March 2, 2021

5 Ways Route Planning Software Can Help Your Business Save Money

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For as long as money has existed, people have had thoughts and opinions about it. And at fleetx, we are of the opinion that you need to be saving as much as possible! With our award-winning fleet management software, we are here to look out for you. We want to help you reduce the amount of time you spend on trip planning, improve your on-field communication and limit the challenges that occur during your deliveries.

There are a lot of circumstances that will limit your business’ ability to run efficiently. All over India (and the world), logistics companies struggle to streamline their services due to unpredictable route conditions. Whether it is a landslide, a traffic jam or a closed road, these unplanned delays can cost your business dearly. And if you don’t do something about these delays, you are going to lose a lot of money.

That’s where we come in: here are some of the ways route optimization software can help you keep your hard earned money where it belongs, in your pockets.

  1. Faster route planning

A lot of route planning currently involves phone calls and paper, but imagine how much more efficient you can be if you have software to do it for you! Not to mention the time saved from telling your many drivers what route to take, and having to re-route if there is a problem. And even after putting in all this work, it is not guaranteed that your drivers are taking the best routes. If you continue planning routes manually, you will continue to lose money and your business will not grow to its full potential.

With a good route planner, you can plan all your deliveries in a fraction of the time. You just need to input the delivery addresses, and the software will take care of the rest. The routes will be accurate, and optimized for timely deliveries. The software will account for road disturbances, bad weather, traffic jams and any other challenges that might come up on the way.

2) Reduced maintenance costs

If your fleet vehicles are being used efficiently, there is less chance of damage or wear and tear. A good place to save your money is to limit the amount that you spend on repairs. With a good route planning software like fleetx, you will be informed of any situations that arise during delivery. You will also have prior knowledge of bad road conditions so that you can avoid these routes, thereby limiting chances of damage to your vehicle. As they say, a penny saved is a penny earned!

You also have the option to optimize your fleet by reducing the number of vehicles on the road, and cutting down on the cost that it takes to maintain them. If you can run fewer vehicles more efficiently, and still make the same amount of deliveries with route optimization software, you will save a lot of money in the long run. Route optimization software has helped various businesses to cut down on 20% of their fleet and still scale up their services.

3) Know where your drivers are

Do you know what route your drivers are actually taking? Are they always following the directions that you give them? Do they make unplanned/personal stops? And what about their driving behavior? Not only does that increase the chances of accidents, but it also has an impact on your fuel expenses. With our vehicle management software, you can optimize your drivers’ behavior and ensure that they are taking their responsibility seriously.

Using gps trackers, you can monitor them in real-time through a map on the software. You will be informed of any change in route, unplanned stops or rash driving so that you can take action accordingly. It can also reduce idling, which not only costs you a lot in fuel expenses but also limits your drivers’ delivery efficiency. To ensure that you make the most of your route planning software, we would strongly advise using one that comes with vehicle tracking options. This way you don’t have to deal with two separate software's and the hassle that comes with it.

4) Data inspection for future deliveries

Route optimization software gives you the ability to analyze data collected from your past trips to make better decisions in the future. You will be able to access data on your drivers, vehicles and customers all in one place. Not only will you know if you are using your resources efficiently, you will also be able to review driver performance over time. You can identify drivers that are slacking, as well as drivers that are performing better than average and give them more responsibility.

You will be able to identify routes with regular disruptions and avoid using them while planning for future deliveries so that your drivers can hit more deliveries, use less fuel and spend less time doing so. Over time, by cutting down on people and activities that cost your business money, you will be able to save a good deal of money.

5) Order-vehicle constraints

Different items need to be handled differently. For example, you can not transport perishable items in the same vehicle as textiles. If there is an accident, both types of items will be affected. Furthermore, items like medicines or vaccines will need to be transported in special containers for them to be effective.

With route optimization software, you can plan the best route for these items, and ensure that all your deliveries reach their destination safely. In the event of an accident or breakdown, you will be informed immediately so that you can dispatch another vehicle and ensure minimum damage to the cargo. This will also help you retain your customers and increase their faith in your services.    

So, do we have you convinced? Have you explored route optimization software before and found it to be unhelpful? We’d like to hear from you! We are in the business to help companies like you optimize their services and improve the overall efficiency of the logistics industry. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below or reach out to us on our website.

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