With the ever-increasing costs and shortages of drivers, it has become imperative to adopt a system that lowers operational costs and improves fleet visibility. This is where a fleet management system (FMS) comes into play. FMS helps in reducing costs by optimizing the fleet’s fuel efficiency, improving routing, and making efficient use of the available trailers. Such a system also minimizes excessive idling and maximizes the efficiency of routes.
The process of selecting, purchasing, maintaining, and keeping track of vehicles is complex and time-consuming, even for IT channels. Having an FMS in place will reduce these complexities. Traditionally, businesses used fleet management services through on-premise computers. However, with the latest technologies, many businesses are now using the cloud approach. It allows them to manage orders and shipments, as well as determine the best way to fulfill them (by either utilizing internal capacity or third-party capacity), all in one system. Cloud-based solutions eliminate the need to have multiple transportation systems. Here are six benefits of using an integrated FMS:
- Fleet planning
Adopting FMS helps an organization to manage their fleet from anywhere, through any device at any time of the day. Vehicle mileage is also accounted for, including the number of hours that the vehicle is in use for.
- Fuel savings
It also helps reduce fuel expenses due to excessive engine idling, hard braking, improper shifting, over-revving, or low economy due to speeding.
- Retains customers
Adopting an FMS improves customer service by ensuring customers’ freight delivery at the right time. It also provides real-time access to information on the location of the cargo and the estimated time of delivery and arrival.
- Driver behavior
In-vehicle telemetry will identify poor driving behavior like rash driving, sharp cornering, or driving without seatbelts. The drivers may then be trained to ensure that they adhere to safety norms.
- Managing the lifecycle of the fleet
FMS will calculate the replacement dates of the fleet, as well as the costs associated with the replacement. This helps businesses replace their vehicles in a timely manner, without having to bear the burden of unexpected costs.
- Improves record keeping
FMS helps businesses keep records of the number of hours employees have worked and the mileage undertaken. This helps in the elimination of books and paperwork associated with employee and fleet records.
FMS helps to reduce the business’ operating costs while increasing efficiency at the same time. Many technological giants are at the forefront of this exciting fleet revolution. The latest technological development is the e-Fleet Management System, which provides an end-to-end solution for fleet owners and operators, allowing them virtual remote-control visibility and security in real-time over mobile resources.