Fleet management is the use of a set of vehicles in order to provide a service to a third-party, or to perform an activity internally in an organization, in the most efficient and productive manner with a determined level of service and cost, and it must be designed and implemented in order to develop the organization’s general strategy.
There are three vehicle fleet categories, and are the following: the ones that perform in planned routes; the ones that have an aleatory demand of vehicles; and the ones that have assigned a vehicle to one driver/user or to a permanent activity.
Each category has different operations, characteristics and goals, as well as there are several variables and factors involved in fleet management, making each fleet unique and different, reaching the best feasible solution for his management.
Electric vehicle fleet: considerations to keep in mind.
The use of electric vehicles has become a feasible solution for fleet light vehicles in urban environments in the last few years, so it’s undoubted that at some point in time the organization will have to change the electric vehicle in urban environments, and for this reasons, they will have to be prepared with the appropriate resources and plan in time. This post develops what key aspects have to be taken into account to change to the electric car.
Outsourcing and organizational structure of the fleet management
Outsourcing is to externalize parts of the organization’s productive process and/or activities to a third party. It’s done by every organization in several industries due to diverse reasons. Currently, in the vehicle fleet management market there are several third party companies to whom are outsourced most of the activities and/or processes like acquisition, control and monitor, sales of vehicles or managing auxiliary services. This post develops what requirements are needed to do outsourcing and factors are involved in the fleet management structure.
Fleet´s information system
The fleet´s information system has the following goals: to know the current state and tendency; to control and optimize the activities and the service level; to control and reduce costs; to control and monitor the vehicles; and to collect important data needed to make decisions. This post develops the key aspects that the fleet information system should hold and the analysis data that provides to fleet management.
Disposal/replacement of the vehicle´s fleet
The organization has to design and implement policies for disposal and renovation of the vehicles, when to renew them, choose the sales channel, choose the sales suppliers, or establish the maximum time to sell the vehicles; this post develops what are the key factors to carry out these activities.
Using owned or outsourced workshops for the vehicle fleet
The organization has to establish if they’d use their own workshops or will outsource this activity to a third-party, since the investments and the operational costs are usually higher and have to be evaluated. This post develops the key aspects to take into account in order to have either our owned workshops or outsourced it to a third-party.
Managing the fleet´s traffic accidents
Around 15-20% of the vehicle’s fleet has a traffic accident in a year, which represents a high cost of the organization, due to the following reasons: the vehicle won’t be used for some time for the service performance; the repairing cost; the vehicle’s substitution cost; the possible loss of the packages that are being transported; and the possibility of the driver/user or third-parties getting hurt. This post develops a program to prevent, control and reduce traffic accidents.
FLEET SAFETY CONFERENCE; 25-26th of July, 2017
The next 25-26th of July is to be held the Fleet Safety Conference in Schaumburg, IL (USA). The fleet safety conference is the only conference of its kind designed specifically for fleet, risk, safety, sales, human resources and EHS professionals that offers current and expert insights and practical education on improving fleet safety. The fleet safety conference 2017 will feature separate sessions that focus on the challenges of light duty fleets, medium and heavy duty fleets as well as general sessions for all fleet types.
Managing the fleet´s tires
The organization has to design and establish a system to control and monitor the tires due to the fact they can be around 15-20% of the variable operational costs, and between 3-5% of the direct costs through the entire vehicle’s life, this post develops how to do it.
Vehicle´s fuel consumption reduction of the fleet
Fuel consumption can account for around 70%-80% of the variable operational costs, and 30% of the direct costs as well as is the main source of contaminating emissions if the vehicles are using fossil fuels like diesel or gas in the fleet. This post develops how to reduce and control the fuel consumption of the fleet.
Vehicle´s fleet breakdowns management
Breakdowns cause several inconveniences like: not using the vehicle for a determined period of time, which stops the service performance; some costs such as the breakdown, the towing services, and the vehicle’s substitution; it could cause an accident, or that the vehicle doesn’t pass the technical inspection; and damage to the organization’s brand image, This post develops how to prevent, control and reduce breakdowns and assure the vehicles safety in the fleet.
Vehicle fleet maintenance management
Maintenance management is one of the most important activities in vehicle fleet management, because not doing maintenance in the established period and according the manufacturer’s indications has several consequences for the vehicles, this post develops the key factors in order to manage it properly.
HOW TO ACQUIRE THE FLEET’S VEHICLES
One of the most important decisions in fleet management is how the vehicles are acquired. There are several options, such as acquiring them as property, by renting/leasing, through a special loan destined to vehicle’s fleet, or using car sharing. This post develops the main factors to take into account when we acquire the vehicles of the fleet.
HOW TO CALCULATE VEHICLE FLEET SIZE
The optimal number of vehicles in a fleet varies with time depending on aspects such as market demands, the service level and available budget, this post develops how to calculate the optimal number of vehicles that are needed for a certain period of time.
OPTIMAL NUMBER OF VEHICLES IN THE FLEET
The organization has to have the optimal number of vehicles to perform the service level with maximum effectiveness and productiveness, meeting the direct costs or established budget, in this post we show the consequences of having either more or fewer vehicles than the optimal number of vehicles.
Relation between the vehicle fleet´s cost and the service level of the organization
This post shows the relation between the vehicle fleet´s cost and the service level that our organization provides, we develop a theoretical and practical case study, we show the influence of the location of our headquarters and the main recommendations to set this relation in our company.
VEHICLE FLEET’S COSTS
It is crucial to know all the vehicle fleet’s costs in order to: establish and control the fleet’s budget; establish the prices and rates of the offered services; know the cost of every mile/kilometer traveled; know the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO); calculate the disposal/replacement periods of each vehicle; and gather valuable information for decision making. This post shows what are fleet’s costs and develops a practical example.
Fleet management policy: what guidelines must hold it
The starting point for vehicle fleet management is to design and implement its policy, establishing its operational guidelines and long-term planning, in order to develop the organization’s general strategy, to achieve more efficiency and productiveness at a determined service and cost. This post develops what guidelines must hold the Fleet Management Policy which has to be adapted accordingly with the fleet’s characteristics, operations and goals.
How Route Optimization SaaS Solutions Help Logistics Managers
Customization and segmentation, velocity, internal collaboration and agility are some crucial challenges and problems that logistics managers are currently facing. In addition, the supply chain industry is constantly changing, due to the rapid evolution of technology. These never ending requirements also bring us some very useful online tools and software solutions for the new requirements in logistics management, such as:PS Trackers; Internal Communication; Route Optimization; Warehouse Management; Flight and Cargo Management; Scheduling; Billing; Documentation; Consolidation and Container Management; Shipping Management; Freight Forwarding; Contract Management; …and many others. All these software and cloud-based tools, provided by SaaS companies, help the logistics and supply chain industry to face challenges in a better way, contribute to small companies to be competitive maintaining reasonable costs, to be able to reach foreign markets, and to be innovative, which is one of the best ways for a small or medium logistics operator to compete and beat the bigger players. his post how route optimization SaaS solutions help logistics managers.
The Baked Goods Industry
Managing a delivery fleet and mapping routes with multiple stops and many restrains can be quite a challenge. Bakeries must face the dificulties of urban deliveries, where they have to deal with traffic congestion, rising costs of fuel and attend customer expectations among other features. This post shows 4 route optimization lessons from the baked goods industry.
2017 Consumer Trends of Third Party Logistics: Big Data Rises
The prospects of the use of big data and information technology (IT) capacities -for instance, in optimization software- has become more important than ever for supply chain managers and their customers, according to a latest third party logistics (3PL) report. The use of big data in the supply chain industry -especially with third party logistics providers, is an increasing trend. Good fleet management systems and expertise can transform an otherwise inconclusive mass amount of information into trends and indicators which can help in decision making, both in a strategic planning and day-to-day issues. This post shows the 2017 trend of third party logistics.
Global Fleet to be Impacted by Broader Procurement Trends
Over the past two decades, there has been a shift in the type of decision makers influencing fleet policy and practice toward procurement. Now, procurement is staying involved with fleet after the contract process to ensure the company “gets what it bought” from its fleet OEMs and suppliers. Procurement’s involvement with fleet has grown deeper and its scope of responsibility has expanded. Currently, 28% of all fleet managers in the U.S. work in the procurement area or report up through procurement. This post shows how Technology trends impact on fleet procurement.
Route Optimization in Cities: a Custom Need for Every Industry
Urban logistics is one of the biggest pains companies face in their day to day operation. Any company that manages a delivery fleet or has to visit many locations during a day, can greatly benefit from using a route optimization solution, whether they deliver food, beverages, construction materials or are in the utilities or transportation industry. This post shows 3 examples of route optimization in cities.
Has Connected Intelligence Improved Fleet Management?
There have been endless conversations in tech circles regarding the relationship between the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data. Take the case of fleet management that is driven by connected intelligence. That is, fleet managers and business owners are excited to learn about the endless possibilities associated with increased visibility for management. A good example is real-time monitoring and visibility of the vehicle location without having to call the driver. This post shows how connected intelligence improved Fleet Management.
How to reduce your logistics cost
If you want to reduce logistics costs, you have to take the time to review your processes. For trimming your logistics budget, this post shows 10 tips that should be considered to cut logistics cost.
How Data Driven Technologies are Transforming Logistics and Supply Chain Industry
Technological logistics startups and other companies have started to make use of data driven technologies such as Big data, Analytics, Internet of things (IOT), sensor technologies and other machine learning algorithms to handle real time analytics of huge data which are unstructured. Although there are many factors which are affecting the logistics and supply chain management, it is important to understand the applications of data driven technologies to simplify the complex aspects in data associated in supply chain management. This post shows How Data Driven Technologies are Transforming Logistics and Supply Chain Industry.
How companies can reduce logistics transportation costs?
Companies which rely on logistics transportation for their business, need to consider few important aspects to cut down their expenses. There are many reasons which cause huge costs of logistics transportation to companies. Few of them are lack of planning, lack of transparency, bad decision making in transportation and logistics may cause companies to increase their overall costs, fail delivery targets, result in damaged goods, and lose business ultimately. This post shows how to reduce logistics transportation costs.
Benefits of Cloud-Based Logistics Management
Many logistics management teams still use excel sheets and boards to manage their fleet and delivery routes, because it’s a system that logistics managers know in depth, as they have been working this way since the very start of their companies. It’s familiar. However, the logistics industry is getting more and more complex, and companies have better chances to compete, and have several advantages if they adopt technology as a partner for the logistics business. This post shows the benefits of Cloud-Based Logistics Management software.
On-time Delivery on Christmas
For the Christmas Season, third party logistics’ demand and customer expectations rise exponentially. The threshold between success and failure in an on-time delivery becomes extremely narrow. What can we do to cope as a fleet operator?
7 Fleet Management Terms You Need to Know
Every industry has its own unique terminology, and the fleet industry is no exception. It’s important that fleet managers (and drivers!) keep up to date on industry jargon to stay at the top of their field. To help bulk up your vocabulary, we’ve compiled a list of fleet management terms you need to know.
The IoT Revolution in Fleet Management
Fleet operators are dealing with increasingly complex government regulations aimed at improving safety and reducing environmental impact. Budgetary constraints, softer resale values, staying current with many regulations, and uncertainty over fuel prices are just a few of the industry’s concerns. Fleet owners are turning to technology to help them achieve regulatory compliance with safety and environmental legislation, while minimizing total cost of ownership (TCO). The internet of things (IoT) is one of the hottest topics in the industry as fleets adopt telematics-enabled applications to revolutionize fleet operations.
Healthcare Logistic Management: The Current Challenges Faced
Can you imagine a healthcare system with a supply chain that doesn’t work? Unthinkable, right? But, believe it or not, healthcare is an industry that has been usually working with suppliers at the edge of compliance, mainly because of high costs and inefficiencies that happen “due in large part to declining reimbursements for services. As a result, they are seeking opportunities to reduce costs without diminishing the quality of patient care. This post shows the current challenges faced by the healthcare logistic management.
Food Logistics Market Challenges
The current global demand for fresher and better food is a major trend in the industry and also a great business opportunity for a food logistic operator like you, but this also involves several challenges for the supply chain industry at a global scale due to market globalization, in every single step of the logistics process, from warehouse management, through shipping, to last mile delivery. This post shows the challenges in the food logistics industry.
The Importance of Tracking Non-planned Stops
Good route optimization requires precise logistics performance metrics of each stop of its delivery fleet. Some of the stops a driver does in a day are planned (hopefully a big % of the days work), while others unfortunately depend of external factors such as traffic, access restrictions or may even be a result of a drivers decision. However, with the use of the new technologies to optimize routes for the urban logistics, we can get the best performance of the most important asset of any company: its staff.
Route Optimization Software: Optimizing Your Business
Traffic, rush hour, accidents, those are some of the many variables your fleet might encounter while following their routes. Even if they know the road like the back of their hands, the changes of everyday will add more valuable miles to the supposed best route, showing that for a route to be the best one, the process needs to go further than just knowing the roads and turning on the navigation software. It has to be optimized. This post shows the advantages of using a route optimization software.
10 Fleet Management Myths
Some are serious, some are fun, but there are a number of myths about fleet management (and fleet managers) that can skew both management’s, as well as drivers’, view of the job and the person. This post shows 10 fleet management myths.
GPS Fleet Management – Do you know where is your fleet?
With the new technologies it´s possible to know here are your car/fleet at this moment and in real time. The big question is: Do you know where are your car/fleet at this moment?. This post shows the advantages of using a fleet telematic service.
Fleet Management Functions That Should Never Be Outsourced
For years, fleet managers in organizations of all types have been asked the question: “Why don’t we outsource our fleet management functions?”, management decision-makers in many organizations equate outsourcing with cost reduction. A review of the range of responsibilities encompassed by the expression “fleet management” makes it clear that some responsibilities should never be delegated to outside service providers. This post develops what fleet management functions should never be outsourced.
Fleet Management: the Benefits of Outsourced Monitoring and Reporting
Modern transport companies need to stay focused on their core competencies, that is, the transporting of goods. But the modern transporter company is now also exposed to other critical demands and must also ensure that their fleet is driven within legislative, insurer/risk management and cost saving related specifications and requirements. Labor costs are already a major expense for any transporters, but they are now also forced to employ additional staff members to ensure that they comply with the previously mentioned requirements. This post shows the benefits of outsourcing activities such as monitoring and reporting to a third party company.
Six Technology Trends that will Change the Trajectory of Fleet Management
The best way to answer the question of what is the future of fleet is to look outside the fleet industry. It is important to remember that fleet is not an innovator of new technology; however, it is a very early adopter. With this in mind, watch how technology is evolving outside of fleet. Ask yourself: How can (or, how will) these innovations be incorporated into fleet management?. This post shows the six technology trends that will change the trajectory of fleet management.
In Mexico City, everyday thousands of people spend hours in traffic jams, costing the local economy 2.6% of GDP every year, because of the congestion. If city traffic is one of the main problems that logistics management has to face in urban deliveries, well, forget about the traffic! Innovation in the supply chain industry is finding new ways to accomplish goals in last mile delivery, without fighting against traffic jams. This post shows some of these new ways.Autonomous Vehicles Impact on the Logistics Industry
A ground-breaking change. That’s how the logistics industry worldwide is foreseeing the incoming of the autonomous vehicles technology in warehousing, logistics and supply chain management, and last-mile deliveries, among other crucial areas of this business. This post develops the key aspects of autonomous vehicles impact on the logistics industry.
10 factors to consider when looking to reduce your carbon footprint & make savings on your fleet outgoings
Since the recent emission scandal engulfing Volkswagen, there has been lots of hysteria in the motor industry about what impact this will have on the rest of the market. As a business, with vehicle fleets, a few HGV’s or maybe just the odd van, you might be wondering, how can I reduce my carbon foot print and save money on running costs in the process? Well the benefits don’t just start and end with cost savings (although it’s always the primary objective). This post develops 10 factors to consider when looking to be more environmentally friendly with your vehicles.
Urban logistics metrics: how can route planning save fuel and money?
Route optimization can improve fuel performance logistics metrics and KPIs for urban last mile delivery logistics, improving fleet efficiencies. The dynamic nature of cities forces supply chain managers to measure their performance much more carefully, especially in urban legs and last mile deliveries.
Last Mile Delivery Vehicles of the Future
Urban logistics is not just to find the best route, but the best vehicle. Around the world there are exceptional cases where, if they don’t find a suitable vehicle to optimize urban deliveries, they create one from scratch, with state-of-the-art technologies to address congestion, product condition and fuel optimization. This post shows the main inconveniences and difficulties to deliver goods in urban environments.
The installed base of Fleet Management systems in the Americas will exceed 16 million units by 2020
The fast-growing fleet management industry has for several years been in a phase of strong consolidation which shows no signs of slowing down in the near-term. “Leading providers on a global basis have now surpassed half a million fleet management subscribers by far and are continuing to grow at a high pace driven by organic growth in combination with selective M&As.
3PL disruptors: what to learn from “out of the box” players
Traditional third party logistics operators are facing an important influx of new competitors in last mile delivery services from other actors, forcing them to reshape their features and value offer for a company’s supply chain strategy. This post shows how companies like Amazon, Uber or Walmart are developing new business lines using innovative logistics services.
10 useful ways to reduce your Insurance Premium & save money in the short and long term
Gone are the days when clients feel the need to overload the market and approach numerous brokers. The best broker-client relationships are now built upon a mutual trust but, as well as having faith in your insurance broker, here are a few steps which will help you save money in the short and long-term.
Fleet Management Trends For 2016
As we have now hit 2016, it’s only right that we give you our take on the top trends likely to catch fire during the course of the year. Last year, we saw how the “internet of things” has allowed mobile and connected devices to flourish and how telematics technology has become the norm in modern fleets. We have also seen developments in control and reporting systems that help fleet managers to truly understand performance, safety and efficiency. As always, it’s great to see new and exciting innovations but, we want to know what’s up next for the industry…Here are our top 5 fleet management trend predictions for 2016.
Riding the Fleet Management Digital High Road
Recently I read a post that proclaimed fleet management was dead, that new technology was outpacing the conventional fleet manager’s abilities and a new breed of cyber techies was on the horizon who would ride in to eliminate the need for any management. Throughout history similar claims of doom were cast upon those who were on the edges of industry transformation. The technology is already proven itself, unmistakably enabling efficiency and fleet management for the early adopters and will unquestionably be embedded in the world’s greatest transportation developments of the future.
How your logistics management can improve your customer satisfaction
Logistics is no longer just product transportation, but an essential element of a modern brand experience. Now, this is very easy to understand if we think of web companies such as Amazon and Ali Express, and that don’t manufacture what they sell. But, what about firms that have to manage warehouses filled with their own products? How can they integrate customer satisfaction into their logistics management? Or, how can they include logistics into the customer satisfaction model?
What Does Brexit Mean for Global Logistics?
The United Kingdom´s decision to exit the European Union may have a deep impact on global trading in many forms, including logistics and supply chain industry. This post develops the main consequences of the Brexit in global logistics.
Challenges for third party logistics and shippers
In general, the global market has been increasing the use of third party services in the last decades and companies has kept them as a part of their business operations, including third party logistics (3PL) that were able to gain a place in the market as a necessary solution in times of crisis, now they face new challenges in a new global economic landscape.
Why should I innovate in my Supply Chain
Innovation can drive your company from where you are today, to where you really want to be next year. How does it work? It has to do with your company growth. The more your business expands, the more complex your processes become. As a product moves through each of the four life cycle phases, the supply chain must also change in response. In the first phases, delivering product to meet demand is most important, so the supply chain must be highly responsive.
Top Challenges for Big Data in the Supply Chain Management Process
The information revolution is giving us a range of logistics management solutions, with massive amounts of data collected by the industry available, but hardly analyzed. One big mistake is to speak in generic terms about Big Data for any industry, instead of looking at its specific applications, for instance in designing and managing the supply chain. Good fleet management systems and expertise can transform an otherwise inconclusive mass amount of information into trends and indicators which can help in decision making, both in a strategic planning and day-to-day issues.
Customer centric logistics: Amazon’s supply chain success case
Amazon is one of the most known e-commerce companies in the world, and its logistics and supply chain model –with a customer relationship management algorithm combined with simple third party delivery systems- is the envy, challenge and (possibly) a threat for many actors in the industry. This post develops how supply chain contributes to Amazon’s outstanding success.
How logistics contributes to Alibaba’s outstanding success
Consultants and experts agree that the secret of Alibaba’s success lies in its business model, because the company is able to provide a customized sales experience for every buyer, irregardless if they are in China, US, Africa or South America. This post develops how how logistics contributes to Alibaba’s outstanding success.
How a sustainable supply chain has contributed to Starbucks success
Starbuck’s supply chain strategy is considered a world class example of sustainability. But they didn’t start it as a perfect model. On the contrary, the company has achieved excellency like any other entrepreneur, by making mistakes and facing failures, and learning from it, this post develops what measures this company has taken in order to be one of the best managing its supply chain.
How logistics management innovation can help boost Barnes & Noble
The company offers the experience to meet people who love books in a warm and comfortable store, having a steamy cup of coffee and reading or talking about some special title. At least that’s the competitive advantage that Barnes & Noble had empowered in the last years in order to maintain its market share, this post develops what measures this company has taken in order to be more competitive through the using of logistics.
Blind zone collisions are fatally dangerous for vulnerable road users
The most fatal accidents for cyclists are those with buses, LGVs and HGVs due to the blind spot of the vehicle turning right. Ealing Council and TfL worked with Safety Shield Systems to develop a system according to drivers’ requests, warning of potential collisions only with vulnerable road users, filtering out other unnecessary alarms and recording the information about the potentially dangerous hotspots.
How does Coca Cola’s supply chain management adapt around the world?
Coca-Cola is one of the most renowned and powerful brands of the world, but it’s power doesn’t only come from its brand – which, undoubtedly, is it’s primary asset – but the way it’s logistics and supply chain network works in collaboration, and its constant adaptation to local contexts.
Telematics and Fleet Management Systems: Lifting Forklift Fleets into the Future
Warehouse managers are always facing pressure to cut costs and increase productivity. In the battle against cost and lost efficiency, information is the most effective weapon managers can arm themselves with. Telematics and Fleet Management Systems provide the most detailed information available and as such, should be the weapon of choice. These systems involve collecting data from devices mounted on each vehicle, analysing it and using the relevant information to reduce costs and increase efficiency and productivity. We have a look at how telematics and fleet management systems are leading fleets into the future.
How to avoid driver privacy concerns when implementing a GPS fleet management system
The toughest part of implementing any GPS fleet management system can be introducing the technology to drivers who have privacy concerns. Infringing on driver privacy is a major concern for many fleet managers and it is important to approach the subject in the right way to gain acceptance from everyone who will be affected by the addition of this new technology. This post develops a few recommendations for you to consider when it comes to your employees driver privacy concerns.
The 3 Legs of Vehicle Cost
South African roads are filling up with more vehicles every year, and one of the great contributors to the number of vehicles on our roads is the trucking and transport industries. Trucks play a vital role in the South African economy, and is a necessary evil that other road users has no choice but to content with.The trucking industry is poorly regulated at the moment, resulting in many operators cutting corners, operating poorly maintained vehicles with poorly trained drivers, overloading their trucks and various other methods of cutting down on their overhead costs. This is mainly due to the cut-throat activities of brokers who attempt to maximize profits at the expense of the transporter, forcing them to cut corners in order to remain profitable.So what are these overhead costs that trucking companies have to content with?
8 Action Items Shippers Can Take to Minimize the Cost Effects of DIM Pricing for Less-Than-Truckload Shipping
The process, of shipping and managing your freight expenses, is becoming more dependent on the size of your freight and the space it occupies than ever before. Many carriers are, in essence, selling space on their vehicles. All air freight and most ground freight on larger carriers now require declared dimensions for correct manifesting. Without a declaration, you are subject to carrier audits and accessorial back-charges. These back charges can hurt margins if you apply “Flat Rate” charges to customer shipments, and they can cost you (the vendor/shipper) money if you are billing customers for reimbursement of actual freight costs. Either way, if you are not declaring dimensions you are probably headed for disputes with your carrier over carrier-imposed DIM pricing charges that will be costly and difficult to resolve. What is Dimensional Weight Pricing in the Less-Than-Truckload or LTL Mode?
10 Top Trends in Global Fleet Management
There are dramatic differences between regional fleet markets around the globe. Yet, despite these differences, there are also many similarities. Many of the challenges facing fleet managers are identical to the challenges facing their counterparts managing fleets elsewhere in the world. Universal challenges include vehicle downsizing, fleet rightsizing, cost containment, sustainability initiatives, sole sourcing, fleet standardization, compliance with governmental regulations and taxation, the emergence of multicultural fleet teams, more international policies governing multinational fleets, and the entry of non-traditional OEM nameplates (such as Korean brands and forthcoming Chinese models) into the fleet market, etc. The following are examples of mega fleet trends that are universally experienced at every local level, which are, in reality, offshoots of much larger global trends.
The Migration of U.S. Fleet Management to the European Fleet Model
Predicting the future has been likened to a billiard game. The cue ball is the catalyst – representing a seminal event – that upon crashing into a racked set of balls triggers not only the initial reaction, but numerous unanticipated secondary and tertiary reactions. When the cue ball strikes its target, it unleashes unanticipated dynamics of balls deflecting off other careening balls, ultimately changing all of their trajectories. Let’s expand the pool table analogy by inserting “fleet” as one of the billiard balls within the rack. Although it may be unaffected by the initial catalytic event (being hit by the cue ball), it will most likely be affected by the secondary and tertiary events unleashed by this catalyst. My point is that the future direction of the fleet market may very well be influenced by a seemingly unrelated event, what are known as “Black Swan” events.
Fleet Management Generation change finally comes of age
Third Generation of fleet systems enters the market place. The integrated fleet management systems within the mining, quarrying, transport and construction industries are progressing so rapidly that vendors, manufacturers and technical developers are struggling to keep up in some instances. It seems every week that a new system or functionality is being released or coming online to the marketplace. With more and more systems coming to market and increasing hype, sales spiels and myths around system functionality, it seems an appropriate time to step back, analyse and discuss just what is happening in this space and the direction systems are heading.
Fleet management set to exploit giga-market in golden fourth age
The industry – also referred to as telematics – is standing at the gates of its golden fourth age, which is about harnessing the power of the growing Internet of Things through big data analytics. The result is new products such as updated benchmarks and KPIs applicable across numerous industries, and a developing business model that focuses more on recurring revenue.
Managing Fleet with a Long-Term Perspective
Fleet managers tend to get bogged down in the day-to-day operations and then wonder why they are not connecting with upper management. These fleet managers wrongly assume that effective fleet management is simply managing assets.A secondary concern is an ongoing misperception by some senior managers that fleet management is not a complicated and sophisticated profession. These senior managers do not recognizing that fleet subject-matter expertise requires competency in a multitude of peripheral areas.How can fleet managers increase their exposure with senior management to educate them as to the value they provide?
What is a Fleet Management System REALLY?
Fleet Management Technologies are worth the money, but only if you utilize the data for true analysis and with a mandate for continuous improvement. Here is a proven strategy for making the most of Fleet Management.
Logistics and Transportation Expenses: Understanding Their Role in the Cost of Doing Business
As logistics and transportation expenses take a larger bite out of every sales dollar, companies must continually analyze their freight expense relationship to their overall cost of doing business. Unfortunately, many companies lack the technical expertise to accomplish these analyses and therefore usually end up spending more on transportation services then they really need to. To add insult to injury, they also rarely have reporting mechanisms to properly monitor those expenses.
The Future of Telematics is with Big Data
Nowadays, telematics can easily tell you whether an employee is driving badly or gather data from your delivery trucks without spending a single minute on board. These are great benefits for you business, you can expect even more from your telematics systems somewhere down the line. The good news is that not only is telematics improving, but it also works really well with other technologies. You could use it with other technologies to extend its value in order to make a more realistic and more accurate model of what’s really happening in your fleet.
Fleet Management and the Connected Cars
Fleet management systems are simply a must for any fleet on the road today. The benefits and the insights you get from using such a system is essential in both effectively managing your fleet and getting the most out of it. Let us examine the connected car space to see how things have been progressing in that area. It might be a little different from fleet management, but it will help you get an idea of how to proceed in the future.
Fleet management systems – magic wand, or tool?
Many fleet management systems are purchased and employed with the assumption that they will override the broken or inefficient existing practices by their sheer power and optimization ability and that improvements will come streaming out the other side. If the operation is not well managed and understood, an FMS may actually bring you very little benefit. It may end up, as in so many cases, as a very expensive data recording tool.
Cutting Fleet Costs Through Targeted CO2 Reduction
Businesses can no longer rely on more efficient cars alone to offset the rising cost of fuel. To avoid having to allocate substantially larger fleet fuel budgets in the next few years, organisations need to take action to reduce their fuel and mileage expenses. Carbon is the key element in this equation. Fuel prices, the tax regime and vehicle mileage all determine how much fleets pay for carbon. In turn, mileage levels influence other variable costs such as depreciation, wear and tear and accident damage. Cutting these ‘carbon costs’ does not require you to make expensive and uncertain investments in ultra-low-carbon cars. You can reduce them very effectively by controlling your fleet’s fuel and mileage bills. If you set a business goal to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles, your organisation will have to find ways to consume less road fuel. If the volume you buy goes down faster than prices go up, your fleet’s overall fuel bill will get smaller.
Transport Management: Ideas to Improve Fuel Efficiency and Drive Down Costs
Every month, consumers and business owners alike, wait in anticipation and expect another fuel price increase and every time we a pull out a calculator to work out what impact the new price will have on our lives, whether personally or from a business perspective. We can implement certain operational controls to reduce the impact it has or will have, such as identifying and implementing controls to manage how, where and when we drive, etc. in order to manage fuel efficiency as well as to reduce risks and costs. So what can we do to be as fuel efficient as possible and to reduce risks and costs?
An Un-Connected Connected Driverless Electric Vehicle…The 21st Century ‘Streetcar’ Named Desire
Until the electric vehicle gets un-connected – non cabled that is – we are stuck with a cluttered confused costly collection of street furniture that seems such a tech-landscape let down. All that fab EVR&D seems to fall at the final hurdle…the last few feet left to a mess of dirty cables on the floor. Do we have ‘a sound charging infrastructure’ – all be it a nascent one at this time? I think not. Is it likely that we will somehow see a shake-down into a collaborative business model from the bundle of players currently jostling for position in EVSE land? We might do. However, can you really see a future urban landscape with millions of charge posts as the backdrop?
Forget Driverless Cars: Vehicle Safety Tech is Changing Insurance Today
Technology is disrupting many different industries — including insurance. Vehicle safety technology is improving and is having a dramatic impact on reducing the number and severity of vehicle accidents. As vehicle safety technology improves, accidents are decreasing. When accidents decrease, claims will decrease and premiums inevitably will fall. Following is a list of some of the technologies that are being added to vehicles that improve vehicle’s ability to avoid an accident and improve the safety of passengers.
Fleet Management and Tracking – What is out there?
Vehicle tracking in the modern day has evolved from the basic Tachograph made by Kienzle, to the much more sophisticated tracking, monitoring and location-based systems that are available to us today. This post provides some of the answers that Fleet Managers and Transport Owners may have, and to gather data in an effort to understand the technologies better, and to be able to differentiate between the various modes of operation.
What direction is fleet management M&A heading in?
As the market for fleet management keeps growing, so too does the pace of M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) in the space. Industry insiders give their take on what is happening, and look to the future of fleet management and related M&A activity.
Fleet Management recommendations
We give you 5 tips Fleet Management recommendations such as record transactions, analyze your fleet maintenance records, coach driver habits, better routing and maintenance of vehicle.
Tires: The Achilles Heel of the Electric Vehicle
I like to take my EV to car shows and other EV events explaining the virtues of electric vehicles. Someone will eventually ask “What is something that is worse on an electric vehicle than on a conventional vehicle?” I always have to say the tires. Tires play a critical role in driving an electric vehicle and they have quite a few things going against them such as torque, mass, exotic sizes and rolling resistance.
Do You Really Need Telematics For Fleet Management?
Managing a fleet of vehicles is never easy. A long list of things that could, and inevitably always does, go wrong. Vehicle breakage, driver dissatisfaction, traffic jam, bad weather, just to name a few. Remote telematics has being seen as the god-send for fleet management, promising you always up-to-date information on your fleet, all from the comfortable of your office; however, is remote telematics really the right choice for your fleet? Does it really deliver all its promises?
What are Managed Transportation Services? The Old Model vs. The New Model
Among those shippers that successfully achieve significant reductions in freight savings, TMS and managed transportation services perform roughly the same. However, when you look at the proportion of respondents that achieved negative results (increased freight costs) or no improvement in their freight spend; TMS appears to be the less-risky investment. Further, when it comes to net savings (after all fees are paid to the service provider), TMS appears to perform somewhat better. On the other hand, when it comes to service improvements, managed transportation services is the clear winner.
Highway Robbery: Physical Security and Fleet Management
Physical security, confined to one business location can be daunting. Integrating corporate security across multiple business units can be more so. Physical security of corporate assets for business with fleet vehicles can be nearly impossible. Static, limited access locations have fewer variables that affect security risks. Essentially, management is able to control nearly every aspect of security posturing. These controls can encompass everything from traditional locked doors to biometric scanners and voice-print analysis. Management can hire security officers and install cameras and monitoring banks.
Where have all the Truckers Gone? 10 Strategies for Shippers to Fight the Capacity and Trucker Shortage”
Transportation capacity problems have been a volatile issue over the past twenty years or so. A thorough analysis provided by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals , (CSCMP) in its “State of Logistics” report, indicates that by 2017,shippers in the U.S. will face shortages in trucking resources again, predominatly a trucker shortage, in the near future due to an array of developments that may cause shippers to find loads left on the ground, shipping costs rapidly escalating, and shrinking profit margins that stun stakeholders. In this post we give you 10 strategies for Shippers to Fight the Capacity and Trucker Shortage.
Leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) in road transportation
We live in interesting times, when change is accelerating and technology is one of the key triggers, driving change in all areas, including in logistics. Logistics connects people, lifts economies and changes lives and road transportation is the largest component of transportation-logistics. There are 3 broad perspectives future trends in logistics, leveraging internet technologies: Global & Social; Customer ie the Logistics User’s perspective and from the Logistics Service Provider’s perspective.
E-Commerce Logistics: The Evolution of Logistics and Supply Chains from Direct to Store Models to E-Commerce
In developed economies, e-commerce logistics represents the latest big driver of change in logistics and physical distribution networks, which have evolved substantially over the past 40 years or so. Currently, it remains the case that as e-commerce continues to grow, most shippers, particularly multi-channel shippers, are still only just beginning to work out what this will entail for their distribution network infrastructures.
The Future of Electric Vehicle Integration: Car Sharing, Parking Provision and Complementary Policy
A recent Climate Action webinar brought together Dr. Bernhard Blattel, Vice President of Mobility at BMW Group and Jose Viegas, Secretary General of the OECD’s International Transport Forum to assess the key factors needed to accelerate sustainable urban mobility solutions ahead of COP21.
Still Running or Gone Electric? How Battery Technology is Changing the Electric Vehicle
EVs are not new; what is new is the accelerated pace of change, driven by capital investments that are happening now. From my not too distant and independent viewpoint, grounded in some recent facts, here is what I see in the EV segment. Regardless of whether the vehicle is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or battery electric vehicle (BEV) the battery is the main technology driver for EV and is responsible for three key purchasing decision factors.
Can you charge an electric vehicle with just any cable and on any socket?
As an unexperienced electric driver, the first time I drove a Renault Zoë I ended up parking and charging the electric vehicle with only 3% battery left on a charging station I had found. If that charging station was not at that location and I needed to drive a few blocks further, I would not have made it. My question was then: Is it possible to charge an electric vehicle through a regular home socket with some kind of extension cable?.
A guide to Electric Vehicle Charging
One of the challenges facing the electric vehicle market concerns the charging infrastructure. Range anxiety is still a big factor in the slow take-up of electric vehicles, and so having convenient and universal access to charging stations is a key requirement.To help understand the basics of electric vehicle charging here is a brief guide of the types of standardised charging connectors.
Solar energy battery released by electric vehicle giant Tesla Motors
Renowned for creating the world’s foremost luxury, high-performance electric vehicle, Elon Musk is at it again, this time with his highly innovative solar energy battery system that is poised to have significant on the world of renewable power.Tesla’s new solar energy battery is being seen as the way of future and is set to make some changes in the industry. Just like Tesla’s Model S on the global motor industry, the new solar storage system is another revolutionary milestone in the changing world of energy.
Advanced Driver Assistance Applications in Fleet Management
Mobileye is well known by automarkers, but a Chinese company, AIDRIVING, is now coming with its artificial vision recognition based driver assistance systems for fleet management. AIDRIVING’s anti-collision ADAS system is with lower cost and able to improve driver’s driving skills.
What’s the Benefit of Collision Avoidance System in Fleet Management?
The importance of metrics in logistics
Metrics helps to identify problems or situations that can be improved and provides information to take actions over them. They help us be more efficient, productive and improve our position against our competitors.
Increase ROI with route optimization
The concept of “route optimizers”, is growing popularity in developed markets, as it allows businesses to increase their productivity, and also significantly improves the level of service to its customers, all at a lower cost.
Fleet management best practices
Fleet management has changed. To be successful at the job, it is no longer about just delivering goods. It is about delivering goods, in the shortest time, at the lowest cost, with the best service quality
7 challenges logistics
3 things successful things that an expert in logistics should not forget
How route optimization can reduce costs?
How to choose the right Transportation Management Software (TMS) for your your company
Transitioning from manual methods to software solutions
How sustainable logistics promotes efficiency and reduces costs
Over the past 30 years, the logistics industry is concerned not only in their financial bottom line, but also in the environmental footprint of their operations and supply chain management, especially in terms of the costs and strains of energy consumption and carbon emissions.
How visibility in your supply chain can help you overcome a crisis
Resilience critically relies on visibility and transparency, monitoring and intelligence throughout the entire supply chain, a practice that must be integrated in the culture of both customers and suppliers.
Getting intimate with your customers!
How fleet tracking systems improve customer experience
Ebook “Everything about Route Optimization Software”
Route Optimization Software offer an efficient way to find the best delivery routes and the optimal delivery sequence to satisfy your clients needs. By using this tool you optimize the efficiency of the route and you increase your profits.
Essential logistics KPI`s that you should consider for your business
Sometimes controlling so many variables and indicators can create confusion and even move you away from your real objectives. In order to avoid this, it’s important to consider that every industry or business has its own indicators of success, depending on the nature of the products or services of each company.
Essential keys to choose the right metrics for your logistics business
Your KPIs should reflect accurately what the company wants to achieve. This applies to any business, and it certainly applies to the logistics business and fleet management as well. After looking at the best practices and experiences available in the supply chain industry, we believe these are the essential keys to choose proper metrics for your business.
What variables should you measure to optimize your supply chain?
Measuring is one of the keys to management success. But only by measuring the right variables you will get the appropriate indicators that can contribute to optimizing your business. Today, we’ll review the most important variables that are usually measured by different types of companies. These are indicators that have a direct influence on achieving important goals such as an on-time-delivery, finding the best route or the fastest route.
Supply Chain 2015 Year In Review
How the Internet of Things can develop your supply chain
It’s more than a trend, it seems to be an evolution. The Internet of Things (IoT) is referred to by many experts, academics and business leaders from different areas of expertise as the next big step in the online world.This new level of integration and it practical application is being analyzed, considered and applied on many economic areas, including logistics and supply chain management.
Top 6 Transportation and Logistics Management Trends for 2016
2016 will be a defining year for the logistics industry, and transportation management practices must adapt to these changes. Some of these transportation management trends reflect real worries for the logistics industry. However, logistics providers and shippers are starting to understand how to best combat each of these problems through the application of transportation management technologies. But, first, so we are all on the same page, let’s define transportation and logistics management and how they compare. Then, we will discuss the top trends we see in transportation and logistics for 2016.
Great Management Books That Every Boss Should Read
Logistics managers need leadership, a lot of it. Every successful company needs a good leader, someones whose decisions make things work better for the entire supply chain. That’s why it is very useful to sometimes count on external resources to gain perspective on how you are doing your job. To help get you into this healthy approach, I researched the web and found some great books, with important material, that can help you gain more leadership over your team.