Logistics software helps truckers keep up with burgeoning energy industry

Domestic energy production in the U.S. is growing at a rapid pace, which means fuel distributors have a particular need to invest in advanced fleet management software. Transportation is one of the most important steps in delivering energy products to consumers and businesses around the nation. No matter how much demand increases, trucking companies don't want to inhibit growth by failing to meet higher distribution standards.

Weather has limited impact on natural gas industry production
The prospect of enhancing operations to meet growing demand for natural gas and other energy product becomes much more difficult when weather gets in the way. According to the online publication Natural Gas Intelligence, this year's cold and snowy winter that presented so many challenges for fleet owners actually had only a minor impact on production levels in the energy industry. The website cited data from the Natural Gas Council (NGC) that found even though U.S. energy demand was 27 percent higher this year than the average rate, stakeholders in the industry were most successful in meeting this increased standard.

"One lesson we learned from this record-breaking cold winter is that the resource is there to meet growing demand if the investment is there to get it to market," Marty Durbin, chief executive officer of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), told the publication.

Much of this success has to do with the fact that domestic supplies of natural gas are abundant. In fact, Barry Russell of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) said the U.S. is currently producing 94 percent of the entire nation's natural gas supply on American soil.

It's up to freight organizations to do their part to distribute this energy at a rate that keeps up with existing market trends. Transporting fuel has become somewhat of a contentious issue in the U.S. political environment. For example, The Motley Fool reported that the federal government has been reluctant to approve pipelines for fear of accidents that would damage regional water supplies. Until then, trucking will play a vital role in delivering energy from production sites to various locations around the country.

Fleet owners don't necessarily have to strain their operations to meet these demands. Investing in advanced logistics software can actually increase a company's capacity for meeting shipping deadlines without creating any additional overhead costs. Managers can use this technology to schedule assignments, identify the fastest routes and coordinate with customers to ensure products are consistently delivered on time.