How much time do you spend scheduling deliveries/work orders and allocating them to the right vehicles? There is a lot of software that allows you to schedule deliveries and work orders, but they don’t always integrate automatically with your telematics system.
Businesses are wasting valuable hours checking telematics software before allocating jobs to the correct driver based on their location, vehicle capability etc. This is a massive drain on their time. Ultimately transport managers should be spending their time improving fleet efficiency, not on repeated data entry. Job scheduling is very important and should enable fleet managers to automate tasks and ensure that every delivery is carried out in the most efficient way.
Here are 5 benefits of having your job scheduling software synced with your telematics.
A good telematics system allows for good visibility, which means you don’t have to do everything yourself. When you create a new job your software should be able to inform you of the best vehicle to dispatch due to the location, skill sets and cost effectiveness.
When you use a job scheduling tool deliveries/work orders will be allocated to make the best use of your drivers’ time. Your software should provide you with an optimised route to ensure that all jobs are completed in the shortest possible time. That means that your drivers can maximise the number of jobs they complete while still taking proper rest breaks.
Optimised routes and efficient scheduling aren’t just good for your time management. They can also help to reduce your overall fleet spend. Your telematics system devises optimised routes that can reduce your overall fuel cost. Efficient job scheduling also helps you to reduce overall wear and tear on your vehicles, reducing your maintenance costs.
Efficient job scheduling via a telematics system allows you to allocate deliveries and track them in real time. That means that you can give your customers more information about when their delivery will arrive. If the job is time sensitive you can allocate tasks in a way that ensures it arrives exactly when it’s needed, while also informing the customer of arrival time when approaching. That means more happy customers.
Fleet schedulers are spending time ineffectively cutting and pasting job data from one system into another. That is only necessary because the systems they are using don’t communicate with each other. Effective software will bring all of these wonderful benefits and streamline them to create automation that cuts admin in half.
Systems are becoming more flexible and instead of feeding endless amounts of cash in to integration, look for options that solve more than one problem. In the end the software available is made to help you, not hinder.