What do you talk about with peers when you’re networking at an industry event, such as the NAFA I&E? Networking is a great way to share the challenges you’re facing and learn possible solutions. For example, the topic of working toward success with organizational stakeholders and strategic partners is a common theme to discuss. In your perspective, is everyone typically satisfied with those connections or are they still hunting for ways to work smarter?
Before you can determine the right road to take with your internal and external “passengers”, first you have to define what success looks like. While you are trying to make these decisions, you may feel like you’re driving in circles. In the end, the condition of your fleet and its most pressing concerns will steer your direction and destination.
To demonstrate: if your fleet is decentralized, then you may focus on teamwork first. With that newfound cohesion, you will establish a foundation for cost control. Conversely, if stockholders are reading quarterly reports, efforts to scrutinize fleet expenses may eclipse all others. In either case, fleet management continues to grow more complex. So what can you do to make achieving success easier?
Identify who’s on board with you
Every day, you are juggling the factors that make fleet management challenging. You have to understand how the vehicles are actually being used out in the field. Plus, you need to control unsteady costs like maintenance and fuel. Finally, you have to measure metrics such as total cost of ownership based on driver behavior and vehicle readiness.
On top of that, you’re tasked with keeping all of the relevant people informed and engaged. You’re likely dealing with three primary groups of people who influence your success:
- The stakeholders who need you to align the fleet with their business objectives.
- The drivers who rely on your vehicles to stay productive and drive business revenue.
- Fleet management companies, upfitters, maintenance providers and other outsiders that are endlessly pouring data on you from drivers and vehicles.
What if you had a business copilot with the right tools to help navigate you to success?
Just imagine what you could accomplish.
Layout the map to success
Now you have your destination in mind, and everyone who you need to satisfy has their boarding passes in hand. What other essentials do you need next on your journey to fleet success?
Here are some ideas:
• First, an app that not only gives drivers all of their vehicle information but also sends messages to them. When a driver’s attention is needed, you, a repair shop or even their own vehicle can alert them.
• Also, alerts and reporting that let you take vehicle usage, policy compliance and strategy planning to the next level.
• By all means, a fleet management partner who helps take work off your desk. Simplification for your drivers too, so they can concentrate on their jobs.
• In addition, your partner’s insight about what’s wrong with how you are running your fleet and how to fix it. And a complete picture from them of your current and forecasted spending. Finally, a roadmap of industry trends and improvement opportunities that support your business needs.
• For tomorrow, a vision of how telematics and mobility solutions will drive your business and prepare you for future challenges.
With these essentials, you’ll be on the most efficient route to fleet success. From honing vehicle usage and controlling costs to meeting driver’s needs and pleasing stakeholders, you’ll handle it all with ease.
The road ahead
You need a business partner who can optimize a route for everyone who is impacting your fleet team’s success. Moreover, that partner should help move task roadblocks that detour your organization away from achieving your business goals. So buckle your seat belt, grab the wheel, and start driving toward your fleet success horizon.
The team at ARI can help your fleet steer more revenue and savings toward your bottom line.