When a company decides to start the journey of selecting and implementing a telematics solution, there are usually two key aims behind this decision; firstly, to improve safety and minimize incidents, and secondly to lower costs and save money by creating efficiencies within the organization.
There’s no doubt technology has changed the way we live, disrupting everything from how we dine and shop to how we work and travel. While most industries have been forced to adapt, some have managed to continue on with business as usual while technology alters everything around them.
Online shopping has altered consumer and business expectations around standard delivery times. As a result, Carriers face increased demands to transport goods faster and more reliably to complete more deliveries than ever before.
This, coupled with issues like driver shortages, fuel increases and roadworks or accidents causing diversions on our roads, creates an almost impossible situation for fleet operators. They must do more with less; more deliveries and miles with fewer drivers and trucks. At the same time, they must also battle the need to cut costs, comply with a host of regulations and face a range of daily hurdles that could prevent goods reaching their destination.
Throughout human civilisation there’s been a need to transport freight. This has evolved over time as new technologies were introduced and widely adopted.
I recently attended the Leaders in Logistics Summit 2016 in Dubai. At a panel discussion about Fleet Telematics, the moderator asked how many delegates in the audience had tried and failed at least once to implement a solution to improve efficiency and safety. I was amazed when the majority of delegates in the room raised their hand.