When it comes to fleet management and supply chain challenges, “fast service and delivery issues” are the number one answer according to new research commissioned by HERE Technologies.
More than 300 fleet and supply chain management leaders from around the world responded to the survey, which focused on their goals, challenges and investment priorities. “Fast service/delivery issues” was the top challenge for 55% of respondents and was closely followed by “costs” coming from 54% of respondents.
With the continuing driver shortage, rising inflation and pandemic-related disruptions, the findings provide useful insights into the current state of the industry. So what can fleet managers do to minimize the impact of these events?
Focus on building more agile processes and digitizing the elements you can control. For example, the survey revealed that nearly 70% of organizations still rely on paper spreadsheets, job sheets, and driver logs as part of their shipping processes.
Wherever you are on your digitization journey, location technology enables the flexibility to resolve daily disruptions and move from tedious manual processes to analytics and predictive processes. The technology enables fleet owners and managers to improve driver efficiency, reduce costs and fuel consumption, and control more of their operations.
To highlight the tangible impact of location technology, HERE has developed the following interactive map. The map illustrates the real-world impact of truck route calculations from the Port of Long Beach to three major storage districts in Southern California.
Factors such as time of day (rush hour or off-peak), vehicle size (large vehicle or standard delivery van), and load type (flammable or regular) affect the optimal suggested route, as well as the duration , distance and CO2 emissions. and the associated cost.
For a single trip the impact is present but minimal. However, when you increase trips from one to fifty or a hundred, the impact on time, mileage, and driver costs can change dramatically for the exact same route.
On a technical level, location technology creates a unifying layer of data that cuts across functional silos. It enables enhanced visibility, streamlined workflows, faster decision-making, and greater responsiveness.
“As the industry embraces process automation and digital transformation to reduce costs and deliver operational efficiencies, we need new ways of working,” says Graham Wallace, director of T&L product marketing at HERE. “Creating roadmaps and equipping the industry with the digital tools it needs to thrive requires a close working relationship with data providers and partners.”
In the visualization, the HERE Truck Routing and Traffic Analytics API is used to determine all route calculations. The map leverages HERE’s ability to customize vehicle and load configurations and determine safe routes for trucks, while integrating proprietary data and traffic information.
No fleet or supply chain can instantly jump from fully manual processes to a fully digital organization. But there are steps along the way that can increase efficiency, accuracy, and cost savings. And this journey can start today.
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