1. Location Tracking
One of the most notable perks of TMS that trucking companies love is the ability to report the location of their goods to customers while in transit. This creates an air of transparency, providing assurance by mapping the progress of their delivery in real-time. This creates an industry reputation built on reliability and trust.
2. Load Scheduling
TMS also strengthens the alliance between truck drivers and the dispatch team. With real-time tracking, dispatchers have the ability to map out the best routes for faster trips (minimizing late deliveries). It also makes it easier to identify the location of the cargo and its expected arrival.
3. Vehicle Maintenance
Every vehicle requires maintenance in its lifetime and a fleet is no different. From flat tires to battery replacements, special diagnostics can help you track maintenance needs before they cause a stall in your operation. You can sync these appointments via text or email to create reminders for reoccurring maintenance procedures like oil changes.
4. Driver Safety & Performance
Drivers are the backbone of transportation and their safety is a priority. TMS can help gauge employee safety by monitoring their driving behaviors on the road. The most advanced systems are even capable of providing speed information. Not only does this help fleet owners determine truck drivers who are driving improperly, but also helps reduce fuel costs due to speeding.
5. Employee Management
For fleet managers, minimizing overtime is a great way to ensure efficiency while saving unnecessary costs. With better communication with the dispatch team and smarter route planning, drivers can eliminate hours of overtime week. With TMS, you have the ability to run timesheets and see where a driver was located at any given time of the transit. You also have the ability to manage payroll and drivers’ statements.
6. Efficiency at Every Turn
It can take an overwhelming amount of manpower to track and manage mileage reports. However, with real-time tracking, trucking companies can receive stats directly from the vehicle. TMS can also help companies determine the best trucks to purchase based on the routes they frequent and freight they transport. This is largely possible by monitoring the driver’s behavior, comparing it with the terrain and vehicle maintenance history.