With increased order volumes and rising logistical complexities, managing driver productivity has become a grueling task. Today, every second a driver spends on the road counts as it makes a big difference in the business growth.
A burning question for all CEP businesses is what to do to minimize the time under the roof. Read on to find out what steps a business should take to cut the rising time under the roof.
A pre-pandemic study highlighted that detention time reduces drivers’ annual earnings to $1.1 or $1.3 billion. This results in a reduction of drivers’ average annual income between 3 and 3.6%.
How do we bridge this gap of drivers' incomes caused by time under the roof? The answer lies in data.
It becomes difficult to track and measure time under the roof without the help of data. Let’s say that delayed arrivals for a couple of trucks are increasing time under the roof for other vehicles. If a business wants to know why delayed arrivals are increasing and solve for it, they need strong analytics capabilities to bring out the hidden inefficiencies.
Using technologies like dispatch management software, businesses can identify analytical insights on driver arrival time, wait times, and time the truck leaves the warehouse. This data helps them plan vehicle and driver shifts, and prevent delays in advance. It even helps them account for probable rainy days, holidays, and sick days, and secure delivery capacity when it’s most needed.
With its comprehensive insights on driver/vehicle level, dispatch management software helps delivery businesses find if drivers are on time to the warehouse after completing their trips. This helps them rework the driver schedules efficiently and reduce the time under the roof.
In the ever-evolving landscape of modern logistics, the efficient handling and sorting of packages have emerged as a fundamental challenge for businesses. Beyond the initial scanning of packages, the subsequent sorting, load formation, and picklisting process stands as a pivotal step in the supply chain. However, this crucial phase involves a multitude of complex factors, including delivery speed, order nature, service zones, time windows, and order preferences, all of which must be meticulously considered. Even the slightest inefficiency at this stage can have far-reaching consequences, leading to confusion in orders allocated to different vehicles and drivers.
Therefore, in this context, investing in advanced package-sorting solutions has become imperative. These innovative systems are designed to automate scanning, sorting, load formation, and picklisting. By embracing such solutions, businesses can achieve a profound impact, including:
Earlier, many CEP businesses tried to provide appointments to truck drivers to minimize inefficiencies in delivery management, which did little good.
Every vehicle might deal with hundreds of deliveries and loading them definitely takes time. If the sorting process is inefficient, it will increase the number of vehicles lined up outside the warehouse.
It is critical to reduce the sorting time and make it more efficient to minimize the time under the roof. But how’s it possible? By optimizing the routes and driver schedules, businesses can maximize sorting efficiency.
If all this has to happen, then businesses should ensure that the route planning is efficient and accurate.
When route planning is inefficient or manual, drivers find it exhausting to complete their delivery targets over time.
By using route optimization software, businesses can plan routes so that drivers have plenty of time to complete their deliveries. As drivers deliver parcels on time, they can get back to the warehouse at the expected queue time. Beyond increasing the on-time delivery rates, route optimization software improves the predictability of drivers’ arrival times to warehouses.
Let's consider a scenario where a business regularly receives complaints from customers about delayed deliveries. Upon investigation, they discover that the primary reason for these delays is the busiest time at the warehouse.
To gain a better understanding of these frequent delivery delays caused by increased time under the roof, they pose some critical questions:
The answers to all of these questions revolve around visibility and communication!
Through enhanced visibility and communication, businesses can easily monitor the current status of loads and their wait times. This improvement facilitates collaboration among dispatchers, warehouse executives, and fleet drivers. Even in cases where there are changes in driver check-in times due to unforeseen events, businesses can incorporate them into load assignments. This enables them to plan and reschedule loading/unloading times in advance, ultimately minimizing the time spent under the roof.
Volume utilization is a critical element in warehouse operations, crucial for reducing time spent in the warehouse. It extends beyond merely maximizing vehicle space efficiency.
Imagine an instance in a warehouse where a package is mistakenly placed deep within a delivery vehicle intended for the first customer. Correcting this error results in extended warehouse time as orders must be rearranged within the vehicle.
To enhance volume utilization, efficient load formation and load balancing are essential. Load formation assigns orders to suitable vehicles or pallets, while load balancing organizes orders within vehicles, following the Last-in First-out and First-in Last-out principle. This ensures the package for immediate delivery is accessible and the last to be delivered is placed deep inside the vehicle.
By adhering to these practices, warehouse businesses can improve volume utilization, reduce delivery vehicles, and minimize time spent under the warehouse roof, enhancing overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness in logistics operations.
Planning multiple routes manually is a burdensome and time-consuming affair. Fleet managers should factor in various route constraints while planning routes such as traffic congestion, roadblocks, and so on. There are likely chances of making mistakes, which can ultimately result in disappointed customers.Read more
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