4 Ways to Streamline and Automate Your Trucking Company
Today’s freight logistics industry is more automated and digitized than ever before. Thanks to IoT sensors, artificial intelligence (AI), and other technology, logistics companies can streamline operations and cut costs. But are these new technologies accessible and affordable for smaller trucking companies? The implementation of these technologies is highly cost-intensive for small businesses. However, that doesn’t mean your company can’t reap the benefits of an investment of this magnitude. Read on to find out how to streamline your operations and implement automation.
Utilize AI to Automate Routes and Reduce Idle Time
Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool that can automate and optimize logistics processes, including routing. If your business has a fleet of trucks, you can use AI to build routing algorithms that account for traffic, weather, and fuel prices. In short, you can program the system to create optimized routes that minimize idle time and maximize profits. Automated routing systems can be integrated with various technology tools, including WMS, trucking software, and telematics systems. They can also work seamlessly with your company’s existing routing software. This allows you to seamlessly integrate the routing solutions and get the benefits without changing your entire system. And because AI is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, you don’t have to purchase and maintain expensive hardware.
Add a Vehicle Maintenance and Tracking System
Keeping track of your vehicles’ maintenance and repairs can be difficult for smaller companies. A centralized system that gives you real-time updates and visualizations of your vehicles can help you stay on top of maintenance schedules, repairs, and parts. This will ensure you are using a fleet that is in a good state of repair, and you can enact repairs and maintenance, such as new Truck Tyres, before they become a hazard for drivers. A vehicle maintenance system can also track usage metrics such as driving time, idle time, and speed. You can use this data to identify areas of improvement and drive more efficient operations. An automatic vehicle tracking system can be beneficial for short-haul and long-haul drivers. If you have drivers that travel long distances, they’ll appreciate being able to track their vehicle’s location, ETA, and fuel status. Similarly, fleet managers can use automated vehicle tracking to stay on top of the shipment’s progress and reduce the risk of delayed deliveries.
Implement Real-Time Tracking for Shipment Confirmation
As we’ve discussed, real-time tracking enables you to monitor your shipments in real time and receive alerts for any exceptions. Ideally, you want to track shipments from when they leave the customer’s warehouse until they arrive at your door. With a centralized tracking solution, you can do just that. You can track your shipments with a single interface that works across various modes of transportation, including trucks, rail, and ships. A single tracking system can integrate with multiple third-party solutions, including WMS, CRM, eCommerce platforms, and accounting software.
Improve Internal Communications
Having a centralized communication portal is essential so that all departments can communicate with one another. This is particularly true for trucking departments, which often coordinate with various outside parties, such as customers, suppliers, and trucking brokers. A centralized communication system can help reduce time in meetings while increasing productivity. A communication portal can be a single point of contact for internal and external communications, including VoIP calls, text messages, video conferencing, and file sharing. This will enable you to quickly and easily communicate with your team members, customers, and suppliers.
Modern technology has enabled even small trucking companies to benefit from an automated system. From routing to tracking to communications, there are a variety of tools that can help you optimize your operation.