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6 Ways You Can Save On Fuel Costs

Jun262015
mobicorp
Categories: routing-software

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Gas ain’t cheap. You’re probably feeling it in your pockets every time you fuel up, and especially when your whole fleet does. This is why having a field service software management system in place, like mobi, will help you save money on gas.

Here’s 6 ways your fleet can cut costs on gas by using field service software:

1. Monitoring speed limits

Aggressive driving, like speeding and rapid acceleration followed by braking, wastes tons of gas. See who’s doing it and then inform your drivers. Driving the speed limit can improve gas mileage up to 10% -- saving you about $0.09 to $0.28 per gallon. Plus, it’s safer.

2. Avoid traffic and getting lost by planning ahead.

The art of planning ahead can save you, in more ways than one. Shaving time off the schedule by having the route plotted out ahead of time will lessen fuel costs and give your drivers a more efficient path. No more off-roading.

3. Monitor idling time

See how long that quick stop really took. Excessive idling can use up to a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on how high that AC is blasting. Monitoring idle time will help you be more aware of ways to cut down on those minutes.

4. Maintenance updates

Specifically, tires. Setting reminders for maintenance updates will always save you money. Like reminding your field technician to check the air in the tires, so the vehicle isn’t slowing down as they deflate. Fix small problems before they become big, expensive ones.

5. Efficient dispatching

Tired of drivers getting lost? Or creating their own, and much longer, routes? Give dispatch an easier form of communication so your fleet isn’t running around wasting gas trying to find their drop off location.

6. Keeping records and reports

This is all about improving how you run things. Have digital records ready to be pulled up whenever you need them. Keep track and keep adjusting, so you can see how much you’re actually saving on fuel costs.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to help your business save money on gas. Are you doing any of the above? If not, how about you start doing all of them, just by using one field service software management system: mobi.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

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Planning for Productivity and Profit

Sep272013
Liz Ivey
Categories: routing-software

When your field technicians head out to work each morning, are they offered alternative routes or do they take the same route every day?  There are many paths to get from point A to point B, but what if there was a route you could take every day that could save you 1/3 of your travel distance?

Businesses face multiple challenges every day with high volumes of customer orders to prioritize and organize, employees to manage, increasing fuel costs, fitted time windows, traffic conditions, and changing road closures. Combining all of these circumstances represents a considerable obstacle to the efficient running of your field service. To be more profitable, it is necessary to optimize your route planning strategy. The outcome results in better efficiency and reduced costs for you, while delivering better service to your clients.

Over time, innovations in technology have advanced routing software to become highly developed in calculating the greatest route for service and delivery companies with the maximum economic gain. Compared with a conventional map from twenty years ago, route planning software enables you to quickly determine how to get from point A to B and save money in seconds.

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Daily and multi-day route planning gets more jobs completed per day versus a job randomly driven to various points within a day. By cutting down on miles driven, you can save on fuel costs, use fewer employees, and prevent wear and tear on your vehicles. You not only save more money, but you provider greener field service. Plus, business owners can make confident business decisions while having the satisfaction and accountability at their fingertips to know they are operating efficiently.

Planning for potential changes in the future and for the unexpected has never been so simple. By creating and developing routes using data, we decrease daily route time to focus solemnly on strategy. These are the many benefits and advantages gained from planning solutions.

We can all agree that taking the wrong path can not only cost us more money in the long run, but it can also cause us to re-plan our entire task. What if you could predict costs based on how you want to run your daily operations as a business?  Maybe you want the lowest cost per visit. Or maybe you want to reduce costs based on technicians over a specific time period. mobi’s technology calculates the economic impacts before you make them.

The goal is clear: advance routing software can reduce operating costs while saving you time, money, and effort. You make your customers happy with more efficient and prompt deliveries with fewer delays. Operating an efficient fleet that meets customer service expectations begins with proper planning. With advanced route optimization, you can work smarter, not harder.

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