Here’s how tech can help ease the burden and improve return on investment with automation.
2022 has brought its fair share of ups and downs, but a new year is just around the bend. While some pressure on trucking businesses has eased in the past month with the return of the full fuel excise and the reinstatement of Fuel Tax Credits (FTC), businesses still need to improve efficiency and maximise return on investment to see success in 2023.
But when you’re spending most of your time managing the day to day and often stuck putting out fires, finding time to change or update for the better can seem like a fantasy. Tech can change that. Digital transformation leads to automation – for trucking operations, automating menial tasks, and digitising paper-based processes can be a game changer, freeing up time, improving ROI and enabling growth.
Here’s how tech can help ease the burden and improve returns for your business.
Automate the menial
Automating laborious tasks by digitising paper-based processes is a simple way to ease the burden of managing day-to-day operations, allowing you to focus your time where it counts.
Tasks like tracking and organising vehicle maintenance, following up on driver schedules and location, collecting pre-start checklists, monitoring fuel and asset usage and ensuring compliance can all be digitised and automated with intelligent telematics technology and fleet management systems.
Additionally, thanks to the data collected from sensors and AI-powered devices, you can easily gather a comprehensive understanding of the actual costs behind completing specific tasks. The best part? You don’t need to spend time collecting this data – it’s all at your fingertips and ready to inform quality decision making.
Improve operation flow
Critically, freeing up your time, drivers’ time, and back-office staff time improves operation flow, streamlining every aspect of the business.
Managing trucks and assets can be complex, but with data collected via telematics and access to digitised pre-start checklists, you can understand the condition of each vehicle without needing to inspect them physically and address potential issues immediately. Additionally, with predictive maintenance tools, you can ensure that vehicles are serviced proactively.
You’ll reduce the chance of unexpected breakdowns or incidents in the field, which can bring your operation to a halt. Instead, you’ll know everything is taken care of, so things run smoothly without your direct oversight.
Relaying information to customers is also a simple process when you have quick access to information. Rather than tracking down your drivers or sorting through paperwork to find the necessary info, you can check in with your fleet management system and report back to the customer efficiently. You’ll free up your time while improving customer satisfaction – paving the way for new work.
Free up time for strategic thinking
The benefit of technology and automating tasks in your transport operation boils down to this: rather than a scarcity mindset that focuses on reducing spending and just scraping by, you can embrace an abundance mindset, focusing on strategic initiatives, improved returns, and growth.
All this helps you improve your business offerings, customer experience, and brand recognition to bring in new work – so instead of just weathering challenges in 2023, you’ll be able to rise above them.
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