Not Using GPS Route Optimization? Stop Leaving Money on the Table.
Companies in the business of delivering physical goods or on-site services will all benefit from optimizing the routes their drivers take while completing their daily work. Transportation costs already take a big bite out of your bottom line, and there's no reason to expect those costs to go down on their own. If anything, your company should be anticipating that these costs will go up and should be taking direct action to addresses increases in fuel and other transportation costs.
Many drivers instinctively plan for the routes they drive each day to be as short as possible. They're looking to have as little drive time as possible. However, their instincts are often wrong. Their routes could be much more efficient, allowing drivers to complete more work each day, and reducing the daily fuel consumption, travel time, and wear and tear on a vehicle. Route optimization also reduces the time and effort it take to plan daily routes. For drivers that travel the same route each day, these savings might be minimal. But for drivers that have routes that vary daily or regularly, the time saved by automating the routing process can offer substantial savings.
One of the features of GPS vehicle tracking that can provide the highest cost savings is route optimization.
Optimized routes will:
- Reduce the miles driven: Every mile your vehicles accumulate costs money: money in the fuel burned, the time you pay your drivers, and the time they spend on the road instead of working.
- Reduce route planning time: Planning out routes for your drivers takes time, and the time it takes increases exponentially with the number of drivers and stops. Instead of starting the day trying to figure out where to go first, and in what order to do their stops, drivers can load their optimized route and follow the directions to their jobs in the most efficient order. Automating optimized routes will free up staff to work on other more profitable work for your business.
- Improve customer service: With optimized routes, it will be easier to give accurate estimates of when your service providers will arrive at your customers' locations.
- Minimize the number of vehicles and drivers needed: With well-optimized routes, you may find you have more vehicles and drivers working on one sort of task than you actually need. These extra drivers and vehicles can now be reassigned to other more profitable tasks.
After loading the required stops into the GPS system, it will map out the stops in the most efficient way possible. This type of optimization is especially useful for routes that have many stops or for routes that are less familiar to the drivers.
Routes optimized through a robust vehicle GPS tracking system will also be able to provide helpful alerts for when when drivers go off route. This will let you know when vehicles are straying from the most optimal routes you've selected for them. Reporting in the system will also give you a sense of the cost savings achieved through the newly optimized routes. Yet another advantage is the ability to be flexible and reroute drivers as other jobs and priorities come in throughout the day. Rather than being wedded to a single, pre-planned route, drivers are able to adapt flexibly to new jobs and stops as the day progresses.
Many businesses will benefit from the utilization of route optimization in their routine. If you're an entrepreneur considering starting a GPS service company, pitch the benefits of route optimization to potential customers, and watch their jaws drop as they realize how much money they could save. Request a demo of our GPS tracking platform today.