Five smart ways to keep your transportation of goods safe
You all know the supply chain is a business-to-business story (B2B) starting on the farm, or in the sea, or from another factory, with produce freighted in and a product processed out. The last mile is a business-to-consumer story (B2C) – the most significant part. This character’s increasing demands for high-quality food, food integrity safety guarantees and transparency, has been shaping the way you do business for years.
However, the chief change to this story in 2020, is that transport patterns have rapidly been changing, due to the waves of coronavirus uncertainty and a surge in demand for B2B filling of retailer’s shelves or B2C-home deliveries for food. You are probably already very aware that this global crisis is affecting the cost of fuel ─ low during the lockdown and creeping higher with social easing at the end of summer.
Intensifying a twist to the plot for the end of 2020 is the ticking time bomb signalling the end of the Brexit transition. Plus, there is the added legislative pressure for clean air zones and upgrading your fleet to Euro-6 standards.
At FLEETMAXX SOLUTIONS, we understand the importance of staying calm and thinking, even if none of us has experienced a pandemic before, and the vision of the future is blurry. Thoughtful managers not only address the immediate threats – keeping workers and customers safe and daily operations up and running – but also link current moves to future outcomes; in other words, spot the opportunities.
Here are five ways we at FLEETMAXX SOLUTIONS can smooth those bumps in the road– or help to make your story a happy-ever-after.
1. Fuel Expenditure
FLEETMAXX SOLUTIONS is a family-owned business supplying fuel cards, and this could be the best place for us to start telling you about ourselves. We help more than 50,000 customers, including HGV operators, transport managers, hauliers, couriers, and many more organisations that rely on vehicles to get the job done.
We offer discounts for all the major fuel brands: BP, Esso, Shell, and Texaco, and we also have specialist networks, such as Diesel Direct and UK Fuels. We offer a considerable number of fuel cards options, all of which can meet different business requirements and all offering savings of up to 10 per litre at the fuel pump.
At the end of each month, all transactions are itemised, with no hidden costs or surprises after you sign up. More importantly, you get a dedicated account manager.
We are part of the OILFAST group, that manufacture and supply FLEETBLUE (Adblue®) under license from our head office in Motherwell. We also work with national licensed AdBlue® distributors which allow us to offer a seamless national supply of AdBlue® in all sizes across the UK at excellent prices.
2. Smooth operations from A to B to C
Meet Rachel Pearson, our Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) practitioner. FLEETMAXX SOLUTIONS is an associate provider of FORS, a scheme set-up by Transport for London.
FORS is a voluntary accreditation scheme for transport operators which aims to raise the level of quality within operations and to demonstrate which operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, efficiency, and environmental protection.
The FCP (FORS community partnership) consisting of Aecom, Fleetsource & CILT manage the scheme. When you gain FORS accreditation within your business, you are joining an elite group of operators that boast exemplary levels of safety, efficiency, and environmental awareness.
The process to grain recognition is transparent and straightforward; plus, there is lots of support available from Rachel to guide you along the way. Rachel will be your account manager – she understands the problems facing FORS companies, having completed the FORS practitioner course herself and other courses provided by FORS.
3. Keep your eyes on the road
FLEETLOC8 is our cost-effective GPS tracking solution which we can tailor it to function for your business operations. Our technology allows you to track your vehicles and assets, giving you full visibility of your mobile workforce with accurate live and historical data of every journey made.
FLEETLOC8 is accessible from any device at any time, PC, laptop, tablet, or a mobile app that is just one of the benefits. To begin with, it will give you the scope to manage in real-time with one tap and with live visibility of your fleet at your fingertips, you can keep an eye on your drivers meeting your customer’s expectations.
FLEETLOC8 allows you to monitor expenditure and validate timesheet and fuel expenses based on how, why, and when the vehicles were on the road. The equipment is low-cost to install and run; giving you the tools to reduce driving and downtime. For this reason, you can improve work planning and vehicle utilisation. More importantly, deliver on time to your customers.
4. Protect your reputation
There are numerous reasons why you should choose a fleet camera system. Not only does it provide professional insight into the way drivers conduct themselves on the road, but its clear proof in the event of accident claims, protection against mendacious claims and ‘crash-for-cash’ scams and evidence of dangerous driving.
We can put you in control of the situation with our FLEETVISION Compete Vehicle Camera and Tracking pack.
5. Expert insurance advice
Our carefully selected panel of highly qualified and experienced commercial insurance experts will discuss your needs in detail with you to ensure your needs are an exact and within your budget.
With access to Lloyd’s of London and all the UK’s leading insurers, there is no need for you to trawl through confusing comparison websites to find the best deal and you won’t have to pay for all the ‘add-ons’ that you’ll never need.
Our partners specialise in HGVs and trailers, couriers and goods in transit, and company cars.
The pandemic will continue to drive stress into our industry, but it will also drive opportunities. So, stay ready to shift in the growth gear, and ride these waves of uncertainty, and talk to us at FLEETMAXX SOLUTIONS.
Whether you have one or thousands of vehicles on the road, we can help reduce your running costs with discounted diesel and petrol, telematic tracking, vehicle cameras and business insurance solutions.