More and more trucking companies are embracing ways to be more sustainable. But of course, that doesn’t mean it comes without some challenges. However, there are many ways fleet management technologies can provide abilities to assist with sustainability in the trucking industry.
Additionally, fleet management sustainability systems can help ensure that fleets and drivers remain compliant with “green” mandates, Supply Chain Brain reports.
The Challenges In Sustainable Fleet Management
Like anything, challenges are a natural part of life. Some main challenges for carriers when attempting to attain a sustainable fleet management are workforce sustainability and educating stakeholders.
Workforce sustainability: Even if fleet management sustainability is not something you are looking at implementing, it is always important to know where your retention is at and where you want it to be. If your retention is not where it should be, that is something that can create a challenge when implementing sustainability in your fleet. How does one attain workforce sustainability? For one, fleet owners should look to building their businesses in a way to become a “fleet of choice”, where professional drivers seek them out – Food Logistics notes. Another way is transparency. Making sure your team is on board and aware of the new sustainability efforts. Finding out as soon as one can appropriately share, is better than waiting till the last minute or not at all. Transparency can go a long way with your employees.
Educating stakeholders: Educating your team on the benefits of change and how it will impact each team in the company is important. For drivers on your team, a suggestion by Food Logistics, is to introduce group education as part of orientation. This way your drivers will know the informational and educating content that will at the very least, implore them to want to be part of the environmental change. They also note the importance of keeping these conversations on going. As improving your commitment to sustainability efforts is usually a long-term commitment.
How Using Fleet Management Software Can Help Trucking Companies
Knowing how to use fleet management software/technologies to your benefit is crucial. Additionally, there are many benefits that come from using fleet management software to help trucking companies. Some are provided below, courtesy of Supply Chain Brain:
-Helps to plan/improve routes, maximize vehicle use and reduce vehicle idling time
-Reduce mileage and consumption of fossil fuels, a great environmental benefit
-Correct and prevent aggressive driving, a great safety benefit
-Predict the amount of CO2 that trucks will emit on each route, also compare planned versus actual CO2 emissions
-Run different scenarios to decide which route change provides the most sustainable outcomes
-Optimize delivery capabilities, reduces the number of vehicles and drivers
-Analyze driver routes to pinpoint trouble areas and recommend strategies for increasing efficiency
Additionally, the trucking industry’s digital transformation trends, which includes 5G, adoption of route-optimization tools and increased use of automation, are all tools to help mitigate climate change, Supply Chain Brain says.
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