot of time talking about our geocoding API and our quality codes. We've mentioned they can help you save time and money, but did you know they can also help you make better business decisions? With MapQuest, rest assured your drivers get to and from a location with ease, all through the power of quality codes.

Let's say you own a restaurant or a store that delivers orders or merchandise to your customers. Your customers might be scattered throughout the city, from well-known streets and avenues to new suburban neighborhoods. Few things are worse for a delivery business than lost time because a delivery driver can't locate an address. MapQuest's quality codes ensure your drivers leave the store knowing they won't get lost or end up turning down side streets in the hopes of finding a building. You determine the level of quality code you're comfortable with, knowing the API will provide you with the information needed to make a better business decision.

Let's assume that you will only deliver to anything with A's or B's in the quality code result. In practice, the customer enters their address, which makes a call to the API. The API returns a quality code and your system can determine, based off the quality code, whether or not the address is one to which you will deliver. MapQuest Quality Codes

Example: The customer enters 1060 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613, which returns a L1AAA quality code. The API decides that's an acceptable quality code and the customer is able to process their order for delivery. Your delivery driver finds the location without any problem, and everyone goes home happy.

On the other hand, maybe a customer enters their address as 2345 Martin, Dallas, TX 78215 (instead of 2345 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215), which returns a L1CAC. You've told the system that C's are undesirable, and the user is prompted to choose the correct address, or told they must pick up their product at the nearest store. No more calling customers to break the bad news, no more trying to decipher whether the customer fat-fingered the zip code, no more wondering if they meant to enter Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd -- that is all in the past.

The best part is that it’s up to you and your team to determine which quality codes are and are not acceptable. This cuts down on lost time for drivers, and wait time for customers. Better systems, better experience, all with quality codes.

Want to learn more about quality codes? For a detailed breakdown of our quality codes, please see this blog post. Visit our Geocoding documentation to learn how you can get started with MapQuest's Geocoding API.