We have just started enjoying some warm summer weather, so it might seem premature to be getting all your ducks in a row for the festive season. But fleet owners and retailers should plan in advance to make sure they are ready for what is for many the busiest season of the year. Whether it’s fleets making food and beverage deliveries who find that supermarkets will need more deliveries for the holidays, customers stocking up on goods for the holidays, or needing their goods delivered before they close for the year, there is bound to be more orders at this time of year. Avis Fleet are no strangers to doing business over the holidays, so here are some tips to help you prepare for this busy time.
Use telematics to optimise driver routes
If you can plan ahead to streamline your efficiency then it’s definitely worth doing. To be honest this is easier said than done, but using the GPS enabled telematics solution you can avoid inefficient routes and wasted trips. During the busy season there might be increased customer requests and a greater urgency to make deliveries on time. Using telematics to plan driver routes will ensure that they are on the most effective way possible, avoiding having drivers doubling back as much as possible. This will ensure that drivers are punctual with deliveries, increasing customer satisfaction and bringing down the cost of unnecessary mileage and overtime.
Being prepared with vehicle maintenance
With the many added stresses of the busy season, making sure that your vehicles are well-maintained will give you the assurance that they will be in the best possible shape for the silly season. Our fleet management company offers a maintenance control solution, for assurance that vehicles services are up-to-date and only genuine and necessary maintenance takes place.
Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst
You might not want to think about fleet vehicles being involved in accidents, but proactive fleet management will make provision for vehicles in the unfortunate event that they are involved in an accident. With our accident management solution we take on the red tape and ensure that you are supported throughout this difficult process. From a 24/7 call centre for reporting of the accident, to arranging for towing services, managing the repairwork, arranging replacement vehicles and dealing with the paperwork. We will make sure you are back on the road as quickly as possible, with minimal disruption to your business.
Use fleet reporting to monitor your fleet and drive cost saving
Fleet reporting takes fleet management onto the next level by using technology. A single, user-friendly portal delivers detailed information on every vehicle in your fleet, including fuel transactions, fines paid on your behalf, open road tolling, vehicle specifications, and more. Our fleet reporting portal is flexible, accessible, keeps information constantly updated and will add value to your fleet management. Fleet reporting can also be a tool to help you review the holiday season and identify areas where you can improve.
Some planning will help you to enjoy the benefits of increased business during the holidays and avoid the stress caused by inefficiencies. Avis Fleet will help you to optimise your efficiency and get the best out of your fleet during the festive season, and all year round. For more on our fleet management solutions click here.