Three factors must implement for good transport management
Currently, the area of transport is fundamental within each company, both for the economic cost it represents and for the importance of carrying out good management, which will necessarily impact the rest of the areas of the company.
Efficient management is united necessarily a good risk prevention and this means exert strong control over different areas. For example, operator training, equipment and tire maintenance, fuel economy, and intelligent risk management to maximize safety and reduce financial costs from failures, accidents, theft, and other factors.
Unfortunately, these factors are not taken into account within the budgets of many companies and, in the long term, they are more expensive than designing an efficient prevention plan and investing in a security protocol.
What factors are needed for good transport management?
The human factor
One of the most complex factors that we must face, in any area, is the human factor, and specifically, in the area of transport, its role is fundamental. Exercising control over the behavior of operators, promoting safe action protocols, is essential for good transport management.
In addition, the education and training of each person must be ensured under the same guidelines and maintain fluid communication, know their environment, and their work situation. In this way, you will be able to make sure of how your handling will be and monitor their actions under an appropriate and clear distribution of responsibilities so that each one knows exactly what task corresponds to him and knows everything about it.
On the other hand, it is important to be aware of the risks we face: accidents, equipment failures, theft, etc. With awareness, it is possible to develop action improvement plans, action protocols for all workers and thus reduce the losses derived from this type of risk factors.
On the other hand, the maintenance of the equipment is essential. For example, in the case of tires it is necessary, before buying it, to know the type of vehicle for which it is intended, what type of load and route it is going to follow and once a field test is done, apply it correctly, monitor the pressure of the tire, periodically analyze the fleet and assess its condition at all times, keeping specialists in charge of this type of task.
In the long term, it is an efficient way to save a lot of money, as well as giving greater safety to the vehicles and operators who drive them.
Tires constitute, however, only 5% of total transport spending, while fuel 42%. This implies that it is necessary to manage it correctly in order to maintain efficiency in this area: look for efficient routes, train operators, have the latest technology equipment and lubricants, etc.
Another increasingly important point is that of sustainable transport management that respects the environment. This factor is increasingly demanded by the consumer as a fundamental brand value.
Regarding the implementation of the sustainable factor in transport, it can be said that this improves the aerodynamics of the vehicle since automatic inflation systems and low viscosity lubricants can be used by applying the idle reduction.
On the other hand, it is possible to reduce eight tons of CO2 per year. In other words, it is not complicated, it does not require a lot of investment, and in the long run, it will be useful both economically, as well as in terms of image and respect for the planet.
Finally, it must be said that it is necessary to develop a written strategy that is not based on the pure contingency of the moment, but on which all these factors that we have mentioned are valued and that all operators and related people are aware of it in order to apply them. and get the most out of it.