27 September 2018
Three reasons why you should be route
Getting goods from A
to B may seem a simple enough task at first glance. Yet, as any business
responsible for logistical operations can attest, there are countless factors
that can impact the efficiency and performance of your fleet out in the field.
While some of these
may be out of your control, other factors can be controlled and mitigated by
optimising the route planning processes that keep your fleet moving. Effective
route planning not only means the difference between a delivery service that earns
repeat business and one that doesn’t; it can benefit your organisation in ways
that can add value across the board.
Boost fuel efficiency and
Every moment your
drivers spend behind the wheel out on the road uses fuel and affects your
business’s margins. Supplying them with clear, easy-to-follow yet agile real-time
delivery routes generated by a responsive Electronic Proof of Delivery (EPOD)
system gives them what they need to bypass congestion, avoid accidents and reach
each destination as swiftly as possible.
Less fuel used by your
fleet means fewer refills, less expense for you and a better carbon footprint
for your business. Sustainability has become a major commercial consideration
for all kinds of industry, and a commitment to lower your fuel consumption and
associated emissions is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment
and appeal to customers looking for sustainable services.
Minimise time spent on the road
less time it takes your drivers to complete each delivery, the more deliveries
they can complete – without overloading their vehicles, of course. But it’s not
just higher numbers of satisfied customers and greater job satisfaction for
your workforce you can expect as a result; the effects of economical time spent
on the road also include longer maintenance lifecycles for your vehicles, and
less chance of direct involvement in road-related incidents – an unfortunate but
inevitable consequence of a profession spent behind the wheel. And of course,
slower wear and tear should never mean your fleet goes unmaintained; a
comprehensive EPOD solution should include the capacity for your drivers to
carry out and log regular vehicle checks via their mobile devices.
Route planning EPOD
software takes a fleet-wide view of your delivery force and automatically plots
the logical and time-effective routes possible, and transmits a personal,
real-time manifest to each of your drivers on a digital map.
Create a safer field environment for
your mobile workforce
We all know the
consequences a lapse in concentration can cause when we’re driving. Even a
couple of seconds spent looking out for a particular street sign or
double-checking hand-written directions can have an unthinkable outcome at the
wrong time or place.
With EPOD software,
your drivers can rely on live GPS navigation of their routes from your central
data hub, designed to display clearly on a range of secure cab-mounted mobile
devices. These should be set up to work on a completely handsfree basis, enabling
your drivers to get on with the job in hand; delivering goods to your customers
in a safe and timely manner.
Having a clear route
to follow also encourages better driving across your fleet – less speeding to
correct wrong turns, less harsh braking and less rapid acceleration – all
factors that can make the probability of accidents far more likely.
routes for your fleet, whether you have one vehicle or one thousand, is a
laborious task. Giving your drivers the time and visibility to navigate the
field with ease through a Touchstar
EPOD system can help you make invaluable gains in areas you may not