Looking to improve fleet operations in 2013?

As the economy recovers, transportation companies are consistently looking for ways to boost their fleet performance, cut expenses and ensure efficiency. Problems with managing drivers, cutting expenses, keeping fleets on schedule and determining business needs can arise quickly and make it difficult for an operation to improve and continue to gather new clients. There are ways for management teams to reduce the problems that can develop as a fleet grows and mitigate the risks associated with the transportation process. However, some fleet managers may be unsure of how to handle these problems or how to implement the latest solutions that will enhance their operations and company reputations in the new year.

What are the challenges facing today's fleets and how can they be dealt with? 
There are many obstacles and issues fleets face, and it's up to fleet managers to effectively mitigate the risks associated with having a team on the road consistently. One of the most commonly cited challenges is excessive spending and operational expenses. However, there are initiatives companies can take to reduce costs and better manage their budgets. One of these solutions is routing software, which can help ensure drivers take the shortest paths possible while on the road. Having fleets follow a predetermined direct route can not only help guarantee deliveries are made on time, but can enhance fuel efficiency, meaning a company can spend less on gas or diesel in the long run. As the price of fuel continues to rise and becomes a major expense for some companies, the importance of having drivers take the most fuel-efficient and shortest routes possible cannot be overstated. In addition to reduced gas and diesel expenses, a firm may also put fewer miles on its vehicles, reducing the wear and tear on trucks and potentially limiting the amount of service or maintenance necessary.

While it can help to limit expenses, route optimization software can also assist fleet managers in overcoming another challenge - streamlining planning and ensuring deliveries are made on schedule. Fleets that consistently make late deliveries due to bad directions or poorly planned routes can develop negative reputations and leave clients unhappy, which can push current customers to make the switch to another transportation company. With the use of route software fleet managers can ensure their drivers are taking the most time-efficient paths, following the best sequence of stops and making deliveries and pickups according to a predetermined schedule.

A significant challenge some fleet managers face is managing operations and fleet planning. Determining what resources should be used at certain times can pose a problem for some management teams, especially those looking to reduce expenses and ensure deliveries and pickups are running smoothly as their fleets grow or obtain more business. With the help of scheduling optimization software, companies can better plan schedules in a manner that will make the best use of available resources.

Technological advances can also allow businesses to analyze operations and determine how their new initiatives have been working. This can continue to lower business expenses and ensure managers are putting in place policies that will help achieve the company's goals, better serve clients and maintain efficient operations.

Learn more about business solutions 
Company leaders looking to learn more about how they can improve transportation operations, cut costs and increase efficiency can join TMW Systems for a free webinar later this month. The event, which will take place on Tuesday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m. EST will give fleet managers inside knowledge that will help them better handle their operations and prepare for the future. Interested teams can reserve their spots now to learn more about the best solutions for improving their fleets.