Common Sense Saves Carrier Big Bucks!

By Dr Obnxs | Jul 9, 2010

My last post, on how stupid we can all be, focused on not doing the obvious and the risks that come with some short term decisions. This post highlights one companies efforts to do something smart.

In an article in Refrigerated Transporter (who knew there was a magazine focusing on just that?), Carriers efforts in service fleet optimization illustrate how doing what we already do in a more intelligent way saves money.

What they did was pretty simple: They monitored what their sales and service fleet (about 3000 vehicles) was doing, and what they were carrying, and then did some optimization. The tools were pretty simple, the service logs that they already created, along with GPS position monitoring and reporting hardware. (As an added benefit, knowing exactly where their service personnel were allowed them to deploy the closest service personnel to new and urgent calls.)

So, to cut to the chase: Carrier found that they often sent too big a truck on a job and¬†carried too much stuff around with the truck.”Right sizing” the vehicle for the service that they were doing and not carrying stuff that wasn’t needed saved lots and lots of fuel.

The end result? A 30% reduction in service fleet fuel consumption since 2006. This represents the equivalent of taking 3000 vehicles off the road. For all those that thing that doing something about emissions is too expensive, this is an “existence proof” that conservation is one of the low hanging fruit that benefits both the bottom line and the air.

1 Comment so far
  1. Nathan August 30, 2010 2:28 PM

    So many people are looking for the magic bullet that will get us greater efficiency and reduce pollution. So few of us do the many little things that will get us there. Unplugging the coffee maker, do you really need yet another clock. Looking for optimal routes when running errands saves time, money and fuel. There is not going to be the one big thing, we have to start doing the little things. This is how we as a nation will reduce our need for oil.

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