What is fleet optimisation?
Fleet optimisation is about getting more from your vehicles for less. More revenue for less cost and less environmental impact.
Ask five transport fleet managers to define optimisation and you’ll probably get five different answers. Some will talk about fuel efficiency, some about loading factors, others will refer to routeing and scheduling, or telematics software. At The Algorithm People we have a simple definition for optimisation: it’s more for less.
More productivity, more deliveries, more satisfied customers, more revenue, more profit. Less cost, less mileage, less fuel, lower emissions, fewer drivers, fewer vehicles.
Put like this, it becomes clear that fleet optimisation is essential, not optional, for the modern organisation.
How does it work?
The Algorithm People is expert in the advanced mathematics behind true fleet optimisation. Our intuitive web-based system takes all your fleet parameters including:
- Vehicles, weight and payload
- Ancillary equipment (tail-lifts/Moffats/cranes or specialist service kit)
- All service or delivery stops or collections
- Driver shift patterns
- Customer delivery windows, appointments or service visits
It will then produce the most efficient allocation of loads to vehicles and create the most efficient routeing for those vehicles.
The sophisticated mapping behind the product can be customised to take note of clean air zones, relevant London regulations, bridges or restrictions.
You can start optimising your fleet right now, from as little as 99p a vehicle. This means you can test the product thoroughly – and save money and miles – without any risk whatsoever. It’s super-fast and simple to use.
Why software, not planners?
Colin Ferguson, CEO at The Algorithm People, says that although most transport planners are extremely talented and experienced, algorithms remove both the subjective and the ‘common sense’ solutions which sometimes inadvertently make fleet journeys less efficient.
For instance, if 80 deliveries are within a common zone and 10 are to outlying zones, a transport planner may allocate four vehicles to the common zone deliveries and one to the outliers. However, the algorithm might well divide the outlying deliveries between the original four vehicles, achieving the same total mileage but saving the need for a fifth vehicle.
Humans rely on experience and intuition – but often the software may produce a counter-intuitive but much more efficient solution which comes from crunching the numbers remarkably quickly.
What are the benefits?
Successive case studies have shown that fleet optimisation gives productivity gains of up to 20%. This applies to all commercial fleet activities, including engineering and facilities management fleets, utilities, final mile and courier fleets, waste collection, or hire and reward.
That 20% saving can be realised in a number of ways: some fleets will service more contracts due to the increased productivity, while others will shrink their fleet and cut costs.
Fleet optimisation can also go a long way towards mitigating the driver shortage crisis.
Either way the organisation becomes more profitable and its impact on air pollution and the emissions per customer job should decrease.
More about TAP
At The Algorithm People we have three pillars to our business: decarbonisation, innovation and optimisation. Optimisation is about what we can today, regardless of sector or powertrain, to make every fleet more efficient.
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