The supply chain is highly detailed, so when it comes to looking for ways to cut time and costs, there are plenty of weak links that can be improved for optimization.
Route planning is one area, especially were vehicles, drivers, and fuel is concerned. Of course, these factors are unpredictable, but it’s smart to be aware of where you can look to immediately implement changes that make a positive impact. Let’s dive in!
Be fuel savvy
The gas tank is one part of the truck that can be targeted to shave off a few significant pennies. One way to manage fuel consumption is to implement measures to help drivers be more fuel efficient on the job.
From monitoring speed limits to utilizing apps that locate the lowest gas prices, there are plenty of small strategies that can make a big difference. Offer incentives to drivers who show satisfactory results.
Organize loads for delivery
By organizing how deliveries are made along a particular route, you can save time and money. Fuel is saved by delivering the heavier loads first, since these loads require more power input. That way, your rig is lighter for the remainder of your trip and easier to manage.
Use routing software
The logistics industry is able to keep up with consumer demands thanks to the technological revolution with management software. Choosing the best routes for deliveries is no longer a game of Russian roulette. Drivers can keep tabs on traffic flow, weather, and vehicle tracking with automated real-time updates.
Routing software also allows drivers to plan accordingly before taking off on a trip, offering alternative routes with times and obstacles that can be compared to choose the best route overall.
Go with integration
One way to save time? Stick to the same truck. Make sure it’s loaded properly and try to use it to make all deliveries along a route instead of relying on multiple modes. This can help prevent returns to the depot.