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To improve the trucking side of your logistics business, you have some strategies you can consider. In particular, there are five ways you can make improvements to see the best results. Each of those ways is listed below for you.
It is important that you take into account the quality of your IT structure. If you do not have the right IT in place, you will not be able to improve the trucking side of your logistics business. Whether you know it or not, your IT capabilities directly impact the success of your company.
You need to have a solid IT structure for several reasons. Your drivers need real-time workload data, and you need access to real-time data, too. If you do not have this access, you cannot best examine current workloads, and you have a harder time forecasting. Your IT structure ensures you have the best website possible, and customers will get to your site more often, find it easy to use, and end up booking your services. And if your company uses an app, then you have another reason to ensure you have the best IT structure in place.
Technology can also be very helpful in your efforts to find the best drivers. Of course, you can post jobs to your website, LinkedIn, job search sites, and your app if you have one. But did you know that drivers use things like Facebook groups, too? You need a well-rounded online approach to recruiting drivers.
You might benefit from using truck driver recruitment agencies for consultants toward your recruiting needs. Sometimes, it can pay off for you to have third-party assistance in addition to any current efforts.
When you have the most talented truckers possible, you also need to make sure you have the best possible fleet of trucks. What good is a great talent pool if you do not have trucks suited for their needs? You also need trucks that will give you the best return on your investment.
You can consider used trucks, but you must remember not all used trucks come with a warranty. You also might not have trucks with the best fuel-efficiency or the latest technologies drivers want. You must also get trucks that will be able to haul the materials. And if you have someone handling your purchases or leases, you need to make sure that the employee or contractor is a solid negotiator and equipped with proper knowledge.
You not only need to find the most affordable fuel prices, but you need to make sure your drivers pay attention to fuel-efficiency. Remind them to pay attention to their driving speed and to limit how much time is spent idling. Both can impact your fuel costs.
Do not forget to regularly inspect your trucks and give them the proper maintenance. Several maintenance issues can impact fuel-efficiency and fuel costs, too. And it should go without saying, all of your drivers must stick to the most fuel-efficient routes. When it comes to controlling your fuel costs, there are all kinds of suggestions to consider and practices to implement.
When you focus on ongoing training, you will have better results. Your drivers need the best tips, and they also need to know of changes that warrant their attention. Always be on the lookout for ways to improve ongoing learning and driver development, even for the most seasoned drivers.
And you also should look into new benefits you could make available to drivers. Not only should you see if medical and other benefits can be acquired or upgraded, but you should also look at incentives. You can reward truckers with gifts or more money for hitting your benchmarks and sticking to safety measures.
When you focus on the above improvements, you can see meaningful results. You not only will have better drivers, but you will have a better logistics business. And while there might be other ideas you could consider, the five previously mentioned improvements will yield the biggest difference.