If you picked “C”, you’d be correct. Fleet route optimization is a complex process. It is also essential to running a profitable fleet.
Fleet managers who plan efficient routes:
No wonder route optimization is one of the most important tasks in fleet management.
In fact, proper route optimization can reduce fuel and vehicle costs by up to 30%. (Vocal Media).
Keep reading to find out how your fleet can enjoy these benefits!
Planning the most efficient route every single time is no easy feat. If you manage dozens of vehicles, each making dozens of daily trips, manual planning could be an administrative nightmare. It could take hours or even days to get your work done. (And it still might be inefficient!) In fact, if you rely on free Google Maps, your route management is bound to suffer.
Basic Google Maps and other GPS navigation apps are handy if you want to find the quickest way to a friend’s house or your favorite store. They handle routes from A to B just fine. These apps are user-friendly, and best of all, free.
But you should never use it to optimize fleet routes. Here’s why.
When you use a comprehensive fleet management software like Logifleet, route optimization comes with the package. There’s no need to subscribe to six different tools and manage permissions and logins for multiple pieces of software.
By keeping all your information centralized, it’s easier to run a smooth operation.
Route optimization tools use algorithms to save you money. These smart tools increase your fleet profitability by planning the most optimal stop order for each route (while taking into account time windows, driver schedules and vehicle availability).
According to a global study, more than 53% of surveyed fleet managers reported productivity increases after switching to route optimization software (Verizon 2019).
Other apps don’t work as well as route optimization software because they can’t calculate routes according to your constraints (schedules, specific times/dates etc.)
Using route optimization software is just as easy as any other GPS tool. It only takes a few minutes to input all the waypoints. Then, the software calculates the most efficient route within seconds. Every single time.
Fleet managers can save hours of time each week by leaving the heavy lifting to the AI.
Fleet management software like Logifleet goes above and beyond route optimization. It includes additional features to give you a maximum ROI. (Learn more about our features). With the help of telematics, you can streamline work processes and excel across all your core KPIs.
It’s not enough to plan the routes - you need to ensure your drivers are following them! Setting up telematics is as simple as “plug and play”. Fleet monitoring helps managers see the location and trajectory of every tracked asset. The dashboard shows a high level overview as well as details about each vehicle. Live monitoring keeps employees accountable and productive. (Read more about fleet monitoring)
Proper route management plays a critical role in a fleet’s success. Route optimization software helps fleet managers work faster and smarter. It simplifies trip planning and helps with project management. No more wasted time spent on manual planning and tracking down vehicles!
Fleet management software gives managers greater visibility into their operations. This visibility is key to building a strong, reliable fleet.
Finally, route optimization software improves customer service. Better customer service increases brand reputation and customer loyalty, giving you a competitive advantage in the field.
Book a demo call to see how Logifleet can improve route optimization for your business!
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