Catering companies are working hard to ensure they can make their necessary deliveries and pickups this summer, especially as prime outdoor party and wedding season is well underway. Fleet managers are changing strategies to guarantee drivers are taking the most direct route and not making any unscheduled stops to cut fuel expenses, get to destinations on time and make good on promised services.
Summer events lead to more demands on resources
During the warmer weather, more people are eager to get outside, plan parties for family and friends and attend other events. While caterers are busy preparing for all the weddings they must provide food for, there are a range of other events they'll also need to be prepared to accommodate. Graduation parties, special gatherings and other summer celebrations often call for assistance from catering companies.
While smaller caterers often help out with these backyard celebrations, some larger companies are responsible for even more stressful jobs. Local festivals, neighborhood parties and even city-wide events can be enormous responsibilities that call for multiple drop-offs in different locations. Catering companies need to be prepared to deal with the significant amount of food required at these events, as well as any sanitation or preparation requirements. These businesses must also be made aware of the fastest roads to take when making their deliveries, particularly if they're responsible for making multiple stops within a day, increasing the demand for route planning software.
Unusual requests also pick up
Parties and festivals aren't the only areas to which catering firms need to get food - according to RigZone, companies and restaurants in regions currently benefiting from a shale oil boom are also in need of catering services. Getting food to the thousands of workers on these sites is an idea that's quickly gaining steam. In many of these areas, it's difficult for employees to go offsite for lunch given their far-flung location and long hours, and oil companies are more frequently asking companies to cater employee breaks.
Rather than guessing the most effective route or spending hours planning runs, fleet managers at catering companies may find it more beneficial to employ route optimization software. By relying on technology to speed the process, employees can not only save time, but limit fuel expenses and stay on schedule no matter how many deliveries need to be made throughout the day.