Logistics professionals know all too well how recent global supply chain issues have been disrupting the industry. Part of it is due to driver shortages- there simply aren’t enough workers to meet consumer demand.
With current drivers overloaded with work, the turnover rate is high. Plus, a quarter of the trucking workforce is expected to retire within the next decade, threatening to transform the driver shortage into a long-term problem.
If you’re unsure about how to navigate driver shortages, simply focus on optimizing your current fleet. Here are 3 tips to improve visibility and discover efficiencies within your routes, assets, scheduling, and operations.
The best place to start is with your own drivers and by simply paying attention. Your drivers are your assets, so where is each one at any given time during work? What is each truck carrying? When will a shipment get picked up and delivered?
These are all important factors to consider, helping you to cut out unscheduled downtime that ends up leaving available drivers without a trailer.
By knowing where a trailer is at all times, you can see the gaps in scheduling clearly and use that time for maintenance, training, and other tasks.
The bottom line is, tracking your assets allows you to better organize time and work, ensuring every driver is being utilized efficiently to save time and costs.
How do you communicate with your drivers? When everyone within the organization is on the same page regarding operations, this improves visibility so you can see what areas can be optimized to best utilize your drivers and the supply chain.
Typically, different teams use their own system to log inventory, track assets, and manage truck drivers. By gathering all of the data and having it available in one place, it’s easier for everyone to track driver activity and it also paints a clear picture of how each team works together, from warehouse activity to scheduling and more.
Then, you can better align operations to ensure timely deliveries and the best use of driver time.
Finally, by staying on top of driver routes you can avoid delays and complete more deliveries in a shorter period of time with your same fleet of drivers.
By knowing where your drivers are at all times, you can plan ahead to move shipments along faster.