Route optimization

Route Optimization: Fleet Management Best Practices

Route optimization and fleet management have changed.

Especially taking into account what customers now expect from their favorite brands and companies.

To be successful at the job it is no longer just about delivering “the goods”.

It’s about delivering goods, in the shortest amount of time, at the lowest cost while offering the best possible service.

Those in the industry are turning to fleet management systems, in order to achieve the goal of keeping the client happy, and standing out from the competition.

Here are 7 route optimization and fleet management best practices

Route Optimization 

By automating the optimization of transport routes, the chances of incorrect deliveries or parcels simply not arriving within a specific time frame are drastically reduced.

Once the required data is submitted into the route optimizer, the system shows the most effective and shortest route for each vehicle, and provides the delivery sequence for it, making the process of loading the trucks easier.

Using Technology in your Fleet Tracking Solutions

The ability to proactively identify service disruptions is critical.

Ask yourself, do you have the technology needed for effective fleet management in order to achieve easier planning, monitoring, and communication?

Additionally, having a robust process and authority to react when deliveries don’t go as planned is important to effectively manage distressed clients.

Data analysis for continuous improvement

Continuous improvement is part of an effective fleet management.

Often, improvements can be made through the increased use of technology and integrated systems, providing reports with the data collected.

The ability to analyze and use this data for decision-making will be crucial to differentiate you from your competitors.

Logistics Metrics are important

Defining the correct parameters for monitoring the efficiency of your fleet is key.

With these metrics, on a daily basis you can generate multiple reports.

Finding those key elements will make a difference. Remember the phrase “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it”

Scalable Business Operations Across all Departments

As your company expands so will your strategy.

Do you have the technology needed to meet the increased demand and complexity?

Having a scalable solution is critical to meeting todayÔÇÖs rapidly changing business environment.

Integrating all your separate supply chain systems together will allow you to manage your business through a single lens.

Improving the relationship with the Fleet Operator

When selecting a fleet operator it is important to note that all parties are needed.

Empowering people to make decisions and holding them accountable for the outcome is a foundational aspect for any program.

It’s important to understand the business environment, understand the customer and align resources properly with the operation.

This will help to achieve better results.

A strategic approach to fleet management requires structural changes in your company

Does your company embrace or challenge change?

Having the mindset to accept changes is critical for a company to deliver value.

Committing to a software or a fleet operator and being able to accept the changes they seek to carry out the results needed is critical for success.

We hope you’ve found this information useful, feel free to check out our blog for more content like this or set a time with one of our execs to talk about a solution for your company!

Francisca is the Business Development Director of Drivin, a SaaS transportation management solution that generates an optimized delivery plan, improves customer service, and reduces transportation costs by up to 30% from day one.