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Fleet Logistics Management - Boost Your Supply Chain And Fleet Costs

The logistics industry is constantly evolving. Is your operation equipped to stay ahead?

Fleet logistics is just what the fleet doctor ordered to help you reduce costs, elevate efficiency, and enhance safety in your operation.

Read on to discover the world-class solutions available at the tap of a button.

In this article, you will:

  • Learn what fleet logistics are
  • Understand what the current state of logistics is
  • Find out what role fleet management plays in logistics operations
  • Discover how Cartrack’s fleet management solutions can boost your supply chain

What are logistics?

The logistics industry encompasses the comprehensive process of efficiently managing the transportation, storage, and distribution of goods from production to consumption, playing a critical role in supply chain management. This makes it much broader than the transportation industry, as it doesn’t just focus on the transportation and delivery of goods. 

Logistics management is the component that holds the supply chain together, as it works to ensure a smooth forward and reverse flow of goods, services, and related information to meet customer needs efficiently. It involves the coordination of delivery vehicles for optimal efficiency and cost reduction. For these reasons, the logistics sector remains an integral part of every material industry, and as global trade activities continue to expand, they will persist.

What are the key components of logistics management?

While logistics management may seem very complex, it is fundamental for companies to manage their supply chain. The key components of logistics management are:

  • Transportation: This component is considered to be the most important component, as it plans and supports the distribution of goods to their final destination. It revolves around selecting the most efficient, cost-effective transportation modes for different types of goods and distances.
  • Demand Planning: Proper planning is a major component of the supply chain that can eliminate the insufficient or improper supply of goods. It helps you determine all aspects of logistics, helping you maintain a balance between demand and supply.
  • Warehousing and storage: This component revolves around providing a secure and centralised location for the storage of goods until they are ready to be distributed. In a world where demand in markets can suddenly rise, there needs to be a surplus of goods to fulfil sudden customer requirements.
  • Inventory Management: This involves checking inventory levels regularly to monitor the flow of goods in and out of a warehouse. This helps businesses ensure that they maintain optimal stock levels to meet customer demands.
  • Fleet Management: Fleet management involves the management and monitoring of vehicles involved in logistics. It is important for ensuring timely deliveries, cost savings, and optimised resource utilisation, covering all activities related to acquisition, maintenance, scheduling, and route optimisation.

What are fleet logistics?

Fleet logistics refers to strategically planning, organising, and coordinating a company’s fleet of vehicles to efficiently transport goods. Elements of fleet logistics include:

  • Vehicle management:

    This element of fleet logistics encompasses the supervision and coordination of a fleet of vehicles to efficiently transport goods. It also extends to the monitoring and recording of couriers and delivery personnel, aiding in the efficient management of drivers, fuel, and vehicle speed.
  • Fuel management:

    This element of fleet logistics encompasses the management and monitoring of fuel consumption for fleet vehicles. By collecting fuel-related data, including fuel consumption, companies can track and manage their fuel usage and purchases, boosting cost savings and increasing fleet fuel efficiency.
  • Route planning:

    This crucial element of fleet logistics optimises the transportation of goods by strategically planning delivery routes. By considering factors such as vehicle type, road conditions, and driver availability, this helps fleet managers improve efficiency and productivity, lower fuel costs, and adhere to delivery time windows.
  • Driver management:

    This element of fleet logistics involves overseeing the activities of drivers, who are crucial to the delivery of goods. This helps fleet managers spot driver behaviour that is negatively impacting the business's efficiency and provide specific training to end this behaviour.

What is the current state of the logistics sector?

The logistics sector is seeing fast-paced growth, fueled by technological advancements. The industry has seen a surge in e-commerce, with new markets, such as the clothing, food, and medication industries, experiencing a rapid expansion in online retail and delivery.

Businesses in this sector have made use of various technologies to stay ahead of rapid advancements. Ranging from real-time monitoring to data analytics, these solutions can be summed up in two simple words, fleet management.

What is fleet management?

Fleet management is the process of overseeing and coordinating the operations and movements of a fleet of vehicles. It involves strategic planning, logistical coordination, and operational control aimed at maximising fleet efficiency, productivity, and cost-effectiveness. To do this, fleet management systems include a range of features, such as proactive vehicle maintenance, enhanced driver safety measures, and unparalleled fleet visibility.

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Why does your logistics company need fleet management?

Fleet management is crucial to the success of your logistics company, giving you the following benefits:

  • It reduces fleet costs:

    By making use of fleet analytics to manage vehicle costs, reduce accident rates, and streamline operations with fleet software, fleet management helps ensure logistics processes run smoothly. A fleet management system can reduce maintenance costs by up to 14%, accidents and their associated costs by 20%, and fuel consumption by 25%, all of which translate to reduced fleet costs.
  • It simplifies real-time tracking:

    Fleet management systems are equipped with GPS vehicle tracking devices, which give fleet managers access to real-time fleet management and tracking. With GPS tracking, fleet managers can easily locate drivers wherever they are in seconds, instead of having to manually contact each driver or play the guessing game when it comes to establishing their estimated time of arrival during deliveries.
  • It aids in effective route planning:

    Fleet management software allows fleet managers to plan routes or time and optimise how to cover the most ground possible in the shortest amount of time. Plus, it enables them to track fuel usage and measure it against their fleet performance, which is necessary to achieve the highest fuel cost savings.
  • It provides you with advanced analytics:

    Fleet analytics give fleet managers better insights into driver behaviour, helping them address safety issues and prevent accidents. By using fleet analytics, fleet managers can identify drivers prone to reckless driving behaviours such as speeding, harsh braking, and excessive idling.
  • It gives you access to fleet maintenance monitoring:

    Fleet management systems make it possible for fleet managers to track vehicle health and servicing dates. This monitoring helps fleet managers lessen the chances of unexpected breakdowns and enables them to forecast vehicle replacements while reducing the need for costly emergency repairs.

All these benefits are tied to the implementation of fleet logistics. But what exactly are they? And how are they different from fleet management?

Is there a difference between fleet logistics and fleet management?

Fleet logistics is the management and coordination of delivery vehicles within the logistics industry to achieve optimum efficiency and reduce costs. While fleet logistics may sound similar to fleet management, it is a broader term that encompasses the entire process of planning, coordinating, and executing the delivery of goods by making use of a fleet of vehicles.

What are the benefits of implementing fleet logistics and fleet management?

We’ve covered what these two are, so let’s uncover what their benefits are for your logistics company:

  • They improve fleet efficiency:

    Combining logistics and fleet management can help streamline operations, optimise routes, and reduce fuel consumption, which leads to an increase in fleet efficiency and reduces costs.
  • They empower real-time monitoring:

    Fleet management systems can provide real-time monitoring of vehicle locations and usage, allowing managers to optimise routes, monitor fuel consumption, and promptly address issues.
  • They enhance driver safety:

    Fleet management systems can help identify risky driving behaviours and implement training programs to improve driver safety, ultimately reducing the likelihood of accidents and associated costs.
  • They improve customer satisfaction:

    Combining logistics and fleet management can lead to improved customer satisfaction by enabling fleet managers to provide customers with accurate and timely delivery of goods.
  • They reduce unplanned downtime:

    Preventative vehicle maintenance, made possible through fleet management systems, can help prevent unexpected downtime and extend the lifespan of vehicles, leading to reduced costs. 

Boost your supply chain efficiency with fleet logistics solutions by Cartrack

The benefits are endless with Cartrack’s solutions. Here are 6 ways its industry-leading solutions will help your logistics business:

  1. Cartrack Delivery Tool:

    Streamline your logistic business’s delivery process with Cartrack’s Delivery tool. Designed for fleet managers and drivers, this tool provides an intuitive and easy-to-use platform for managing deliveries, from scheduling to tracking and payment. Delivery gives you access to route optimisation, a feature that helps you avoid travel delays and save fuel, reducing fuel costs and increasing efficiency. By analysing distance and travel time, this feature helps your fleet achieve quicker turnaround times and increases efficiency. This ensures that your logistics company sticks to the stipulated times of arrival and accomplishes more with less fuel.
  2. Live GPS tracking:

    Unlock ultimate safety for your vehicles, assets, and goods with Cartrack’s live tracking. Make use of GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to know where all your vehicles and drivers are in real time. This level of insight allows for the optimisation of fleet performance by providing key metrics such as distance travelled, speed usage, break durations, fuel levels, and idle time. This information not only enables you to efficiently monitor your assets but also gives you total control over logistics operations, boosting overall safety for both your vehicles and transported goods.
  3. Preventative maintenance:

    Avoid unexpected downtime and reduce maintenance costs with Cartrack’s preventative maintenance. The system sends real-time diagnostic alerts for mechanical faults, including engine faults and worn brake pads, which help you immediately identify vehicles that need servicing, preventing costly repairs and collisions. The platform also looks at each vehicle's utilisation hours and the time of last service to automate maintenance schedules, helping you streamline the maintenance process and prevent unplanned vehicle downtime, which could negatively affect deliveries.
  4. Fuel monitoring:

    Cartrack’s fuel monitoring system is designed to help optimise fuel consumption. Gain access to real-time data on fuel consumption per kilometre and per job with daily, weekly, or monthly reports. These reports give you full insight into your fleet’s fuel consumption, helping you spot sudden spikes in fuel consumption. Easily spot potential fuel fraud with this system that automatically matches fuel receipts with vehicle locations and fuel status. Identify drivers with excessive idling time, allowing fleet managers to provide training and coaching to improve driver behaviour and reduce fuel consumption.
  5. Specialised sensors

    Unlock the ultimate safety for the goods you are delivering with Cartrack’s specialised sensors. Make use of cargo door sensors to receive real-time alerts whenever your cargo door is opened, which helps you carefully monitor cargo and keep it secure. Make use of temperature sensors to keep your refrigerated cargo fresh and receive live alerts the moment temperature fluctuations are detected. Make use of tailgate sensors to monitor the safety of heavy cargo, and receive live alerts the moment your trailer tailgates are activated, indicating that cargo is being accessed.
  6. Live-streaming camera solutions

    Gain full visibility of your cargo with up to four live-streaming cameras with Cartrack’s Live Vision camera technology. This cloud-connected video management solution makes use of real-time alerts and smart detection to ensure your goods are kept safe, which boosts customer satisfaction. Our cameras are also equipped to detect different forms of distracted and dangerous driving, including speeding, smoking, and cell phone use. The AI-powered technology is equipped with in-cabin real-time audible alerts, which alert your driver the moment any of these behaviours are detected, enabling them to immediately correct their actions and prevent accidents and collisions.

Cartrack’s solutions in action

RichLand, a prominent logistics solutions provider in Southeast Asia, manages over 40,000 deliveries monthly across various sectors such as technology, petrochemicals, consumer goods, manufacturing, oil and gas, and freight forwarding.

They needed a system that could provide fleet and driver updates to help them ensure on-time deliveries, which translates to good service levels. Additionally, they wanted insights that could provide solutions for reducing operational costs and boosting their productivity. 

Implementing Cartrack’s fleet management system empowered RichLand to pinpoint and address driver behaviour that could compromise delivery time. By using insightful reports to help drivers rectify their errors, RichLand could foster an environment of accountability, enhancing productivity and customer relationships. The system also automated their fleet updates on fuel consumption, enabling them to closely monitor fuel consumption, which helped them reduce their operational and fuel costs. 

“Cartrack's fleet management system provides us with automatic updates on fleet information that helps us make intelligent business decisions to decrease operational costs and maintain our service levels.” 

Frankie Koh, Head QHSSE, Fleet Management and Procurement, RichLand Logistics

Let Cartrack help your business like they helped Richland Logistics.

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