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Automation is the Future of Fleet Management

August 10, 2022

Across the board, managers of fleets big and small are faced with new challenges that threaten their work processes and their businesses. In response to these evolving changes, many fleet managers are now turning to automation.

Today, modern technology is paving the way for new business opportunities. In this post, we’ll discuss the common inefficiencies faced by modern fleets and how automation may be the solution.

Slow Workflows and Processes

A recent Wakefield report shines a light on the disparateness between the reliance on manual work processes and the evolution of digital solutions to improve them.

This is especially true for the transport industry. From paper-based invoicing to manual tasks such as vehicle maintenance scheduling, repetitive and mundane tasks continue to bog down employees, leading to inefficiencies and decreased productivity.

Automated technology such as fleet management software and asset tracking, is extremely effective in modernizing various aspects of a fleet business. 

By automating these processes, fleet managers can free up time, people and resources to focus on other tasks, leading to increased efficiency and productivity.

Fleet safety

Safety

Fleet managers oversee large networks of vehicles and drivers, yet rarely get the chance to interact with them in real-time. The inability to ensure that everyone is adhering to best practices can lead to safety issues.

However, implementing an automated system allows fleet managers to have full visibility into their drivers’ performance on the road and helps them identify potential risks.

For example, a telematics solution can provide valuable data to improve safety. By tracking variables such as harsh braking or sudden acceleration, you can gain valuable insight into driving behaviour and vehicle health.

This data can then be used for targeted coaching of those individuals, improving their behaviour on the road and ultimately making your fleet safer. 

Inefficient Spending

Budget reviews can be a difficult task, as there are a lot of moving parts and expenses to keep track of. However, an automated system can help fleet managers track and adjust their spending habits.

For example, automated vehicle maintenance scheduling can help you keep track of when each individual car or truck in your fleet is due for service.

A little preventative maintenance allows you to get ahead of issues before they become full-blown problems, leading to fewer costly repairs down the road.

Fuel Waste

One of the most common issues faced by fleets is fuel costs and fuel waste. With gas prices always on the rise, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your vehicles are running as efficiently as possible.

A telematics system can track things like fuel consumption, idling time, and mileage, giving you valuable insights into where your vehicles are using the most fuel. 

This data can then be used to make changes to your fleet’s operations, such as providing alternative routes or minimizing idling.

Even small changes can have a big impact on your fuel efficiency and save your company a lot of money in the long run.

Maintenance Costs

Another area where fleets often struggle is with maintenance. It is important to keep your vehicles in good working order, yet all too often fleet managers make the mistake of waiting until something breaks to fix it, which can be much more costly than simply taking preventive measures.

By using an automated system, you can keep track of variables such as mileage and hours driven, which can be used to predict when a vehicle may need maintenance.

This allows you to schedule servicing and repairs in advance, rather than waiting for something to go wrong. Not only does automation save you money, but it also helps to keep your vehicles on the road and minimizes downtime.

Our world is constantly intersecting with digital technology. Fleet managers can use automation to manage their operations, vehicles and drivers, while improving both the safety and efficiency of their fleet.

Contact your ZenduiT consultant now and ask how we can help automate your fleet processes.

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