Are You Interested In Replacing Your Delivery Fleet or Truck?
Are you maximizing your trucks? Are your trucks driving empty a considerable amount of the time? Are you tired of all of the hassles and time it takes to manage and pay for your truck(s)?
Is delivery and distribution truly your core business?
Your quick answer to that question may be yes, getting your product to your customer or the end user is a vital part of your process, so obviously you want to make sure it is done correctly and on a timely basis.
Fair enough … but even though that may be the case, there’s a good chance that delivery and distribution and all that goes along with owning delivery trucks is not truly your core business. Just like the computer network that runs your company, you could manage that yourself as well, but it takes a lot of time, effort and expertise to manage and keep your computers running properly. And because IT isn’t your core business, you outsource it to a company that has much more expertise and efficiencies.
Same reasoning applies to your delivery fleet. Although it’s a critical part of your company, it’s not your core business, and anything that doesn’t help you increase and improve your core business, can be a big distraction!
What are the real and true costs of owning
your own fleet or delivery truck?
As you probably experience every single day, there are numerous costs involved in owning a delivery fleet or truck–these costs can be broken into two categories:
1. Hard Costs
2. Intangible Costs
Oftentimes business owners and managers have a pretty clear picture of the hard costs of their trucks: gas, maintenance, insurance etc. But what they often don’t have quite as good a handle on are the intangible costs associated with owning a delivery fleet or truck.
It is almost impossible to maximize productivity on 100% of your fleet while still maintaining a high level of service to your customers. And keep in mind;
If all of your vehicles are busy all of the time, then somewhere there is a customer waiting longer than they would like!
As this scenario is unacceptable to most businesses, it is common for a business to own more delivery resources than it can utilize to 100% capacity … and truth be told, most companies delivery vehicles are busy less than 50% of the time!
Drivers often drive like they “ain’t got a dime in it!”
Can you relate to that statement? If you can, then there is a good chance that your driver(s) are costing you more problems and money then you’re comfortable with. If a driver truly has the “drive like I ain’t got a dime in it” mentality, you’ll have to deal with quite a few issues including small accidents, spin-outs, and bad driving habits with your company logo showing prominently.
Management of drivers is a huge issue and a very large intangible expense that you are forced to deal with on a daily basis.
Owning a delivery fleet or truck is a big decision and one that could have long-term effects on your company. You need to ask yourself why you decided to purchase or lease your delivery vehicles in the first place. Is delivery and distribution a core part of your business or is it simply something your company has always done?
You may be surprised to learn that you can save up to 50% by outsourcing delivery to athird-party delivery and logistics company.
Become A Quick Expert On Replacing
Your Delivery Fleet or Delivery truck
Here you’ll get a complete list of the tangible and intangible cost of owning your own delivery truck or fleet. Also, we will discuss liability insurance, and how to protect your company.
Reduce Fleet Costs
Rising fuel costs and a slowing economy require businesses to be more vigilant than ever about lowering costs. Effectively managing your fleet can be a source of significant cost savings.