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Automating Logistics

3 Ways to Decrease Your Driver Dispatch Time

Statistics show that reducing your driver's dispatch time can help improve their efficiency. Whether a standard or time critical shipment, every delivery has an expected turnaround time and that needs to be adhered to by the shipping company. Here are some tips on decreasing your dispatch time and how it can improve your bottom line.

Optimize Your Driver’s Working Days and Routes.

It’s important that your available drivers are being utilized to their full potential without being overworked. A fleet management system can help you reduce downtime that many drivers experience when they don’t have a delivery job. You can assign deliveries to drivers who are currently idle instead of overloading those who already have a packed schedule.

These systems can also update you and your drivers on the safest and quickest routes for your deliveries. This is especially important for urgent deliveries that need to be made as soon as possible. Optimizing routes keeps your drivers efficient and on time.

When shipping hazardous materials, you can automate your systems by using hazardous NFO software. This software is tailored for those companies that deal with shipping dangerous substances and helps ease their workload by sending real-time data to their customers. The system is updated with new rules of shipping these types of produces, increasing clearance and saving you time.

Automate Your System

Supply chain management software helps you keep track of your drivers and allocate the closest driver, not the next available one. This keeps track of your drivers and improves their efficiency. The system also reduces the time spent by drivers at pickup stations or delivery points by sending an advanced notice to these stations. By reducing the wait time of drivers, you optimize their time spent on each delivery. Automation tools help you customize your system to your unique needs.  

Ensure Proper Documentation

Manufacturers and commercial shipping firms must comply with certain rules and regulations before they can ship their goods to customers. Failure to comply with these rules results in drivers being held for long periods of time in the clearing and forwarding stations. This unnecessary delay can prevent you from meeting the deadlines on your customers’ time critical deliveries. This can affect client relationships and negatively impact your business reputation. Proper supply chain strategy will ensure you meet deadlines and expectations.

Automating your supply chain management for time critical shipments allows you to enhance communication. You can send documentation and alerts before your fleet arrives, ensuring compliance and reducing delays.

Optimizing your drivers’ schedules through faster routes, reduced downtime, and enhanced communication will result in happier driver, more efficient schedules, and an ultimate increase in profits.

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